God often uses other Believers to step in and step up when we are struggling and need a hand. Tami has been God's Angel in my life four times! She sold my family home, helped me buy my first home as a single, sold that home when I moved to Fort Worth, and now is helping me to buy for my move back to Ruston. She has been my life jacket in the stormy seas of the real estate world.
I get ahead of myself---when I decided the move back to Louisiana was for the best, I contacted my neighbor in Fort Worth--who I knew was looking for a house. I explained I was moving and why and told her I was contacting her first--to see if she was possibly interested. YES! NOW--it sounds easy---and in many ways it has been easy. No one else has trooped through my house, I have not had to be show ready 24/7, but the entire maze of selling a house has had to be traveled. Inspections, appraisals, agreements, surveys,--the entire ball of fun!
Add to that fun, the tenants have to be kept in mind. The apartment is rented fully furnished. This means keeping it as is and not disturbing the peace of the tenants until they move. This entails leaving it as is until they move. In case you have not caught on--I must then also move those furnishings--at a later date!
OH DEAR--now I need a house in Ruston. Tami tells me the market is tight and there is not much in my price range for sale. Not to be discouraged, I look at a house---not a fit! We then look at some lovely townhomes. I am ready to buy them---this does not work out either. I finally make up my mind that I will have to move to Ruston and store my furniture until I can either find a house or build a house. I laughingly quoted that infamous Saturday Night Live skit and declared I would have to live "in a van-down by the river." Thankfully my sweet brother tells me I am welcome to stay with them until I find a fit. Hero, the wonder dog will have to stay in Fort Worth with the kids until I get settled, since brother and his wife are allergic to dogs.
THEN---the kids get a new puppy. New puppy is 4 times larger than Hero and Hero has a back injury. I am concerned about him getting re-injured, since new puppy is full of playfulness, so it is not a fit for him to stay with the grands.
BACK TO SQUARE ONE
I ask a sweet friend could I possibly stay with her and bring Hero. She never hesitated--"YES"! What a blessing Ruston friends are. Hero is NOT social with other animals---I could not stay with anyone who already has a dog or cat. This friend fit the bill perfectly and never blinked--but immediately said, "Yes".
I go on my hiking/biking trip to Idaho vowing to not even think about the move to Ruston, besides I have it all worked out! Tami has a family medical emergency in Ohio and is out of pocket also. For some reason in the midst of all she has going on, she checks the multi-listing and there is a house she is very familiar with and thinks I will like. I look---it is almost the same house I moved from when I left Ruston. I loved this house. Perfect match.
First House in Ruston
As I told Tami in the 12 hour period all of this happened, "God is written all over this." My sweet friend told me recently she didn't think God was in to the details, but instead left decisions up to us. All I know for certain is God has thrown doors open and slammed others abruptly in my face. I think He not only cares about the minutiae of life, but is as involved as we will allow Him to be in our day to day. We get into trouble when we are not listening or keep banging on the closed doors.
So there you have the story. In just over three weeks, I will be home again. Looking forward to life in Ruston! Watch out Ruston friends--I am ALWAYS looking for blogging material!
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and swisdom and knowledge of God!
tHow unsearchable are his judgments and
how inscrutable his ways