Monday, April 28, 2008

Provision, part 2: the house

Several weeks ago, I shared with you the disappointment I felt when the first home we loved didn't work out. At that time, we really had no other house options we were excited about. There is a particular home Eric and I have always admired, and we knew it had been on the market briefly last summer, but that no one had bought it. We casually mentioned the house to our realtor to see if he knew whether the owners planned to sell it again. (Small town, you know!) After contacting them, our realtor told us the owners were agreeable to us seeing it. We toured the house twice in a week's time and made them an offer right away, which they accepted (with one slight counter).

This house was the first one we'd seen that met all 3 of our main criteria: within walking distance of the downtown area, 3 bedrooms on the same floor, and in our price range. The first two homes we'd seriously considered met the first two criteria, but were on the more expensive side; this last one, which I affectionately call "the white house" was just under our targeted budget. In addition, we like it more than the others we've seen. I admit being a sucker for old houses with all that cool woodwork and unique quirks, and this one is beautiful and in great shape.

The owners had until last Friday to consider our offer. It was so strange doing all the negotiating from a distance, since we were in Colorado. We had several phone calls to and from our realtor, and actually used the fax machine to send back our signed agreement!

Of course the big question for the white house owners was where they would move to. The answer: last weekend (while we were in CO), they found a house in town they really liked that had been on the market for just a few days, and they placed a winning bid on Saturday! It has been such a domino effect, because their new house is being emptied right away, which affects 3 other families: the white house owners, us, and my husband's successor who moves into our house in mid-June.

We are just amazed at how things are working out. We had a chance to meet the white house owners on Saturday, and it was so fun to walk through the home and see it through their eyes. They raised all of their kids there, and have done a great job maintaining and renovating the house, which was built in 1909.

What's really funny to me is that this house is about as close to campus as you can get. We can even see it from our current dining room! Eric's been joking that we can move by handing things down an assembly line, or using Nathan's wagon to haul boxes. It will be such a blessing to remain so close to our dear friends from the college!

I wanted to share a couple pix with you (kitchen and living room)--I'm so excited to make this house our home!


thehomespunheart said...


I am rejoicing with you in this amazing provision - and I know you will make this house an inviting and welcoming home and haven for your family and many others in your circle of influence.

I love you,

mer said...

How wonderful, Carrie! I love how God is in all the details of this story!

Anonymous said...

We are happy that the first house didn't work out so that you now have this one that meets your needs better -- all part of God's plan and timing! :) With your gift for hospitality, I know this home will be a blessing to others besides your family. I look forward to seeing how you add your own touches to this lovely old house. :) Love you, Mom

Susan said...

The house is just lovely. I cannot wait to see what you do with it. Good is good:) Amen

Mary Ann said...

Oh, Carrie-
I am so happy for your little family! The house is beautiful.

Your story of God's amazing provision and timing is so encouraging to me.


Sarah B. B. said...

Congratulations, Carrie! :) That woodwork is gorgeous - what a great place for family memories.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That is the type of house I wish to buy someday.

Amy said...

Carrie- I am SO happy for you guys right now. The house looks so beautiful and I know that it will be even more beautiful when you put your personal stamp on it.

It is always so good to talk to the owners to the house because they point out the special things that make your space unique. We had the original owner to our house out and she told me so much about her memories of the home and how special it was to her. It made me love my house a little more :)

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Wonderful Carrie! I love old homes, especially if the kitchen is large enough for a table.

Niki RuralWritings said...

It looks like a lovely "homey home", a perfect nest.
God is Good!

Leah in Iowa said...

Oh, Carrie - it's gorgeous! I decided not to tell you "The Lord must have something even better in mind for you" way back when the first house sort of fell through, but He sure did! =) It's just another example to me of how God wants to bless His children with wonderful things. I'm thankful He caused the "better" house not to work out so He could bless you with the "best" one!!

Liisa said...

I love older homes as well, they just have so much character. I really like the eat in kitchen - something our house is lacking, and the livingroom is lovely!
Thanks for sharing the pictures.


Frances said...

Wonderful news, wonderful post...wonderful God Who provides for us all! I love the woodwork, too! And I'm a big fan of moving a truckload at a time rather than packing and unpacking a big van. Best wishes on the packing until then. :)

gail said...

thats so exciting! i too love old houses. the house we have now was built in 41 and has several nooks and crannies and has the original hardwood windows. we tore up the rug in the dining room and redid the wood floors.

i so appreciate your sharing as we are waiting to see the Lord work on our behalf as he has on yours. and it gives me hope seeing that He has gone before you in this move.


Megan said...

What a great story! I love old houses - the first house we bought really looked like an old farmhouse - it had been moved to our *ahem* less than wonderful neighborhood, but that was the only reason we could afford it - because it was a great house in a poor location!

I hope to have another one similar to it one day. I'm happy for you!

Lisa said...

So glad you guys can stay in the same neighborhood :) I remember moving from our beloved hall to the little yellow house and having a chain gang move my things...I can totally picture it for your move! This all seems almost too perfect for words!!

Katie said...


Thanks so much for sharing your househunting journey with us! God is so good, and I'm so glad you shared how He worked out all the details in this whole situation ~ a testament to your steadfast faith in Him! :-)

Lovely home!

I can't wait to see your posts with all of your personal touches in making this house a *home*!

Katie :-)

Psalm 127:1a
Proverbs 24:3-4

Ewokgirl said...

It's amazing how the Lord works things out. I'm so happy for you!

Meredith said...

It really is a faith journey, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing your wonderful news. It is so encouraging to me as I sit here and worry and wait!

Amy A. said...

What a great house! I'm so happy for you. I look forward to inviting myself over for tea!

kelseylynae said...

I am so happy for the three of you! I am sure you will make a beautiful home of that house.

I actually always admired that house and secretly wanted to see the inside :) Thanks for the peek! Maybe if I come back to visit Nathan can give me the full tour :)

Anonymous said...

It's BEAUTIFUL!!! Isn't GOD AWESOME??? Praise God!

Andrea L.

Jthemilker said...

It looks so cozy! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Oh Carrie:
The house is beautiful! I too love old houses & this one looks particularly well-kept. I'm so excited for you all & know that you will make it a lovely home for your family & friends.
Indeed, God is faithful!

Love you, Grandma

justabeachkat said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you.


Tracy said...

I'm very excited for you!

Rebecca said...

Yippeee Carrie and Eric!
I am so happy for you - and can't wait to see what you do with your new home. I am praising the Lord at his faithful and constant provision for you and your family.


Jamie said...

Yay! It looks really nice! When I was a kid my parents moved next door...all on the same farm, we moved into my Grandma's house. I remember carrying things across the yard to the other house for them! It will be a blessing that you aren't far from your current location for the moving process!

Jeremy and Christa Nichols said...

How exciting! It looks beautiful. Praise God for his perfect ways.