It just took twenty years for us to do something about it. Mark and I made the decision to make the move and trust God in 'ALL' things. Our two biggest concerns were selling our home in a down market and me finding a job in the new area. I have been with the same company for many years and had worked my way into a management position. Finding a job and maintaining my current salary could have been difficult. But God! That's all I have to say. The first family that looked at our home made an offer (a good offer) and we accepted it. The day I gave a notice at work (45 day notice) they came to me with a proposition. They wanted to create a new position for me, so that I could work from home (no matter where I lived) to keep me with the company. How cool is that? Isn't God amazing. He totally took care of our two main concerns. It was a no brainer that we were meant to make this move.
Well, in moving, we left a lot of our family back in Western NC. My parents, four of our children (grown or living with their other parent), and my brother and his family. So, in moving here, we weren't exactly sure of how long we would be here. Would be get home sick for the rest of our family and want to move back. So, we decided to lease a home instead of buying right away. That was three years ago, this past February. We feel like God is showing us that the time is now to put down 'deeper' roots here in this area.
We began our search about three weeks ago. We met with our realtor and had a long list of homes that we wanted to see. Wouldn't you know it. The very first home was it. We got back into our car after the walk through and both agreed that we didn't need to see any other houses that this one was IT!! Now, being the analytical person that I sometimes can be, we did our due diligence and saw the rest of the houses but this one had already stolen our heart.
So, a week later, after much prayer and many discussions and another visit to the house, we made an offer. With offers and counter-offers behind us, we have now come to an agreement on a price and the contract has been signed. We are hoping to close by the end of June. We are so excited to become home-owners again. The past three years have felt very transitional. And I now realize that this has been difficult for me.
Over the next few months, I will document our moving process, decorating process, and the overall making this new home 'our home'. I am glad that you are along for the ride.
A little bit about our new home. It is a ranch with a full (completed) lower level. It has just over 3500 sq ft. Five bedrooms, three full baths. Complete mother-in-law suite downstairs with full kitchen. A beautiful sun porch, dining room, living room, and den on the main level...two fire places all on 1 1/2 acres of land.