The Big News Revealed

Friday, September 20, 2013

In a few recent posts, I've mentioned that we have been busy with a big purchase.  Well, it's time to reveal... we bought a house!  

After looking for about six weeks, we'd submitted unsuccessful offers on two homes in the area.  The second home (Offer #2) was especially sad not to get because it had a sweet, modern pool and a huge yard. 

It turns out those offers prepared us to get the house above (or as I will now refer to it 'The Desert Cottage' or DC :).  Because it had the same layout as the house in Offer #1, we knew it would work for our family.  We also knew the comps so could spot a good deal.  When we submitted Offer #2, we both had separately felt really good about offering a certain purchase price.  We were so sure about our answers on that price, we got a bit confused when Offer #2 wasn't accepted.  We countered but the sellers wouldn't negotiate much - we felt the home was overpriced so we let it go.  Turns out that price was the exact price we paid for the DC.

Back to buying it in the first place, we toured the DC after it being on the market only 4 days.  Good thing too because as we were leaving, another family came to tour the house (we tried to act very disinterested when leaving the property, despite having already decided where to put the Christmas tree : ).  We submitted our offer that night and the other family did too, but thanks to the service and savvy of our excellent realtor, Lisa, we landed it!
Under the hot desert sun.

It has a perfect layout for Caroline.  She'll have her bedroom and full bath on the first floor, and those rooms will be next to the family room and kitchen.  She'll be right in the middle of all the family action.  

Desert landscaping run amok - we change it all...
The house is a diamond in the rough.  It needs paint, new flooring, a BACKYARD (it's all rocks back there right now), a front yard, window treatments and a kitchen re-vamp, not to mention furniture to fill the place.  But we have a vision and that is exciting.

See what I mean about the backyard?

We weren't planning to buy a house this year, certainly not this house.  It wasn't really on the horizon.  But, for whatever reason, we received this special blessing and are so grateful to have this fun, unexpected adventure.  This house is a material blessing but it's also a blessing to have yet another reminder that we're being watched over and that life holds good surprises not just hard ones.

And I haven't seen God's hand just with my little family - after extended periods of hardship and stress, a few relatives have had wonderful answers to prayer this summer.  It's all a reminder that Heavenly Father watches over us with constancy and good things will come.

From Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
Even if you cannot always see that silver lining on your clouds, God can, for He is the very source of the light you seek. He does love you, and He knows your fears. He hears your prayers. He is your Heavenly Father, and surely He matches with His own the tears His children shed.

In spite of this counsel, I know some of you do truly feel at sea, in the most frightening sense of that term. Out in troubled waters, you may even now be crying with the poet:
It darkens. I have lost the ford.
There is a change on all things made.
The rocks have evil faces, Lord,
And I am [sore] afraid.  
No, it is not without a recognition of life’s tempests but fully and directly because of them that I testify of God’s love and the Savior’s power to calm the storm. Always remember in that biblical story that He was out there on the water also, that He faced the worst of it right along with the newest and youngest and most fearful. Only one who has fought against those ominous waves is justified in telling us—as well as the sea—to “be still.”  Only one who has taken the full brunt of such adversity could ever be justified in telling us in such times to “be of good cheer.” Such counsel is not a jaunty pep talk about the power of positive thinking, though positive thinking is much needed in the world. No, Christ knows better than all others that the trials of life can be very deep and we are not shallow people if we struggle with them. But even as the Lord avoids sugary rhetoric, He rebukes faithlessness and He deplores pessimism. He expects us to believe!...

Don’t give up...Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it.... You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.


  1. Christy Mackay HatchSeptember 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Thanks for the message from Elder Holland. Just why I needed to read today!

  2. Congrats! I had heard from "Aunt Kris" that you had done it, so glad to see some pics...I need more though. Or maybe I just need to come see it live. :)

  3. You definitely need to see it live. I will also post more pictures in the meantime. Glad you finally understand that you're a part of the family...

  4. We are looking forward to seeing your new home. The things you have done inside so far, paint, flooring, and remodels all sound wonderful.


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