Well for the most part things are back to normal. As normal as they can be in a house of eight kids anyways… Suffice to say it’s been hectic. I’ve spent a good part of my time baby bound, having to hold, nurse, burp, change, help fart, and otherwise comfort little Luke. A large chunk of the rest of my time has been used with our new project – trying to find a house to buy. Our landlords told us that at the end of this lease term they’re not renewing the lease because they have to fix it up. It’s pretty run down, and has been, since we moved in, but I guess it’s easier to fix when you don’t have tenants constantly calling with something else that’s falling apart. So come September right now, we have no place to live.
On that note, I started looking around town, curious if there was anything we cooks afford that had what we needed. Then something interesting happened. I found a listing for a five bedroom, 3 bathroom mobile home. At the same time I found this listing, Shane sent me a message from work that contained a link to the same house. He’d seen the same listing at the same time…to me that was one sign.
The house has carpet. Big plus for me because I’m so sick of hardwood and laminate floors it’s not even funny. They say it’s easier to clean but I’m my opinion it’s much easier to vacuum every day than sweep and mop and mop an entire house every day. Even with frequent mopping, everyone’s feet are black by the end of the day. I have had to wear shoes around the house constantly because I can’t stand the feeling of my feet being dirty. I’ve never had that issue in a carpeted house, but in the two rental houses I’ve lived in without carpet – black feet no matter how much I clean. I can’t explain it.
The house is on for acres of land! I wanted land so we could start a homestead as finances permitted. This house has said land. And it’s filled with trees so that if we’re not ready to deal with it right away we don’t have for acres to mow!
It’s in the city limits but still is very secluded with a very rural feeling. Big plus there.
Did I mention the FIVE bedrooms and THREE bathrooms! Enough space for my large family. There’s a large kitchen with lots of counter space – good for my cook from scratch mentality. A working dishwasher, a flat top stove…
Best of all, it’s in our price range. A monthly mortgage won’t cost much more than what we pay for this place in rent now!
It has a nice, spacious covered porch. There are two dens. And since we don’t have two dens worth of furniture right now, that will give the kids a play room! Something they haven’t had in a while but desperately needed. The teens won’t have to share a room with the little guys, the little guys will finally have a space to call their own…. It’s win win all around.
I still have a good bit of research to do and finances to arrange but things are looking promising. My dad said he’d help as needed since we have sub optimal credit. I am so thankful God has opened this door for us. We’re all very eager to succeed in getting this house. I can’t wait to own instead of rent… I feel like I’m getting back on track with my life plan. Originally I wanted to own a house by the time I was thirty and have kids. If we end up with a ten year mortgage then I’ll only be 14 years late in my plan by the time the house is paid for but that is ok with me. I’m just happy we have this opportunity available.
Everything is do perfect it’s surreal right now. I am praying that everything works out as we hope… This would be such an amazing thing for us!