The closing date on our new Texas house is October 9, and our lender is hopeful that we’ll close earlier than that. I do hope so!
I am so thankful for the time we have spent at my in-laws’ house. It has been a blessing and a joy to be with my husband’s parents. It is extremely easy and enjoyable to live with such quiet, generous, and kind people. They have watched the kids while I have gone on runs in the morning a good amount of times (while the kids got started on independent homeschool work) and have let Greg and me go out for dessert once a week after the kids have gone to bed. They put away the clean dishes before I can get to them, keep the house very tidy (as much as is possible with five extra people and many extra pieces of furniture), and help us in extra ways like taking our library books back and picking up items from the store. Every day JP asks Grandpa numerous times to play trains or blocks with him, which Grandpa willingly does, even if he’s doing something else (of course, Grandpa initiates this activity as well).
Just the fact that they took in our noisy, active family and let us fill their garage floor to ceiling with all we own (some of which, by the way, Greg’s brother and sister-in-law have in their garage as well) for an indefinite period of time is incredibly generous. Mr. C has asked a couple of times what we would have done if we had moved somewhere where we didn’t have family, and he was shocked to hear we would have had to rent an apartment and pay money we’d never get back. I know renting an apartment would not be a dire situation, but I am thankful we didn’t have to do so.
At the same time, I am ready to be in my own home and let the Bocks have their space and privacy back. I’m ready to have access to what I need again, to actually know where everything is. It’s definitely nothing to complain about compared to all the blessings I have, but I am glad we’ll be in our own house again soon.
A friend of mine sent me a verse the other day that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s Acts 17:26: “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”
Paul is preaching to some Greek philosophers, one group of which believed life was entirely left to chance, the other group that life was predetermined by fate. Paul contradicts both of these views by telling them God has life under control, that He has planned out our births and deaths and the places we will live.
God knew exactly how long we would live with Greg’s parents. It’s a good thing, too, because He’s made sure we had access to everything we really needed from our boxes while we’ve been here. We’ve found soccer balls and shin guards just when we needed them, colored paper for party preparation (Little E’s birthday is coming up), and shoes when others went missing to name a few. Now that the weather is about to change to fall weather, we’re going to move into our house and be able to find our fall clothing just in time.
God also marked out this house for us. We don’t know who are neighbors are yet, but God has that planned out, too. I prayed from the beginning that God would place us in a neighborhood where we could be a blessing to the people around us. Only He knew the best place for us for that reason. I recently read a book called Praying Upside Down about a woman who had a lot of trouble trying to sell her house. She decided to start praying that God would bring just the right person to that house–a person who would be blessed by the house. It took longer to sell the house than she liked, but the woman who ultimately bought the house came with a story that made it clear the house was perfect for her at that time. I pray we will be a perfect fit in our neighborhood for God’s purposes, too.
What about you? Where did God place you? How does He want to use you where He’s placed you? “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Don’t miss those good works He’s planned for you to do in the place He’s planted you!