Friday, February 1, 2013

House hunting

You may or may not know that over the past few months, Bryce and I have been on the lookout for a new home. We love our apartment (really), but after spending sometime here and really feeling like this is an area where we'd like to settle down, it made sense to start looking for a place to make our home.

During this time, we have spent hours praying about our home, going back and forth on must-haves vs. want-to-haves, reading financial and home blogs, talking with our friends and family, and of course touring homes. We started the process kind of early it feels like, so we've really been able to take our time and not feel rushed into any decisions.

Ultimately, we decided that we'd like to have a house that we will use fully [or at least almost fully] in the present. That is, we want to be able to entertain our friends and family, host bible study and small groups, and just relax now. We also wanted to find a house that would allow us to start a family. We're not in a real rush for kids now, but we would like to have kids one day and we wanted our first house to be one where we can have a family.

We've asked ourselves numerous times -- "What is the purpose of our house?" And each time, we come to the same conclusion. The purpose of our house is the same of every other resource that we have -- to be leveraged for the gospel. Whether that means using our home to grow relationships with others, with one another, or raising our family, the gospel is what remains central to all of that.

With that, I am so very happy and overwhelmingly blessed to say that after all of our time searching, we have found what we hope will pan out to be our first home. I can't say too much about it now as it's not officially ours just yet. We are currently under contract and in the process of all kinds of due diligence work before we expect to close, which won't be until later in March.

Until then, we are thankful for this wonderful blessing and opportunity and we continue to pray that the whole house purchasing process goes smoothly.

Wow. We almost have a house.

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