After a whirlwind week since finding out last Saturday that our landlord decided to sell the house we live in,
this morning we signed a new contract and the moving preparations have begun.
The circumstances surrounding the move are nothing short of miraculous.
Utah is having a housing shortage, which means that there is extremely intense competition to get a home--especially a rental.
And the fact that we are trying to keep living on a pretty rigid budget in order to meet some financial goals meant that we didn't have a lot of wiggle room on the price.
For several days I was checking the computer every 5-10 minutes, watching for something that would work so I could be the first to call on it. Postings that had been online for 8 hours had over 6,000 page views!
After a couple of failed attempts, a house in a nearby city popped up for rent.
I was able to walk through it and we were first in line to get it.
It was within walking distance of Sam's bus so I wouldn't need to drop him off and pick him up every day, it had plenty of room to grow, and it had a rather charming yard that just needed someone to love it and restore it to its original beauty.
The house had a really strange layout and had plenty of quirks, but it was certainly livable.
But something didn't feel right...
We filled out the applications and sent them in, and then I went to walk through it again with my mom while Sam was at work. And as the afternoon went on, I felt worse and worse. By the time Sam got home I felt like throwing up and I apologetically explained that it just didn't feel right.
Bless Sam...without a moment's hesitation he said that was the answer and that we would keep looking.
It took a leap of faith to tell the person that we decided it wasn't the right fit for us.
We had no idea if another suitable home in the area we hoped to live would become available in the time frame given to us.
But we went through with it and that night I knelt down and told Heavenly Father that I didn't feel right about the house and that we were acting in faith. I asked Him to provide a way for us and to grant us the righteous desires of our hearts, according to His will.
The next morning, I sat down at the computer at about 6:30 and opened up the list of rentals.
And there was a new listing, just a couple of miles from where we currently live!
It was in our price range, the location was great, the house had plenty of room, it was on a fairly large piece of land, it had all new carpet and paint, and the pictures looked beautiful.
To be honest, it looked too good to be true.
I thought it might be a scam, but I sent a quick text message to the number listed and didn't expect much to come of it. But a short time later, I received a text back and we set up a time for me to come look at the house that morning.
I dropped the kids off at my parents' house, warning my mom that the house seemed better than the cost of the rent would allow so if I didn't come back she should know something terrible happened and call the police.
And when I arrived and a big, scary kidnapper van pulled slowly out of the driveway to meet me my heart raced...
but then a smiling man stepped out of it and greeted me and showed me around.
The house was perfect for us, and the landlord was unbelievably kind.
It was really mind-boggling how kind he was, actually--and I even learned that I went to high school with his daughter! One part of the yard was not fenced and when I asked if he would be okay with us putting a fence along that side he said he'd even reimburse us for it. Although our contract begins on July 1 he said we're welcome to move in as early as we want since it's currently empty and he won't charge us more. I could go on and on...it was unreal!
And there are tender mercies sprinkled all through the house in elements I never thought we would have while renting.
A few examples:
-I just recently told Sam that it's important to me to look out of our home and see plants instead of other houses in my face. The owner of this home also owns an adjacent 1.5 acres of wild land that is packed with trees so when we look out the window we see a beautiful forest that he said the boys are welcome to explore and play in.
-Since high school I've wished for a west-facing balcony off the master bedroom where I could watch the sunsets. This home has just that! I'm looking forward to enjoying the stunning colors of the sky over the Great Salt Lake.
-I've loved having our boys share a room and I hoped to continue that as they grow and as Maxwell gets old enough to join them. But it's pretty hard to find homes with bedrooms big enough for four boys to share. This home has a huge room that the landlord said could be used for whatever we wanted but that the previous renters used it as a bedroom. It's big enough for 4 boys plus a good-sized play area for their toys!
I could list so many more tender mercies.
After we signed the contract this morning I knelt down and thanked Heavenly Father for a long list of things. I am so overwhelmed by His goodness and love.
Sometimes we have to take that first scary step into the darkness before we see the light,
but His way is ALWAYS the best.
I doubt I'll be posting much for the next few weeks while we move and get settled,
but I look forward to recording our new adventures as time goes on.