Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our First Home. August 2014.

Every married couple dreams of the day when they can purchase their first home.  For some, it takes just a couple of years while they finish college.  For others, it takes a little longer.  For us, it took almost 13 years of marriage.  But this home was worth the wait.  It is perfect.

The story of how we got this home is a testimony of timing.  The Lord's timing.  The home came on the market in October 2013, and it was out of our price range.  We decided to look at it anyhow because we wanted an idea of what was on the market, how much homes were, and the different price ranges of homes.  We looked at things under, within, and over our range.  And then someone put in an offer.  No problem - we were just beginning to look and had our hearts set on another neighborhood.  The home was a short sale, and was taking a while to process.  The family that put in the offer found something different, and they walked.  And then the price dropped $15k and was miraculously $50 below our limit.  We looked at it again and put our offer in at the end of January.

Anyone who has been through a short sale know that it is anything but short.  But a mere 6 months later, and we had the approval from the bank and were finally in the closing process.  When it was all said and done, it took about 7 months to be ours, with keys in hand.

Every time I walk into the home, I feel like I am dreaming.  For the first week, my eyes would tear up because I just couldn't believe we were finally able to own our own home.

I am getting everything settled and in its place.  It is kind of a mess right now, but here are the beginning pictures.  But you know what?  It's okay.  Because it is ours.  And it will come together in time.  The walls are naked and I haven't put out any decorations because I'm the kind of person who wants to live in my space to decide what feels right.  That and I'm terrible at decorating so I'm waiting for friends to help!

Family room:

Office/homework area (I pained those cabinets and my husband and brother-in-law hung them!): 

Dining area: 


Master bedroom (color is grey/purple. New bedspread and lamps to come!): 

Master bathroom (2 people can actually fit in here!): 

Sariah's room: 

James and Seth's room: 

Front door and entry hallway (I am thinking gallery walls!):

Guest suite (so come visit!!):