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Trusting God part 2

So with the perfect house in site, and no money, all we really could do was pray. I was so tired of waiting and waiting and waiting only to seem to get no where fast. My house is cold, I hate being cold. I wish I could live in Arizona or something. This winter was really bad. There were -40 temps and our pellet furnace and wood burner couldnt keep up with all the leaks of air that was coming in. We just wanted a warm house that was done. We had been trying to fix this place for years.

So on to my season came, we put that money away. It was only half of what we needed for that place. It had been sitting on the market for 2 years. Then all of a sudden I saw God move…MIGHTY. First I got affirmation at church through a sermon that this was what I was suppose to be doing.. Gardening, farming, helping people, living off the land, being a good steward, caring for his creation. Then…the money..we had half the amount. Then his dad asked to rent our home and offered to pay us a downpayment. I remembered we had taken a credit builder loan out with our bank and we only had one more payment and that would give us more towards the house. So I asked a good friend to borrow the last little amount we needed. She said yes and so we were on our way!

We still had this little problem..the amount they wanted for the no way could we afford a house payment that high. The last thing I want is to get so far in debt we lose the house because my hubby gets sick and we cant make a payment. We decided how high we could offer and honestly it was 15,000 lower then what they were asking. So we started the bid LOW and they came down a whoppin $2,000. So we uped ours 10,000. Again they came down $2,000. My husband was getting frustrated. I had already bought this home we are in now and know that these things can drag out. I tried to encourage him and we put in another bid..5000 higher…then they came down another 2000. Sigh..really!! My husband was done. He said this is our last offer and he put it out there. It was up another 5,000 but they would have to come down 9,000 to match us. What were the odds? not good.

So we prayed more. Told others to keep praying.. if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be right? I mean in one month we managed to secure all the money to put down 5% on this house after waiting two years..God can work another miracle right?? I had doubts..9,000 was a lot to ask from Mr and Mrs $2,000 lol.  So we waited because it was Sunday and we were suppose to know Monday.  Then it happened. A text from our Realtor at 8:30 pm stating they came down to our price!! They asked that we pay all closing costs but we were honestly in shock! Out of nowhere they agree? um ok…go God!

So after waiting two years for things to happen and nothing going on, we managed to not only secure all the money we needed for a down payment, but my parents loaned us the closing costs, and they came down the 15,000 we needed them too on a property that was worth 10,000 more than they were asking in the first place! When God’s timing is right, its right. When God wants to move..he will move. Are we scared? Yes. The payment is still very large and I hate debt. It will require me to go to work part time just to keep us afloat until God can help me learn more and bring more people into my life to buy our goods. My husband is freakin out now that reality has set in and he realizes how little money we will have, but God got us this far and I doubt he has brought us this far, this fast, only to let us fail and lose it all. He has a plan and I am moving with him as he moves forward. I am so excited yet scared to death at all the new changes that will be happening this year. I will share pictures with you once we close at the end of March.   🙂 dream farm!

Happy Homesteading!!   😀

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Trusting God part 1

Its been hard. For two years we have been looking and wanting a homestead with a lot of land. I love gardening. Its in my soul. I love feeling the earth between my toes. I love looking over my plot of land and seeing little tiny green things poking through the dirt. I love knowing that I grew something. It gives me a feeling of pride. Last year I grew garden shares, my form of a CSA. It wasnt what I wanted exactly. The weather sucked and things didnt grow to the amount I felt people deserved to get for what they paid. However when I asked this year I ended up with 7 who wanted them. How on earth was I going to do that on 1 little acre?

I’m an animal lover, any animal really. Last year on my tiny acre we had two turkeys, 6 lambs, and over 30 chickens, along with the garden! I was extended to my max. I already have orders for two lambs and we need three for ourselves over winter. I couldnt imagine trying to extend my garden triple what it was last year plus raise at least 5 lambs all on my acre. So I started to pray.

It’s amazing what prayer does. It’s amazing what a group of people praying does. We found one place two years ago we swore was perfect. Turns out two years later, that the house wont be worth anything when we retire plus we probably cant even get insurance on it now. While we were waiting for them to sell during the first year, we found another place. Well ok my hubby did. He drove me past it and I was not impressed. It had a lot of low lying ground that I thought for sure would be a pond almost year round. Against my advice, my husband set up an appointment to go look at it. We had no money to put down on anything and I didnt even know why we were looking.

The place was great for what my husband wanted..I wasnt so sure. The land was ok..I could deal I guess. It had a barn that was cool and even had water out there! There was a pond/flooded half acre next to it. The house layout sucked but it had two of everything. So after looking at it, my husband was pretty much obsessed with it. Since we knew we wanted to move we started packing away what very little we could save. It wasnt much because I dont work. I take care of the homestead. With our bills and all the things these boys seem to eat and outgrow we just couldnt save anything. Tax season was coming in a few months and the house was still available. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was perfect.

Two car garage, two living rooms, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens..perfect for canning downstairs where it was cooler and not dirtying the upstairs. A walk out basement to carry my produce from the garden without having to walk through the house with my dirty bare feet, a barn that not only had water out there, but also had a huge shop for my husband and a huge area for all my animals to spend winter. There is water on the property incase there is a zombie apocalypse, enough front acreage to put my 7 shares plus a garden for us, and the fact that the low lying area didnt have any water on it despite having snowed like mega feet, drifting snow,and then warm temps to melt the snow. There was water in farmers fields that were iced over..sometimes the entire field was an iced pond, but that area looked natural and dry. Weird. I could live with the weird layout of the house because everything else was perfect. Did I mention it was 25 acres? Score!

We still had absolutely now money and they were asking more than we could ever afford and there was no way we could come up with a down payment. It really did seemed hopeless..but I continued praying and I continued to ask others to pray. If its meant to be it will be they kept saying. I had my doubts but I kept praying non the less…..

To be continued…

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