lead us to a new direction in our lives. I had to go back and read my posts from a couple of weeks ago. I could not remember where I left off, and I needed to make sure that I didn't repeat myself. First let me say that I apologize for not posting last week. I did keep a running status via Facebook, but I also know that is not the same thing.
So where I left off...
We stayed at the hotel until July 9th, and then we had to say good-bye to our new friends at the Comfort Suites. I will tell you, that I enjoyed our stay there. Everyone was so gracious.
I am just so overwhelmed with gratefulness by people that I know and didn't know well who helped us out every night. Our family enjoyed many home cooked meals while we were at the hotel. I don't know if I'll ever be able to express how I feel. Loved. That is a good word to start with. Loved. We've decided that as soon as we get moved into the new home, that we are invited each person that took the time to bring us dinner to our home for a meal. We love to do this anyway, but I have a little more in mind than just a meal.
On July 4th, we took the kids to a friends for a cook out and then we went and watched the fireworks. Where we were at, we were able to see 4 different firework displays! It was really a nice break from all that was going on.
So on the 9th we went to talk with our lawyer and try to figure out what was the best direction to go. After much counsel from friends who have been where we are, realtors, and now our lawyer, we surrendered the house. I want to say that it broke my heart, but a house is a house. My home is where my family is. I am sad that I have to walk away from the house that we've called home for almost 7 years, but we know that we cannot fix such a huge problem. I find it quite absurd to fork out $40,000 for a fix that should not exist on a home that is less than 10 years old.
After the decision was made, I felt at peace. The hardest thing for me is having so many options and not sure which way to go (Maybe that is why I don't care to shop). Now that I have a direction, I can now focus on the task at hand and take the next step. So the next, Mike and I went house hunting. I have to say that even that was a "which way do we go" type of feeling. We knew what we were looking for, but we weren't sure if it was out there. I'm so glad that God is in control....
We found the right house to rent!! I'm so super excited! Can you tell!!!!!! Yes it was everything that I was praying about. There are many prayers and praises over this whole entire situation that I don't think that I can express them all. Anyways, the house...it's one tenth of a mile from our old house, so same neighborhood! I don't have to change school zones!!! The kids already know the other kids!!! The rent is less than what our mortgage was!!!! That is instant savings (Woo0H00 & can I get an Amen!!), and we are able to keep our personal belongings, so I don't have to worry about buying a bunch of new things (I'm so glad about that!). And it's rent buy owner, because the owner just remarried and is not ready to sell just yet. We will be signing a one year lease, and she said that we could fence the backyard! BONUS, because we have fence already to use!!! I'm so super excited!
So, we have flooring to replace what we need to in the old house. We are slowly packing up the rooms. That is fun, because we are able to clean and find things we forgot about. All in all, we (well I) am just once again Totally Amazed at God's mercy, love and provision!
~Peace & Blessings~