Crazy.

Remember how, just a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I was discouraged because of how difficult it’s been to find a house?

Well…we sort of drove by a house and were under contract less than 24 hours later.

Our amazing realtor had sent us this house that kind of caught my by-then-gun-shy eye, and since we were in the area on Sunday, I told Ryan that we might as well drive by it.  Cruising through the neighborhood, most of the people we passed smiled and waved to us.  There were kids riding bikes.  Neighbors met to chat in driveways.  Two college-aged guys were tossing a football in a yard; one caught it, then gave us a grin and a wave.  I asked Ryan, “How much more ‘Leave It to Beaver’ can you get?”  We pulled up to the house and loved what we saw.  Mature trees in the front and back yard, a nice Southern front porch complete with two rocking chairs…I was in trouble.

I texted our realtor that we’d driven by and really liked it – get-‘er-done girl that she is, we had a showing later that afternoon.  I walked into the house and immediately said, “Oh, the stairs.”  And that was only the beginning of my exclamations of amour.  This house was beautifully maintained and updated.  This house was dangerous.  This house was one I could see raising our family in.

Ryan told me we needed to sleep on it, so we decided to leave it at that.  20 minutes later, we were standing in line to order at Wendy’s and our realtor called – another offer had already been submitted on the house.  Cue frantic mode for Sarah.  After a little discussion and a lot of prayer, Ryan said, “I think we should put an offer in.”  I freaked and texted the realtor, knowing she was at an appointment and wouldn’t be able to get back to us very quickly.  We went to Bible study with our friends and I flooded the poor people with pictures and general freakings-out about the perfect house we’d just seen.  I apologized in advance for the fact that, if my phone rang, I was going to step out and answer it.

Lo and behold, that’s what happened.  Our realtor wanted to meet with us in 20 minutes at her office.  Our amazing, amazing group of friends made us slow down enough so that they could pray over us before we left.  I treasure those people so much.  (That night I went to sleep feeling so at peace and blessed by the fact that, whether our offer panned out or not, we have those people in our lives.)

I talked to my retired realtor of a Pi on the way to her office.  He said, “Yeah, sometimes you have to move a lot faster than you want to.”  No kidding!  No pressure or anything….just be ABSOLUTELY SURE this is where you want to LIVE for the next good chunk of your life, and make the decision NOW!  But oh, it was thrilling.

We made it to the office and I tried not to let my daydreams carry me away while Ryan and our realtor talked about numbers and other practical and important stuff or whatever.  😉  She had us write a letter to the seller that would tell him a little bit about us, what we liked about the house, etc.  (Good thing I’m carrying a little heartstrings-tugging weight around my middle these days.)  We left feeling nervous, excited, and hopeful-but-not-TOO-hopeful, especially since the seller’s agent had told ours that they were going to counter the first offer in the morning, THEN look at ours.  (Weird, but okay.)

Fast-forward to late Monday morning…our agent texted me, instructing me to call her when I got a sec.  I hopped on the phone and she said, “Well, Ryan’s in a meeting so you’ll be the first to know that you’re under contract for a house!”  I screamed and ran and jumped and danced all over the surgery center (sorry, baby…sorry, coworkers….really sorry, patients…).  I was sooo excited.

I AM so excited, and I don’t have any second thoughts or cold feet or anything…so far, of course.  God has been so good and so faithful to us, and we’re praying for a smooth process and closing.  We’ll move in early this summer.

EEEEEEEK!  :):):)

jeanne - May 1, 2013 - 2:07 am

Super excited for you Sarah!! How exciting the next few months will be for you two.

Gloria Ballard - May 1, 2013 - 2:11 am

It makes me sad that I’m reading this online and not sharing it with you.

Miss you, my dear. Congratulations, and maybe we’ll get to see it in person!

Emily Sgarlat - May 1, 2013 - 2:50 am

Yay!!! So excited for everything y’all are and are about to experience! Such a blessed ride. Everything in life happens for a reason, everything is already planned. This sounds like it was too perfect to be anything but…well…perfect :-) looking forward to pics of both house and baby room, gender reveal…eeeeek! Miss y’all!

Pi - May 1, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Sounds like you found your perfect house! Reminds me of our glory days in real estate, having deals going over the weekends.

David Chiang - May 1, 2013 - 1:26 pm

That’s so amazing!!! Congrats to you both and please post pictures soon!!!!

admin - May 2, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Thanks so much, everyone! David, I’ll post pics when we’re closer to the house actually being ours 😉

Amy Smith - May 3, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Congratulations Sarah and Ryan, very happy for you, can’t wait to see pictures.

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