Its definitely officially...official. We picked up the keys to our house yesterday and we are moving! Just about 3 1/2 hours away to the Prescott area. We've had our eye on that area since 2011 when we first traveled there for a 4H show and fell in love with the quaint small town farm community on the outskirts of the area and now we're settling down there.
We've been looking for a rental for the last few months. We've been praying continuously for the last year since returning from Idaho about where we are supposed to be. Its quite unsettling to know you are not supposed to be where you are at but you aren't sure where then. Faith and prayer are the only things we had, we laid down our hearts in front of God and asked him to guide us. God is continuously working in our life. We thought 'we' had a plan. We found land, we wanted to build our own home. At the first of the year that was the plan. And then we ran into a huge bump. I won't lie, it through me off...for a while. I think its easy to say you have faith and trust in God and in his plan when everything is easy and its going how 'you' envision it but you are really tested in the difficulties of life. You realize you are so small and you must ask God for guidance- we are not meant to go this road, this life alone. He has an outstretched hand for us and we must decide to trust him and take it.
We decided to rent in the area. We saw a large 3 bedroom, top of our price range and applied for it and didn't get it. It was disappointing. We looked at several others, also big homes, big land with big prices. The last home we called on the owner said they had 10 applicants....and then asked if we'd consider a small 2 bedroom home, another rental he had that was less than half the cost of the other rentals we'd been looking at. We prayed. Yes we decided. Downsizing may seem crazy, a tiny old home where our children must share a bedroom doesn't sound like a great move. But it is.
I truly believe through prayer we were guided to this destination for a reason. Now I'm able to cut down on work and we're able to save so much to be able to purchase land and build a home much sooner than if we would have taken the top of our price range rental. Less work- more quality time and a future in sight. I always pray about quality time with my children. Its a hard thing to work so much and feel stretched so thin. When we went to pick up the keys yesterday I couldn't stop smiling. We were home. I wasn't smiling for the house- its old, its small. I was smiling for the future, smiling for all the time I will have with my children, all the possibilities this will give us for our permanent home. Its exciting. And along with smiling I was again praying- I'm so thankful.
God had a plan. It may have not been what we thought we 'wanted' but he KNEW what we 'needed'.
A few pics of our tiny home.....
Front yard, covered patio
Standing at the front door- looking into the living room space and Dining/Kitchen toward the laundry room hall way and the master bed/bath which the kids are going to share
Living Room space looking towards a guest bath and a small bedroom where hubbie and I will only be able to fit our bed
Kitchen - hubbies thinking of building a roll away island to have more counter and storage space
Kitchen looking toward laundry hallway, door to the backyard and kids master bed/bath
Laundry - a huge plus because at the moment we're going to the Laundromat each week
Kids Master Bedroom/walk in closet / bathroom
Mom and Dads room
Blessed with this tiny house to make into a home for us.