“Thank you for contacting me about the lot on Salem Church Road. It is not listed for sale, however I do plan to list it in the near future. Without real estate brokers involved, I would be willing to sell it to you for $
I was giddy. Could my plan really work? Almost immediately, I remembered to check my emotions. I had gotten my hopes up on the other two properties that we wanted and lost.
The good news is that my theme verse came to mind quickly.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I actually remembered to pray. I could rejoice in the small victory that God achieved in my heart. I was going to Him first.
I couldn’t wait to tell my husband about the e-mail. I waiting until sometime in the middle of the wedding reception to let him know. We agreed to e-mail the seller back immediately. In the email, we asked for his phone number and if we could call him the next day.
On that Monday, we had a friend who works in land development out to the lot to give us his opinion of the land. His advice was to put in an offer right away because the land was worth a lot more than what the seller was willing to sell it to us for. Our friend explained that Apex is still somewhat of a small town and when people see us out there walking the lot, word could spread. That made us a little nervous. We knew that we had to figure out if we could get water and sewer to the lot and how much it would cost. In the middle of researching the new land, we were packing and preparing to store most of our belongings. We had to be out of our house in two weeks.
We moved in with my in-laws on August 22nd, sold our house September 4th, and bought the lot on September 21st. It was a grueling few weeks. We were packing as we tried to decide what to keep, what to sell, what to donate, and what to throw out. I forgot how much I hated moving. And I don’t use the word “hate” very often. I was so exhausted. We all were so exhausted. Thankfully, we had so many friends who helped us pack the storage pods and helped us move some our necessities and a few pieces of furniture to my in-laws’ house.
In ministry, we almost always done the work at our houses so I told my husband the idea I had to rent a Bobcat and clear our new property of the small trees, my husband didn’t flinch.
Yes! We got a little dirty – but we got the job done.
The next several months were a whirlwind of planning. I found a 30-day free trial of a home designer software and spent many late nights designing our dream house. I couldn’t save the plans on my computer because of the free trial so I took screen shots and printed them out.
Some of our desires in the new house were: a 1st floor master, a large main room that would include our kitchen, family room, and a spot for a long farmhouse table, two rooms for our boys to share downstairs, and another room and separate bathroom for our only daughter. I remember even sitting at a traffic light sketching the first floor on the back of an envelope. I wanted to get this right. Here’s one of my early screenshots on my computer:
While we were dreaming up the house plan, we started looking for a builder. We interviewed about 5 different builders and finally settled on one who would help us build our dream house at a crazy low price. God has always provided for us in amazing ways.
We broke ground on April 16, 2016. Having a house built really is a full-time job. My husband is not a big detail guy so most of the decisions were up to me. It was a lot of fun being able to pick out all the finishes. But I have to admit, it was tiring. I felt the pressure to get it all right. Just another opportunity to keep praying and seeking the Lord.
On August 30, 2016, we moved into our new farmhouse. There was still (and is still) work to be done, but we were in. After one full year without a home of our own, the process was finished. During that year, I realized how much I took our house for granted. I even couldn’t wait to start cleaning. (I have to admit – that desire has worn off a bit.)
But most days, I look around in awe of all that God has blessed us with. It surely was an adventure that we’ll never forget.
Here’s a short video I made of all the exterior still pictures that I took along the way.