Sunday, February 14, 2010
We found this home. Although it needs some updating and remodeling, we love the floor plan, secluded location and the view of more than 100 acres of ranch land from the back porch.
The home was being sold through a short sale, and from all indications, it looked as if the sale would go through. Last month we received a call from our realtor who informed us that the owner's mortgage company is now strongly considering foreclosure and there is only a 10 - 15% chance they will proceed with the sale.
We've been house hunting in this area for more than 15 months. In all that time we've looked at only 5 possibilities. This home was #4. Mr. B has looked at a 5th home since receiving the bad news on house #4 - but like the first 3 homes, he doesn't think it will fit our needs/desires.
Sometimes, I think that when others peek into my world through this blog, they walk away with the image that our life is stress-free or that we appear to really "have it all together" - especially since I am not one who likes to bemoan or dwell upon every problem or challenge that arises in our family's life. In all reality, our lives aren't any easier than anyone else's. Mr. B has worked in another state, more than 1,500 miles away from us, for more than 13 months. Although he has had some occasional 3-4 day visits home during the past year, a separation of this magnitude presents all sorts of challenges for one's marriage and family. When he accepted his job transfer, we never dreamed finding another home would be so incredibly challenging.
In today's economic climate, with hundred's of thousands of job losses every month, including lay-offs within Mr.B's own company, I am very grateful that Mr.B continues to be employed. I do not desire his return home if that includes a job loss. Actually, we don't want Mr.B to come home at all. We want to join Mr.B. That's the reason he took this job transfer. Our family wants to live in an agricultural and rural area. We want to live in a cooler climate where summertime air conditioning is not a necessity. We want to have enough land to grow a larger garden and raise more than just chickens and/or rabbits.
I don't know why our move is being hindered, but I continue to trust in the Lord's timing and in His plans and desires for our family. I continue to praise Him for the provision He provides our family.
Psalms 37:3-5, "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."