So thanks to God and our family and our wonderful realtor ;)... We have purchased a house. I cannot believe it. I really didn't think we'd find a way to do it for a long time. Sherry, our realtor, informed me of a listing Monday morning that I almost didn't even take the time to look at. It's listed in Waterloo even though it is right one the edge of Cedar Falls. It's in a good neighborhood but the high school district it's in isn't the greatest. However, realizing that we'd be moving on to a bigger house by the time Jaden is in high school anyway, and seeing as how the actual neighborhood is just up the street from a good Cedar Falls school, we thought we might as well at least just look at it. Well, we were at the house for about 15 minutes and decided to put an offer down. It's on Rainbow Dr. in Waterloo, and I'm so excited to make it our home. (A little scared, as well). It is a three bedroom, split level. The main floor has the eat-in kitchen and the living room. The back door is leads from the kitchen onto a good sized deck. From the living room going up a few steps is the bedroom area. There are three bedrooms and a bath. Then going from the kitchen down a few steps is the lower level family room that is all finished off. It will be a great play room for Jaden. There is a door then that leads to the furnace room and down another few steps to the unfinished storage room. There is also a small laundry room closed off from the family room in the lower level. The lower level also has a back door leading to the back patio. So there are two back doors - a patio and a deck -- and there are outdoor speakers attached to the two stall garage. It will be a great place for cookouts! There is a small creek in the back that Cody will be working to make pretty, and we will probably put up a white fence with a gate to help keep Jaden away from the creek :) But Cody can't wait to go looking for frogs with him.
We have to thank Cody's parents for helping us with the down payment. And we have to thank my parents for storing so many of our things while we have been waiting to have our own storage room in our own home! We get possession on May 28 and there is lots to get done before then. But I am so excited to have something that is finally ours! We are very lucky that we got the house. Two other families looked at it after us while we were writing up our offer, and one other couple offered the same time we did. Luckily, we won out thanks to our hard working realtor! We are figuring out ways to budget our money better, and Cody might try to pick up a second part-time job and try to put in some hours on the weekend nights every once in a while. But we will find a way to make it work. I have always had that outlook -- if you want something badly enough, you find a way to make it work! It might be a little scary and we might be tight with our funds for a little while... but we believe this was the right thing to do. We needed a home for our family.