Who knew when I lived in my late grandparents house on Indiana Ave in Idaho a few short years ago, I would eventually be living in the state of Indiana. I will be doing some blog catch up in no particular order! This is our story of finding our new house.
It seems like moving is always an adventure. Sorting, packing, eliminating, shifting, deciding what to keep and what to let go of. So many decisions in the moving process. It almost seems like once everything is packed and ready to go, it is all downhill from there. Sort of…
When we decided to accept the job in Indianapolis we didn’t have a chance to come back to house hunt, so I spent hours poring over real estate listings on Zillow, Hotpads and Rently dreaming and pondering where we should go. Because of our debt free dreams I tend to want to go with the cheapest housing option, but knowing we would have two kids in school we decided we would go for the safe neighborhood and “good schools” option. Even with the strong desire of wanting our own home again as soon as possible we decided to go the rental option until we know the area and find where we really want to settle down.
Even then, it felt like a dart board decision. I even had a little visual to help me keep track of the towns in the greater Indianapolis area as we looked up homes for rent.
Upon arrival our plan was to live in a hotel until we found a place. I don’t know if any of you have ever lived in a hotel, but let’s just say not the most fun way to get by, especially with three very busy active kids! Even with living in an RV for the past year, a hotel is a challenge.
Our first hotel in Indianapolis didn’t have a fridge or microwave, and their ice machine was broken. It wasn’t a low end hotel and we had stayed in several others within this chain in the past and I guess we assumed this one would be like the others we had stayed in and be a bit more accommodating. We could at least take advantage of the free breakfast right?
Scratch that. We showed up an hour late to breakfast and it was all cleaned up. The desk clerk had given us the weekend time and it was a weekday, so we were out of luck. After two nights there, we found a hotel that worked a bit better for our family. The new hotel had a tiny parking lot that wasn’t big enough for our rental truck with a car in tow, so we had to park it somewhere else. Since we were unfamiliar with the city, we prayed it was a safe area and that all our stuff would be watched over since we wouldn’t have it at our hotel.
House hunting was number 2 on our list after spending some time resting and getting caught up on laundry after nearly a week on the road.
Sometimes in life I want something specific, and I know exactly what I want. I hope for it. I pray for it and sometimes I ask for a miracle so it can happen. Sometimes it all works how I want it to, and sometimes it doesn’t. This was one of those times I had that hope in my heart.
We needed a home. We left California nearly a month prior and we had stayed in hotels for 13 nights and spent 18 days at my in-laws in Idaho and now was the time I needed another miracle to take place. And at this point, I was asking for it to happen rapidly.
I wasn’t going into this blind. I had spent days and many hours searching, researching and looking over places for rent and sale. My list of houses to look at was long and I knew that one was going to work out for us. I prayed that we would find a house that was move-in ready where the manager would be willing to process our application quickly and we could be in a home by Monday.
Friday, we looked, and looked and drove and drove. All over the West and North sides of Indianapolis as well as Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville.
Here were my wish list/requirements for our next house:
-3 bed 2 bath
-hard flooring in the dining area
-No carpet at the front door!!
-child friendly neighborhood
-close to the elementary school
-acreage (for houses to buy)
-guest room or guest house (for houses to buy)
There was a house we were interested in and wanted to apply. I called the manager and later Friday evening we heard back and they had just approved someone else. For a moment, I was discouraged. But then I remembered that I had asked for a specific home to be ready for us, and this one was not it. We had two appointments Saturday morning to view homes. They pretty much were the last ones on our list that I had prepared. One of the homes I had spoke with the manager a couple times, and they had a pending application but he said he would still show us the house anyway. We had already driven by the house and it seemed like it would be a perfect fit for us.
The prayer in my heart continued… “Please guide us to where we need to be. Please help us get into a home by Monday.” I know I was not alone. There were family and friends out there praying for us too.
Saturday morning we looked at the home and it seemed like the right fit for us. We told the manager that we were going to look at one more home, but we wanted to apply, and hoped they would consider us. We quickly filled out our applications and paid the application fees there on the spot and let them know we were currently living in a hotel and would love it if we could expedite the process if possible.
We liked the second home as well, but we felt drawn to the first Saturday home. We took a deep breath and prayed something would fall into place.
I was so anxious waiting. We had looked at and driven by so many homes. I was feeling like this was supposes to work out. I was feeling like this is where we were supposed to be. After a few hours of waiting, we got a phone call from the manager who said he spoke with the owner and they ran our applications and they would love for us to rent from them. He was even willing to meet that evening to give us the keys so we could move in as soon as possible.
A huge sigh of relief lifted and I could breathe a little easier. Prayers of gratitude were offered. After living nearly a year in an RV and a month on the road, we are going to be moving into a home on a foundation. Even with all the crazy colors and all!
This home didn’t have everything on my wish list, but it did have some deal breakers, like hard flooring in the dining area and no carpet at the front door. It even has 2 ½ bathrooms. Three toilets!! We could hardly believe that we would have such a treat! Sharing one bathroom for the past three years was long overdue to upgrade to at least two toilets.
Our new landlord was even so thoughtful to put up two new shower curtains in the bathrooms, knowing that we have been living on the road and wouldn’t have our easily accessible upon moving in. Sure, it is a simple thing but to know we wouldn’t have to run to the store for yet another thing was nice.
I am so grateful for all the miracles that took place for us to be able to move into our home on Monday. Just as I had asked, hoped and prayed for.
We attended our new local ward (church congregation) for our new house the following day. We met many wonderful kind people. We were just going to take our time unpacking our Uhaul and do it ourselves. In hind sight that was a stupid thought. We were exhausted with the whole drive and house hunting. The day we happened to move in was a float holiday for the young men (male youth 12-18) in the ward and so they were out of school. All of the young men were meeting at the church to play a game of basket ball on their day off school and the relief society president volunteered them to come help us unload after their game in the morning.
Faster than I could think to direct them, they had boxes and items flying out of the truck. Without any complaints at least a dozen young men work hard and fast. They had the whole truck unloaded in under an hour. I bought a bunch of pizzas and one of the young men went and picked it up for me since I was so unfamiliar with the area. They choose on their day off school to come serve, it was such a blessing to us!! And we were so grateful for their cheerful service.
Another wonderful miracle had taken place. A sweet sister even showed up to watch our kids so they wouldn’t be in the middle of the cyclone of unloading. So grateful for the kindness of others!
Please stay tuned, for more updates on our new life out in the Midwest!
What kind of miracles have you seen occur in your life this week! Thanks for stopping by!