Hello ladies! I have been wanting to share this cool story with you all for a bit, but didn't know at what point in the "journey" to post about it. However, as I haven't been able to blog as much as I'd like this week becuase of this story, and because I'd actually appreciate some prayer, I'm going to share now.
Caleb and I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment, which we thank the Lord for. We started out a seriously broke college couple, and God has blessed us and steadily increased our income over nearly seven years of marriage, so we've been able to go from petty tiny one room with no laundry facility (not to mention the stop off of living with my parents for a few months at one point in our first year of marriage) to a nice roomy two bedroom.
We live in an area that has a very high cost of living, and homes are very expensive, and so while Caleb's business continues to be successful and we have been saving, we didn't see home owning in the near future for us.
Last month we were giving serious consideration to renting a townhouse condo owned by friends of ours. We were helping them with some renovations and got thinking, "Wow, wouldn't it be nice to have this space.. a little yard... the basement..." This would of course mean an increase in our rent and utilities, however, so told Caleb, and meant it, that I was going to pray and trusted and knew that the Lord would lead him, as the head of our home and as the financial manager, as to what was the best decision for us. I remember working on the house and walking through each room and just praying and telling the Lord I trusted Him. And I was blessed just to be in that place of trust with the Lord and to know my husband would make hte right choice for us.
Caleb had told me he would make the decision on a Monday, and I went to his office after work with some anticipation, wondering what he would say. When I arrived, he said, "well, I had some interesting news today..." and proceed to tell me that, totally out of the blue and unexpected, a family member had given us a gift- a substantial gift- and had expressed their wish that we would use it to bolster our down payment for a home.
You can imagine how floored I was. More than the excitement at the prospect of owning our own home, however, I was FLOORED by God's timing and His love for us through His provision. Of all days to find out about this gift, we find out the day Caleb is going to make a decision about renting this townhouse. And as it turns out, he was going to say yes, so imagine had we agreed, signed paperwork for a year lease, and THEN found out about this gift. But No... God is his goodness not only provided for us in an unforeseen manner, but did so in such a perfect timing that we were able to see clearly His hand at work.
This is where you applaud for God, ladies! :)
So... Caleb and I have been house-hunting for the past few weeks and it has been exciting. This, as you can imagine, has taken up a lot of our time, and thus why I haven't been able to post very much, especially this past week as we have gotten closer to making a decision.
And so here is my prayer request: We have put in an offer on a place, but there has been an unexpected bump in the road with this specific place, and we don't know all the details yet, but it's been an curve ball we weren't expecting. We would so appreciate your prayers for us, as we want to have God's good guidance and pick the right house that is right for us and any children the Lord might bless us with. Thank you, and when we make a decision I'll inform you all for sure.
I would also appreciate your prayers as I am going to be traveling on Wed to PA to visit my family for an extended Labor Day weekend. My sister is having surgery and I plan to be there to help out with the babies. I covet your prayers for a safe journey and for recovery for my sister.
I'll be blogging frequently again when I get back, I'll be doing my fall decorations, have lots of thrift store goodies to share about, and (Lord willing) might even have some pictures of our new home to show you! God is good, ladies!
See you in about a week!