Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Sign

The sign has been in the ground now FOR-A-WEEK.  After only eight hours up for sale we had an offer and it-bombed.  Since then two more offers have come through but none of them have been quite right. Too bad but we've had more showings SINCE THEN so maybe we'll have another soon.

I have been worried about keeping the house tidy and getting out of the way of the LOOKERS-AND-TIRE-KICKERS.  I admit - I have still felt some stress HOWEVER it hasn't been as bad as I imagined.  We asked for a two hour advance notice and that seems to really help.  The kids are being helpful and now that we all know what needs to be done before we leave it is much easier.

We've spent several hours sitting in the neighbours backyard while people go through the house.  The weather has been cooperating and the bright side is having a few hours of RELAXING-AND-READING and enjoying the springtime weather forced on us.

We had an OPEN HOUSE last weekend.  It was hysterical!  We had a showing at 10am and then the open house from 2-4. When my daughter and I got home (before the rest of the family) we stood outside talking to our agent. We ask how it went.  He looked exhausted!  In two hours he had 30 visits – thirty couples/families – some with their agents through the house. At one point he had to lock the front door because he didn’t want any more people to come in…hee hee!!! As we stood there talking to him two more couples drove up and asked if it was too late to look at the house. He went back in with them. After he finally left someone else came to the door so we let them in as well. 33 visits – 80+ people.

Our agent said – he has NEVER had an open house like that before…if he had 4 couples through he would have considered it a good open house. He was really wishing he had brought an assistant. I think it’s funny. He really wanted to do an open house so he could get connected with some new clients and we wanted him to be blessed so we prayed for a good open house.   Careful what you pray for huh??

Well, all that is fine and dandy – but no help unless someone gives us an offer that we feel we can accept.  The house has been on the market for eight days so far...I guess I shouldn't complain :)

The journey step at a time.

(another fabulous picture by Allison)

Monday, April 12, 2010

THE day has finally arrived...

All this waiting is WEARING-ME-OUT but today instead of waiting I have been cleaning - well - more than usual cleaning. Good thing it hadn't get too far out of control because tonight we are listing our home.

Hallelujah!!!! Let the games begin and please God - let it sell this week!

Another lovely picture by Allison.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Letter to the owners

(picture by Allison)

There are times to be quiet but this week was a time to be BOLD. The owners of the farm we are purchasing have been living on pins-and-needles for weeks as this process has dragged on - albiet steadily making progress. So, we decided to send them an email to help put their minds at ease...

Mr. and Mrs. Farm Owners,

Let me write you some peace of mind.

We are absolutely committed to purchasing your farm.
Nothing can stand in the way of us purchasing your farm.
No obstacle is too big for us to purchase your farm.
We LOOOOVE your farm.

I know all that sounds silly in some ways but I don’t know how else to tell you how things stand. You need not fear!

We have been looking for a farm for 11 years. As I expressed to you the very first time we came to see the house we have NEVER put an offer in on a home and the reason was because we could not find the place that we believed God had waiting for us. We have NEVER been in agreement when we looked at homes – He would like one that I wouldn’t like and vice versa and every one of those homes was still not really what we were looking for. We had a list and sometimes in frustration we would compromise what we knew we wanted to see if we could MAKE a house fit. I have stared at that list for years – some of the things on the list were absolute necessities but much of it was also my dream home ideals. (One of the items was wallpaper with roses on it) When we walked in the door it was all I could do to not start crying because I KNEW this was it. 15 minutes later DH looked at me and said – This is it – This is the ONE.

For us this has been a total God-journey. If I can’t sleep at night it’s not because I’m worried – it’s because I am so excited.

We feel God promised us that this whole process would go step-by-step and it certainly has – it’s taken a little longer than I hoped – but everything has gone just like He promised.

If I could bottle you some peace I would drop it off for you today. Instead I pray that you will have a peace that surpasses understanding. Remember your own story about serendipity that brought you to the farm? Remember when you told me how the farm has a quiet gentle good “spirit” about it. If all what I have said above is foreign to you then remember your own story and what bought you here and maybe you will understand.

And also - does it seem strange to you that we have “hit it off” so well? It doesn’t to me. I have prayed blessing for you for 11 years – not knowing who you were of course!

Now you know why we are not worried about home inspections, wells, septic beds etc – if this is the place for us – and we believe it is - then we have no worries whatsoever because we trust that God will sort it all out.

Have an awesome PEACEFUL weekend! Talk to you soon.
DH & Myself

The Mr. then replied:

This is Mr. Farm Owner. Thanks so much for the lovely letter. You have a way of calming my nerves!!

Yesterday, I spent over 2 hours with the appraiser from (a town nearby). "SERENDIPITY RIDES AGAIN" !! After introductions, we realized we grew up in the same town about 10 miles apart. I know the family name but not him, as he is 5 years older. Since he had been a realtor he knew my brother. He told me that he often came to my dad's service station as a teenager for gasoline and just to talk to my dad. Can you believe it????

So, things are happening according to script and with a hand from above!
Talk to you soon.
Mr. Farm Owner

Well - I can believe it!!!! I am in awe of how everything is unfolding but I am not surprised.

Phillipians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.

It's good to be loved huh?

The journey continues...