We bought a house. Life is now being lived on Lamprey Road and so far, it is pretty wonderful. Andrew and I have lived in two apartments over the last five years and I never expected to be homeowners at this point in our lives. When we were first married we lived in this tiny little one bedroom apartment in a 200-year-old house. It took exactly five minutes to walk to our little downtown. In that first year I think I had it in my mind that we would buy a house after a year or so. When I started looking at real estate around us, I had quite the reality check as to what we could afford: nothing. I then started to dream about having a house, but it was just that – a dream. When Noah came along (much sooner than anticipated), we made do in our little space for quite a while before looking for our next home. Noah was five months old when we moved into our second apartment and doubled our square footage. It was a wonderful blessing to be in a larger place. (Babies seriously own the most belongings of anyone!) It was still a comfortable home for us when Greyson joined our family back in May. I figured we would be there for a while..maybe get kicked out of there by the time our third baby came along.
A couple of months ago I asked a woman from our church, a realtor, if we could talk sometime about the home buying process. It was territory I was not familiar with and seemed a bit daunting to me. I wanted to plan for a house in an informed and realistic approach and just wanted to ask a lot of questions, really. I had her over for lunch one afternoon to chat. She went through our budget with me a bit and said we were actually in a great place to buy and there are so many programs out there for first-time homebuyers, we just needed to take an in-depth look. By the time lunch was over I was already scheduling an appointment with a mortgage broker to see what we qualified for.
After wrestling my double stroller in and out of the broker’s office, I called Andrew to let him know we were pre-qualified, letter and all, for a house. I never thought it would happen. At least, not in the time that it did. We had just signed a new lease on our apartment in October for another year and here we were, not just a couple of weeks later, looking at houses. Long story short, we found this house, made an offer, received a counter offer, made a counter, counter offer, had a home inspection done and closed on our house December 19th. We also, moved in the 19th and then left on the 23rd to spend Christmas in Maryland with my family. It has been a whirlwind! I just keep looking out my windows and thanking God for this wonderful house! God does the impossible all the time, every day. Us owning a home on a ministry and pottery salary was impossible. My mom was the one who said, “Arryn, you just never know what God has in store for you. He does the impossible all the time, and He likes to show us the impossible becoming possible. You just need to pray about it, put your full trust in Him and be content with where you are now”. Three years ago I decided to pray for that very thing.
Our house is small, but it has so much potential and things on my “wish list” I wasn’t sure would happen: like a space for a home studio, a larger piece of land and lots of bright light and windows! I’m so excited to be here and see what comes of our home and the ways we can serve in it.
If you are feeling a desire for something that seems impossible, I encourage you to seriously pray about it! God’s not a genie who just grants wishes, but He does hear us. Sometimes it’s a yes, sometimes it’s a no and sometimes it’s wait.