After renting our current home for the last 7 years, it’s time to move on. With my income being reduced and our rent being increased, we were kind of forced to make a change. We began hunting for a new rental with a lower rent that accepts doggies. No luck.
I began thinking about looking into buying a house. I contacted a Veteran’s Mortgage Broker and got preapproved for a mortgage and began my journey back to buy a house in May. They recommended a Veteran realty specialist in my area who knew the ins and outs of acceptable residence for VA approval. My son and I found many great places; but one by one, they showed to be “unworthy” for one reason or another.
Amid this chaos, I was also seeing an ENT and an ear neurologist to help with my ear infection and increased balance issues. As of yesterday, I’m continuing this journey without answers.
Today, I received notice that once the insurance quote and written appraisal report comes in that the underwriter will take the file on for approval of my mortgage. I’ve already received preapproval for it all from the underwriter, so we’re set and progressing toward our August 2nd closing date.
YES! We found a house! YEAH!
It’s half the size of our current place, with a nice back yard for the pups. It’s an older home; but passed inspection with ease due to the owner’s complete restoration of the home over the last year. It will be the same distance to the college my son is attending as our current location, without the toll he’d have to pay each day at present. Another plus! The home is 3 bedrooms and one bathroom; but with our schedules, that isn’t going to be a problem.
I am half way to having the house packed up. It’s hard to do more than a few hours at a time for me; but I’m getting there. I have time. I have 1/2 a garage full of donated items for the Salvation Army that I’ll schedule for pick up on the 26th of the month. I’m excited for this new adventure.
I’m having the property deeded in both our names so if anything happens to me, my son won’t have to pay inheritance tax on the property.
I’ve sketched out plans for the yard, to include an area for a firepit and plants around the front and back. These are plans that I’ll implement over time so I have things to do around the house to keep me busy. No need to rush anything, just busy work.
Next week, my son is going to drive out to get my niece and nephew with my father. My father is excited about the road trip and even my son is looking forward to their time together. I’m so proud of my son. He’s gotten his driver’s license and has even had his first solo adventure with the car.
Last weekend, we went to DCI in Orlando. We saw my son’s HS band director there with his wife. We hung out with them while waiting during a lightning delay (two 30 min. periods). His wife and I will be getting together next week for lunch when things are less busy for both of us. I love these two so much. Such great people. ❤
DCI was great. So fun to watch these wonderful musicians play their routines and compete against themselves for greater performance of their craft. My son loves the Blue Coats. Me, I love the Cadets out of PA. They have such beautiful shows. I especially loved the one they did last season most of all. They always incorporate singing in their shows and I just love their choir.
God has so blessed my son and me. He’s lead me to a great house. He’s helped me through this daunting process. He’s held me together on the days I’ve wanted to just fall apart. My life has been a series of ups and downs. My life has been in turmoil more than peace. It’s made me a much stronger woman and I am grateful to God that He has made me this way. He is so beautiful and so rewarding and so very loved by me. I can not imagine making this journey without Him.
I dedicate my life to serving Him in all I do. I bring glory to His name by sharing my testimony with others on His faithfulness. He is my everything. With Him, I rise above. Without Him, I fall and can’t get up. I am not perfect. I fail Him daily; but I know that each new day brings new grace, new strength, new abilities and renewed love from Him. Nothing can change that and nothing will make me doubt Him.
Our corgi is dying. He’s not eating, just drinking. He’s having trouble walking and sleeping more and more. I’ve seen the signs before and want him to go peacefully, here with us. We have discussed this at great lengths and we both agree that unless he begins to cry out in pain and suffering, he’ll stay here with us, until the end. We both love him so much and want what is best for him. He will be missed so very much.
Until we meet again…..