Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Almost homeless!

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you'll know that about two years ago, we put the house on the market.  It was on the market for nine months, and never sold.  We waited for selling season to start up again, and this past March, we put the house on the market again.  This time, we weren't simply trying to sell the house to find some place bigger.  The main reason we were trying to move was to get away from a neighbor.  The stakes were a lot higher this time around!

We found a realtor, explained our situation, and put the house on the market in late March.  We had several showings each week, which was so encouraging.  We got an offer in April, but it wasn't a good one, and we weren't able to come to an agreement on a price.  When we let that go, I cried.  I was trying my hardest to trust God, but it was hard.  Our family needed away, and I felt trapped.

We dropped the price when our showings slowed down.  When our showings didn't pick back up, we got nervous.  But May was such a busy month, my attention was less and less on our house situation, and more on all the things were were doing as a family.

The first weekend in June, we had our last crazy weekend, and looked forward to life slowing down a little.  We were nothing short of shocked when our realtor called to tell us that we an offer.  A good one!!  It was so good, we immediatly took the offer, no negotiating, and started the house hunt.

My amazing husband had been keeping his eye on this house while we waited and prayed that our house would sell.

We got the offer on our house on a Saturday, accepted their offer and our house went into contract on Monday, which was the same day we saw the above house, which we made an offer on just two days later.

Now, our house is a whirl wind of excitement!  We close on our current house on July 6th, and then close on the new house on July 12th.  We're still sorting through a lot of the details, but with the help of my family, and the help of friends, I think it's all going to work out!! 

I'm still totally overwhelmed by how God worked this situation out.  I knew he would, but it's been so good to actually see it happening first hand.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Benjamin

Dear Benjamin,

Some day, when you are older, you will read this blog and realize that I never did a birthday post for you when you turned 5.  And though I could write a quick blog, put up some pictures, post date it, and you'd never know the difference, I've decided not to.  Let me explain.

The past several months that we've faced as a family have been the hardest months of my life.  Aside from losing your Grammii, your daddy and I have never faced anything quite as hard as the road we've been walking.  When you were a baby, and we had your wonky head fixed, that was a hard road.  Mommy and Daddy were so scared for you, our little baby, facing such a huge surgery.  I used this blog, and your blog, to recount the amazing work that God did in your life.  But this time, it's different.  I can't just process things on the blog as easily.  So, while I faced the hard things that were placed in our lives, I didn't blog.

The hard road that we walked didn't involve anything with you.  And because of that, you and Micah have been feeling a little ignored and neglected.  I'm so sorry.  I wish that there was enough of me to deal with the hard and trying things, and still be the fun, loving mommy I strive to be.  But this time, there just wasn't enough of me.

Lest you think your 5th birthday was a horrible, depressing day void of celebration, let me assure you that we celebrated!!  We had fun together, as a family, enjoying the blessing that YOU are to us!!

Benjamin, you bring a smile to my face every single day.  You are so full of life and joy that you brighten the day of anyone you meet.  I love you, and am so thankful to be your Mommy!!

With all my heart,