We’re on the right path…

6 Sep

Y’all.  I can’t wait to share this story. It’s so neat and so meaningful and such a great confirmation for us that we made the right choice moving here and taking on this three year adventure. So here we go.

Starting with the end of the story: our Summerville house rented! And not only did it rent, but it rented for more than our advertised price thanks to a little bidding war! (That, in itself, is a confirmation, too, in that the house we’ve rented here is slightly more than our housing allowance, so we’d really wrestled with whether or not do it. The day after we signed the lease, we got the news 🙂 )

Anyway, the property management company told us a little bit about the family renting our house. Not the details, but just that it was a military widow with three young children. Just that scenario alone pulled at my heartstrings. I can’t even imagine her pain, her strength, her love…

Last night, I sat down to work on a blog post and there was a list of ‘suggested blogs’ on my home page- ones that also had ‘wander’ in their names. The top one immediately caught my eye: WanderingWidow+3. Huh. I clicked on it out of curiosity because of the obvious similarities. Reading through the blog, I saw pictures of this beautiful family…of the American flag…of a husband that was killed in Afghanistan. When I got to her name, I pulled up the lease that the management company had just sent earlier in the day. The names matched. This woman, who WordPress had suggested to me out of all the tens of thousands of blogs they host, was the same woman who was going to be living in our home with her three sweet children as they rebuild their lives. Did you just get goosebumps? I did.

So then I started searching- eventually found her on Facebook (where else?) and sent her a message. It went something like, “Please don’t think I’m crazy, I promise I’m not crazy, but I think you’re renting my house and let me tell this story of how I found you. I’m really not crazy.’

The next day, I got a message back from her and it started with, ‘You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you!’ Oh what a relief! But then the story gets better.

She has been struggling with finding ‘home’ since her husband was killed. She and her kids have spent the time since ‘wandering’ until something fit. Once she decided on the SC Lowcountry, she ultimately narrowed it down to two homes- ours and one in Mt. Pleasant. Unsure about Summerville, she decided to spend some time there one afternoon, finishing up with dinner at Five Loaves. There, she sat next to a couple and ended up talking to them a bit about her situation, the houses, what she should do. The more they talked, the couple finally realized that they knew which house she was describing and that they knew me! What?! She took it as a sign that she was heading in the right direction and requested a second showing of our home, along with another couple that was also interested.

As soon as she stepped in the house the second time, she said that it felt like ‘home’ for the first time in ages. As they were walking around, she got a text from the Mt. Pleasant house saying that her second showing of it would be delayed. At that moment, she knew that God was answering her prayers by giving her the direction that she’d been asking for. She excused herself upstairs, called the office to submit her offer above asking price, and completed the paperwork on her phone standing in our loft- all while the other couple was still downstairs asking questions!  Goosebumps again, right?!

Now having talked with her a few times this weekend, there’s no doubt in our minds that all of the above has happened for a reason- that the stars lined up, that the Universe had a plan, that God led us to each other. John and I have prayed for months that our house- the home we built to raise our family, the one we have grown to love- would rent to someone who would love it, care for it, feel at home in it, enhance it…She had prayed that she would feel ‘at home’ again, that she would get direction, that her children would love their next home- their first without their Dad, that she would know when she was on God’s path…To show just how happy the kids were- the night she signed the lease, they begged her to stay in their new ‘perfect home.’ They slept on beach towels on the floor of the master bedroom- the best night they’ve had in a long time.

So for us, we’re beyond happy to have this lovely family rebuilding their lives in our home. We’re confident that she found our home because she was meant to find it. Our path is moving parallel with theirs. But the confirmation feels bigger than that to me. I have always believed that the Universe has a plan for each of us, that if we pay attention closely enough, our lives are sprinkled with little signs to let us know when we’re on the right path- or the wrong one. I take this whole serendipitous experience as a resounding sign that things are working out, that we made the right decision uprooting our lives, that our faith will pay off. We’re on the right path. And that’s a good feeling.

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6 Responses to “We’re on the right path…”

  1. Georgia September 8, 2015 at 6:48 AM #

    Sounds like God had a purpose for each family. Wish health & happiness for all of you.

  2. Lori September 8, 2015 at 2:05 AM #

    ok, so I’m sitting here at my computer desk in tears…WOW…just WOW! God is so so good. I wish their was a LOVE button. Sending you a BIG BIG hug. We pass by goddess and poppy’s house on the way to school each day, when we go we pray for your sweet family, I can’t imaging what she is going through, we will add her to our list to ❤ HE always has a plan. I know there is GREAT things in store for ya'll over the sea sweet sista, can't wait to see all that unfolds for you guys 🙂

  3. Eleanor September 7, 2015 at 3:38 AM #

    Thrilled for you and the woman who is renting your home. Terrific news! It will be a happy home again. Miss and love you all!

  4. Robin September 7, 2015 at 3:38 AM #

    This whole story just warms my heart.

  5. Kindal Boyle September 7, 2015 at 12:29 AM #

    Goosebumps? yup. what a small and amazing world! glad its all coming together!

  6. Terri Hallman September 6, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

    I still have goose bumps! So happy for ALL of you.

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