October 12, 2009
secret revealing time, everybody. so excited to tell you. i have been waiting and waiting.
grant and i are moving! as in, we bought a house. yes! our very first house. a real house with a backyard and a water softener and an upstairs and a hardwood floor. oh, guys.. the floor. dreams do come true. i can't even believe it. it came completely out of the blue and all of a sudden and practically landed on our doorstep. or, rather, we landed on its doorstep. want to hear the story? it's pretty magical, if i'm honest.
let's rewind to this day. that day, i said that i got a special note in my door and indeed, it was very special. it brought the news that our landlady would be moving come november and we needed to be out of our little apartment-house right quick. we had roughly 30 days to figure out a new place to live. and here is how the search days went down. we'll call them, the wonder days. for they were very wondrous.
tuesday.. we got the note with the big news.
wednesday.. we looked at a house.
thursday.. we looked at house no.2. and got pre-approved for a loan.
friday.. we looked at house no.2 again and decided that it was the house. our house.
saturday.. we made an offer.
sunday- wednesday.. we negotiated.
thursday.. the seller accepted our offer. we signed a purchase agreement.
and that, plus a whole lot of prayer, is how two young, not-rich, apartment-renting people who were not looking for a house in the first place found a perfect little house in our lovely little town in the course of essentially one week. and do you know, the whole time we felt completely at peace with everything. it was, i admit, a whirlwind. but we were not panicking and we did not disagree or doubt. it was a miracle. we felt like we hardly had to do any work at all, and yet we were making one of the biggest decisions of our life. and there is a big bonus..
a. the housing market is totally in our favor these days and
b. we bought just in time to still cash in on the tax credit for first time home buyers. woohoo.
all i can say is that God is good. and i have a cute little 1940's house to prove it. i am beside myself with excitement and thankfulness.
you know what makes this whole experience even sweeter is that it was entirely secret. we kept everything (even the initial note) hush-hush until the deed was done. so don't feel left out. nobody else knew a thing either. i didn't know that secrets could be so much fun. i loved having the biggest thing in my life go completely undetected by everyone for awhile. i was busy, but no one knew why.. so cool. and i really loved that grant was the only one that i could talk to about it. we shared this huge business, just the two of us. we felt a little devious and scheming, which was terribly fun. every time we called each other or sat down to eat dinner we would end up giggling like schoolgirls and saying, 'no one even has any idea!' and they didn't.
so, we are homeowners soon enough. we will have a mortgage and home owners' insurance and will have to get our own cable + internet and all of that real life stuff. how exciting. i still feel like a little girl most days, but this is going to make me awfully close to being a grown-up. i will be keeping you up to speed on all the moving adventures, of course. and there will be pictures, too. more soon!
on top of the world and burying my head in the pottery barn catalogue,
ps. did you think this post would be about prenatal vitamins and due dates and the like? i fooled you! we will have to save that for someday.


ALFIE said...

ahhh! summer! this news rocks! am so excited for you guys! what a fabulous display of God's perfect timing!

i expect some serious, serious damage to be done in that pottery barn catalog :)

Nichole said...

Wow Summer! I am very excited for you and Grant. How fun and monumental to buy your first house together. I can't wait to see more pics and the Summer charm you create inside.

Nessa said...

Horay for you and Grant!

Anneliese said...

summer! wow! that is SO exciting! I feel giddy for you. Your house looks super cute. i love it.

thanks for sharing your big news with us! i can't wait to see inside pics, before/ & afters, the mess of the move in, etc.

ps. i DIDN'T think it was going to be you-know-what news. because saying you have a surprise & then that being it is to obvious. and that isn't how you roll.

hannah :: sherbet blossom said...

how exciting. i can't wait until we buy our first home...

Donna said...

Congrats!!! The house looks so cute!

marta said...

no. 01. congratulations. i couldn't be more excited for you and g. it's adorable. perfect, perfect. so many great memories are about to be made.

no. 02. i will be living vicariously through you for the next while. (and hard wood floors?!) oh man, you will be the cutest housewife ever.

no. 03. i love that you've kept it super secret, it sounds like everything happened so smoothly because it's all supposed to happen this way. i defintely believe all things happen for a reason.

happy happy happy day to you.

Anonymous said...

yay, how exciting! I'm so happy for y'all. can't WAIT to see more pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations! That is a perfect house for you and Grant. Have fun with the process! I can't wait for the pictures!

Maryclayre Dick said...

Oh my word! Cograts! That is so super exciting news! I can't wait to see pictures either!
Now you actually have a place that is yours...and you will have your own home smell and traditions and everything, ah, I am so happy for you both!

Heidi said...

How fun!
So excited for you and Grant!
Can't wait to see it!
What street is it on?

Lauren :) said...

love love love this post!

Bluebelle said...

That's amazingly exciting - and weirdly echoes something I was talking about with a friend today - God's timing/provision all working together to sort houses out. Very encouraging!

stina1125 said...

ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! so excited for you!

Renee said...

"With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine."
Eph 3:20
new century version
love this!...and isn't it so true?!

EliseBlaha said...

hooray! congrats, congrats!

natalie said...

You and Grant have your own house!!!!!! What a wonderful blessing!! I am so excited to see you and Grant get to experience this milestone together. What fun memories you've made searching for the house and what fun memories you will make turning your house into a home. I love that you're looking at the potterbarn catalog....i'm kind of obsessed with PB. Can't wait to see pics. So happy for you both!

Amanda said...

Oh Miss Summer!

Many congrats to you and Grant.

Look forward to the bay window and those hardwood floors:)

undomestic chica said...

Congratulations! How exciting.

Tawnya S said...

So excited for you! What an adorable house! Have fun continuing to make your home a place where all feel welcome!

Aunt Kayleen said...

Home Sweet Home to you both!!

Anonymous said...

congrats! i can't wait to see the inside and what cute things you do to make it yours.

Grant said...

For the record, I didn't giggle like a school girl.

Quelly said...

How exciting Summer! I can't wait to see how you doll the place up!

ChelseaF said...

Super excited for you guys, can't wait to see and here how you guys settle in to your beautiful dream home! :)

donya said...

Oh, congrats! What great news! I can't wait to see pictures of the inside.

John and Teresa said...

congratulations! it is so much fun to make a home in a place that is your very own. and just think, it's just in time to decorate for Christmas!

Sasha said...

You just made my week! So glad you will have a home and can inspire us with your new adventures!

Tesa said...

Oh, Summer...how exciting! It looks like an adorable place to call home. And now you can begin dreaming of decorating your own little place for Christmas! Congrats!!

Kelli said...

I can't wait to see what you do with your cute little home. I love it and I pray that it brings you joy...your own space. Nothing like it.



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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