I realize that there hasn't been much of substance her on the blog lately. Not that I always write deep, meaningful posts, but I like to throw them in at least every once in a while to keep you on your toes . . . But lately we have SO many big, deep, life-changing things going on in our life that I get overwhelmed every time I stare at that blinking cursor and try and get them down here. So then I just throw up a few cute pictures of Jayci and hope y'all won't notice. . . . She's good at distracting it turns out.
I mean, y'all might not even realize this for my lack of updates, but we are STILL living in my parents' house. And a week or so ago, Adam told me "you might want to sit down for this." Which is never a good sign. In what was apparently the FINAL step of the loan process (which, as it turns out, had already dragged itself out for 3 or 4 months. As a side note, Wells Fargo was an absolutely NIGHTMARE to work with during the loan process - they lost paperwork, made mistakes, messed things up left and right . . . it was terrible). Anyways, our house had not appraised for what it needed to appraise for, meaning that they wouldn't give us the money for it. After 4 months. Lame. So I did what anyone would do, I panicked. And had a good ugly cry and told Adam that I just KNEW we would be living in my parents' house for the rest of my life. So then we pulled ourselves together (ok I pulled myself together, Adam never really fell apart) and we informed the seller that he was asking 25k too much for his house and the bank wouldnt pay for it. Now to be fair, it's a little more complicated than that because the house DID appraise for enough "as completed" (once we fix it up) but not "as is" (apparently boarded up windows and a bad neighborhood arent big selling points). SOOOO he didn't care much about that, and wasn't willing to drop the price. However, I ended up running into his realtor (who lives in the neighborhood we are trying to move into) and sharing the appraisal with him and telling him our story and our plans and what we wanted to do and basically begging him to get the investor to work something out with us. So this week, we sat down with the investor's contractor, his realtor, our realtor, and us . . . and we came to an absolutely amazing agreement . . . which I am still shaking my head about a little bit. The investor is going to pay for all the renovations, but we can still use our contractor (a good friend) and have Adam and his dad do a lot of the work. . . and then at the end of the process we will buy the house from him. Because, remember, it already appraised for enough "as completed". . . So basically the house is ours and we can start work after the holidays! What? Not sure how that even happened after this huge headache, but all I know is that we only have 2-3 more months here before we can move into our house. Which, to be honest, seems like a stupid-amount-of-time . . . but it's better than us having to close the book on this house and start all over. And we know that God works in mysterious ways, and who knows what He has been protecting us from through all of this.
Ok I apologize for the longest story ever. I'm wordy, what can I say. And that's only the very tip of all the stuff we have going on that I need to update y'all on. Let me just say that we have a lot of changes ahead . . . we'll keep you posted. Or at least I'll try. I cannot thank you guys enough for all the words of encouragement you gave on my last little vent I left on here. You totally made my day. Thank you for that. I'll take whatever I can get when I'm stuck here muddling through, hoping and praying that my faith will grow in the knowledge that the Lord has a plan, and it's GOOD. But that can be hard. I realize that, and I'm praying for everyone who might be in the same boat that they will be able to look back and see God's hand on their lives and the way that He is guiding their steps and preserving their lives and turning bad to good. Isn't that the great Hope we have this time of the year? It's what I'm holding onto at least!