Here are the stats:
* Six houses in five years
* Four states in a little more than two years
* The thirteenth house since Dan and I have been married (28 years)
* Twenty-four moves in my personal entire life (not counting the moves in college)
There really are good reasons for all of these moves -- but it would be exhausting to write them all out. Just trust me when I say that all this gadding about has been God-directed. Or well... at least our attempt to follow what we think is His direction. That's how it usually is, isn't it? Some day we'll get to see the map He drew for us and how our path went crazily askew. But, in the meantime, we really are trying be where He wants us to be (we get points for trying, right?) -- and it seems that He's been happy to keep us moving. The Davises are gathering no moss.
|The way Anna used to word it:|
"We changed up our minds."
... We got a text with a link to another house from our dear friend, Fr. Carlos (Like: "Seriously, Father?") And, even though we loved the location of this new house -- and trust Father's recommendations more than just about any other person on this earth, we almost didn't look at it. We really did like that log house. There was a lot to recommend it! It was close to our favorite little NE town (and rockin' new library!); it was on a little bit of land; it was beautifully finished (would have been the most "high end" house we ever lived in!); it was huge -- with an enormous open basement to do with as we liked... And we were half way through the contract process, had paid for all kinds of inspections already, and the owners of the log house were counting on a sale! Why would we want to look at another house?
But we couldn't help ourselves. Of course we went and had a look. And it was love at first sight. As
beautiful as the log house was, we all admitted that it never did feel like "us." But as soon as we saw our little house in the hills, all thoughts of the log house seemed ridiculous. This humble little house was home. Forget any hassle or that folks might think we'd lost our minds, picking what most would think was a "lesser" home. Forget that we were going to have to pay for the rudeness of walking out on the first contract. It didn't matter to us. We were starry eyed. Sometimes you just know when something -- some place -- is right. And you just have to do something about it, or die trying. Needless to say, we almost immediately started the process of extricating ourselves from the log house contract -- which took a little doing. It was touch and go there for a few days; we wondered if we were going to get sued! But, Dan (and our special patrons on the job, we feel sure) worked it out. The log house behind us, we are now starting the house-buying process all over again for our little farmhouse.
And I'm happy to report that, after two weeks, things are going smoothly with the inspections and loan process -- and we wouldn't look at another house if you offered to give it to us for free. This is a committed relationship. Truly love at first sight. And love for the long haul -- God willing!
|(Getting our happy on here! Can't wait |
to be moved in!)
Our thanks to Fr. Carlos for sending us that link -- and to St. Philomena who may very well have orchestrated this whole thing -- or who, at least, is being a good sport changing gears with us and helping us out. So many things have gone inexplicably right in order for us to make this happen, that we know someone "powerful with God" has got to be pulling some strings for us. Thank-you, St. Philomena!
|The south side of the house -- and the barn.|
|The front of the house. Not sure yet what all the trees are -- though there are a couple crab apples, for sure. We love the old fashioned porch. Our vintage metal lawn chairs are going to look just like they belong!|
|Checking out the deck. It's hard to tell from this angle, but it's built on a couple of levels, and the plantings you can see just to the other side of the vintage gate is a little herb garden. We plan on putting our "Mary Garden" in this area. :)|
|The back of the house. The door on the left leads to the garage, the middle door goes down to the cellar, and the door on the right enters into the laundry room/mud room.|
|Another view of the deck. We expect to spend a lot of time out here.|
The views are amazing from here!
|One of the little vignette gardens between the kitchen patio and the barns.|
|A little bit of the view from the decks.|
|The little forest path that leads around the back of the house.|
|Can you see the tree limb destined for a swing?|
|A corner of the front yard, taken from the porch. One of many bird houses on the property.|
|The "Papa Tree" in the back yard.|
|The stone wall along the driveway leading up to the attached two-car garage. The current owner has planted a lovely perennial garden here -- and just beyond is a little grassy landing where we are going to just have to have a hammock or something...|
|Lots of ecchinacea.|
We hope for clear sailing, but will be swiftly gearing up to weather possible storms ahead.