I had to look back on the last time I posted to see where I even left off! The past few months (or goodness…even years) have been a bit of whirlwind. Hence the MAJOR hiatus in this space. The Lord has been moving in some big ways in our family and we have been taking it one day at a time following His lead. This post is a pretty lengthy one, but one that I have been meaning to write for awhile. I know for me personally it’s so important to write out the ways the Lord has worked in our lives so that we can look back and remember His provision and plan.
I’ll start our story back a few years ago… four to be precise. At the time Travis was still coaching high school football and teaching. If you’re familiar with coaching it typically means two things. 1. You don’t make a lot of money but have a rewarding job pouring into kids. 2. You move around quite a bit.
If you followed the blog years ago you know that we had bought a sweet little blue historic home as our first house. It was two bedrooms and one bath. Full of charm and history (and cracks in the wood floor you could see down to the dirt below 😉 ). We LOVED that little house! When we took a job out in East Texas we decided to rent out the house instead of selling it. And off to East Texas we went where we rented out there.
We stayed in that area for a few years and rented two different homes. During that time our family kept growing and we started to feel a lot more pressure financially as well as the strain of Travis being gone all the time. The Lord opened the door for Travis to change careers and we moved back to our original town and back into our sweet blue cottage that we had been renting out. During that time I started up the “Living Small Series” which continues to be one of my favorite things I’ve written about.
When we moved back into the blue cottage we had FOUR kids plus the two of us living in a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom house. Our plan was to stay put for a few years while we saved up money, paid off debt and waited for the Lord to show us where to settle down. We had the BEST time in that space. We lived with less stuff and there was a whole lot of love filling those little walls.
Now to fast forward just a bit… we had some friends offer to purchase that home. Which we jumped on. Because the thought of NOT having to show it or list it was worth it’s weight in gold. We moved into a wonderful rental home because it was such a fast sale with the hope of finding our forever home sooner than later.
And so the hunt began for a home big enough for our family and with enough land to have a few animals and a garden. And the hunt continued and continued. And we kept coming up empty handed. Everything that was in our budget at the time just wasn’t quite right and everything that was kept getting snatched up quickly. We eventually realized that the Lord was telling us to just WAIT. Be patient, work on becoming debt free and just be thankful for where we were in that season of life.
Fast forward to a few months ago. I randomly pulled up realtor.com and was browsing through homes in the area. I stumbled upon a home that looked like a perfect fit for our family but it appeared to already have a contract on it. The house kept coming back to my mind and so I saved it and showed Travis later that night. After looking at the house on another site we realized the contract on it was considered a “kick out” contract. Which meant the other buyer had to sell their house first before they could purchase that house.
We went and looked at the house the next day and fell in love with it. It was big enough for our growing family, had a laundry room that was made for a mama of a big family (spacious, big windows, a sink and an extra pantry), acreage for the kids to roam around on and a beautiful barn that was just waiting for a few animals. We spent the night praying about it and decided to put in an offer the next day. Both of us were assuming we wouldn’t get it and kept praying that Lord would make it an obvious YES or NO.
We received a call a few days later that the other buyer had backed out almost immediately and that the seller accepted our offer. I think we both were a bit stunned that it was even a possibility that it was happening. Everything else after that fell into place like clockwork. The whole time we kept praying that the Lord would make it as clear as could be whether this was the home we were meant to be in. And everything was crystal clear that His hand was ALL. OVER. THIS. STORY.
We closed on our forever home almost a month ago. I still wake up every morning just pinching myself that this place truly is ours. The difference I’ve seen in our family in just a months time from moving out to the country is a truly astonishing to me. I have unpacked ONE box of toys to keep in the house (wooden blocks, army men, doll house and dolls). The rest of the toys I don’t think I’ll even unpack. Nobody is missing them because they’re outside most of the day. We still have yet to set our television up which is another huge change. The kids have been watching one show on my computer before bed and that’s it. They are playing harder, eating more and sleeping in longer than they ever have in their lives (can I get an amen?!).
I can’t wait to share more in this space some fun updates we’re doing to the house as well as life around our little farm! If you’re not already following me on Instagram (@thevanillatulip) I post over there almost daily.
So that’s where we’ve been the past few months. Packing, moving, unpacking and just celebrating this new place that the Lord has blessed us with. Thank you for following along over here and hope you’re ready for more regular posts! I know I’m excited to get back into my normal posting routine now that we’re somewhat settled! Hope your week has been lovely!