I think I mentioned that we have been looking for a house to buy. We actually are in a two-year waiting period until we can get a mortgage because we had to do a short sale when we sold our house last year.
We’ve looked at a ton of houses. Some just to rent and some that could be contract for deed. But we either didn’t agree on it or neither of us felt peace.
A few weeks ago I put an ad in the classifieds at my work. We got a call about an acreage and they wanted to do contract for deed.
An acreage? We have always dreamed of having an acreage but figured we could never afford it. When they told us what the terms would be we couldn’t believe it. Absolutely perfect for us. And willing to let us pay the down payment over a four month period.
I was sold practically without even looking at it. Ok not really. But almost. Pat however is a city boy born and raised. So he wasn’t so sure.
It’s a little farther out from where we are now than we were looking for. However it’s right off a main road so we clocked it at 20 minutes to get there to Sioux Falls. Not bad.
We went out and looked at it two weeks ago. Oh my word. I was in love. It has a chicken coop people! And 3 bedrooms on one level. And a big kitchen. And a sun room with a hot tub. And a huge garden area already tilled up. And apple and peach trees. And two other out buildings for Pat’s toys and projects. And a chicken coop!!!
We told the owners we’d think on it and that we did. Unfortunately Pat wasn’t convinced the farm life was the way to go. To put it mildly I was devastated. I thought for sure this was what we were always hoping for and the terms were close to perfect.
But we continued to look at other houses in town. We found a couple different ones we thought were it and then would wake up the next morning with no peace about it.
A week later the owners called and wanted to know what we decided. Pat told them we were still thinking on it.
What!!?? I thought it had been decided so him saying that got my hopes up. But he still wasn’t completely convinced. So once again I tried to shut my mouth-not an easy task-and just prayed that God would give him peace about what we should do.
So a few days ago we were talking about it again. And then Pat told me to call the owner and see if it was even still available. I did call and sure enough they told us they had been holding it for us. I shared some of the concerns Pat had and they told us they would do what they could to make it work for us.
We went out again yesterday to take a look. We really took our time-I think we spent an hour and a half out there. I can’t even begin to tell you the peace that washed over me as I walked through the yard and the out buildings and the house. And to see the kids running and playing and getting crazy dirty! So awesome.
One of Pat’s concerns was that the kids wouldn’t have anyone to play with. Well we met the neighbors, who are actual neighbors right next to the place we were looking at, and they have three kids. Ages 8, 6 and 4. Two girls and one boy. How awesome is that!
Pat talked more with the owner and before we left we had ourselves a farm!
I might have ran threw the big front yard and did a cartwheel.
We of course need to do some paperwork but the owners already sent us first draft. We’ll just need to review it with a lawyer and then June 1st it’ll become official. We’ll have three years to refinance under our own mortgage but we should be able to do that even before then. And the owners are letting us take possession May 15 so we can take our time getting our stuff moved!
We were really nervous about taking this step but now as it becomes more official we are getting excited! We know it will be an adjustment but I know there will be so much good that outweighs any of the bad.
And I’m sorry but I have to say it. It is so bittersweet not having Mom and Dad here. Oh they would have been so excited for us.
We really appreciate your prayers during the next few weeks. And please pray that this is our very last move ever! I don’t want to move again until The Lord takes me home! The only big expense will be a different vehicle for Pat. His Jeep won’t cut it driving back and forth. So please pray that we would find the
cheapest perfect vehicle. Pray too for the kids, especially Angel as we transition. They are very excited but still there has been alot of changes this year, but hopefully this will be the perfect change to end this year of struggle.
And if you are looking for something to do on May 18, you are welcome to help us move and come see our new place!
Updated to add: oops! For those in the area I forgot to say where it’s at. We are about half mile south of Hills MN but we are actually in IA! About 100 yards from the MN border! Never thought I’d be an Iowan! : ) For those not familiar with the area it’s just under 30 miles east of Sioux Falls, but like I said right off a main highway so about 20 minutes.