The picture says it all, my friends! We have officially moved, and we are so relieved and blessed and thankful and happy and exhausted and joyful and excited and amazed and ecstatic and... shall I go on? Like all experiences that God gives us, this experience has been both a trial and a blessing. In the end of it all, I firmly believe that God has used it to teach us and grow us and to give us so many blessings which we do not deserve in any way!
I want to tell you a little bit of the details because God is so amazing, but it's pretty complicated so I'll try to make a long story short. One of the biggest trials in all of this took place in the last weeks before we moved when we found out that we were being rejected for the loan we were trying to get. This was a pretty serious complication, since we only had one week of escrow left and we had to apply for a whole new loan and get closed within 7 business days. Our escrow and loan people assured us that they would work very hard to close us on time, but as the week went on it became very apparent that there was a very good chance we would not close on time. Not closing on time would have meant having to pay the seller per day for not keeping our close date, having to postpone our move date, and having to beg our landlord to let us stay an extra week. Needless to say, we were all pretty on edge that week. A huge source of encouragement to my Mamma during this time was that "WE'VE MOVED" sign in the picture above. It was actually a flier sent out by a church in our area that moved locations. Mamma set it out in a visible place and every time she looked at it, she would think, "We've already moved! God's already moved us!" It turned out that she was right. On Thursday it looked like we were set to close on time (our set close date was the following day, Friday). Mamma and I were literally jumping up and down and praising God. We were that happy. On Friday (this was before the deal had officially closed) we went over to the new house and cleaned and painted fenced and got everything ready to move in. We found out later that while we were doing all of that, the deal almost fell through, but the real estate agents were able to get it worked out. Even up until the last minute, the deal was not secure but God worked it out just the way he wanted! We got a call from our agent on Friday at 4:19 p.m. that the deal had officially closed--with only 41 minutes to spare! God's ways are higher than our ways, are they not?
This is a picture of Isaac on the morning of our move. We had an assembly line going for making the breakfast burritos for the crew that came to help us move. Isaac was our tortilla warmer. :)
Moving day was such a blessing in and of itself! There were around 7 families that came to help us move, many of them driving over an hour and a half. Everyone worked so hard and so much got done that I am still amazed.
Daddy provided us with some music while we were making breakfast. :)
Unfortunately, this is the extent of the pictures we got during the move. What can I say? We were focused on other things. :)
So, we are officially moved! I could go on and on about our new house now, but I think I'll save that for another post. For now, I'll just say that we are loving our house more and more every day, and we are overflowing with thankfulness at how good God has been to us! You can expect to hear all about it in the next few days.