Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Blessed Home

I enjoyed Melissa's video of her home a few weeks ago and wanted to make one of our home, too.

The story of how God brought us to our home is truly a testimony of His grace. Although it was frustrating at times and at the time I didn't know the 'hows' or 'whys', God knew and had it all planned out, even though it seemed to be insignificant in the whole world's scheme of things.

While Michael and I were in school and even while Michael was just starting out his career, we lived in various apartments. I remember thinking, one day we'll have a home of our own. Of course, this didn't stop me from making our apartments home also. In the meantime I poured over decorating magazines, watched decorating shows on HGTV and planned out 'my' house in my mind.

When we were finally ready to start looking for our first home, reality and my dreams collided; reality won. What we could afford and what we wanted didn't match, according to the bank and our checking account.

Before and after our home search, I knew that God was in control. I even memorized

Matthew 7:9-11
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
However, while we were in the midst of the house hunt, I conveniently forgot this verse.

Our house hunt lasted almost a full year. We put a bid on 3 different houses. Each time I would get excited and decorate the house in my mind. However, each time, for some reason or another, there was a glitch. I would get my hopes up, only to have them come crashing down. Each time I was upset, thinking that that was the perfect house for us. Fortunately for us, God knows best. I look back, and have even driven by each of the houses that I thought were perfect, and I am so very thankful that God had something better for us.

Through divine providence, we found a perfect, cute (which really means small) and full of character home. We live in a great neighborhood, each street is a cul-de-sac, which is perfect for the kids and their various means of transportation. There are also many children both Hannah and Jacob's ages.

At first glance, I thought this house would be a great 'starter home'....however, after living here for 1 1/2 years, I cannot imagine moving. I love my small kitchen, everything is just 1 step away. I love the yard and have grand plans for gardens, plants, trees.....

Enjoy a quick view of my home.......
Pause my music playlist on the sidebar before playing movie.


Gideon mommasita said...

Thanks Robin, that is just what I needed to hear. Josh was on his way out to run some errands and I asked him to bring me home a new couch and loveseat thanks for the refocus. BTW lovely home video, clever thinkin with the words on the end.

Mom said...

I enjoyed it, too.

Josh said...

Where's your and Mike's bedroom?

I really enjoyed having you all over. I love how we pick up right where we left off, though it makes me miss you all that much more.

P.S. Emily couldn't find a blue amoire at our Kmart either. They did have a "toffee" colored one, whatever that means.

Melissa said...

Love the video. I agree with Josh. Where are the pics of your bedroom??? Hmmmmm

CroppinRobin said...

ummm.....I'm working on the bedroom, remember that post?

2008 is going to be great....
It's the year I'm going to lose weight!