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a treasure hunt...

It's been a while since I've updated about the journey that we're on. So much has happened since I last posted. I feel like bubbles of joy are bubbling out of me so I can't hold it in any longer. 

We just passed the year mark of moving out of our cottage and moving into my in-laws house. Seriously can't believe how fast that year went by! We are also down to one week left of grad school. It's been a LONG 2.5 years and now we're down to a week of having this chapter behind and having my man back! ONE MORE WEEK!! We so can do this!!! 

As most of you know we sold our home with the end goal to move our family across the country and settle down and plant our roots in Tennessee. There was a list of things that needed/need to happen in order to pack up a truck and head to the south and start a new life. We are now at the very END of that long check list. 

Chris started the job search a month ago (but started reaching out to recruiters 6 months ago!) He got called back to Nashville for an interview about 2 weeks ago. SO we bought plane tickets and arranged for the two big kids to be taken care of  by the grandparents and were set to go. The day before we were leaving he got a call saying that the interview had been postponed a week. We were flustered, discouraged and weren't sure what to do. After my mini freak out I quieted my heart and prayed, asking the Lord to show us what to do. I felt like we were still supposed to go and were to be open. There was this excitement that welled up in me, like God was telling me He was going to take us on a treasure hunt. So off we went with open hearts and eyes wide opened to see what God had for us in those 4 days in Nashville. 

Chris met with a couple different contacts out there which was great, we looked at about 15 different homes and spent sweet time with my family. And of course ate fabulous food and shouted O M G down all the gorgeous country back roads. Because y'all, there is nothing more beautiful than that.

We looked at lots of potential houses. But always said we weren't going to buy a home until Chris had a job secured there. Have I mentioned that God is REALLY good at changing hearts and plans? Because He is. There were houses that I loved online and there was a house that Chris loved online. Well it turns out the ones I liked on the computer are ones I knew within walking in the front door that it wasn't the house. And the one house Chris liked online I didn't but as soon as we walked in, it was home. Might I also mention it was the first house we went to. We went back and forth all weekend together talking about the houses and that house. I could not get it out of my head. So we went back to it for a second time on Saturday and what do you know, we fell more in love. Sunday night rolled around and we prayed and prayed asking the Lord to show us what to do. We looked at each other going, are we crazy?! And is this real life? We have found our dream home with everything and more that we want, we don't have a job here but LET'S MAKE AN OFFER! 

After coffee and a walk around Downtown Franklin on Monday morning we went back to the house. I walked around beaming, dreaming of our kids playing in the yard there and making it the home we would raise our family in. We waited for our lender to call with loan approval as we walked the property and ring...ring...ring.. "hey nikki, great news. You guys have been fully approved...." We took that as a very clear sign from the Lord to go at this full speed ahead. All the doors were flying open and we keep going through. But wait, a job hasn't been secured in Tennessee! I know you're thinking that right about now...because we were. 

I really felt like we were to jump in with full faith. We love to try to control every single situation in our lives so here we are, hands held high telling the Lord...WE TRUST YOU. He's brought us this far. This has been an incredible journey, one of Faith, Patience and Joy. Learning to trust Him when things seem foggy, having patience when it seems every nerve is shot and doing all of that with joy! It's not easy but He has been so faithful!! What in the world would make us think we couldn't trust Him with this when the road before us has been paved so beautifully by His hands.

So yes, we wrote an offer and flew back to California hours later. We went back and forth verbally and accepted their counter on Wednesday morning. We are currently in escrow or as they call it in the south, under contract. The house passed its 4 hour inspection this morning and we're moving full speed ahead, closing escrow in just a few weeks. I cannot believe it. 18 years of dreaming about making Franklin, Tennessee home and in 20 something days a home that we thought we could only dream of will be ours. A home we will raise our babies in, watch them grow up and out in and most likely a home we will grow old in. 

Such a dream!!

One more thing, because I could go on and on of all the things God has been showing us through this process but this is too good not to share. I have a prayer journal where I write out prayer request and such. There is an entry that I wrote last August with prayer requests...

- A great job for Chris in Tennessee to come late Summer 2014
- Our dream home to be close to family and work in Franklin
- To be close to friends and connect with couples

Do you know that the house next door, like we share a fence...the neighbors next door are our friends from Orange and they just moved in 2 two weeks ago!? They have 3 kids, girl...boy..boy and are the same ages as our kids. We were in a moms group together at church. We are now going to be NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS!!! How good is our God!? He gave us friends smack dab next door. That's how much He cares for us. Every detail has been covered. So what in the world would make us second guess that He isn't going to bring a job for Chris soon? It's coming! I have never felt more free or more peace than I do now. Trusting God with every detail of our life, He's got this. We're holding on tight with the desire to chase after Him and His plan. It's the best place to be!!! 

So, that's it. We're really moving to Franklin, Tennessee. Don't have a date as that is pending on the job but we're ready, we're beyond thrilled and we can't wait to see what's around the next corner! 

If there is anything y'all take away from this rambling post, I pray that you realize that you too can trust God with every detail of your life. Whether it's something small or something crazy big, He is so trustworthy. He has good for you and He's ready to bless you if you can just let go and trust Him. 

more coming soon....
until then I'm remodeling and decorating the whole house in my head!!

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