...well, not really an apartment in the sky.
But we are moving un up (or actually, already have) into our very first home and the joyful fun that is home ownership.
The day after our wedding, Anthony and I got a phone call from my mom, who just happens to be a realtor and acted as our agent throughout the home buying process. Mind you, this is the first day of our honeymoon, so we didn't answer the first time the phone rang. But on call #2, the conversation went something like this.
Me: "I hope this is an emergency. We are boarding our honeymoon cruise."
Mom: "Well, no not an emergency, but I do have some news."
Mom: "Well, I just got a call from the selling agent, your short sale was approved."
Me: "OH MY GOD WE GOT THE HOUSE?! AAAAAHHHHH!!!! ANTHONY, WE GOT THE HOUSE" (for a better visual, you have to picture me jumping on a tiny cruise ship bed with incredibly low ceilings, trying not to hurt myself, and then falling on top of Anthony in excitement)
We had been married less than 24 hours, and we found out our short-sale, which had only been under contract for a month, had been approved. I have heard such horror stories about short sales dragging out to infinity, so you can imagine how elated we were with a relatively quick and painless process.
One month later, the day after our one month wedding anniversary (and yes, I will be counting months until we hit the year mark) we signed the closing papers and were handed the keys to our very first home.
The moving process has been interesting to say the least (I wasn't aware that previous owners aren't necessarily required to remove their belongings before handing over the keys) but has also been so incredibly fun. We've spent a lot of time cleaning, we still have so many boxes to unpack and organize, and we are currently lounging on these in our brand new family room.
But still, it is so absolutely amazing when things fall together and you can really look towards God and see his hand in the life you're living. The past couple of months, though obviously stressful (we've been making some big changes over here,) have just been so full of blatantly obvious blessings, it's incredible. Sometimes, when God reveals himself in such obvious ways, it's overwhelming, but I am doing my best to take the time to be grateful and just live in the moments that I'm experiencing every day.
We've still got a long way to go to make this house feel like us, but I am thrilled for what's to come and can't wait to share it with you here.