About this time last year, we began the process of preparing our home for sale in anticipation of selling it and buying a new home. We mended and patched, sawed and hammered, painted and stained, trimmed and dug, and patched and painted some more...all summer long. When the skies were clear, we worked outside and when we had rain, we worked inside. After dozens of trips to Lowes and visits from multiple contractors, we were still painting and patching.
When we felt like we were finally ready to put our home on the market, we sorted and cleared and cleaned some more. We found a realtor that we were very happy with and on her first visit, we contracted her to sell our home. She had a few small suggestions, and we went back to Lowes for potted plants and a couple of shrubs.
As we waited for someone to fall in love with our home, we began looking for another home. We did most of our searching on-line and drove past a couple. As more and more people looked at our home, we continued to look and began to notice that the list of houses that we were considering was shrinking. After six months of praying for the perfect home, we began to wonder if we would have to settle for something less than what we wanted. We kept praying though and finally a buyer placed a contract on our house.
The next day, the boys and I met with our realtor and looked at three houses. After the first one, we were discouraged. The price was right and the location was fine, but it would take another year of mending and patching, and painting and scrubbing. We kept praying and looking and after a second trip out with the realtor, she had a very good idea of what we needed. One morning I noticed a new home in the listings and showed it to Dean and we both felt it was an option. We made arrangements to see it the same day without even reading through all the details of the listing.
When we walked into the house, we immediately felt that it could be our new home, but it wasn't until we walked into the backyard that we noticed something we had missed in the details. There was a pool in the backyard! A pool? That hadn't even occured to any of us as a possiblity. We had thought that it would be nice to have a garage or a basement or even a fireplace, but a pool was far from our minds.
Well, we had been praying for the perfect place and it seemed that this was the home the Lord had led us too, so we made an offer. Soon we were in the middle of providing all kinds of information to lenders, getting inspections done and making trips to the courthouse looking for information and the pool faded from our minds.
When we moved in in January the pool was covered and remained covered for almost four months. We had no idea what we would find when we uncovered it. It didn't look that great when we took our first look, but the pump and filter were working so we set to work. We researched and swept, and researched and vacuumed and researched and filtered and researched and added chemicals. When we finally had it ready, we were all eager to jump in. It is so nice to be able to walk into the backyard and into the pool.
We are enjoying our new home and we're still finding ways to appreciate it even more. The Lord blessed us with a home that is perfect for us and even gave us an extra that we hadn't prayed for.