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13 Aug That’s Mrs. Homeowner to you

(It’s been awhile)


(Oh hai new house!)

So Dave and I bought our first house. I don’t know if it’s more of a relief or a joy to finally have one. Two years of searching really drains a person! I’m tellin’ ya, it’s not like it is on (HG)TV. “Here’s three options for you, why don’t you discuss it for a few minutes and we’ll write up an offer! They’ll accept and then we’ll give you all new furniture!”

Nope, nothing like that.

But, end of story…we found a house! And really, we love it. It was posted on MLS at 7:00 pm, we were in the car by 7:10 and 24 hours later we were putting in an offer. It didn’t have a chance! Right price, right neighborhood, right right right.

Right now we’re working on a few things. Mainly the kitchen…the house was a flip, and so there were quite a few shortcuts taken when they worked on the house. We’re taking the time to do things right, and make sure this house won’t surprise us much more after we move in. The kitchen is getting a facelift, the bathroom, and there are a couple of wiring issues that Dave will be working on.

It’s more than just paint and getting to decorate a house and fill it with junk though. So much more. The reason we feel this is THE house and THE neighborhood is the way it all came together. Two years of looking within a certain radius yielded us nothing, and then a pastor friend of ours listened to the Lord and asked us if maybe God was telling us to expand our borders. Whoa. Expanding borders meant leaving our safety zone. Meant trusting God. Meant challenging the status quo. I’m happy to say that it took us 2 seconds to jump at the chance. πŸ™‚

We started looking closer to Cincinnati, told Dave’s family we were most likely going to move farther away (all of 30 miles!), and within 2 weeks we were under contract. Everything fell into place.

I’m so excited with what God has planned. I pray constantly for our new village, our new neighbors, and all of the people that we will come across. My prayer is that our home is a source of light in the region and we’re able to touch lives and show people who Jesus is. To truly serve our neighbors. It’s not about getting them to come to our church, it’s about bringing Christ to them. Where they are at. To show them that we’re as broken as they are. I just have no words with how much I love them already.

I digress. πŸ™‚

We’re homeowners. We’re learning new quirks everyday about what that means. And we’re so excited for what’s ahead.

And, yes, I am excited that I get to decorate. πŸ™‚

  • Amy Armstrong
    Posted at 05:07h, 20 April Reply

    Hi Jen! I stumbled across your site many years ago and loved it – I think you’re hilarious and you and your husband’s love for the Lord is inspiring. My husband and I are youth leaders in Oklahoma and I just wanted to comment on this blog. When you said it’s not about getting them to come to church, it’s about bringing Christ to them, that’s sooooo true. We try to teach our youth constantly that it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship. Do what Jesus did, act like Jesus acted, say only what Jesus would’ve said! But mostly, remember Jesus wasn’t a snob! He didn’t only hang out with his pastor and church family and he didn’t only witness within the walls of a church. He went out and met the sinners where they were, on their level, on their turf. Your new home being a beacon of light in your neighborhood is so symbolic of too many things to even write here. I’m thinking I’m going to use your blog to teach on this next Sunday, with your permission of course? Keep up the good fight!!!!!!

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