Friday, February 22, 2008

There’s something I never shared with you all before.  It has alot to do with how I bought my home.  Actually it has everything to do with why I bought a home.  And now is the time to tell you.

In 2003 I won a luxury minivan in a Chrysler sweepstakes.  I sold it and used it as a down-payment on my house.

2003 was a challenging year for me.  I had to take a leave of absence from work and become a temporary caregiver to my nephew.  I don’t see it as a coincidence that in the same year, I won a prize minivan in a sweepstakes.  It was a much needed blessing.  God’s gift!

But He didn’t wrap my gift up with a pretty bow and hand it to me on a silver platter. Selling the van, buying a home, and fixing my home was all brand new to me.  I never done anything like this before.  It has been extremely difficult and very time consuming. The real blessing wasn’t the sweepstakes prize.  It was what I learned from what God’s given me.  I learned so much about myself.  I learned that I’m physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of much more than I thought.  The real blessing was how this journey made me a stronger, wiser person.  This experience has really made me come to believe in Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Here is one final video …

This is my last post to my house blog.  It’s time for a new chapter in my life!  No… forget the chapter.  I’m gonna open up a whole new book!

I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me next!!! :)

To my loyal readers: Thank you for letting me share my experience with you all! It’s my hope that this blog has inspired you to keep your faith strong and recognize your own blessings in your life that God has planned for YOU.

God Bless!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The appraiser came by to look at my house.  Basically she just looked around to confirm that the repairs have been done.  She wasn’t here very long at all.  I asked her how much she thinks the house would appraise for, and she is guessing at around 90k.  Which is good considering my home is smaller than any other home on the block.  My house is only one story.  The rest of the homes around here are two stories.  The two story homes are going for around 100k to 110k … so 90k for my home is good I think :)    She didn’t appraise my home though.  This was just her guess.  If I were to get an actual appraisal done,  it may be more than that, considering I have hardwood floors,  all new appliances,  new furnace, etc.

I went to Bed Bath and Beyond the other day to buy a cake container, a cookie jar, and some wine glasses.   I’m in the cooking mood!  Maybe this time I’ll bake some cookies! :)