This August, Rik and I will have been married for 12 years. In all that time we have never bought a home. We did a lease to own option a few years ago, but the Lord had other plans for us and we ended up moving after almost 2 years there.
Rik is in an area of ministry that in our experience is very fluid. We have been on staff at 5 different churches, and have moved around 14 times. I have loved every minute of it.
Almost 2 years ago, we accepted a pastoral position at Keypoint Church here in Bentonville AR. This was a fulfillment of a word Rik felt like he received from the lord that he was supposed to go to the next level in creativity and tech. That it was not just a job, but truly a ministry. He wanted to lead staff and volunteers and help them grow spiritually as well as technically and creatively.
I have watched him flourish and grow in this position. Some really cool things have happened! This brings me to the point of my writing, which is to tell you that we will finally be buying a home.
We have really been feeling like this is our home lately. The Lord has blessed us with some amazing relationships. Piper has been doing amazing in school. Charlie is growing and becoming such an awesome kid. we have been feeling a strong pull to put down some roots.
So we started looking. We were so timid at first. Scared that we would be laughed out of the bank, but through some pretty cool relationships we were connected to a lender that wanted to work with us. He told us with our history and debt to income ratio being so low, ( thank you Dave Ramsey) he was completely willing to lend to us!
The same friend that gave us the name of the lender gave us the name of our real estate agent, and we ran with it! She is awesome!! She walked us through everything, and was so helpful, since we have never done this before.
About a year ago, we looked into building a house in a really cool neighborhood, but were turned down for the loan. I was devastated, and just really discouraged. I loved that neighborhood, and really wanted this specific floor plan. Our realtor suggested we look into it again. we did and found the exact floor plan we fell in love with, already being built and called our agent and told her we wanted to make and offer.
She worked so hard all day yesterday and got us an amazing deal. We made an offer and within an hour and a half we heard back from them and they accepted. Within 4 hours from that we were signing the contract. We officially close on June 26th!
The house is not quite finished yet, but it is gorgeous! We didn’t get to make any of the choices, but the people who did made all the ones I would have made. I am so excited and can’t wait to share pictures of the progress! The Lord is so good and everything went so fast yesterday. We prayed that the Lord would open all the doors and make a way for us and He did. It felt like He was running before us kicking the doors in!