So, I was talkin' to my girl SuperModel the other day and we were discussing the fact that Hubbs and I had just gone to see the house we are hoping to get again. We took some measurements and some pics and saw that, yes, it does need some work but I am still in love with it. I was tellin' her that I have already decorated it in my little head and have my heart set on it. She suggested that I put up some pics for y'all to see. Well, for HER to see, but then you get to see it too.
Then I had a fantabulous idea! I could show all of you (yes, all three of ya) pics of this lovely little house and then YOU could be praying for us to get it as well! So, sit back and get comfy, we are gonna take us a little tour ...
This is the first room you walk into (if you come in the front door). And I must tell you that this is the room that sealed the deal for me!!!! That is fabric on the wall! Oh My WORD, the pictures do not do it justice, it is just lovely!!!!
As you enter from the entry way, you walk into the living room. I LOVE the bay windows, the wood blinds and the cute little Victorian shutters. I also adore the hardwood floors, there is a little bit of a pattern to the laying of the wood - very simple and chic, but very charming!!!
From there you see the dining room ... check out the old style built in china cabinets! OH! Love me a good built it, and back in the 20's (when this house was built) they did the woodwork RIGHT! LOVE IT! (you can kinda see a bit of the floor pattern in this shot!)
And here we have the den/study. Again we have some built in shelves, and the old school, WOOD BURNING fireplace!!! We figure if we cannot pay the heat, just lay some mattresses out in here :) Steve is excited to be able to have his big desk out of the dungeon and to have a little sitting area where all of his beloved books can once again be on display!
As we go up the stairs (well, this shot is looking back down the stairs, but you get the idea!!!), you will see another lovely little shelf as well as the door that leads to the balcony. Y'all this door uses a skeleton key. SERIOUSLY! And we have already decided that our rocking chairs will look so sweet out there! YAY!
At the top of the steps, in the hall way, you will notice this stinkin' awesome built in storage unit! For such a small house (well, small compared to what we have been living in) there is a TON of storage - which is just one more reason I LOVE it!!!
This is "Hattie's Hut" - she immediately picked this room out for herself. That little door leads to a little storage nook. But we would use it as a little playtime hideaway for our sweet girl! And, again, more built in storage!!!
Here is the main bathroom. This is one of the two rooms in need of an overhaul - the other being the kitchen (which is TEENSY TINY!). More storage and charm, but needs to be updated a tad bit. Oh, but I have been watchin' the DIY network, and, friends, I have some ideas!!!
Back downstairs we find the kitchen. And what you are looking at are the cabinets ... ALL of the cabinets. (Well, there is one more small one on the other side of the dishwasher, but it is tiny!) I have ideas for in here too. Some temporary ideas for the mean time and some bigger ideas for when we have saved up enough money for an overhaul.
There is also a mudroom (perfect for up here in the frozen tundra!) and a basement. There is a small 1/2 bath on the main floor and a 3/4 bath and laundry room in the basement. We would create some living space down there for the girls to play in, as well as for the summers - basements are the coolest place in the house!!! It is on a full acre but has a fenced off play area for the girls. It is less than a block away from the elementary school and Jr. high and just down the road form the lake area.
The plan is to lease it for a year and see where we are from there. We would have a better idea at that time what really needs to be done. Most of it, at this time, seems cosmetic, but ya never know. At the end of the lease, if we still love it, we will go from there (probably lease it one more year and then buy once we have built our credit back up), if we think it is too much, we can walk away. In the mean time, the price is unbeatable. The price is just a bit higher than the apartments we have checked out and has the potential for a long term investment.
We have really been praying over this and are feeling that it is the best choice for us at this time. We are still on a wait and see basis. The owner has approved our application, knows our history and is willing to lease it to us, however they do not want to wait as long as we do to start (April 1). They have been looking for other applicants and have either not found any or have not approved any. Our agent spoke with their agent and told them that WE are willing to commit to a year at lease and asked that they would commit as well. It seems that it would be a good idea for all involved, being that WE would know we have a house and THEY would know they have a tenant. They are "thinking about it" and we are just waiting to hear their decision.
So, if you all could please join us in prayer over this it would mean a LOT to us. We sincerely just want God to be glorified in all of this and truly feel that by giving it over to Him we cannot go wrong. If HE says no, we know it is for a reason and there is something better for us out there. So, please pray for His will (we HOPE that this house is in that will!!) and for Him to get the glory!
We just want to follow HIM!
Thank you sooo very much!