What We Learned About Our House After We Bought It

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Years ago, my husband and I had our house up for sale and planned to return to the area closer to our hometown.

As it was over 2 hours away, we would spend our weekends scouring the “Homes for Sale” sections of the newspapers before we’d venture out to do a quick drive-by.

If we liked what we saw, we would book an appointment with our real estate agent to visit the homestead.

But we weren’t having much luck agreeing on the house of our dreams.

After driving away from yet another home that I liked but my husband didn’t, I asked him what exactly he wanted in a house. He pointed to a board-and-baton-sided bungalow at the edge of a field and said, “There. That’s the home I want.”

I snidely remarked that unfortunately that one was not for sale.

Over the following months, we continued our search for a home and although we were able to agree on other houses, we seemed to always be one step behind. We’d put in an offer only to find out that the owners had just accepted another offer.

One particular weekend, my mom and I happened to see a delightful looking home in the newspaper and decided to do a drive-by on our own. But although we drove up and down the roads, we could not find this particular house.

Disappointed, I called my real estate agent and she told me that although the address said Fraserville, the house actually was on the farthest boundary and was actually closer to Millbrook. I asked her to book a showing the next day for my husband and me.

On Sunday, my husband and I followed our agent to the home. The area looked familiar and as we drove into the driveway we realized that this was the exact house my husband had pointed to months before as his ideal home.

When I walked through the front door I just knew that this was the one! We hardly needed to see the rest of the house as both my husband and I knew we were home.

That afternoon, we put in an offer. But we had missed out on so many other homes that we were actually surprised when they accepted it!

They didn’t counter-offer or make any changes to our offer.

Honestly, this made me a little bit suspicious. What’s wrong with the house?

I actually asked my agent to inquire as to why they accepted our first offer without any conditions or changes.

She asked.

And she was as surprised at their response as we were.

Apparently, they were a believing couple who had been praying for the sale of their home. They had a vision that the people who were to buy it would be a couple with 2 young children. They felt that we were this couple.

Their response brought shivers to my arms.

We moved in only weeks later and it truly was a gift from God. We lived there for 15 years, raised our two children there, and developed wonderful relationships with the neighbours and the local church.

God truly is a good Father. My husband had pointed to our house and said that’s what he wanted. Months later, God gave him his heart’s desire.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him(Matthew 7:11, NIV)!

(First featured on Medium platform June 24, 2021)
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