Tuesday, March 30, 2010


We didn't get the twin. Out of the 5 offers, they went with the first one they received awhile back, even though they had a cash offer and others that were pretty equivalent. I guess that's respectable of the bank, but at the same time it took a week from our offer to hear, so I have no idea how long the others were waiting. Oh well.

As much as we loved it, it was a little farther out than we liked, and it probably would have sucked up any extra money we had. Guess God just has something else in store for us. :-)

There's another place that we've been eye-ing up, so as soon as our realtor gets back from vacation we're going to see it again and then there's a very good chance that we'll put an offer in on it. This one's a short sale (what is it with us and problem properties??!?!?) so hopefully since there are actual people involved it will be a bit quicker. I don't think I can handle the pressure of waiting and waiting and waiting to hear!

We did decide that we want to stay in the West Chester area, or as close as we possibly can. Our lives revolve around the people and places there, from our ministry to our church, to our local friends. Plus, it's a mutual location to our families, which is especially important because we don't want to be to far away from our soon-to-make-her appearance niece. :-)

I can't wait to know where I'm going to be resting my head in the months and years to come. :-)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Me Monday

  • I am NOT still obsessing about the house we have a bid on. Nope, I'm totally patient and can wait for months to hear back from the bank. No problem waiting here!
  • I did NOT silently mutter not-so-nice things as I walked to my car this morning. That walk did NOT include wading through the mud because someone did not have the brilliant idea to obliterate our front steps, hence making us use the back entrance (that doesn't have a sidewalk) without checking the weather.
  • I am NOT wishing the first half of this week away in hopes of the sunshine and warm weather coming on Thursday.
  • I didn't spend Saturday with some friends who are moms, and Sunday in the toddler room. I did not have dreams about having a baby as a result.
  • I did NOT get hooked on the show Parenthood this weekend. Nope, I would never add a new TV show to my hulu list.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

House #6 or is it #5?

We've seen a few, um, interesting places, close to the busy road houses, we've seen huge (in our standards) *perfect* houses, we've seen filthy, smelly needs more TLC houses, we've seen townhouses, and we saw twins.

We put in our first offer last night!!! Eeeekkk!!! I never realized how much goes into it, or how nervous I'd be! I get nervous when I sign a lease for an apartment, so just seeing all the pages and all the little details is a bit overwhelming. Plus seeing the total cost for everything doesn't help either. I think the most money I ever spend on anything was my car at $3,000 like 5 years ago. This is like a gabillion times that amount. (Over 30 years, but still the amount upfront is still way more than my $3k)

It also doesn't help knowing that there are like 4 other offers in on it. It's bank owned, so who knows how long we have to wait, or what will happen. The funny thing we discovered though, is according to records, the bank bought it at a sheriffs auction for less that $3000! I wish I was at that sale!

I'm trying hard not to get too excite or my hopes up, or start dreaming about what we are going to do with it. But it's tough. It's so fun to daydream about colors and decorating and where to put the garden and all that fun stuff. Ahh.

So hopefully we'll know today it we win, or if we will be trying to get our second choice (which is maybe God's first choice for us?)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lists and Listings

So after looking at a few places we are starting to realize what we need to make a priority, and what we can live without. It's so easy to get caught up in something and talk yourself into loving it even when it's missing something super important.

We had originally said we want a twin, but we weren't opposed to looking at twins. Then we were shown a townhouse that was really nice. It wouldn't need any work, we could just move straight in. It was pretty and wasn't dirty. I wasn't afraid of what I might be breathing in. It was easy to get caught up in it, but having a yard is a big thing for us, and that was one thing it didn't have. Sure there was common space in the back, but it was much, we wouldn't have to worry about taken care of it, but we also couldn't plant a garden. We couldn't open up the back door and let the dog out.

So tonight we sat night and finally wrote down everything that we want onto slips of paper. Then we put them in order of importance. It really helped us to get on the same page and really know what we want, want we won't compromise, and what we could bend on.

We also learned not to get our hearts set on anything as the house we were going to see for the second time went under contract less than 24 hours before we went. :-(

And, we looked at what our budget might look like with not only an increase in our rent/mortgage payment but also with the cost of sewer and water and oil (or a larger electric bill w/ a larger space) etc. Not to mention repairs and such.
Now I just have to convince Kevin to go back to teach for WCASD so I can stay at home when we have kids. :-)

Friday, March 5, 2010


Hi!!! It's me...the one who post on here less often than I should.

Between Wyldlife/Younglife, friends, work, sewing, reading and trying to keep our place not looking like a bomb went off, I just don't have the time (or maybe it's patience) to boot up my laptop, wait 10 minutes for it to actually turn on, and type something up. Okay, maybe it's laziness too. :-)

Well, we are potentially facing big changes in our lives, and I want to keep track and be able to look back at the process, especially if we have to do it again sometime.

We are beginning to look at houses!!!!!!!!! Eeekkkk!!!! Super exciting!!!

We received our pre-approval letter early last week, and the next day our realtor sent us a list of houses in the area. There were two on the list that we really like and are going to see on Monday. I'm really excited! I know the first one needs to some, work that's what we want. We want something to work on, and have projects as long as the house is livable in the process. So we'll see how they turn out.

We are really relying on God through this, and know that what we get is going to be a total blessing from Him. We have our expectations set high for where and what we want, but you can't put God in a box, right?

I'm not getting my hopes up, I know the longer we stay were we are, the more we can save and the less stress we will feel. It may be a year from now until we find "the one", and I'm okay with that.

I guess this will help keep me accountable for posting :-)

P.S. I haven't forgotten about the Proverbs 31, I have a few verses finished in my notebook, I'm just to lazy to type them up...