This month has been absolutely crazy and I can't believe that July is just next week.
So... we sold our house.
Here's a quick run down on how things have gone in the last few weeks.
June 4 - we had our real estate agent come over to sign the papers to list our house and have a For Sale sign go in the lawn.
June 7th - our listing hit MLS and we got our first call requesting a showing. We weren't quite ready so we declined.
June 8th - we had three showings
June 10th - open house
June 11th - two showings. Our agent called us asking to come by that evening to talk. One of the couples that came that morning were making an offer. It was much lower than we had listed at, and they were requesting a July 16th closing. Doable. We countered with a new price and waited.
June 12th - went to look at a house that was for rent and we all liked it. The landlord was very kind and the house was bright and clean. Our agent came over in the evening with a counter offer. The couple had come up in price, but with a new closing date of June 30th. Still doable. We accepted the offer but were told it was conditional on financing and it would take up to five days to be confirmed.
June 13th - went back to look at the house. We all fell in love with it. It had everything we asked God for, and then some.
June 14th - Ian got a call from the guy renting the house. He had another family interested in renting and was willing to pay more than we were, but he really liked us and wanted to give us the opportunity to commit to the lease. I felt sick. None of us wanted to lose this house! But... if the financing didn't go through for the buyers, we'd have two houses. After discussing it and praying about it, we decided to commit to the lease. We met with the landlord at the house and signed. He gave us the keys right then and there and said we could start moving in anytime. Later that night I brought my mother by the new house so she could see it. She LOVED it.
We visited the house pretty much every other day or so, taking measurements and planning. Every day that passed and we didn't hear any news about the financing was hard. For me, at least. Ian never waivered - he had faith that everything would go through, and if it didn't, he knew God would provide another option. Me? Stomach aches, headaches, couldn't sleep, wound so tight, you name it. I couldn't have heard God telling me anything if He was shouting an inch from my face!
June 18th - the house inspector came, along with the buyers and their agent. Ian said the inspector came with two huge black suitcases and a ladder and went over everything with a fine tooth comb. As he was leaving, Jordan went out on to the porch and yelled "bye bye, sucka!" Twice. I was sure he'd fail us.
June 21st - we received verbal confirmation that the financing had been approved.
June 22nd - Ian booked our movers and in the evening we went out for dinner to celebrate!
June 23rd - went to the new house and I cleaned, the children played in the backyard and Ian made trips back and forth moving boxes. It was a happy day.
For the last two days, Ian has made countless trips to the new house moving stuff. And caring for the kids. And dealing with a million details. And getting up with Matthew throughout the night. He is exhausted. I appreciate his hard work more than I could ever say.
Tonight we had our first dinner at the house. Ian's best friend Gary came and it just felt wonderful. After dinner my mom came to visit and got to see how everything was shaping up. We talked and talked and it felt so good to see her. With things being so busy I haven't been over much of late. Having her in my new home felt awesome. She has been such a constant source of support for us, in every sense.
It's a very busy week. There is a lot of pressure at work as it's month end, and I'm trying to fit five days of work into three because I'm taking Thursday and Friday off.
I have a lot of packing to do still. I should be doing that now, but I felt like blogging instead.
We are so in love with this new home that God has so lovingly provided for us. It feels right being there. The neighbourhood is lovely and quiet, and even though it's less than ten minutes from where we've lived for the last 13 years, it feels like another world. We're going to be happy there and we're going to make great new memories. So thankful for this blessing.
Not sure when I'll be able to blog again but if you could keep our family in your prayers over the next few days, we'd be so thankful. There are still some details that need to come together and we're trusting that God will work all of that out.
I can't believe things have gone so quickly. We are feeling very, very, blessed. God continues to be so good to us.
That's it for me - I'm off to bed!