Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who Would Buy a House Sight Unseen?

What do you do when so much has happened, so many feelings have been felt, so many tears and chuckles have been released, so many muscles have been worn out, so many lists have been checked off  AND SO MANY miles have been crossed that you just do not know where to begin?

All morning, here in Writer Son and Sassy Bride's cute Texas home, my mind has bounced around various ideas to convey this slightly surreal moment the Hubs and I are in right now. As mentioned back in my post Suddenly At Last, the activity of the last several weeks has been crazy. Little did I know while writing that post, that it was just the BEGINNING of the crazy.

I began packing for this move nearly 9 months ago. I knew we WANTED to move. I knew we NEEDED to move, and I knew WHERE we wanted to move. But the HOW to do this big transition was beyond both of us. Hubs did not have a job in the new state. We had lived in that CA home for 19 years and I had NEVER lived more than an hour from where I was born!!

So I packed little things that no one would notice. Hubs did not even know what I was doing. But I theorized that when you want to sell a home, it needs to be clutter-free and impersonal so that the buyer can picture themselves in the home. We had a garage sale, took a few things to the goodwill, donated books to the local library. Still with no clue how to bring about the change we were beginning to feel was desperately needed.

Want to know what else I began doing so long ago? As an avid Internet lover it was natural to begin checking out the homes and apartments for sale in the town we wanted to live in, near our son and his wife. It became a bit of an obsession. I have Pinterest Boards bursting with Real Estate pictures and homes and yards and sights to see in the state of Texas.

Every once in a while I would show the Hubs a cute place that I thought would suit us. At the same time we told ourselves how silly it was to be "house shopping" like this because who in the world would actually buy a home long distance? We knew we could not do anything about it even if we found the PERFECT HOME.

But still we looked and pinned and forwarded.

And prayed.

Nothing big and dramatic. Our faith is real and deep, but more low-key than it used to be. My main prayer was more like ...."Um help please?"

And then THE CALL CAME. My husband's supervisor had contacted the supervisor of the same company in Texas and he had told them about Hubs and the Texas store had an opening for him and wanted him!!!

Yay and much rejoicing happened.

They wanted him there in 7 weeks!! GULP!

Could we ACTUALLY DO this?

We did. It has been a very busy, stress-filled 7 weeks, but we worked on our house, showed our house, sold our house, found a moving company that we hope did a great job (Don't know yet!), and packed up the dog and 3 weeks worth of clothes and took 4 days to drive from CA to TX. Bam! (Wow, the word "Bam" makes it sound so so easy!)

The plan was to stay with Writer Son and the adorable Sassy Bride (who is carrying Little Sprout) for 3 weeks until our new home was ready for us.

Oh yah, did I tell you that we fell in love with a house online in the middle of all that crazy packing, selling and cleaning? I had seen it before and was given the sad news that it was already in the process of being bought, so I crossed it off my list. But on my Pinterest Board it still said in all caps...."I WANT!".

Our amazing Texas Realtor (who happens to be the DIL's little Sis) called the place a few days later and discovered quite by "accident" that the sale had fallen through and it was not even re-listed yet....It was AVAILABLE!!!  So now things moved into high gear. Hubs and I would be taking calls and emails about the buying procedure while wrapping dishes in newspaper and stuffing everything we owned in box after box after box. AT THE SAME time the sale of our CA home was going through ups and downs and obstacles and victories!! ACK! We did not sleep well, as tired as we were. And Hubs was going back and forth to work through all of this. He took the last week off and said that staying home to help with the packing etc was more exhausting than being at work!

SO YES, WE BOUGHT A HOME LONG DISTANCE! The realtor pics were amazing. But aren't they all? (Well actually NO they are NOT all amazing. I am shocked at some of the ugly pictures I saw! Clean your kitchen people!) We had Writer Son, Sassy Bride and SB's mom walk through the house with a video camera. That was very helpful and we still loved what we could see of it.

With fear and trepidation we started the buying process on a house we had never seen in person. At each step we assured ourselves that it was not too late to back out. That it is a PROCESS.

Oh this post is getting so long....

During our 4 day road trip out here we took calls about the money from house #1 being wired in time for house #2. It was an hour by hour race to make it work. We would be enjoying the scenery and feeling like we were on vacation, then a call would come and it was back to business. (Layla, the dog was a great traveler by the way. I was so worried!)

We arrived in Texas last Sunday. We spent Monday chasing the money, talking to bankers, brokers, real estate people etc. Tuesday we tried to see the house but an appointment had to be made with the current owners and it failed. Wednesday we got word that the sale was ours if we wanted it and that night (last night) we finally walked through the house for ourselves. And yes, we wanted it.

I was (am) enchanted by the neighborhood first, then the wonderful entryway of the brick home was perfection. Each room made us all sigh and exclaim over the details. It is comfortable and elegant at the same time. As I stood in the master bedroom and peeked out the window to the backyard, my eyes filled with tears and the Hubs put his arms around me. A gorgeous swimming pool. I HAVE A POOL!! I'd seen the pics and the video, but the reality was even better! I NEVER THOUGHT that I would have a home like this. It is beyond my dreams....because my dreams have always been pretty small.

I am SO THANKFUL that God did not decide to fulfill my small dreams. Those first Pinterest boards of homes? They were all tiny condos and apartments meant for 2 and a dog. I made sure they each had access to a local pool. I knew I wanted to be able to be in water if I was going to live in the heat-famous Texas.

But God simply SKIPPED OVER those tiny dreams and Pins. He went above and beyond. And I've done nothing to deserve such an act of grace.....maybe that's why it is called grace. My heart has been so tired and grumpy and full of doubt. And HE GAVE ME a gorgeous pool with a waterfall and hot tub! What??

Still trying to figure this out....I'll get back to you.

In the meantime......





My first view of our new home as we drove up to it.



Thank you dear friends for the ongoing encouragement and prayer, your words have meant so much in this odd season of our life.
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    1. Thanks David. We are still shaking our heads and grinning at one another. Curt just walked through here and said, "You know, even with all the tension and set-backs, this whole could not have gone smoother." The tension was just from the waiting in between the wheeling and dealing, you know? So blessed, and the guest rooms will be ready soon!

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  2. I can't even believe all this. WOw. So happy for you! Can't wait to visit. And go in that poooooooooooooooool! ;)

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    1. I can't even either! Haha! The pool is calling you Dawn!

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  3. I love this story so much because I have been praying for you since way back when, before you knew you had a new grandbaby on the way, before you knew about Hubs job, before you might have even figured it out yourself...I just knew that God was up to something big in your lives....and that in HIS time He would reveal it. I still believe this is just the beginning. I am SO happy for you ALL, even Layla! God is so good. I am smiling from ear to ear, even tho it hurts because of my "raccoon eyes" (not really) but you know what I mean. LOL. Can't wait to come visit you someday. I think I could get to Texas long before I'd ever get to CA. :)

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    1. Yes Pam, you and Dawn and others have been such positive prayer partners! Thank you friend, for seeing more than I could. I appreciate you so much! I can easily picture you and me and Dawn sitting in that hot tub!

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  4. Oh my friend! I hearyour heart. Amazement ...joy...hope...shock and awe. David and I are happy because you two are happy. We love you guys!!!!

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    1. Thanks friend! Amazement for sure....keep in mind that 2 years ago we were on food stamps for almost a year!!! So it is taking my mind and heart a bit of time to make this transition....but it's a wonderful transition to have to make!!

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  5. You did so much WORK! Moving, selling, packing, buying, wow. And you have a beautiful attitude of acknowledging God surprising you beyond your wildest hopes. I really like that pool, by the way.

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    1. Yes Terra, SO much work. On May 1st I did have a mini-stroke and the Doc said to take it easy for awhile....Haha, we just laughed and told her what we were doing. But I am doing fine now.

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  6. Congratulations!!! God is good. He had that house prepared for you all along!!!

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    1. Thanks Niki. We are living with the kids for a few weeks and it reminds me of your living situation.....but ours is temporary.

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  7. God did an amazing thing for you. I am happy for you.

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    1. Thank you Celeste. I am so surprised and appreciative of the good wishes and prayers from my online friends!!

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  8. Congrats! that is so awesome!

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  9. What an an incredible house...and what an amazing story! I am so happy for you. But just think - one day we'll all be like you, moving into a home sight unseen - our Heavenly mansion. You'll just have more experience doing that than the rest of us :)

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  10. Wow! Just wow!

    Very encouraging.

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    1. Yes Sandi, that seems to be the word we are saying over and over again around here! Thanks for coming by!

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