I've been sitting here trying to put into words what has been going on in our lives over the past month and I don't even know where to begin. About a month ago I posted a blog about "Fear" and how we were very uncertain what this year held for us financially because of our house situation. I had a "God Moment" that particular day. We were getting ready to show our house to a new couple that week. I really felt peace about it.
The couple came in and loved our house. We got really good feedback and they decided they wanted to come see it again on Saturday. Up to this point, we had never had anybody come back a 2nd time. To say we were thrilled was an understatement! We heard that we should be getting an offer within the week. The lady was working out of town and wasn't able to do anything while she was gone. That week was the LONGEST week of our lives. Each day, Jake and I would say..."One more day is done!"
A whole week had passed and we got a call that the couple wanted to come back for a 3rd time. This time, though they had some requests. Let's see..."Make a fire in the basement, leave all candles/Scentsy off, & could we possibly pick up the dog poop out front" (SIGH) By this time we are feeling like disgusting bums. They were coming to see our house on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 2:30. Jake and I discussed and felt this was our only chance of getting this house sold. We were feeling desperate to make any deal possible work with these people. We woke up Sunday morning and decided we would tear out our Master Bedroom carpet (it needed changed anyway)and have new carpet installed Monday morning. This is how we roll! Last minute! I think Jake really likes the thrill...or something. It makes me a nervous wreck! When I left for school Monday morning my whole bedroom was scattered throughout my house. All morning sitting in meetings I kept worrying. I called Jake on lunch (11:00 a.m.) and EVERYTHING was back together PERFECTLY! I have to say a special thank you to Joe Grimmenger, Bobby & Jennifer and my dear hubby! I ran home on lunch to inspect. On my way home I called my mom to tell her we got it all ready. During our conversation I said, "Don't you wish we knew someone who would just come "look" at our house to get these people going?" She said, "Yeah, do we know anybody that we could send to just go "look"?" I prayed that God would send us another person to just look at our house.
So, about 30 minutes later Dad called and said, "Krista, do you think you can show your house around 1:30 to a new couple?" I said, "WHAT?! ARE YOU SERIOUS? DAD, YOU ARE LYING!" This went on for several minutes until he convinced me that he was serious and someone new was seriously coming to look at the house just an hour before the 3rd timers.
Now, the game changed just a little! I was so amazed at God and how he was answering each and every prayer down to sending us a new looker! Tears of joy for me! I was on cloud nine! I went on back to school and Jake sent me a text and said...these people LOVED our house! I really think they are going to buy it. He stayed while they were there and answered all their questions and got to see their reaction to the house.
Not only did we have the 3rd timers but now we have another couple (who I might add we knew of them...great people) who were extremely interested!
Monday night we got our first offer...3rd timers...and it was really LOW! So low that we were pretty certain there was no way possible it was going to work out. But, we were feeling pretty good because we had a backup. We had a counter offer going all week between us and the other couple. Finally on Friday we got the news that was the highest they could go and they knew it was our bottom dollar. Deal was done with them. My Dad sent me a text that not only told us that our deal was done...but that our backup had found another house during the week and were thinking about it. All in one text! I seriously felt like the wind was knocked out of me! We had a pretty crumby weekend. Jake had to work so I took the kids to the city by myself to try to get my mind off of everything.
How we went from having two potential buyers to nothing in a matter of a day was beyond me! We had found the perfect house to move in to. During the "countering week" I had contacted the owner to go look at it. She had a family emergency come up and couldn't get back to us until later in the week. In the meantime, Jake said...I guess you should call her and let her know we won't be coming to look at the house. I really felt like I was supposed to hold off. I waited for her to message me once things got a little less hectic for her really hoping something else would happen for us. So, I waited. She sent me a message last Tuesday and I had to tell her our contract all fell through. On Wednesday, my dad called me and said, "What are you doing Saturday?" I said, "Oh not much...I have CTA trivia in the evening..." He said, "Good! Get your house ready to show the other couple is coming back!"
Again, EXCITEMENT!! But, we didn't want to jump the gun. We kept reminding each other...not to get ahead of ourselves. Saturday came and we decided to stay to talk to the couple. Basically when they left we didn't know the details but knew our house was SOLD!!!
Praise the LORD!! As I look back over the course of this month, I can now see how the puzzle pieces all fit together. Was it a coincidence that our buyers came the SAME day the 3rd timers did? Just an hour before? God knew how desperate we were and had we taken their deal we would have had to of taken out a loan to sell our house. While I am pretty sure we wouldn't have done it, I think we may have been a little more tempted! I know I mentioned that we knew of these people who were buying our house. But, when I say they are GREAT people...it is a complete understatement. We actually sat down with them last night in the kitchen with both of our agents and worked out all of the details of the contract. Not too many people do it that way. They appreciated it...and we are BEYOND thankful for God sending this perfect family for our house.
If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times...From day 1--I've said this house is going to take the Perfect Family. Thank you, Jesus for always taking care of us and sending the perfect family! I am feeling beyond blessed! To God be the glory!!
"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8