As of Thursday night, we bought a house! (Because I really like the way that sounds, I'm going to say it again.)
WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!
The seller made an ever-so-slight change to our original offer, however our original price and terms were accepted, and truly, quite unexpectedly so! Amazing.
The fact is that this entire process has been so, well, easy. From the discovery of this house, to the realization that we didn't want to keep hunting after finding this one (more on that in a moment), to the decision to make an offer, to the contract negotiation between all parties...it has been as smooth a process as we could have hoped for.
We looked at several houses throughout our search, but none of them felt as much like home as this one. At this house, unlike all the rest, I can picture Bobby walking in from the garage after work. I can picture a dog in the backyard, and myself spending lazy summer days on the screened-in porch (...or in the next door neighbor's pool?). But, my favorite image came when I first walked into the second bedroom...somehow knowing that it would be a nursery someday. (For our children. You picked up on that, right?)
Long story, short: when we pull into the driveway, we know we're home.
At one point during the house hunting experience, after quickly finding what we felt was "The One" (and know now that it was), I shared with my mom my preconceived notion that the process should take longer, that we should "look at far more houses before making a decision". To that she replied (in as eloquent a way as she so consistently does)...
"I don't think you should feel like it has to be complicated.
When something is God-blessed, sometimes it really is easy."
And, she (as she so consistently is) has been proven to be exactly right. From the moment she said that, I've been mindful that God is at work in the entire process, that His hand is behind every element, and the fact that it has all felt "easy"...well, that makes perfect sense.
...as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.