Well guys, we bought a house. I seriously never thought we would make such an adult decision, but Austin, Texas just sucked us in and seduced us with her beautiful rivers and cacti and tex mex and sunshine.
We were not the only ones who had the idea to buy a house in Austin, though. In fact, the market here is absolutely insane right now. How insane, you might ask? Well, just to summarize the past few months, we have put NINE offers in on houses, ALL of them well above asking price, and got outbid every time. I knew it would probably take awhile to find a house, but I never expected to be putting offers in on houses the same day they went on the market and being in a bidding war with 5 other families. Yes, that happened…
The houses we tried for initially were in East Austin, near our church and our friends and the places we volunteer and my school. East Austin holds a special place in our heart for many reasons, and we would have loved to end up there. It is diverse and vibrant and rich with culture and sass. But as I prayed and prayed the last 5 months, I constantly asked God to let us end up exactly where He will use us most. Interestingly, we ended up getting an offer accepted on a house exactly 1.5 miles south of where we are renting in north central Austin. The sweetest older couple picked us (based on a rather desperate-sounding letter we wrote with our offer) to grace the home they’ve owned for decades.
The house needed (well…needs) a lot of work. The beautiful neighborhood is worth it though. We are now a short walk to a park, a grocery, a great bar, and some awesome pizza. What more could you want?
The first day after we got the keys, we went ahead and tore the carpet out so we could check out the beautiful hardwoods underneath. Thank goodness for whoever put those carpets in and NOT nailing them to the floor so they remain in tact. Just excuse the glue all over them 🙂 That will be gone soon. It is going to be so cute when we are all finished.
Henry is pretty thrilled about his new yard.
Hello my pretty wooden floors. I can’t wait to refinish you.
We have some good friends in the neighborhood who walked over to welcome us the day we got our keys. Also, the kids helped pull the carpet up aka jumped on them once they were in rolls.
This guy really does love to watch over his yard. Old and new.
Yes, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Yes, we have lost our minds. YES, I cannot wait to be settled because the thought of renovating a house and moving in the middle of my craziest semester to date is..well..insanity.
So friends, if you want to come grab a paint brush and join the fun be our guest! I finished up my midterms today, so I have 4 whole days of not being stressed about school to enjoy being stressed about house stuff 🙂 Sadly, I am actually excited about this.
My prayer lately is that God will bless our new home not with great floors or no leaks, but with people and connectedness and growth. I pray that it will be a place of comfort and peace to everyone who steps through the threshold, and that we would be great stewards of this very undeserved gift we’ve been given. I’m so grateful for it, and for the memories yet to be made there.
PS. Next post…I’ll write about the freaking rat that’s been living with us the last 5 days.