Thursday, February 25, 2016

How It All Happened

Here's how it all happened.

In early 2012, 24-year-old Allison was driving down the road heading to work at Texas State University. An ad came on the radio (97.5FM - back when Bobby Bones was on pop instead of country, even though I was way happier when he switched to country because that was my favorite) about a new home buying event in Round Rock. Hubby and I knew we eventually wanted to own a home so we figured we should go to learn about the process.

We arrive at Legends Village, sat through the presentation and randomly decide this was the neighborhood for us. We paid $500 in earnest deposit (such a steal of a deal) after consulting with our realtor Crystal, picked the cutest little lot that backed up to a ranch, and then signed our contract. It was that easy.

Shortly after moving in, we realized that our neighbors were family (my distant cousin, to be exact). Which, let's be honest, there's no way that could be a coincidence. That was a "God thing."

Life trucked along and we made memory after memory. Here are just a few of my favorite pictures taken at our home.
Fast forward to us getting pregnant in October 2014 - which will live in history as one of the most special days of my life when I saw the positive sign on that test. "Could it be one baby, twins, triplets, or quads? Either way, we need more space." We thought, "maybe we should move into a bigger home." We looked around town casually and landed on a place that felt like home but didn't take immediate action.

Around the same time, our neighbors/cousins said they were going to move. They put their house on the market and sold. I cried, because I was so sad they were moving away. But we knew we had to follow their footsteps and sell too.

Out of convenience, and because we kept picking their realtor's ear for some advice, we told our neighbor's realtor that we were ready to list our home too. We signed some paperwork, but then the day before we were supposed to be on the market, things changed abruptly. It was God's way of saying, "not yet." The answer was clear; 2014 was NOT the time to sell our home. The realtor was a great asset and helped guide us along the process, but the timing wasn't right for us.

So as a compromise, we made some improvements to the home (even though it was still brand spankin new) that made it feel more luxurious and actually feel more spacious. 

We trucked our way through a very healthy 39 week and 3 day pregnancy and brought our baby girl home a few days after delivery.

Life got busy and it wasn't until the end of 2015 that we started talking about selling again. We really needed more space by this point. Baby toys had taken over the house and we needed our home office space back (which was converted to Kensington's room). And of course, her room is way cuter than any study could ever be but that's neither here nor there.

January 2016 arrives and we think to ourselves, "Okay, let's list in March. Yea, that's a good time. The grass will be green again and it will give us time to prepare the home. Oh but let's just go look at future neighborhoods for the heck of it until then."

So we go to a neighborhood closeby where a church friend lives and talk with a home builder. He wondered why we were waiting until March to list our home. We didn't have a valid reason other than, "the grass would be green again." His response was that we really needed to reconsider because the market is hot.

We get home and decide to tell our realtor Crystal (the one who helped us purchase our first home) something along the lines of, "Oh hey, I know we said March... but we really mean that we want to list ASAP. Kthnx."

So we listed on January 25, 2016. That was the day that God had picked, little to our knowledge.

The showings started almost immediately, so we were in and out of the house the entire day (which is a task with two dogs and a baby who needs entertainment). What do you know? That evening, we got multiple offers! Although all offers were tempting, and we were torn, we ultimately knew which way to go. I had been praying a few days before our house was listed, "God, please let this home go to a couple who will love and cherish it." 

Guess who bought our house today, February 25?

A couple who loves our their home, and the Mrs. of the house used to work with me at Texas State University. She and I had more of an e-mail communication relationship since we were at two different campuses, but there's no way that was a coincidence. She and her hubby had no idea whose house they were stepping into on January 25th. But God knew.

Now that all is said and done, I can tell you that I've cried a LOT. Leaving our first home was hard. Really hard. BUT, we are not only excited for our next journey as a family of three, but we're excited that our home will be a blessing to another sweet couple! 

And the cherry on top? With the sell of our home, it has given us the opportunity to pay off our IVF debt in full. I've mentioned before that we had to take out a huge loan to pay for IVF. Mind you, our loan was $10,000 at a 15% interest rate. Kid you not. I could've have only dreamed that we would be out of that loan debt before proceeding with trying for a second kiddo. But here we are.

Oh hi, God.

{And stay tuned for pictures of our new lot and house details. Spoiler: we're moving into that neighborhood we first looked at in 2014!!!}

12 comments:

  1. I just loved reading how everything fell in to perfect place!!! Congrats on the sell of your first home...and now the purchase of a new home and debt free!!!

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  2. WOW!!! What an amazing story of God working to put you exactly where you need to be. I can't believe your house sold in less than a day! That is awesome!! Our house has been on the market for 2 weeks, so we hope it sells soon!

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  3. Aww! I still haven't left our first house almost 6 1/2 years later, but I think I will be emotional when we do!

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  4. Only God can make things like this happen. He always comes up with a surprise that you couldn't have even fathomed so you know it can only be Him! Congrats!! (Oh and I love the Bobby Bones Show too! Amy and Lunch Box crack me up!)

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  5. Wow that's amazing!!! Only a God thing!! He definitely has our best interests in mind and has the best timing! Love your story and can't wait to see the new house :)

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  6. How sweet! God always puts us where we need to be. We still live in the upstairs (duplex style) of my ILs house. A 5 room total house is super tight with no storage, but we make it work. I can't wait for the day to have the luxury of a play room or a basement. Or even a garage! lol.

    Can't wait to see pics!

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  7. God is so good. Isn't it fun looking back to see SO clearly the little things orchestrated by Him?? Praying for you guys during this transition and can't wait to see photos! Yay!

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  8. Congrats on everything working out, God always has a way and a plan. We're considering selling, its more of a thought at the moment as we both love the house and jobs are here but eventually moving near my parents and building on some family land. When the timing is right I guess!

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  9. How awesome! I'm sure the next house will be enjoyed for years to come <3

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  10. LOVE this! God works in such awesome ways. So happy that everything is working out for you and what a blessing to be able to pay off the IVF loan!

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