It has been a BUSY spring for us, and that’s not just because of all of our weddings! We wanted to share that we are now located in Rocky Mount, NC! God has been so good and faithful to us, and He has worked out the details for our family in a bigger way than we ever thought possible! Thomas commuted almost an hour to work for about seven years, so moving was something we had talked and prayed about in the past so we could have more family time, especially with young kids who would go to bed almost right after he got home in the evenings. We tried to move about 2.5 years ago, but we backed out once we found out that the house we put an offer on was in a flood zone. We continued to search for homes, but we didn’t find anything else, and we didn’t get a single offer on our house (not even a lowball offer) after about two months on the market. We now realize that it was simply God saying “not yet.”
This time around, we prayed that if God wanted it to happen, that he would make it happen QUICKLY, as I was pretty stressed out about having to keep a house clean for showings with three little kids 5 and under while also being pregnant! Our prayers were answered, and we not only had an offer after our very first showing (anyone trying to sell a house with little kids living there knows this was a HUGE blessing), but it was an offer ABOVE our asking price with a 30 day closing! We were absolutely thrilled, but it meant we had to get things rolling quickly! We were having trouble finding a house in Rocky Mount, and we were beginning to get discouraged. We looked into apartments, but with either a 6-12 month lease or a ridiculously expensive short term lease, we just didn’t feel great about it, knowing our plan was to buy a home. We didn’t want to be stuck in a lease once we found something, and it was not exactly appealing to live in an apartment with three energetic boys without a yard for them to run around and play.
Our amazing realtor then happened to buy a house to flip in a neighborhood we really loved and offered to rent it to us as long as we needed until we found something. Through doing some work on the house, he met the next door neighbors who said they were interested in selling their house, as she had just retired and he was close to retiring. Our realtor asked if he could come look at their house, and once he did, he said he had a family who would probably be very interested! When he told us about it, we tried not to get our hopes up, as we figured it was a long shot. Well, as soon as we walked in the door, we absolutely LOVED it! It had almost everything we wanted, and it even had a little sunroom, which was one of those things I’ve always dreamed about having, but was definitely not a “must have.” I may be a little emotional with pregnancy right now, but I cried when I saw the house out of both relief and excitement to have finally found something we loved! The negotiations went smoothly, and the sellers even offered to let us keep their dining room furniture, kitchen furniture, and daughter’s bedroom furniture - such a blessing!
Currently, we are mostly settled into our rental, we’re halfway living out of boxes, and the entire dining room is filled up with boxes we’re not even going to open until we move into the house that we’re buying! It feels a little strange to not get settled in, knowing that we’re only here temporarily, but we’re just so, so thankful to have more family time together! It has made such a difference for all of us and has made the chaos of moving completely worth it! When we start to think about how we should have made the move earlier, we realize that God just wasn’t ready for us to move then because that time period was the start of cultivating some amazing friendships in Greenville, friendships that will last for a lifetime, for which we are so grateful!
We are incredibly thankful for all that God has been working out and will continue to work out! Everything has been coming together so smoothly with the house we are buying, and now it’s just a matter of patiently waiting to move into our new home. We are enjoying this time of living more simply, and we know we’ll appreciate the feeling of being settled even more once we move in. It’s also so nice that we’re renting in the same neighborhood where we’ll be buying. We’ve loved getting to know our new neighborhood, and we’re enjoying our daily walks/bike rides with the kids. We’re only a half mile walk to some soccer fields, so Thomas and the boys are especially loving that, of course!
Needless to say, between weddings and moving, it has been one heck of a busy spring so far, and it’s certainly not going to slow down for the next couple of months! We had our one free weekend of the spring this past weekend with some much needed rest time, and now we’re heading into six weekends of weddings in a row, moving next door less than two weeks before the due date, and then having this baby girl- PHEW!
As for what this move means for our wonderful clients, we are still going to take on Pitt County weddings without a travel fee! However, after our daughter arrives, we are going to slow down significantly. We are not taking on additional weddings for this fall, and next year, we are going to limit ourselves to one wedding a month to give both our clients and our family the attention they deserve! We are so looking forward this next big adventure and chapter of life for us and our family!!