Monday, June 24, 2013

Timeline and Testimony of Our Move

I have gotten so many questions regarding the details of our move that I decided to write a timeline and testimony of how God worked on our behalf to get our home sold and our dreamland purchased on which to build our family home. Praise be to God, for HE has done great things for us!

2003 ~ We purchased a cute, tiny townhouse in the town of Christiansburg and it was just perfect for the two of us!  I loved that it was next to a cow pasture. It's tiny size was just perfect for us until... we had a baby boy, and then another!

2005 ~ Though it was the height of the real state market, we moved out of our tiny newlywed townhouse and bought our house on Chinquapn Trail at a decent price because it needed lots of updating, there wasn't even a bathroom downstairs! We decided to overlook the fact that it didn't have air conditioning and interstate 81 practically roared through our backyard because it was so spacious inside and perfect for us at the time. We needed more space indoors as I had to be inside the majority of the day caring for our 2 baby boys ages 15 months and newborn. We loved it! We set to work remodeling it the way we wanted it and even though there was always more work that could be done, we made it look appealing and enjoyed living in it! I was so thrilled that I could have people over! We painted the nasty green shutters a deep red and then painted the yucky green garage doors white before setting to work on the interior. We did tons of painting and tearing out to open up the floor plan and put in a bathroom on the main level.

Despite all of it's problems indoors, this house had
awesome curb appeal! 
2006 ~  Daniel made a huge career decision not to stay with Vdot and took a job with English Construction in hopes of launching his engineering career faster. We rented our house out and then rented an apartment in Williamsburg, VA for one year so Daniel could be part of scheduling the construction of a new naval base in Portsmouth and a project in Richmond on I-64. While we were there, I gave birth inside the apartment to our first beautiful daughter, Grace.
This is the only pic I have of the apartment taken 5 years
later on a return trip to Williamsburg. It was tiny and had only
3 rooms total! A little tight for a family of 5! 
2007 ~ We moved with 3 children ages 3 and under to a small house in Bluefield that needed work for Daniel to pursue a business opportunity and to be close to family. It was nice being closer to family but both the business opportunity and the house turned out to be a financial disaster for our family. Praise God His mercies are new every morning! We lived very tight and spent a ton of money fixing up the house and are still praying for it to sell. We believe that God will redeem this for our family!

This was in our front yard in Bluefield.
2008 ~ We came back to our house in Christiansburg! Our 3 Children were then ages 4, 3, and 1.

2009 ~ Life goes on, and I give birth to our 4th child, Mercy. Her birth was so special because we deeply desired a big family and I had 2 disappointing miscarriages leading up to her pregnancy.

2010 ~ Our boys turn 6 and 5 years old and we start wanting, dreaming and praying for a yard for them. 

2011 ~ We looked at several foreclosure and bank owned options but there were always too many hoops to jump through and nothing ever worked out. There was a house and 5 acres near one of my best friends that we really loved but again, we just couldn't pay cash and bank loans were hard to get on foreclosed properties. 

2012 ~ More of the same! We continued to keep an eye on the market but never saw anything that suited us. We started the process of slowly getting our house ready to sell and packing things up when we find out that I am pregnant with #5. I get very ill during my pregnancies and needless to say all the house selling endeavors had to come to a halt while we traversed our way through another difficult pregnancy. Daniel invited a realtor connection of his to come look at our house to see about listing it but I ended up not having peace about the realtor or listing the house so we decided to hold off as much as I hated it. I knew I could wait as much as I didn't want to. I could tough out another summer pregnant without a backyard or air conditioning because I had done it before. At least I had a loud window unit in my bedroom! 

2013 ~ We visited my parents in January and they prayed over us about our housing situation and encouraged us to drive our family out to the area we would like to live and ask the Lord for some land there. When we returned home to VA, we did just that and all of us took turns praying while driving around in the area we wanted to live. In February, Daniel attended a Men's Encounter with our church and while he was gone, I started having peace about the timing being right for us to list our house. When Daniel got back he also felt that the timing seemed right. We got serious about getting the necessary work done on our house. I cleaned and packed while Daniel did lots of odd jobs and hired others to help. The date we hoped to be ready kept getting pushed farther and farther back and we felt more and more discouraged about all the work there was yet to be done!
Finally, in April my parents took the kids for a few days and we were able to make the final push to finish the work and get it listed! Before they left, we all walked the perimeter of the house and prayed for God to send a buyer while the kids were gone so I wouldn't have the stress of keeping the house clean for showings with 5 kids in it and having to load them all up and leave every time there was a showing.  God had mercy on me and  answered our prayers... we had a contract within 4 days!
In the meantime, Our realtor told us about a piece of land she had listed in the area we were hoping to live. We drove out to look at it and were amazed that it was the first piece of land we looked at that actually had everything we dreamed of.... 11 acres off the main road, no water to pose danger to our small children, woods for the boys to play in and get firewood, not too steep, with plenty of cleared land as well as beautiful views! Another bonus was how close it was to the best healthcare center in our area (1 mi.) and how quickly Daniel could access I-81 for all his work travels!  The land was out of our price range but we knew that if it was to be ours that God could lower the price despite our realtor telling us how wealthy and unmotivated the seller was!
We made a lowball offer and then countered back and forth with the seller until we ended up at 10k below asking price, exactly what we prayed for! We were thrilled and everything seemed to be smooth sailing. We made plans to close the land on the same day our old house was closing. We were beyond disappointed when our soil scientist conveyed to us that our land would not perk for a traditional septic system and the septic would end up costing 9K more than we thought. We knew that unless God performed a miracle, we would have to back out of the land purchase. Our realtor informed us that the seller was hard nosed and unwilling to negotiate much due to his prosperous financial state. Knowing that all things are possible with God, we decided to have our realtor present another offer to the seller anyway to come down another 10K. We knew it was a long shot but we also knew we would have to exercise our right to nullify the contract and be out of the $600 we had already paid the soil scientist if he chose to reject our offer. We prayed and tried to accept the fact that this land most likely wasn't going to work out for us and tried not to be devastated. We even talked of going to the beach for a week to de-stress and looked at houses for rent on craigslist to move into when we returned. A day or so later, we got another call from our realtor informing us that to her shock, the seller had agreed to come down yet another 10K! We were amazed and knew that it was the Lord at work on our behalf! Oh how he loves us! On June 14th, 2013 we were able to close on both properties.

Staking out the Rich home, So exciting! 

The Rich brothers will finally live on land! 

For God has done great things for us and we are filled with Joy! ~ Psalm 126:3

1 comment:

knot soeasy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your testimony! This has blessed my husband and I so much. My husband and I are going through something similar. Not to bore you with a long story so I will cut through the deers. My husband and I are Christians:) We married in 2007 and gave birth to our daughter in the same year. We lived in a small apartment. My husband made the decision to come off his job 2009 to start his NFP (Community Outreach Volunteers) which is vision God had given him since he was a boy. We found ourselves pregnant with our second in 2009. We rented a small house. I then made the decision with my husband to come of my corporate job and take care of the family. In 2011 we had #3 again back in a small apartment due to having to move closer to the city in order for my husband to be closer to his office. We found ourselves in a legal battle with a slumlord and had to move immediately after the case was closed and they deemed the building uninhabitable. Here we are in 2013 and we don't know what to do, but we know God is in control! Since we live on grant funding, sometimes they don't overlap leaving a dry spell. We are currently in a hotel and have been now for 2 months. We found out in this hotel in September that we are expecting #4. I am overwhelmed. The house we desire has been abandoned for a few years. Back in August after much research, my husband and I packed up the kids and drove from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale to speak personally with the owners of the property to let them know our intentions. They said they wanted nothing to do with the property. However, we are now believing God to fight for us this battle between the bank and the trustee and the attorneys. Well, My apologies for the long story. If you and your family could keep me and my family lifted up in prayer that would be awesome. Again God bless you and your family for sharing your testimony!!