...I'm not even sure where to begin.
Well, maybe at the beginning.
When we first decided to buy a house, we didn't think we'd be able to find anything we could afford and also love. We called the Realtors that everyone in my family has used and just left it up to the Lord. There's no harm in looking, right? The first day we went out looking, Al & Barb (the Realtors) showed us a little condo that was not yet on the market and was going to go for a really great price- the owners wanted it gone ASAP. Well, it was perfect for us, and we were able to get into our first home! Lickety split- just like that. It was such a huge blessing in many ways.
Now that our next huge (yet little!) blessing is on the way - we decided to sell our lovely little home and simplify as we adjust to life on a single income. We've been told by many who "know," that the market for "first time homes" (i.e. as inexpensive as they come) is much better than the general market lately. So we had our hopes up that it wouldn't be too difficult to sell before the baby gets here. (September!) However, we weren't really mentally prepared for what happened this week.
We put the condo on the market on Friday.
Two couples came by to view it on Sunday.
They both made offers.
Last night, five days after putting the house up for sale, we finished the final negotiations with couple number two and signed the papers. a.k.a. we sold it.
For exactly what we wanted to sell it for, too. They want to close June 9th, so that gives us a nice 7 weeks to figure out what we want to do now.
We are so humbled by the Lord's favor- we just sat at the table last night staring at each other saying, "what did we do to deserve this?" The question is of course rhetorical- we did nothing. We deserve nothing. We are so dumbfounded that He would continue to show us blessing after blessing that there really are no words to describe it properly. We both confessed that we've been "waiting" for the bomb to drop one of these days- you know- for something terribly horrible to happen because life isn't supposed to be this easy. Just to have Him, each other, food & shelter would be a very blessed life indeed- but to be surrounded in loving families, to have an incredible marriage, a fantastic & thriving church family, a beautiful home, great jobs, to have gotten pregnant so easily, and now to have sold our home with such ease..... it just doesn't all add up. So we are humbled, grateful, and blessed almost to the point of disbelief. Almost. :)
To the rest of you out there in the home-selling process: know that we have been & will continue to be praying for you! It'll happen!!