Friday, September 12, 2008

Our Property!!

We've been incredibly blessed recently. For several years we've been searching for just the right piece of property to facilitate some goals and dreams we have for our family. We've had some ups and lots of downs and honestly, I have to admit that I began to doubt that our endeavors were anything God saw as what would be in our best interests. But we continued to look and this summer we found what turned out to be THE PROPERTY. The story is too long to fit in this little post, but I'll share just a bit more. After the last piece we made an offer on fell through this spring, I told Jeremy that if we were going to really put this in God's hands, then I didn't feel that we should settle for less than we dreamed of, so our list of criteria was what directed our search. If we believed that God had something better for us than that 5 acre piece, then I reasoned that we should only pursue something that was God-sized. And that's just what this turned out to be. And it appeared to be too-good-to-be-true; the size, the price, the potential... so I held my breath so as not to be too crushed emotionally if it didn't work. I chose to visit the land only once, because I fell in love with it at first sight, and I knew I couldn't be visiting and loving it any more till it became ours.
LONG-story-a-little-less-long: On Sept. 8th, 2008 we became the owners of 15 acres of paradise with a rushing creek running through it, views, and hundreds of state acres bordering it; and all only 10 miles from Wasilla.
The icing on the cake (or it may arguably be the cake itself) is the relationship we've developed with Tom, the seller. Because he chose to not use a realtor, we've been doing the negotiating one-on-one. He's a live-off-the-land 68 year old bachelor. We have a lot in common and I thank the Lord for all the opportunities we've had to share with Tom our relationships with God, and that he's been in our home often enough to see that our faith is not a religion, but a way of living and loving.
So we signed papers this Monday and we all went in a bit of a caravan to the Recorder's Office, then Tom took us all out to dinner.
We plan to put our house on the market next spring and begin building after the ground thaws. Everyone is so excited about the new adventure we're embarking on, and I'm looking forward to all the hands-on real-life educational opportunities this means for my kiddos.

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Congrats you guys!! The place looks SWEET! :D

vince+shannon+mattie+ireland +afton said...

AAAHHHH! A creek and everything!!! I'm so thrilled for you. This is what we were looking for last year...and maybe someday we'll get there, too. GO, God!

Jill said...

Congratulations! So exciting...

Rachel said...

YAY! What a perfect lot for your family- I love to hear how God provides, so thanks for sharing.

DeLong House said...

Beautiful property! We are so happy for you guys, can't wait to see it in person!

Jen said...

WOWzers!!! That is So completely beautiful and I love how God knew just the land for the Coke fam to build, play, grow, learn and love on. I'm so happy for you guys and for this new adventure. I hope to visit ya'll there one day.
Love, Jen