Well the first house did not work out. (Click here for ideas how I was going to gut it and redo) (Click here if you want to actually see, the tragic home) It is truly a blessing it did not work out. Really, click to look at the house. It was a total overhaul, and honestly with opening a business, teaching, judging, and tutoring. We really didn't have time for an overhaul. We found a MUCH better home though. Check it out.
My favorite part of the house....
We had to write a letter so the owners would choose us out of all the other bids.....
An open letter to the:
Current Memory Makers of #### Lxora,
Have you ever walked into somewhere and felt a since of peace? A sense of this is a place where we can make memories? I felt that way the second I took a foot in your home. We have been looking for a house we can call a home since we moved back to America, a little over a year ago. Typically, we walk into the home and say, "we can take this wall down, we can move this, or how can we make the kitchen bigger?" Then after we try to change all of this in the house we start compromising, "well, we don't have to have a big yard, well, we can be a little further from Josh's office." Or my favorite thing that has actually came out of my mouth during this process, "since the house has two kitchens, maybe rent one side out?" I tell you this to try to explain the process of finding a home has been anything but easy. We are ready to find a home. I get having a family live on commissions, my Dad sold cars for a bit, so every time we just walked away from a house I felt more guilt for taking the realtors time.
We did find one that we had compromised on over and over, but then found out the wiring and roof all had to be redone through inspection. We took that as not just a window of opportunity closing but a door slamming shut. We walked away and kept on praying, to find a place where we can make a home, and use our gift of hospitality for others. In our other homes, it has not been uncommon for us to have a retirement party for someone, a baby shower for others, family Thanksgiving, and our annual pumpkin carving party. The current house we are renting does not really allow for any of that, we never dreamed finding a home would take this long or be this hard.
We finally found the place we could call home! Yours! I know this is a place where you have made many memories. Where you have put a lot of blood sweat and tears making it your home. We want to continue that tradition of making memories in an inviting home. I took two steps inside this home and finally felt a since of peace. There is absolutely no compromising with this house. Anyone who has ever been to any of our houses through the years knows most of our time with friends and family revolves around sitting in the kitchen and doing something outdoors. I cannot tell you how many times we have had people come over, they sit at the kitchen table we just laugh and talk while we make memories. Your home is set up to do just that. Your kitchen even had a chalkboard in the kitchen like our Conway home. The chalkboard in our old home had the famous quote, “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” Your home is set up to make memories through life without anyone ever feeling like they must be off in the kitchen alone. I can promise you that we will take care of your home, make memories in your home, and love in your home. This home will continually be filled with God, love, laughter, trials, and memories.
After we walked outside I looked at the realtor and told him, “let's make an offer.” The backyard reminded me of our Conway home. It had character, personality, and could envision a lot of entertaining. Your screen even has a doggy door. We are ready for dogs again.
I have never had any say in the houses we have lived in because josh already had our Conway home before we got married and then the last three we have rented because Josh has moved before me. Well we are ready to set down roots (we started a business five miles from the house), get dogs again, and make memories in this home. We look forward to continuing the tradition of that house being a home.
Future Memory Makers of ####
Well the letter did not work! There were five offers on the house. We offered full price and were number four of five when they put the offers in order (one being the one they picked). Housing is so frustrating around here, there might be a decent house but it is in the middle of a neighborhood that I don't feel safe. Or you find a house in a great neighborhood and it is a complete overhaul, all while everyone is like vultures just waiting to peck, create a bidding war, and us not get the house. We have even been inside looking at more than one and they call and tell our realtor that they just accepted an offer, the houses usually stay on the market around a day around here in our price range. At this point with the house looking I am feeling pretty defeated. I know it is all in His plan, and there are better ones out there,but honestly I have never felt such like a failure as this. I am a pretty competitive person (surprise, surprise), and I HATE loosing all the time. I know it is something that in the grand scheme of things is no big deal, we have a place that keeps us cool, dry, and can lay our head down. This whole process really just, yet again, throws in my face how spoiled I am, and need to be remembered life is not about things. This process is teaching me like life has over and over life is about making memories and we can make memories anywhere.