Just so you know, the reason I haven't been around here too often lately is - apparently - our life right now is too calm. We simply don't have enough going on. Our life is boring and needs......something.
Apparently, it is time to buy a house!
(Isn't there some kind of "list"? A list of the top most stressful things you can go through? I think we've got that list down pat! In fact, we like to combine stressful experiences - just for fun!)
So anyway, that's what I've been doing. Looking at real estate sites, searching out possible homes, determining what our needs vs. wants are, figuring out financial requirements, and lots of prayers for wisdom and discernment. And we haven't even started actually looking at houses yet!
Luckily, we live in the church parsonage and have little hindrances on this end (don't have to sell another house, don't have to worry about a lease, etc.). We also happen to be in a great buyers-market..........if this is the time the Lord has for us to buy a home, we could stand to get the most house for our money (which is great, since we don't have all that much money!!).
I'm trying (really trying) not to get too excited yet. Buying a home, THIS home - at THIS time in our lives - is really exciting to me. It's a home we will live in for years to come! A place for the kids to really remember as "home". A place we can settle into, put down some roots, feel as though, yes, this is OUR home.
And no, I'm not a patient person - I'm working on it - and the Lord is working on me. So I'll try to be patient and not rush all this. We want to pray each step that we take, making sure we are looking to what God wants for us, and not just what we think WE want. It's hard, at least for me it is....;)
So there ya go - in my "spare time" I'll be searching out a home for this crazy family of mine (including space for my folks a few years down the road). We simply don't fit in your standard 3bedrm/2bath home, so who knows how long this will all take?! At least I can rest in the knowledge that GOD has a plan for us - and He loves us!!
(Although I'm still impatient.........this process takes WAY too long...........)