Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Opposing the tiny homes trend

Not too long ago in a post about our move from a smaller home into a larger one I made a comment about seeing some problems in the smaller-is-better fad. This is my more comprehensive explanation of that one line. :-)
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First, the wonderful pros I see in the trend. Our society is filled with excess. We own too much. We expect too much. We demand too much. Our homes are big, our cars are big, we fill our fridges and pantries with food we never eat only to throw it all away when it spoils. Choosing to live within our means is a very good trend. Choosing to own the space we need and rejecting the excessively large homes that consume all our time to care for is very healthy. Deciding own large homes and then feeling the need to fill those mansions with stuff we don't need distracts us from our God, our faith, our families, our friends, our opportunities to serve. I am in a certain sense a big fan of of minimalism. I do not understand the drive that some people have to own collections; I want only things that I use and enjoy.
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The home we just moved from is less than 1000 square feet and is quite large enough for 1-4 people. Maybe you are a single person who works from home. Maybe you are a couple or small family who will not be expanding. Maybe you would like to rent that house from me. I'll try my very best to be a good landlord. ;-)
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My first objection to a tiny house is the expectation that a family will not and should not grow. I have seen several articles about eager tiny home owners who are clearly not planning on ever having children. Our society upholds the ideal of couples restricting their family size to 2 children or less, applauding couples who choose to avoid the blessing altogether. Pets and careers have replaced children for many and the tiny home movement encourages that. A purposely tiny home intentionally limits the size of a family, which is fine in certain limited circumstances (older couple, chaste single person being a couple easy examples that come to mind). But there is an immense difference between those who can't have children and those who disdain the very idea. As Christians we should value each child as a person created by God and avoid seeing them as expensive commodities or as less important than earthly ideals such as careers and material possessions. Children are messy, can take up more space than adults with their energy and toys, and do less work in putting items away, an activity essential to living peacefully in a tiny home.
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My second biggest objection to a tiny house is the limits it places on hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 is just one of many passages in the Bible which encourage us to provide hospitality toward others, both strangers and friends. A truly tiny house is just big enough for the people living in it, leaving no space for guests. There are no extra chairs, no guest beds, no room at the dinner table. Any hospitality that is offered requires a lot of work and planning, since the hosts must carefully consider what and who will fit in their house. Food will probably be made last minute (no room to prep and store anything), and children will as likely as not be excluded (they take up too much space and get into too many things). Our particular ideal for hospitality is higher than most, so we wanted a home where we could host 20+ people (and not just once a year). Our particular climate requires us to plan on hosting indoors where others might be able to host outdoors. There are possibilities to practice hospitality despite small living quarters including hideaway beds, paying for someone's meal at a restaurant, serving in a soup kitchen, and participating in a meal train or bringing a complete meal to a friend's house (they provide the space, you provide the food). But increasing the effort required to practice hospitality often reduces the frequency we engage in it.
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Our particular climate makes it challenging to get outside every day. I have made an effort to do so several times but have never succeeded. I hear there are places where it is 68 and sunny almost year round...and daylight hours always exceed nighttime hours...Here we are not so fortunate. It rains or snows as often as not, is cold more often than not, and I haven't figured out a way to carry two babies simultaneously nor to push their double stroller down an unshoveled sidewalk. Getting outside takes effort and getting to a gym regularly is not happening for me right now. A tiny home doesn't provide enough space to get in a good workout. I have noticed a definite increase in both my activity and that of my children since we moved to our larger home at the beginning of this month. Once we adjust and need to intentionally exercise to get the same results, we now have the space indoors to make that happen. Tiny homes require extra effort to exercise and increasing the effort required to make it happen often reduces the frequency we will actually engage in it. I'm not saying it won't happen; I'm suggesting that I might not and that the sacrifices required (paying for a gym, arranging childcare, spending time and money driving to a location where that exercise can take place) might unintentionally outweigh the benefits.
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Pictures I have seen of tiny homes (the really tiny ones) don't leave much space to cook in. Now, I don't watch the tv show and I haven't sought out the various floor plans available. But until earlier this month I owned a poorly laid-out, apartment sized kitchen. Big enough to cook 3 meals a day for my husband and I with guests doubling the number of plates at our table as often as 3 times a week (our highest frequency before children). NOT big enough to peacefully cook 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks a day for 6 people, let alone have any guests join us. Again, increasing the effort required to make homemade meals often reduces the frequency a person will do so. Wouldn't it be better for our society's health and family budgets to eat at home more often, cooking the food from scratch, rather than tempting us to eat at restaurants or out of boxes and cans?
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I hope to avoid cluttering our new living space with items we don't need or truly want. The reality depends not only on me but also on my husband who cares sometimes about things I would just as soon toss and on my children who still need to be taught how to hold material possessions lightly with an open hand. Buying in bulk and storing items not currently needed can destroy a budget and foster unhealthy materialism but used well can be tools which save money and decrease a tendency toward spending a lot of time shopping. In a climate where we experience all four seasons, every member of my family needs clothing appropriate for a variety of weather conditions, and that clothing needs to be put somewhere. I choose not to buy a new wardrobe for each person with each change of seasons. So, during the winter I need to store my sandals and shorts somewhere and during the summer I need to store my coat and boots. I choose to save clothing that older children outgrow to pass on to younger children, though I will not keep those boxes of unused clothing for grandchildren and I try to avoid keeping more than a certain reasonable number of outfits. I also choose to make use of space to keep cloth napkins, heavy stoneware dishes, extra toiletries, a chest freezer and other items which we use regularly but had run out of room for in our previous home. I would love to see more people reuse items or buy slightly larger (less packaging: but only if you actually use it all) to reduce waste. But they take up space which might be too valuable in a house chosen to be as small as an individual can get away with.
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There are good reasons to choose a tiny home. But, I wonder, are they always the best reasons? Are some people sacrificing a better in favor of a good? Is smaller always better? Not for me and my family.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy Heritage: Moving into our Joshua Home

Our new house is big enough to make a baby monitor feasible. So we dusted off the one we still owned from nearly 8 years ago when our firstborn joined our family. Back then I registered for one because "everyone" told me I'd still want one to hear the little one even in our tiny house and because I had the idea that I'd carry it with me into the garden while she napped. RealLife: I could hear her quite easily throughout our house and when she napped, I napped. I was too spent to "waste" her naps on our garden. Now the monitor allows me to leave our 7mo old in his crib on the 2nd floor while I have the freedom of roaming the house (and maybe the garden...). Side benefit: it entertains the 19mo old beyond reason as she screams into the walkie-talkie receiver, every fiber of her being vibrating with the effort, barely maintaining her balance on her tippy toes, excited ecstatic to hear her brother (or sister, playing in the other room) through the receiver and making every effort possible to respond.
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The biggest incident that came from our move was my husband's smartphone falling from his pocket and being run over by a truck. Essential to his business, he had to spend more time than he would have liked finding another phone. But, he has a replacement now, and it really wasn't the most terrible fallout imaginable. We greatly appreciate our friends and family members who helped us out, by moving our stuff, by watching our kids, by painting or cleaning or wiring, by helping in the food prep, by assembling furniture, by remodeling our new home, by lending us tools, and in every other way we were supported in this move.
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Since I gave up on intensive Bible study, I've been a little bit at a loss on what to read during my daily prayer time. I've been reading the daily selections used at Mass which has its merits and some people find very satisfying, but I don't really enjoy. Mostly I find it difficult to delve very deeply into the verses chosen when individual verses are omitted (albeit for valid reasons) and the Responsorial Psalm almost always has verses omitted. I just don't enjoy the style for my personal Scripture study although I highly recommend it for those who do enjoy it and I do read the selections most Sundays in preparation for attending Mass. With the beginning of the new year I have settled on reading through the entire Bible, for the first time using a plan that includes the entire Catholic canon. I plan to read the chapters designated for each calendar day, skipping chapters that I simply don't get to rather than trying to play catch-up. I had been often playing the daily Mass readings podcast and found my children listening in, so I looked up an online audio Bible resource to play my daily readings on, so they will continue listening in.
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I am being outdone by my children in the area of piety. My 7yr old Maria says openly that she wants to be a saint. My 19mo old Princess includes angel, Mary, and AMEN! in her limited vocabulary and loves to blow goodnight kisses to a couple different religious pictures regularly. My 6yr old Reese is more pragmatic but refused a few months ago to be left out when my husband began taking our oldest to a weekly Mass. She may not always enjoy Sunday Mass, but at her insistence always goes with Maria and Daddy to Wednesday Mass. Lest anyone think we are too holy though (HA! That would not be RealLife!), I frequently overhear statements like "Sister, I will let you have the honor of serving me now." Besides the far-less-than-holy fights that take place multiple times every day.
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There are no pictures to accompany this post because I haven't unpacked my camera yet. Nor am I the least bit discouraged by that. Even with so much still hidden away in one box or another, and even with not knowing which box holds what I need in order to ____ nor where to put what I do find, the extra space makes such a positive difference. Maybe I should write a post on the problems I see in the fad movement toward tiny houses and why I am eagerly moving in the opposite direction.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

RealLife: Our perspective is wrong

I warned a friend the other day to keep her expectations low when she and her husband visit next week. Our house is in terrible disorder, both because of our upcoming move and because of the reasons behind that move. She, being very understanding, assured me that she would be more worried about my well-being if things were orderly than if they were as obviously chaotic as in fact they are. Her expectations for me were reasonable; mine for myself are perpetually self-defeating.
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It was a perspective changer for me when I realized that the much-admired Proverbs 31 wife had servants to work with her. She worked very, very hard, but she didn't work alone. In our society we have forgotten the value of community. We expect too much when we place the burdens of life on individuals and hold up models for those individuals to emulate without giving them the same resources that the models had at their disposal. We expect too much of ourselves when we try to be as perfect as our models without conceding that we need the same supports those models depended upon. The Biblical model wife may have had food and clothing in abundance for her household with plenty to spare to sell and turn a nice profit, yet she did not grow the flax herself and transform it all into clothing by herself and sell it herself to others and cook, clean, and entertain friends. She had a household including multiple servants. As hard as she worked, a good portion of what she did was delegating tasks (which she received credit for) to others. Nor were the clothes she provided for her household so numerous: she probably had as many for the entire household as we expect a modern wife to provide for each individual in her care.
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Our perspective is human and wrong. We need to take on the perspective of Christ. According to His standards for me, am I accomplishing in my life and home what I should be accomplishing? Well, actually, no. I am imperfectly human and perpetually falling short of His call for me. I am perpetually striving for a level of perfection which I will never actually achieve, yet the striving itself is fulfilling God's will for me. So I choose to be content. Not because my home is as clean as I would wish it or my responses to frustrations as gentle as I know the Lord would wish it. But because I am standing up again, striving again, falling again, and looking at life again with the question "What do You want of me right now, Lord?"
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RealLife: I let my toddler pull out all the orange peels from a mason jar because I hadn't yet poured white vinegar on them and the mess she was making was more acceptable to me than the mess she would have been making by playing with the wet dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.
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RealLife: Our monthly science packet for December arrived yesterday. We have not yet opened the packets for November or October, nor actually finished the packet for September. My current goal for this aspect of our official science curriculum: to finish at least 2 of the packets before the February packet arrives. Or at least before March's arrives...
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RealLife: It would be easier to completely paint our new house before we move in, but the wallpaper removal, cleaning, taping, priming, painting, cleanup, etc. required to do so in the midst of a very full life means that such a requirement would push back our moving date for another 2 months or so. Or pay far more than we can afford to have the whole house done professionally. I choose instead to leave up the wallpaper in 3 or 4 rooms and to move before the painting we are doing now is completed.
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RealLife: If I had a smartphone yet with the ease of quick photo taking and uploading then maybe I would be brave enough to post a photo of the toys covering the kitchen floor. Why so many toys there? It kept the baby content an extra 10 minutes so I could finish chopping vegetables. Actually, it took me 20 minutes to finish chopping, but he was content with the toys for half that time. I didn't have time afterward to pick the toys up (he was no longer content...) so they stayed there overnight. But in my RealLife other priorities have superseded the smartphone and it's too many extra steps to take the picture, plug the camera into my computer, upload, and transfer it over here, so I am posting this without any photos.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Lord will do amazing things

"Joshua told the people, 'Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'" ~Joshua 3:5
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We are VERY thankful for those who have helped us
fix up this house and who are planning to help us move
into it
This house purchase was impossible for us.
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To begin with, we weren't looking for a new house yet and the house wasn't for sale yet. But we were praying "for new neighbors with kids" (that intention was on my daughters' prayer lists to petition the Lord for it every day) and our friends across the street from our new house were praying that a family with kids would purchase that particular house. We didn't know that the answer to our prayer was that we would be the "new neighbors with kids" and our friends didn't know that we would be the answer to their prayer. They didn't know we were starting to seriously plan to move nor that we wanted to move to their neighborhood. Besides, the house wasn't for sale. It was a fairly recent foreclosure and some foreclosures take years before they're finally put on the market.
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This house needed some upgrades and repairs. Nothing too serious, at least for someone accustomed to doing their own remodeling work, but we're not that type of person. I don't own my own tools and my husband doesn't hang drywall for a hobby. He has done a lot of work on our first home, but because the work needed to be done, not because he needed some busywork. He usually asked a handyman friend to help him out, to finish the project when it moved out of his league, or hired someone from the get-go.
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Our realtor told us at closing that he had expected our particular type of loan to take an additional 2-3 months. He said our mortgage loan officer had done a great job getting the mortgage closed so quickly, which was true. If you need a mortgage, we can provide a recommendation. But also we credit the Lord for making the impossible come true in a very timely manner.
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Friends and family have helped. It is often a real
asset to have a large family and a tremendous
blessing to have a large church family.
Although there is a lot of work for us in this house, the structure, the location, and the details of it are absolutely catered to our family. It is the layout designed for the type of hospitality we want to offer, is not too big for our current family size yet has plenty of space for our family to grow if the Lord decides to bless us with more children. It is in the ideal location for our family dreams for the next 20 years. All these dreams which the doors are opening up for us are good dreams submitted to the Lord's will and the reality of this house comes about in His timing. I am writing this story here because we want as many people as possible to know that God really does work miracles still, and this is one example of His loving power to do more for us than we could ever ask for or imagine.
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The story isn't finished yet. We don't know fully what His plans are for our old house. We owe too much on it (thank you, Housing Crash of 2008) to sell it right now and we certainly don't want to see it empty or walk away from it. We continue to pray and seek the Lord's will so that He can continue to use it for His glory even while we live in another house. Our contractor is nearly finished with his part in remodeling our Joshua house and we'll be moving into it in a couple more weeks. Then, we'll see what is to happen to the house we are moving out of.
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Thankful Thursday: This isn't my blog
Happy Heritage: Prayer of Faith
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 1
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 2
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 3
The Lord will do amazing things
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Linked with Modest Monday

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 3

Our choice
We first saw the house in mid-July and put in our initial bid in late July. The bank owning the house countered and we put in our second bid in August. They rejected it. We let it sit on the market.
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Just as September turned into October my husband and I talked over our plan for this house. We agreed to leave it be until spring, realizing that we weren't willing to up our bid until we had saved up more money and the bank was more eager to sell the house. Just one day later the bank dropped their asking price by 30k bringing their price that much closer to ours (but still 20-30k more than we wanted to pay). Their price cut told us they were not eager to hold onto the house over winter and might be ready to accept a lower bid. So we put in the same second bid we had offered in August. Five days later they accepted that bid. We would be buying the house within budget, especially considering the repairs that needed to be done before we could move in and the stuff that we wanted to make the house our home.
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The Lord brought the story of Joshua entering the Promised Land and conquering Jericho to my mind and reminded me of it multiple times between our initial spotting of the house in July and our final purchasing of the house in November. Now, Joshua and the Israelites were without a homeland because they and their ancestors had obeyed the Lord's commands. Abram left Ur to follow the Lord and to live out His will for himself and his descendants. Now, so many hundreds of years later, Joshua was leading God's chosen people into the land the Lord had promised to Abram. God clearly told him that this was the next step, Joshua needed to trust the Lord's impossible instructions for the conquering of the first city of the Promised Land, and then Joshua and the Israelites needed to work a bit to obey.
We have had lots of help transforming this house
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This was a Joshua-type miracle for us on each one of those points. We were in need of a larger house because we welcomed into our life all the children the Lord has sent us, choosing not to turn away from His plan for us. We were in the Lord's timing. It was His plan that we were seeking and His timing in bringing that plan another step further. Time after time I asked the Lord to remove from me the desire for this house if in fact this was not His plan for us and time after time He simply strengthened that desire. We prayed in faith because we felt the Lord was telling us that this was the next step for us, so we wanted to trust Him to make the impossible happen. Though we needed to work a bit on our end as well.
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Many, many projects being done now
and many more waiting for us in the future
The bank owning the house accepted our offer the first week of October. We needed a mortgage loan that was working with the house as a foreclosure and giving us enough to complete the repairs and remodeling that needed to take place before we could actually live in the house. Our realtor told us at the closing that he fully expected our particular type of loan to take at least 2-3 months to complete, based on his experience as a realtor and an owner of multiple homes. He praised our loan officer for pushing it through quickly, allowing us to close only 6 weeks after our offer was accepted. While our loan officer worked so well with us and did an excellent job (let us know if you need a referral...), the success of his work was not entirely in his hands: it was very much also in His hands. (Also let us know if you need a referral to a realtor. Though he should have been less surprised at the outcome: he also knows the God of Joshua.) We closed on the house just before the mortgage credit report expired and just before the legal window for closing expired, so we didn't have to wait for another credit approval nor file any expensive extensions for our bid on the house.
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A week from today this won't look like a
construction zone. It will be a home for us to live in.
Our building contractor began work on the house the day we closed on it and expects to finish this coming week. Honestly, this home is far more blessing and far more work than I ever expected to own. We know lots of people who buy fixer-uppers, either to live in themselves after purchasing for far less than the house is worth when their done with it or to flip, selling the finished product to people like me. People like me who don't buy unfinished houses because we don't know how to do the work ourselves, we don't spend our free time on remodeling projects, and we don't frequent the building contractor resale stores. People like me who don't spend time on redecorating pinterest boards because we don't expect to ever take a home down to its bones and rebuild it. Paint colors...appliance choices...flooring options...room rearrangements... Actually, we didn't take this house to its bones, but we did replace 2/3rds of the floors, all the appliances, 1/2 the walls, the majority of the bathroom fixtures, several doors, and most of the light fixtures. That's enough redecorating to overwhelm me. There are projects in this house to keep us busy for the next decade or more, as our finances allow, in the windows, walls, and so much more.
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The location is just right for us. The size is just right for us. The structure is just right for us. God made the price and the timing right for us. We honor Him for breaking down the walls that "should have" prevented us from moving forward in the path laid out for us.
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Thankful Thursday: This isn't my blog
Happy Heritage: Prayer of Faith
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 1
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 2
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 3
The Lord will do amazing things
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Linked with Fellowship Friday

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 2

needing some repairs
The bank owning the house we wanted to buy counter-offered, dropping nearly a fifth off the original price! Still too much for us, but our realtor was shocked, never having experienced a counter offer in such a situation, and never having expected this particular house to sell for as little as the bank was now offering. Excited, hopeful, but realizing it was still an impossibility to us, we followed up a week later with a second offer. Meanwhile we continued talking over our situation with each other, with our mortgage loan officer, and with our realtor. We continued to pray and we half-heartedly looked at the descriptions of other houses in the neighborhood which our realtor sent to us. I had seen that the house next door had an open house on a day which was convenient for us, so I felt we should visit. It was a nice house. It had some of the criteria we were looking for and was in FAR better shape than the one we wanted, but it wasn't the one we wanted. I still felt like God was setting the stage for our miracle and looking at the next door home was somehow part of it. I kept packing all the things we weren't regularly using and tossing the items which weren't worth the trouble of moving.
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We had shared everything with our daughters, telling them to pray. They always referred to the house as "ours" and when I reminded them that we hadn't purchased it yet--that it would take a miracle for it to become ours--they corrected themselves and referred to it as "the house we're going to buy". I feared for their first real crisis of faith, if God in fact had other plans. Yet I still had the conviction in my heart that this was the home for us. I dutifully looked at the descriptions of other houses, but didn't really give any of them a chance to win me. I prayed that the Lord would remove the certainty I had if I had misunderstood Him, but the feeling only grew stronger. I prayed that the Lord would bring about the miracle.
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Over and over the story of Joshua defeating the town of Jericho impressed itself upon my mind. If God was leading us to buy this house, then it would require a miracle of that size, yet the Lord who brought down the walls of Jericho was certainly capable of making this home our own. I began reading the book of Joshua.
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Thankful Thursday: This isn't my blog
Happy Heritage: Prayer of Faith
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 1
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 2
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 3
The Lord will do amazing things
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Linked with Works for Me Wednesday

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 1

My husband and I tend to talk over big decisions for a long time without any set plans or deadlines, defining gradually what we are looking for but making no effort to actually find it. Then, suddenly, it's time: we move forward immediately without delay.

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We went about buying our second house in the same way: the process maybe began when we married and bought our first house, planning on it being a starter home we would live in for a couple kids, learning how to be home owners before eventually buying a larger house more suited to our long-term needs. Over the past 9 years we've had conversations here and there about the size, location, amenities, and so forth but never with definite plans to make it happen and never making any effort to look at actual houses. Over time we formed a list: A particular neighborhood near ~20 friends and close enough to siblings (who don't drive) that they could walk/bike to our house. 4-5 bedrooms for ourselves, our children, guests. 2 or more bathrooms (2.5 would suit us nicely). A spot for an edible garden. Room in driveway to hang a basketball hoop. 2 car garage. A kitchen double the size of our current apartment-size area. A home big enough to host 2-3 other families at a time for a meal. A back yard suitable for children to play in. With our list in mind, we did....nothing. The housing market dropped out while we still owed practically all of our mortgage. Our little starter home was now worth about half of what we had purchased it for and would certainly sit on the market for months or years without selling. But with our fourth child born this spring, we had to increase our home space. The space was really designed for 2 people and we were now 6. I was getting desperate so we began saving and decided to start actually looking next year.
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About a week after we made the decision to start looking the following year, we were out on a date without any real plans. My husband drove us over to the neighborhood we wanted to move into and we leisurely drove around to see which homes were currently on the market. Almost at the end of the neighborhood we spied an empty house not on the market. Would we have even noticed it if it were not next door to another home obviously for sale? We drove around a second time, actually marking down the addresses with signs in front which we could look into more online later (neither of us owned a smart phone). Stopping at the empty house we jumped out to verify that it was a foreclosure...then walked around into the back yard. I got a funny feeling as we opened the gate. Everything on our list was in this house and so much more. We had asked for 4 bedrooms: this one had 4 with potential for a 5th in the basement. 2.5 baths...this had 3.5. The kitchen was as large as my current living room. The basketball hoop my husband wanted? This house had a full court in the backyard, with three hoops. The garden I had wanted was clearly planned for, even fenced off from the play area of the fenced in backyard. We had wanted enough room to host get-togethers: with a kitchen eating area, a dining room, and 2 living rooms on the main floor, and a finished basement, we would most definitely be able to host all the people we had hoped for and more. All our little hopes were present also: dishwasher, smallish front yard (less grass to mow), driveway for a third vehicle, easy access to a park, great size deck. Our daughters had their own list of a tree in the backyard, 3 season room, purple bedroom with southern facing window, bedroom closet just like Grandpa and Grandma's, kitchen peninsula. All were present in this house. I no longer wanted to look at other homes. I felt that this house was the right one for us.
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But it wasn't for sale. When it went on the market it would surely sell for more than we could afford. And it was a fixer-upper. We are not fixer-upper people.
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The house did go on the market a few days later, we arranged to walk though with our realtor, and we prayed. If God wanted us to buy this house, He would have to work a miracle as large as that of Joshua defeating Jericho. Our realtor estimated it would sell for 40k more than we wanted to spend on it, considering the condition it was in, and being a foreclosure he didn't expect the seller to consider counter-offering. But since we know the God who brought down the walls of Jericho for Joshua, we continued praying, we arranged for a mortgage pre-approval, and I began packing our stuff. We knew it was impossible for us to own this home, but we acted as if it would be ours within a couple months.
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Thankful Thursday: This isn't my blog
Happy Heritage: Prayer of Faith
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 1
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 2
Buying a Home the Joshua Way Pt 3
The Lord will do amazing things
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Linked with Modest Monday, Works for Me Wednesday, Fellowship Friday