Ok, friends! Big news first: we bought a house this week! It’s a little 3bed/1bath in Waco built in the 20s and we adore it. We won’t be moving in until Daniel’s internship is over at the end of the summer and I can’t wait to set it up!
We put our offer in on the Feast of St. Joseph and he took care of us big time. The house had only been on the market for 24 hours when we put in our offer and there were already two others offers down! We gave a great offer, but asked for a late closing date and splitting closing costs with no idea whether they would agree.
We were so excited they chose us, but then a few big ticket things showed up in the inspection. We didn’t really think they would agree to fix things (like the foundation! yikes!) and we knew we couldn’t afford to. But lo and behold, they did! They fixed everything we asked for. Then our closing costs ended up being significantly LESS than we estimated. THANK YOU, St. Joseph!
When I posted a picture of the house to Instagram, I few friends mentioned that it looked like a storybook cottage and that’s exactly what I think. In fact I thought:
“Oh a cottage! A little cottage is always very snug.” (Speaking of, this Great House Therapy post on the S&S cottage is hysterical.)
And it will be snug, but it will also be TWICE as big as our current 650 sqft apartment so…..just imagine the space! And no more composting toilets. Sure there’s only ONE bathroom but it has a toilet that….wait for it….flushes! Oh the luxury. And it has an extra lot attached so our backyard is ginormous and begging to be turned into a huge urban garden with chickens and who knows…maybe a goat to keep the grass short. Do you think the neighbors would notice? Could we pass it off as a strange dog?
The house has the charm of an almost 100 year old house, but also has a brand new kitchen, all new appliances, and original wood floors or new tile or linoleum. It’s just precious and I can’t wait to get settled in it in September! I won’t tell you how cheap Waco real estate prices are or you’d just cry jealous tears of misery.
We’ll also be walking distance from a Catholic church and a Mexican restaurant so….what more could we want out of life?!
And a great climbing tree!
I’m really loving that all of that house stuff is wrapped up with a bow, so we can enjoy the summer on the farm and not stress about where we will live next. And Daniel has a few leads on jobs for the fall that we’re excited about.
In other news, we visited friends of ours in The Woodlands last weekend and then drove into Houston to go to Our Lady of Walsingham. Friends who go to Mass together stay together. Or something like that.
AND my best friend had twins this week so that’s amazing. It’s been a busy, but chill week because Gwen got a little fever from some 48 virus and has been needing extra snuggles and sleep.
We absolutely loved talking about the four temperaments on this week’s episode with Connie Rossini, author of the book on choleric children that I told you is changing my parenting. It was a great conversation, so if you’re interested in an introduction to the four temperaments or how they can affect our relationships with spouses, children, and friends, definitely give it a listen!
Building a home you want your kids to come home to: Kindred Grace
On Respecting Children When They Make Mistakes: Crisis Magazine
Anti-Social Media: The Isolation of Overconnectedness: Mama Needs Coffee
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