This is the opposite of what I'm trying to do to my house now. It's been a crazy (hot) week. We had some awesome friends come out and help us move from our little humble apartment home last Saturday (in 100 degree weather) to a cute little house with a yard and garden. We love it. We are SO blessed to have been able to move in there!
A few weeks ago we just decided randomly to see what else was out there, found a few listings to go check out and made some appointments to go see them. We first looked at a duplex not far from where the apartment was, and we were ready to apply for it and move in! It was 300 sq ft bigger than our apt and had a garage and a front yard, and big deck out back. However, the lady renting it was just leaving on vacation and couldn't show it to us until the following week. We decided to check out a few others. There were two more pretty close to the same neighborhood, but we liked one more than the other. We drove to the one we didn't like as much (though we did like it once we got there) and peaked in the windows since we missed the time that the lady said it would be open to view, but then quickly headed out excited to see the other one we liked more. We pulled up and decided "yuck, no thanks", and saw a couple girls coming out of it with applications in hand, not to mention the rental lady had not been very friendly.
We decided to drive back to the other house we had just looked at. We decided it was perfect and wanted to pick up an application. We drove all the way home, searched for the ad on craigslist, but there were no numbers to call. I had received an email from the lady, so I googled her name, in hopes of finding a phone number. LOVE Google! There it was. :) Skyler called them up and they (shocked that we had called them since they never gave their phone number out) said we could come over and pick up apps. It turned out to be a very nice younger couple that owned the house and had lived in it for 5 years, and had just bought a different house not far away from the rental about a year ago. We filled out our applications and dropped them off the next night at the house. Little did we know, they were also showing the house to several other couples that same evening. We shook in our boots. Never ever have I had to compete for a house/rental before!!! We chatted with them and tried to get to know them some and then went home and sent them an email just reiterating how much we would love to live in their little house. Then we agreed that if it were meant to be, God would allow us to be in the house. A LONG few days went by and they called!! They chose us and wanted us to be their renters!!! We were ecstatic! This ADORABLE, charming older house was the same price we would have paid for that duplex we first looked at. God provided for us. :) He knew exactly what we wanted - cute old house, yard, garden, roses, CHERRY TREE (my fave fruit ever), huge shop for Skyler, and nice (older) neighbors, and GREAT landlords who aren't a company who don't care about you...and He provided exactly that, and more. :)
Now we are in full unpacking mode and trying to get things liveable before our friend Daniel flies in tomorrow from NYC to stay with us for a week. We've got it pretty well settled, and the baby's room is looking empty now instead of a ton of boxes to unpack (which is good..because now we can fill it with a crib and dresser!!) I will post pictures soon and invite you all in to our new home. :)
We are blessed and so excited to have a cute little house to bring Baby E home to!
Thanks again to all our awesome friends who helped out!