Tuesday, September 13, 2011

#621 The house.

First of all, as if there's a soul left in Jones County who doesn't know which house we're buying, I finally feel like it's safe to share it with the free world. The house appraised today for what we were hoping, and we close on September 30. Eeeeeeeeek! We're so excited!
You might remember it from one of my favorite old posts from last spring. This is how it happened. We told Mrs. Mary Lynn, the sweet lady from our church, that we loved her house so much. That if she ever decided to move, to please call us because we would love to buy it. It's been one of my dream houses since junior high school, even though I had never seen the inside. She walked us through it and I fell even more in love. We made dream plans for our 5 -10 year future which always included hopefully living in the perfect yellow craftsman cottage on 7th Street. Not 2 weeks later, Mrs. Mary Lynn's daughter called to ask if we would seriously like to buy it because she's tired of keeping up a yard and is thinking of moving into a condo where she won't have to worry about a thing.

Then we were in a bind. You KNOW how we love this loft. We couldn't imagine leaving this, our first home. We prayed about it. We cried about it. We knew that if we didn't buy the yellow cottage now, we might never have the chance again (we've heard lots of folks have wanted to lay claim to it, just like us). We imagined someone else buying it, and that was heartbreaking too. We can afford it now and interest rates are lower than they've ever been right now. So. We've decided we'll skimp on eating out and shopping and keep the loft for Lucky Luxe. It might be scary keeping up 2 houses, but we can do it. Who else loves old buildings enough to do it? If anyone can, it's the Napiers.

So, we're about to start this new journey as homeowners and we'll need all the prayers you can send our way. We're utterly thankful because we know exactly how tough it is to find your dream home (you can ask Annalee and Chad who've been shopping for almost 2 years). We know this was a God thing, him handing us such an opportunity, so now we're just listening for what's next. It's a scary step, but an important one. We can't wait to sign the papers. I can't wait to share breakfast with Mitter Ben each morning sitting right here:
Then I'll put on real clothes, and leave the house to go to work for the first time in nearly 2 years. It's going to seriously shake up our routine, but hopefully in a good way!

In other news, because we're buying a house which requires real furniture, table progress was made today. We got all the old columns cut down, the framing cut, and it's all painted and drying now:

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations Erin! How exciting for you and your man!

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  2. Yea for you! I love that house -- and you and Ben will make it even prettier with your gorgeous selves!

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  3. I love your house! I remember Ben telling me at Loblolly you guys had just bought a house, but I couldn't picture which one (since I'm not from here). congrats! my wife and I met with your mom to look at a house on 7th Avenue a few years ago and after we looked at it, she suggested we look at another house down the street so we did and loved it! long story short, fast-forward a couple years and we ended up buying that second house in September last year! small world!

    on another note, I wish I had had a blogspot account a long time ago so I could comment on all your posts! I went back to day numero uno to read all your posts and have just now caught up to you in real time. there's so much I wanted to say in response to those posts...maybe one day I'll go back and add my $0.02.

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  4. Hi J!

    I'm not sure who you are based on your screen name here—have we met? Ben and I have been trying to figure it out and are at a loss!

    Whew! You've read them all? I apologize for the many many boring days we've had in the last 2 years. Not everyday is as exciting as buying a house or going to NYC!

    I hope we'll be running into you since you're living close by now. Which house on 7th Avenue did you buy? Talk soon! :)

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  5. oh sorry about that! my name is Jason, my wife's name is Alisha. she is from Laurel and went to school with Jim. we had the cupcake stand at Loblolly and met Ben there. I think you and I have met, but only briefly. I see you walking Chevy now and then when I go home at lunch to walk my dogs. we bought the grey cottage on 7th across from the terra cottaish house on the corner last year as a weekend/holiday house, but decided to live in Laurel full-time this past summer so here we are! I'm not sure if we will stay in the house since we never really intended to live in it, but we absolutely love it. and I'm loving Laurel. I grew up in a small town, but spent about 10 years after college in a very serious, fast-paced job in Jackson. we decided to slow down and enjoy the good life - and that's what our pursuit is now.

    we've been going to NYC every May for years. I'm sure we could swap some great hotspots to try!

    I'm sure I'll see you at some point, you're in my walking path. lately, it's just been either too gross or too cold to get out. so if you see me drive by trying to wave (in a silver suv), I'm not being creepy, I'm just trying to catch your attention so I'm not one of those people who waves and then has to say "oh she didn't see me" to myself.

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  6. i'll definitely wave next time! i know JUST who you are now. :)

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