WE SIGNED A CONTRACT ON A HOUSE YESTERDAY! I'm finally going to have my very own sewing room!!! No more sewing on the dining table any more!!! WOO HOO!
Our house hunt was quite a roller coaster ride, and frankly I almost gave up a few times along the way because I wondered if it was worth the stress. Most of the houses we looked at were in horrifying shape, and as soon as a decent one would pop up on the market, other house-hunting vultures would swoop in and snatch it up within hours. Our offers were constantly being undercut because the listing agents would call every interested couple in the universe once we put in an offer, and we even dealt with an agent that ignored our offer altogether and refused to return our agent's calls. What made that situation even more fun, is that after she rudely ignored us for a day and a half, she was presumptious enough to call 3 hours after the contract had expired to tell us they'd (obviously) accepted another offer, but if the deal fell through, she'd call and let us know. Pretty sure that bridge had already been burned...
But I'm glad I hung in there, because God had a special house planned for us...and all the puzzle pieces eventually fell into place. And even though I'm ridiculously excited about having my own sewing space, not having to walk my dog down two flights of stairs to potty at 7 a.m. anymore, and being able to take quilting pictures outside without neighbors watching me like I'm crazy, I'm actually most excited about having a home I can share with other people. My husband and I both have full-time jobs, but our true career and life's focus is ministry. We're both in seminary working on Masters degrees, and some day...when we're finally finished with school...we'd like to do long-term mission work in Asia (most likely Japan or China). Recently, we've taken over the college ministry at our church, and I'm excited about providing a home-away-from-home where they can come and eat decent food, watch movies, sleep, and otherwise feel semi-normal without 30 other people around. And Ray and I are only a few years out of college, so they won't feel like they have to tiptoe around and be super straightlaced like they would around their "elders". In a big, fat nutshell, I'm really looking forward to opening our home to other people....and not just with our church...but with family, friends, new acquaintances, and everyone in between :)
So I know...I just dropped the religious bomb on you guys, haha! My faith is a big part of my life, even though I don't talk much about it on here (which is intentional). I realize religion is a polarizing subject, and I'm not one to shove uncomfortable topics on people. I'm not afraid to talk about it, and I'm more than happy to have a calm, friendly, & intellectual conversation with you about it if you ask, but it's my general belief that when people want to talk about personal subjects like religion, family, money, etc....the moment will present itself organically without me having to beat anyone over the head with it. You all are here for quilting, so I try not to touch on deeply personal topics unless I feel it's a unique moment in which I can (and should) share something about myself.
So I hope you don't think I'm a psycho religious nutjob now, because I'm 99% sure I'm not. But if you do, that's cool too. To each his own ;)
So you wanna see some photos of the inside? It's pretty awesome. The previous owners just refinished the original hardwood floors (ooh! ahh!) and added crown molding.
Cross your fingers all our inspections go well next week!