What’s Up

Sorry for the lack of posting, but we moved this past Saturday and I have been crazy busy (and just yesterday got our desktop computer set up & ready). Also, Classical Conversations starts up this Tuesday, and this year I am our Fearless Director’s assistant, so there is a lot to do there, but I’m loving it.

The biggest thing I am thankful for today? My kitchen countertops, sink and dishwasher. AND that Mr. Visionary hooked up my washer & dryer. It has been almost a week since I have done any laundry and there is a serious pile calling my name. I wish I had time to write more, but that is all for now. I am very thankful to have our first load of clean laundry to get folded!

House Update – 7/30/14

I was paining the living room today and I heard a strange sound… water… running water upstairs!!! YAY! The bathroom pluming was finished up today and we have two working bathrooms! Now they need to be painted and cleaned, but the sinks, toilets and tubs work!!

Also this past weekend we had a yard sale with our former neighbors-sometimes-house-guests’s things from their house (long story!) and some things that were ours. We did pretty well and got a lot of traffic. Our old house was an amazing location for a yard sale, and this new house seems to be a pretty good spot. We are planning on having another yard sale once we move, there should be tons of more stuff to go.

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Top left is Princess’s room, it is painted pink, green and purple and she has a fun canopy bed! Top right is the kitchen, we ordered the counter tops, a double oven (YAY!!!) and dishwasher but they won’t be here for another week or two (boo!). Bottom left is the living room (don’t let all that junk fool ya, this is where the couch and TV will go!), but I wanted to share this picture because all that ugly green/teal is almost gone! And for some reason the painted all the trim the same color as the walls. It looked so goofy. So a coat or two of white will go on all the trim. Bottom right is the kid’s bathroom.

17th 4Top left is Lego Man’s room, it has turned into a play room for now since we have been painting in Princess’s room. Top right is Mr. Visionary and his uncle (the plumber) working on our bathroom. I am SO excited about our closet! Bottom left is the ceiling in the living room. It was so gross and yellow (we think the last people smoked) it just had to be painted. I got about half of it done today, hopefully I will be able to finish in tomorrow. Bottom right is the urethane we put down in the living room. The floors were so nice and clean for a while. It didn’t last. Sigh.

Saturday should start the real moving process. We have been moving a few things here and there,  but we haven’t been able to move much because of all the drywall dust and paint. We are hoping that by this weekend most/all of the painting will be done in the bedrooms, living room and dinning room. Then starts the moving. Our old house has 5 rooms, so I am hoping to move one room a day Monday-Friday then on Saturday recruit some friends to move all the leftover big stuff. That is the basic plan, we will see how it goes!

House Progress

Everything has just been crazy the past few weeks, Mr. Visionary gave this blog address to a friend who isn’t on Facebook and doesn’t see my pictures, and then I didn’t update for almost two weeks! Whoops! Sorry friend! Here are more pictures of the house!!

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Some MAJOR progress has been made! All the destruction is done, finally. There were so many walls and ceilings to tear out and it was such a mess, it was getting frustrating and disheartening that every time we thought we were done, something else had to come out. Then Mr. Visionary got the new walls in the bathroom and our master closet. Mr. Missionary’s brother (Mr. Steady) did a ton of drywall including the living room (yea bye-bye to the ugly brick!) front room ceiling, Princess’s ceiling, and the kitchen.

We also had a new roof put on, and thankfully it was a few cooler days, in the mid 70s, and even then it looked so hot up there. While we were at VBS Mr. Visionary’s uncle, who is a master plumber came and put the rough plumbing in for the two new bathrooms and the kitchen. Then this week a friend of a friend who is an electrician came and put in new outlets, ceiling lights and other things for the kitchen and new bathrooms.

Tomorrow Mr. Visionary and Mr. Steady will put in all or most of the cabinets in the kitchen. I can’t wait and I am already planning where stuff will go! Monday we plan to go get the counter-top ordered, and pick out sinks for the bathrooms. Also my friend and I are sharing the driving to take our kids to the VBS for a church that our church planted down in Dover (about a half hour away) so I will have Monday and at least one other day this week kid-free so we can really bust out what needs to be done.

My short list (as soon as Mr. Steady finishes the sanding for the drywall) is to clean up the carpet/tac strips in the master bedroom, clean and paint Princess’s room, urethane the floors in both rooms and the hallway and start painting the hallway. When that gets done the dinning room should be pretty empty (it has held all the cabinets and tools) and that will need cleaned. There is a full bath in the dinning room and we are planning on ripping that out later and putting a front door at one of the dinning room windows, so we are not doing  much in there other than cleaning. The red color it is will do for now.

Several people came and helped today, and it was such a blessing, many hands make light work! 🙂

I didn’t do a “Thankful Thursday” post this week, and I do have much to be thankful for! One (slightly trivial) thing is- there was almost NO wallpaper to take down! I have friends who have slaved over walls scraping down old wallpaper and we didn’t have to do any of that.

From the Beginning

FilesI think it is a good idea to start from the beginning of our adventures on 17th Street.  Several years ago we purchased property with Mr. Visionary’s brother and his family with plans to build.  As we got closer to building, it became very clear that it was not God’s plan for us. Mr. Visionary wanted  to do the subcontracting himself to save money and since he has never done it before, we only had once choice for a loan, and they offered us a terrible loan with sky-high variable interest rates and 8k+ in closing costs. When we made the decision not to build, we were both oddly at peace. We discussed how surprised we both were at how ‘ok’ we both felt about not building, God had definitely given us each a clear peace about the situation.

So a “For Sale” sign went up at the land and we started house hunting.  We found several that we liked, but they kept going into a sale pending status before we could get a second look. Then we found the house on 17th Street and we both really liked it! It sure was ugly, and a little smelly, but we could see the potential. So we put an offer in, a low low offer (since it was a bank owned home). This offer was rejected, then the house was pulled off the market so the bank could “re-asses” the home since the bank had received several low offers. Our realtor called us when it was back on the market and we put in another (higher but not full price) offer. A few days later the realtor called us back and said their were multiple offers, and to make our best offer. So we offered full price. All through this process our emotions were just such a wreck, it was up and down. Our realtor seemed to think that our final offer was high enough, he told us he thought we would get it. We were making plans, a bathroom here, laundry there, our kitchen cabinets would fit well.

About a week (or eternity to us!) we got a call from the realtor, the other offer was cash, and the bank took the cash offer over our offer (we need a conventional loan). We were crushed! All the plans we had, the timing, I was asking God, can this be right? It must be a mistake! I had many faithful friends tell me that God had more for us, he was keeping us from something, that there is a house for us out there, we just needed to be patient. They were right of course, God is always faithful (and I am thankful for faith-filled friends).

It was still hard, we couldn’t imagine another house for us. We took a few weeks off from even looking. Then we made an appointment to see a house, and when we got there you could see three (3!!) biker bars from the front picture window. And when Mr. Visionary checked out the basement he said it was caving in. Yikes, a total no-go for us.

Then we went to see a house that was about 150 years old, it was a crazy maze inside, you couldn’t tell where the kitchen should be, the bathroom was insane, oh it was a mess. We didn’t have the 100k that the house needed to get it back in shape.

Next we found out about a house that was in a different area than we wanted, but was a big house, with a two car garage, and about an acre of land. I went to go see it and liked it, then we went back as a couple. Turns out it is a historic home in the area, and we liked it. But then the realtor did not bring the paperwork to put in an offer, and this realtor was all around strange. She constantly was telling us how she has “been in the business for 20 years” but she just didn’t act like it. I am not sure if something was off in her life at that time, or what was going on. Mr. Visionary and I looked at each other, and we walked out without putting in an offer.

That was probably our lowest point, just feeling dejected and defeated. Mr. Visionary’s mom had Lego Man and Princess so we decided to head out and drive past a house that a co-worked had told him about. On our way back, we had to go right past the 17th Street house, so we decided to see what was going on over there.  We had not been able to forget about this house, even though it seemed like a clear no from God.

When we pulled up there was a man mowing the lawn. We flagged him down and asked if he owned the home. He said no and Mr. Visionary asked him if the owner had bought it to live in or to flip? The lawn guy said flip, so we asked for the new owners phone number. Mr. Visionary called him and while chatting he said he offered the bank 11k less than what we did, no one could believe they took his offer over ours. We discussed it and decided to offer the new owner 5k over everything he had spent (closing costs, ect) providing he did not touch the house (no changes or improvements). The new owner said he had been flipping houses for a while, and had never had a call or offer like this one and that it was an offer he couldn’t turn down. So we said, “So don’t turn us down!” and he called the next day and said yes! So it turns out what we thought was a ‘no’ from God was really a ‘not right now.’

And now, the work begins. There is a ton of ripping out, updating, cleaning and painting that needs to be done. I will keep you updated as the house progresses!