Well, so as I signed in to the ol’ blog, I saw that it has been 4 months since I have posted anything. This is been mainly to a complete depletion of emotional, mental and at many times physical, energy.
I know I am supposed to post pictures of the kiddos here, but as luck would have it, I lent my camera (including camera card) to my cousin for the day. So, I’ll see if I can put up some pics from the iPhone, but I can’t guarantee anything.
Lets see, we have had quite a bit going on these last 4 months. We have made some big decisions and changes. I will start with our house. At the end of last year, Jeff and I decided that we should try to sell our house in Frisco and move closer to our church and Jeff’s work. (His office is literally next door to Watermark.) So, in Feb. we put the house on the market. My amazing parents, being realtors, listed it for us. We listed it on a Friday morning, and an hour after it was entered into MLS, we got a phone call scheduling our first showing. We had 2 showings on Friday and 2 showings on Saturday. We got an offer that Saturday afternoon and had it negotiated and signed by Sunday. That’s right – God sold our house in 2 days! Talk about confirmation! It was so sweet of Him to make it very clear to us that we were doing the right thing. It was also very gracious of Him to spare me all of the house cleaning due to weeks of showings with 3 little kiddos.
The Lord has been so faithful throughout this entire process. It was a hard decision for me to choose to move away from my parents, aunt, cousins and brother & sister-in-law (all within 8 minutes). I am crazy close with my family, and I loathe change, so this move to “the city” was a tad bit terrifying to me. However, the desire to have our children surrounded with Christian community outweighed the cost. We really feel that having the kids in school where they will be with their church friends and have that accountability is essential. Cutting down on commute time for Jeff and for us to church was also huge in our decision. Lastly, we felt we needed to lower our house payment to free up money in our budget for causes we feel led towards.
Well, when I agreed (to God’s call) I fully expected to have to move into an old, dark, stinky, small house. I just figured that would be what we could afford. What do you know – the Lord completely outdid Himself! We just closed on our house today, and we love it! It actually wasn’t on the market when we found it. There weren’t many houses listed at the time we were looking that were fitting our criteria. We were very specific about the elementaries and high school we wanted to be in, so our choices were limited. I actually looked up all of the realtors that had listed houses in our preferred neighborhoods in the past 12 months, and then sent them our criteria (from my mom’s email account) to see if they had any “pocket listings” (houses that would be listed in the Spring, but were not yet on the market). Only 1 realtor replied back, out of about 70 realtors. He said he had something that fit, and the rest is history. 🙂
Our new house has everything we were looking for and more. The Lord was so sweet to bless us by meeting our needs, and even our wants. Our new neighborhood is called Richardson Heights Estates West, so the kids will go to Bowie, Parkhill and Pearce. The house has 4 bedrooms – the girls will share and the 4th is by the kitchen and will be a playroom. It has 3 full baths, which I feel will come in hand with 2 girls. It has a great yard, which was a big criteria of ours, and they are even leaving the swing set for us. Also, the kitchen has been totally updated, which was a major bonus.
Since several of you have asked, here are some pics of our new house. 🙂
Amy Brandt says
Yippee!! You are back!! I have been faithful and have continued to check for updates. I am so excited to see your recent post. We are SO thrilled for your family. Congratulations on your new and beautiful home. You are going to make so many new and wonderful memories here. Best wishes. Sending you love and hugs, Amy