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Friday, July 11, 2008

Homeless No More

I think it is finally safe to create this post. I've been waiting and waiting, not wanting to jinx anything. Some of you may know our crazy story about our move back to Indy and the fact that we had originally made an offer on a house in Thorntown. Of course, we had to take back that offer when things fell through with Brad's job and we have been living with the Todds for about three months now. (P.S. I have the best in-laws!) Unfortunately, our drama didn't end there. We kept up the house hunt as Brad searched for a new job, and when he got the position at Roche (literally that same day!) we made an offer on a house with which we were COMPLETELY in love. It was basically our dream house that we never thought we would find. Long story short, we lost it thanks to a buyer that everyone thought was going to back out (and then didn't). Not only were we CRUSHED, but we learned that we lost the house during Brad's first day at Roche. Talk about a stressful week!

So, we continued on, and a couple weeks later found a house in Pendleton. We really felt good about the house and town, though the house wasn't quite as wonderful as the one we had lost. Just before we were about to make an offer on the Pendleton home, we got THE CALL. (Lots of CAPS in this post, but I must get the emotion across!) The evil buyer trying to steal our dream house away backed out after all! Thankfully, we had the backup offer, so Dream House fell right back into our laps. Oh joy! It was a wonderful day.

Now all the logistics are officially okayed (inspection, mortgage, etc., etc....Whew!) and we are just waiting for our closing on Friday! I think it is safe to say that we are actually going to get our house now. Apparently, 3rd time really is the charm. We'll soon be living on Little Eagle Creek Road just south of 32, behind "Eagletown". Our address will be Westfield, but we're not officially part of the town, though there is a strong possibility of annexation soon. We also found out some wonderful development plans are in the works for Eagletown. They won't directly affect our view/property, but will add some amenities in the vicinity (great shopping, a connection to The Monon, nice houses, etc.). It's all coming together really well!

Now, one final note as all this drama comes to a close: We feel so incredibly humbled and blessed by this whole experience. I definitely had some "stamp my foot" moments over the last four months, and I certainly don't feel that I deserve how wonderfully everything is turning out. Brad really thinks that he has found his dream job. Now we got our dream home, too. We found the support of our friends and family is incredible and that faith will truly see you through. I know now why they say, "Tell God your plans and he will laugh." His plans are SO much better! Thank you all for everything you've done the last four months. Can't wait to have you over to the new place!

Some pics:

Views of the front:
The house is a log home on 2.24 acres (room for the dogs!). We both have always loved log homes, and this one has a wrap around stone porch with a swing - Something else I really wanted for our house. Ah, the wine that we will drink on that front porch :).

View of the Back:
Can't wait to get some patio furniture and a fire pit!

Walking in the front door - the smell of the wood makes me feel like I'm on vacation in Michigan. I also really love the loft above the living room/kitchen. That's where our wine bar is going! (Wine is important, if you can't tell.)

The Loft - Pool table isn't staying. We're not big on pool, I'm afraid, and my parents have one if we ever need it. Besides, gotta have enough room for that wine bar!

Part of the yard to the side of the house is planted with tons of little maples. The sellers are landscapers and thought they might use them, but didn't.

I love the 3 + car garage. We're going to put a workout area in there, too. That red door leads to a separate little room with a spiral staircase. The staircase leads directly up into the office/my studio. So, my students will have their own entrance! Very convenient.

The office/my studio with it's huge built-in desk. I will finally have room to write at my desk! I've always had to write on my lap while working at our tiny desk we had in CA. It's the little things, isn't it?

A mud room! I've always wanted a mud room! This is just as you come into the house from the garage.

From the road so that you all will know what to look for when you stop by:

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