our very old house + more before pics! {part 2}

the girl's room
Read {part 1} here.

It was the house of our dreams. At an unbelievable price. And the timing couldn't be anything but God's doing.

We had committed to doing what God wanted for us. And if we chose the house, it meant that we wouldn't be going ahead with the new business venture like we had planned.

But there was that one issue in the whole thing that made us pray harder than we ever had. And it wasn't giving up the new business.

the master bedroom- maybe a parlor in 1895?
The house was in a neighborhood we would have never considered before, surrounded by lower-income apartments and houses. It was a neighborhood everyone warned us against.

The house was amazing, but if it came down to safety, it wouldn't be an option. At least that's what we thought at first.

We wanted God's will to happen more than anything. Our long term goal was to become foreign missionaries. We'd felt that desire since we were first married, in fact, our plans were to pay off our consumer debt (which we did in 2008), and create an ongoing income so that we could make short-term trips then transition to full-time missionary work.

As we prayed about the house, we felt that God was telling us if we truly wished to be missionaries, how could we go to a dangerous foreign land to tell other people about Jesus if we couldn't be faithful to do the very same thing in slightly questionable neighborhood in a nice town, in a safe and comfortable country?

If we didn't trust God for our personal safety, then did we really trust Him at all?

the boys room- and basketball court floor!
We felt God had given us the exact house we needed- at the price we could afford (lower than any rent, even!), so that we could do His will- telling people around us about Jesus. We were to be lights for Him in a neighborhood full of people without jobs, without cars, and without money.

We had never seen God's hand move so visibly in our life. We prayed for months before that our house would sell in His timing, that we would make wise decisions, and live for Him instead of our own desires. And He guided us right off of our own path and directed us to what He wanted for us.

We saw it one business day after it went on the market, and we were the first to put an offer on the house. It took days to hear back from the bank if they had accepted our offer. I would have been so stressed before, but I had the most unusual peace about the house. If it was supposed to be ours, it would be ours. Our God is bigger than all of this, we thought. And if He doesn't want us to have this house, we don't want it in the least.

the upstairs landing
A few days later, we got the exciting news that the house was ours! We were so blown away. It was incredible. It was so providential- so not our own doing. Nothing had ever gone so smoothly for us like buying this house did. It was just so amazing to see God's work in our life. I still get chill bumps thinking about it!

The dates lined up so crazily (perfectly!), that we had one day to move out of the other house and into the new one.

And then the work began. Our first project was the main bathroom...

this was taken after a little remodeling-
imagine no wall, and no door header.
also after we put in a new sink/cabinet.
it had an oak cabinet/sink combo that was falling apart.

Next week- more of the story and the big bathroom reveal! :)


  1. Love your home it looks like my dream home! It's amazing the way that God works.

  2. He's so amazing isn't He? Thank you for reading along! :)

  3. Great story! I love seeing how God works things in his timing and in his own ways when we sometimes think it will go a different way! :) Thank you for sharing your heart and God's movement!

  4. I love you blog! So glad to find you on here....enjoying your before and after pics :)

  5. I love looking at the pictures of your new place Mandy! BUT I still miss you guys as neighbors! It does my heart good to read about the many blessings God has done in your family! I love to see what He is doing in others' lives!

  6. Oh that's cool! I love how we have similar stories! Oh that's so true, we are like our houses- we are in need of a remodel and God is constantly tearing down walls and making our house better, isn't He? How cool is that?!
    Thanks for joining me on this journey! It's just so neat that we have such an opportunity to meet and share with each other. Thanks for reading along!

  7. Isn't He amazing?! thank you for your sweet words! :)

  8. Awesome! We purchased our home that was built in 1904 almost 5 years ago. Ours was also a foreclosure so we got a great deal as well. It has been a lot of work to remodel it and change it so it is more useful for our family, but it is amazing how much God has changed and grown us from the beginning of this journey to this point in our lives. It's almost like the house has grown as we have grown in our spiritual journeys. I look forward to following along with you on your journey ;-)

  9. I love a good story...especially a good God story! Thanks for sharing. Your house is awesome!

  10. Just started looking at your pictures and reading about your home! I met you through Glynnis Whitwer's site. What an eye opener about how God spoke to you about the neighborhood and trusting Him. That really spoke to my heart. We are in the middle of trying to find a home and I always find something wrong with what we look at! I really enjoy your site! Blessings to you! Stephanie

  11. Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails}January 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Oh my goodness, I just discovered your lovely blog(through someone else's Blissdom recap) and have been hopping around for about an hour now. Then I came to this post and it feels like we're living the same life. When my husband and I married 10 years ago, we knew then that we had a call to the mission field, we just didnt know WHEN. We marriedand lived away from our hometown for two years. Then I got pregnant and we moved back home. Through an absolute miracle we ended up buying the 1860 home that had been in Eric's family since 1969. We're living here now, as per the Lord's instructions for now but we know it wont be our forever home. In fact, this summer we're taking our first short term missions trip!

  12. Oh my goodness! we do have twinkie lives!! wow!! how cool is that!! I can't wait to hear more about you!


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