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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where's the Sun?

When it rains... it pours...

This has been another crazy week and half... let me just say it is NOT easy to buy a house these days. There was none of this craziness when we bought this house 4 years ago. It was so easy! But... oh my... I have no plans to sell or buy a house again... God willing. Of course, if my God almighty has different plans then yes there will be different plans on our part. LOL! On top of this whole house situation and them wanting more money and more proof of different things... our A/C went out last Monday thankfully we were already dealing with our home warranty and an A/C company checking our A/C the week before, so it wasn't very hard to get everything lined up to get a new A/C unit. I am very thankful for our home warranty because it covered the majority of the cost. Praise God! Then this weekend we found out our garbage disposal had a crack in it, so time to replace it as well. Garbage disposals aren't much, but it was just another thing to add to the list. Then Monday morning Bob left me a note (he gets up way earlier than I) that the dishwasher was broken. Nice! One more thing... the Appliance guy came out to check out what was wrong and the pump was not working and we would need a new one. Nice! What else could I say, but replace it. LOL! It is almost to the point where I am going crazy (Bob too)... there is nothing we can do! LOL! Praise God for his provision and giving us the funds and the people to help us. I feel blessed in that part of it all. Do I like to go through this "suffering"... no, but I do like the growing and the trusting in the One that matters.

So, this evening I was cleaning up the kitchen and I was informed (by Bob) that they are trying to get us to close on our new house on Friday, July 29. HaHaHa!!! Yes, the craziness and crazy laughs are coming out again. Half of the house is packed, but the other half is not packed. LOL! I have a lot to get busy with... on top of this I am watching to news and it looks like we might get rain from a tropical storm on Friday. LOL! I think I should just go to bed... what do you think?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A glimpse of His plan

If you have been following our housing situation... you will know it has been a rollercoaster ride. I began to question if God even wanted us to sell our house, but I had peace about it. Why would I feel one way one moment and feel another way another moment? I think the feelings just came on with my emotions. Praise God for his perfect provision of all our lives!

Last week, we sat and waited for people to come and look at our house. We had 2 different showings on Tuesday, July 5. It was a good day! We all had high hopes for God's divine plan, but as the week went on there were no more showings.

Sunday, came around and still no showings. I still had faith... I knew God had something planned, but who ever knows what it is... right? This could have been a plan to refine me and to teach me to completely trust in Him. I was learning to be on board with this thought... no matter how much it may hurt or be hard to just let him take care of it. Sunday evening, I called our Realtor about her new idea. They were trying to think of anything and everything on how to get our house out there. The first thing they thought of was a flyer... they would send it out to every Realtor in their ReMax office they are in (100+ Realtors) and let them know all this house has to offer. Then she brought up the idea of leasing our house. Yes, leasing... who would ever thought. Bob and I tossed around the idea and it began to seem possible. We were going to have to change loan types and go from an FHA to a Conventional loan... this meant more money down... Yikes! We kept thinking where all this money was going to come from... luckily God had this all planned out. I am not going to get into the details, but I am going to give God all the glory and praise for this one. :o)

So Monday night our house went active for lease. Crazy?... maybe? We qualified for the loan and all was good. An hour after putting our house up for lease our Realtor had a call from a lady who was ready to turn in her application... before she even looks at the property. The next day we had 5 people come look at our house and 3 applications turned in. Praise the Lord! With in 24 hours we had 3 potential tenants. Wednesday... we had 5 more people look at our house as well. That evening we sat down and went through the 3 applications from Tuesday and we picked a young couple that had moved from Austin to Houston for work. The young lady had called our Realtor that day because she was eager to know if we had picked a tenant yet... we ended up picking her, so when we called her she was happy and they were going to sign the lease agreement Friday night. I asked my Realtor "Why we didn't do this from the beginning?" She said "If we did this at the beginning the house we are wanting to buy wouldn't have been up for sell." So very true! God has this perfect plan and I am at complete Awe!

Now we are to pack pack pack... we close on our new house August 10 or sooner and the tenants of our house now are moving in August 12. I can't wait to see what else God has planned for our journey. :o) Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, July 15, 2011

3 years and counting...

Heidi turned 3 years old July 6. It made me go back in time and remember how little she was and the day of her birth. She is such a special little girl and full of all kinds of spunk and sass. I say all the time "Heidi is lucky she is so stinkin' cute..." LOL! Here are some pictures of her on the day of her birthday and from her birthday party.

We got her a Tinkerbell Stylin' Set. She and Hailee can beautify each other all day long.

We also got her a preschool Uno game and Tinkerbell slippers. Yes, Heidi thinks she is Tinkerbell. :o)

Here Hailee and Heidi are helping me make cupcakes for Heidi's birthday party. Yes, they also tested the batter to make sure is was safe for our friends. :o)

Here Heidi is having a good time swimming at her party.

Here Heidi is blowing out her candles. :o)

Heidi with her sweet friend, Charlotte.

Heidi posing for the camera. She is so cute!

This is Heidi's gift from Grammy. She was so happy to have a cool stroller to push her baby around in. Thanks Grammy!

Heidi in her Chef's outfit from her friend, Sarah. Thanks Ely and Sarah!
It was a great celebration! I can't wait to see what the Lord has in the years ahead for our sweet Heidi. Praise be to God for creating Heidi and giving us the privilege to raise her.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Truth that I am holding onto.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:3-9

Complete Truth I am holding onto as we go through the unknown. My God, is complete. I need nothing more, but Him... I am seeking the unseen and believing in Him and His perfect plan.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Peace in the Unknown

Today, I feel a lot better and I know the only reason I feel better is from my Helper and Comforter. Thank you all for praying and praying for my heart to be comforted. My heart was hard and sad, but I feel lighter and more at peace. I was looking for a certain verse where I remember reading about the Helper, but couldn't find it, but instead found these...

"There is no fear in love. But, perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us- we know that we have what we asked of Him." 1 John 5:14-15

"You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me." Jeremiah 8:18

Who knows what is going to happen with our house on Victoria Lakes, but I do have comfort that it will be okay and He has a perfect plan and I can't wait to see the end result. Please continue to pray that our hearts will be with Him and on His path.

We still have faith in this weekend that their will be showings on our house. Please continue to pray with us and God perfect plan.

"These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:7-9

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pain in the Unknown

I haven't written about what is going on with our house, because 1. I have been overwhelmed by it all, 2. It hasn't gone as planned and to be honest I feel a little embarrassed (not quite sure why I feel like this), and 3. I am hurt, mad, sad, impatient, and once again overwhelmed. So, I am going to start from the beginning....

So here in Texas (not sure how it works where you are) you have an option period of 5 or 7 days (I think). The option period is when you have the inspector come out to inspect every inch of the house and then negotiate back and forth on what you want done. The buyer for our home, his option period ended Monday, July 4 and our option period on our new house on Victoria Lakes ended Wednesday, July 6. We scheduled our inspection on our new house on Victoria Lakes on Wednesday, June 29 and we had it done. We kept waiting and waiting for the buyer of our house to schedule an appointment to have the inspection done, but never heard from him... until I got a knock on the door Friday, July 1 at about 1:00 pm. I had absolutely no idea they were coming! It was naptime for Heidi and we were not prepared to leave our home. I told the inspector this and he called the Realtor. The Realtor completely forgot 1. that she had to call the showing company to schedule an appointment and 2. that the property was still occupied. Personally, that is something you just do not forget when you are a Realtor. Anyways... thankfully the inspector was able to reschedule for Saturday morning. Talk about last minute... especially with a holiday weekend.

Saturday, the inspector came out and he did his thing. We got a call from our Realtor when they were done, so we knew when we could go home. After she told us we could go home she said "I just want to give you a heads up... the inspector spoke to the Realtor briefly about the inspection and the inspector said there were sever foundation issues." I was shocked! That wasn't even an issue we were worried about... foundation! Anyways... my mind wouldn't stop. I wanted to take action, but we weren't going to have the results of the inspection until Sunday. Nice... right? Fourth of July weekend... for you foreigners... our Independence Day... the birthday of America. :o) I had to take action, so we decided to call foundation specialists to see when the soonest they could come out. I called 4 specialist and I either left a message or spoke to someone to find out that it would be 2 weeks before someone could do an estimate.... finally I called the 4th specialist... He could come out Monday, July 4. Praise the Lord! I wanted to do more, but that was all I could do. Let me just say there has been a lot of praying.

Sunday, we were supposed to get the inspection report... the day went on and no inspection report... the day continued on and still no inspection report. Come to find out he hadn't even given it to his Realtor. The buyer was holding onto the inspection report... not sharing it with us, so maybe we could discuss and negotiate. We continued to be in the unknown... not knowing how the buyer is feeling or what he wanted to do.

Monday, 4th of July... the foundation specialist called and was coming out at 4:00 and I was instantly on the phone with our Realtor to let the buyer know that he was welcome to come out when the foundation guy comes out. So then our Realtor calls back and lets us know that the buyer is coming out and he was completely consumed by the foundation issues and the A/C (our A/C is old but still works just fine). He was scared it would go out on him... blah blah blah, but he still wanted to push on and continue to pursue our home. I felt good about that... I felt good because it made me see he had some attachment to our house... just like I am attached to the house we are going to buy. So, 4:00 pm began to roll around... then knock knock knock... the foundation specialist was here 30 min. early. I got on the phone immediately to let everyone know what was going on. Our Realtor was coming out to be there for the inspection as well. The inspector told us there was a little foundation issue BUT it was not severe and it wasn't going to cost us much to fix it. Our Realtor got there heard it all (the inspector retold what was going on) and then I said "The buyer should be here soon." Then I was told he wasn't coming. The inspector left and we all went inside to discuss what was going on. The buyer was backing out... yes, you heard it right... to make a long story short we decided to 1. fix the foundation (of course) and to get the buyer back we would 2. fix the A/C- hoping to be able to get it bought out by our home warranty. So, our Realtor called the buyers Realtor to let her know what we were purposing and to let the buyer know. She called back about 30 minutes later and he was back on board! We extended his option period 1 day so, they could get the contract all drawn up for us to sign. Oh by the way, everything has been going great and smoothly with our home we were buying on Victoria Lakes.

Tuesday came around and all day our Realtor was checking her email and checking her phone and didn't hear anything. Around 3:00 pm I got an email that was forwarded to me from my Realtor from the buyers Realtor and it was a list of 12 other things he wanted on top of the foundation fixed and new A/C. Bob and I were disgusted! We were so done with him, but we still wanted our house we had falling in love with on Victoria Lakes. As we were trying to take in this list and how he was trying to nickel and dime us for every penny... the buyers Realtor emailed our Realtor and said she would like to know if we were going to do everything on the list and if she should get the amendment paper typed up or the other contract (meaning the termination contract). We were mad... so we came back to the buyer with our negotiations. 3 options for him to pick from... he came back a few hours later and backed out. This wasn't a negotiation this turned into a demand list (on his part).

Truthfully, I feel sick by all of this... we lost the house I was dreaming about... the house I felt the Lord had waiting for us. Thankfully Wednesday when our Realtor called the Realtor on Victoria Lakes and told her about the situation and how we would like a little more time... the Realtor for Victoria Lakes went to the sellers and they gave us 5 more days to find a new buyer for our house with no charge. What a blessing... right? So, that is where we are now. Our house went back active on the market yesterday and yesterday we had 2 showings. Praise the Lord! We have heard back from one (not interested), but we haven't heard from the other Realtor (only time will tell). As we wait... I am sad... sad about a house (yes I feel stupid about being sad over a house)... I am mad... yes, I am mad at the buyer for backing out and I am mad at God for hurting me and my family with this whole situation. I have been praying and praying and praying for this whole situation.... praying for His glory and trying to give it to Him. Praying He would use me and this new house to whatever He wants it for. I just want to do His work here on this earth. I felt like I have been doing what he wants (maybe not always perfectly or it may take me a while to give something up)... maybe I am wrong. I am just sad and hurt!

Now I wait... wait for what God has planned, but I am waiting in sadness and in anger. Don't get me wrong... I know God does not always bless us in the way we think He should, but I truly thought with every being in my body that this was His plan. Maybe it still is... maybe I need to just be patient, but it is hard when my heart is hurt. Then I turn this hurt around and think it is so stupid... I think of people in Uganda and other countries, who are starving and don't have the shelter over their head like we do... I think about people in Asia and other countries, who are living for Christ and doing His work and living dangerously for Him. Here I crying and angry about a house. SO STUPID!!! But, this house was going to be used for whatever he had desired it for. GOD, WHAT DO YOU WANT OF ME? I AM HURT AND I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS... HEAL AND SOFTEN MY HEART, LORD. LEAD ME ON YOUR PATH. BLESS ME BY WHAT PLEASES YOU.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Do we die at 100??

A little while ago (out of no where) I was asked by Hailee "Do we die at 100?" My reply to her was "Well... sometimes people live to be a 100, but not always." I told her, "We all die. It is part of life and God's plan." I don't think she really appreciated my answer... I think it hurt her feelings, because after that she began to sob on the couch. I was cleaning floors and heard her crying. I asked her "Are you okay?" She said "No, I don't want to die. I don't want to go to heaven." I really felt the pull of the Spirit to talk with her one on one on what she was feeling. So we went to my room and I began to ask her why she didn't want to go to heaven. Well... duh... she doesn't want to die. I told her "You are going to live a long time. You are going to go to college, get married, have babies, and watch your kids grow up." (God willing) I tried to comfort her by telling her you will live 70+ years. I said "I haven't even lived 70 years, Grammy hasn't even live 70 years, but Mommo has and look she is still alive." Hailee smiled. I think she felt a little better, so we came back to the living room to finish watching Beauty and the Beast and I continued on with my chores. As I cleaned I prayed the Lord would comfort her and maybe stir more inside of her and convict her.

So, naptime came around and I was getting Heidi ready to take a nap and I got her down. During this time Hailee has her quiet time in her room to color, play, etc. Before I left her I asked her if she was okay and she said yes. So, I left and continued on with a few things I had to tend too. I then heard her crying in her room. I went to see if she was okay and she was sobbing again. I told her to come with me, so I could sit with her and we could have a conversation. I asked Hailee "What is wrong?". She said "I want to go where you are going?". I said "Well I am going to heaven. Are you going to go to heaven?". She replied "I don't know, but I want to go where you are going." I asked her "Do you believe you are a sinner? Do you believe Jesus was sent here by God to die for your sins and my sins?" She said "Yes.". I asked her if she wanted to pray and receive Christ as her Savior and she said yes. We prayed together a sweet prayer. A prayer of thanking the Lord for this day, a prayer that she will be a mighty woman of God, a prayer she would be dangerous for her generation, and a prayer that she would grow to love Him as much as He loves her. A sweet moment of tears and joy.

As I was writing this she came out of her room (after sobbing) and began to ask me questions and saying she wants to go where I am going... she seemed very worried. We talked again... I asked her if her sin was bothering her and she nodded her head. I told her do you want to pray and ask God to forgive you of your sinful self and she said yes. She prayed a sweet quiet prayer that I couldn't really understand, but I know God could and had confidence in that. When she was done I told her you are now going to heaven with me and daddy. She said "What about Heidi?" and began to tear up. I told her "If something was going to happen to Heidi she was going to heaven. I told her God holds a special place for little ones." She cried, but that gave her comfort. She is concerned if there will be toys in heaven, if there will be food, if our eyes will be open, etc. I didn't really have answers for her (except the eye question... I said yes.) and I told her I have never been to heaven and we will just have to wait and see. :o)

This has been a glorious day! A day I have been waiting for and praying for... Praise be to God for His love and patience.

"These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:7-9