If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will know that Jon and I bought a house yesterday! We put in an offer on Monday afternoon and after 48 hours of countering, we came to an agreement. We couldn't be any happier (well yes we could, we will be happier after the inspection on Monday!). I can't thank you all enough for the well wishes, congratulations, and most of all- prayers throughout this entire process.
I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the house but didn't want to reveal too much...
(don't worry...you will get lots more pictures in the near future. I can see house projects taking over the blog!)
This is such an amazing time in our lives and we feel so great about our decision. We got married, got a new puppy, and now a house. I remember early on in our dating relationship we were both excited about one day owning a home and those dreams are coming true. We decided to pay off Jon's student loans right when we got married and have been scrimping and saving since then. It's funny because I have seen such a change in myself over the past year. I no longer lust after clothes, shoes and jewelry...I literally haven't bought myself anything along those lines in probably a year. The house was my goal. I guess that is what being a grown up is all about.
Jon and I have to give praise to the Lord for guiding us through this journey. We have been praying about Him helping us find a home for a few months now and He answered. We have been asking Him to help guide us to a home that we can grow in, both spiritually and physically. It is such a cool feeling knowing this is the house we will become parents in and hopefully lots of babies. And this brings me to a story about how we chose this house...
We had been looking at houses for a few months online and tried to go to a few open houses. We finally decided on a neighborhood, Steiner Ranch for you Austinites, and decided we would start really looking at the beginning of the year. The 2nd weekend in January we looked at 7 houses, one of which was the home we purchased. It had been on the market for a couple months already and we fell in love. But the timing wasn't right. We have our current lease until April 30th and it was just too soon. We ended up looking at 3 other houses a couple weeks later and had our top 3 (the house we bought being our #1). We promised we wouldn't get our hopes up because a house can sell at any time (and houses in that neighborhood were going fast!) so we prayed. We asked the Lord to show us the house He wanted us to live in and continue to glorify Him in. And we kept on praying. 2 of the 3 houses sold and we were bummed and thought for sure someone would buy our favorite. But no one did. Last Friday night we were sitting in our hotel room when Jon looked at me and said "I think we should put an offer on the house." I had been so focused on work and then our trip that I honestly hadn't thought about the house in a while. We planned on making an offer in March and I assumed that was still the plan. Jon said he was feeling convicted and that God was showing us that this was he house. And I agree, he was! Our other 2 favorites sold and this one continued to stay on the market. We chatted with our realtor that night, pinged our mortgage guy and planned to see it Monday. We put together an offer and submitted it Monday night. We didn't hear anything until early evening on Tuesday. Tuesday was truly a wonderful night. We decided to pray together and then pray separately so we could decide what we wanted to do. The Lord was so present in our house and brought us to tears. I am so lucky I get to share this deep bond with my husband, thinking about it sometimes makes me so happy that I want to cry. We were both indecisive and kind of wanted the other to make a final decision and this is what I told Jon. I told him that he is the head of our household (like the bible and our God commands) and that I support him 100% on what he decides. If we walk from the deal, I am behind him. If we counter, I am behind him. And if we accept, I am behind him. Jon is such a great leader and Christian influence on my life and I hope you don't think I am old fashion when I say he is the head of our house, we are just obeying God's word. Over a 10pm dinner, we decided to make one last counter and walk if they didn't accept.
Conveniently, Jon left yesterday afternoon for a ski trip in Colorado to celebrate his best friend's upcoming wedding and I was bummed at the thought of us not getting to see each other if we didn't get the house. We woke up super early to spend some time together and I headed off to work. I knew Jon had a customer meeting right by my office at 2pm so I didn't think much of it when he said he was outside my office to say goodbye one last time. Now I am a typical girl and always make up situations in my mind so when I got the call, I thought maybe...just maaybbee he was telling me we got the house. But I shook the thought out of my head. He got out of the car and gave me a big hug saying he was gonna miss me this week and then looked me in the eye and with the biggest smile said "we got the house!". I started laughing, tearing up, smiling and kissing him. What an awesome way to spend the afternoon! Although our meetup was all of 5 minutes (that included talking to our realtor about next steps), I am so glad he told me in person! We will definitely do some celebrating next week but I am happy to be celebrating with my family this weekend! My g-parents are in town and lil sis is coming in from school so I am kicking it old school and spending the night there. I am so excited (and jealous that my husband will be skiing and snow tubing).
So....the house isn't ours yet (I couldn't get myself to write home sweet home as the title...it's just a house yet, not our house) so we would really appreciate prayers that the inspection goes well on Monday! Our predicted close date is April 4th so we will have lots to do before then.
The moral of the story is...prayer works!!!!! God has such intricate planned for each of us and we are so happy that He has opened this door for us.
I will leave you with a picture of my favorite thing in the house..
(a double oven...I may keel over from excitement!)
I have to say it again, thank you all for the love and support!
Oh and PS....we applied for House Hunters! Cross your fingers!