It seems nearly everyone I know in the blogosphere has recently moved or is about to. I am no exception!
My sister and I have been discussing for many months the prospect of moving in together. I love my little studio apartment and heartily admit that I love living alone. However, I also love saving money when I can and have recently felt pulled toward living with others in a shared space again.
We've poured over ads in print and online over the last six months or so, searching for the perfect place to live. Nothing really grabbed us or seemed like the right fit, so we did not move on anything. We agreed it would be nice to find a responsible third roommate so we could rent a house or something larger than an apartment, but neither one of us could think of anyone who could fit the bill.
Along comes my friend Michelle, recently moved back to town after a long absence. She too was looking for a place to live. We met Sunday night and were both thinking she might be the missing piece to the three-roommate arrangement my sister and I desired. She spoke to my thought before I did, and we started our search immediately.
We all started praying over it, and within hours, Kaari found a listing that caught our collective attention. It is a fairly new construction in a quiet neighborhood just a mile and a half from where I work. It is a three bedroom, three and one-quarter bathroom home. Considering the size (2300 sq ft) the rent is very modest; we are half-inclined to think the amount they're asking is a farce. So we drove by on Monday; the neighborhood can be best described as charming and idyllic.
The current residents were good enough to give us a tour yesterday. We were all amazed at the space and availability of storage (I am coming from a 400 sq ft studio apartment with no storage, save for the limited space under my bed) and all agreed it was a perfect fit for the three of us. We would have a garage and a backyard. There was a porch on the main level of the house. I would have a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and garbage disposal again!
Our applications are filled out and ready to go; we also found out from the rental office no one else is waiting for this beautiful property. It will be available in July, which gives me plenty of time to give proper notice at my current apartment and get my things ready to be moved.
This is Kaari's first apartment-hunting venture, and I've assured her that we are deeply blessed if this is indeed the home God has for us. No home-hunting venture has ever been so smooth for me! I'm sure many of you can relate.
The path seems to have been smoothed out and made straight before us; it is and has been my prayer that if this is the house God has for us, that we would be good stewards of this incredible space and use it to bless others in return.
I will keep you posted ...