the closing itself went off without a hitch. plus, we learned even more about how much this house was meant for us. remember the dramatic, God-led process we went through renting our place, house hunting, and the going under contract on this house (read about our house hunt here, here, here and here)? as you might recall, we put in our offer the first day the house was on the market. later that night we received word that the owners of this house had another offer on the table that came in shortly after ours. fortunately for us, they chose to counter our offer (asking $5,000 more than we'd originally offered), we accepted, and the rest is history. well, as it turns out, the other offer was significantly over asking price, and therefore significantly higher than our offer. we don't know, and probably never will, how much more the offer was, but regardless, it was more than ours.
pam and larry (the owners) decided to turn down the other offer and move forward with us. they'd been home (on their way out the door) when we went for our showings and liked the idea of a young family moving into the house they'd raised their family in. apparently that was more important to them than extra money in their pockets. how many people can say that, right? pam and larry's realtor told us he hasn't seen sellers turn down an offer like that in 20+ years in the business. at the closing on monday, larry could hardly get through telling joe about how to work the irrigation system because he was so choked up. he told joe that he and pam have been praying for blessings on our family in that house since we put in our offer.
we are so thankful that God led us to this house. this whole thing has been such a testament to God's work in our lives and a clear picture of His divine timing and plan. the house is perfect for us and the timing worked out better than i could've planned myself. not to mention its been such a wonderful reminder to us that there are good people out there and makes us want to be a blessing to others like pam and larry have been to us.
"now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! amen." -ephesians 3:20-21we are feeling so excited and grateful to make this house our home. i'll show some before and after pictures, hopefully soon!