A week before going to Oklahoma to help my friend Rose with her knee surgery we had a RS leadership Sunday Social. It was nice to sit in the Sharp's backyard
and enjoy eating homemade
ice cream and visiting with our ward family. The subject of us buying a home in the neighborhood came up, as it often did. Our sweet Bishop Davis was always letting us know when a house was listed. We loved the neighborhood, the schools for our kids, the commute for Shannon's job. We were trying to be patient and wait for something to come available. We also didn't know if we could purchase due to our short sale 41/2 years ago. As we were going home we saw a home on Parkridge that we thought we should call on. After looking we knew it would need quite a bit of work for the price but it started making Shannon think about ways for us to come up with a down payment through some of his investments. This got me so excited and hopeful. I had recently had to leave church in tears as the lesson was on blooming where your planted. I cried because I wanted to bloom but didn't feel planted. We have been moving and renting quite a bit since Shan was laid off in Arizona. I was ready to settle down. So I started really looking on line. While I was in Oklahoma I saw this home in this photo. I LOVED IT!!! I called Shannon and told him that they were having an open house on it the next day, (Saturday). When I called Shan to see what him and the kids thought he said that I would probably like it. He told me that the kids really liked it and that we would come see it again on Sunday when he picked me up from the airport. He was right.
I LOVED IT!!!
That night all I could think about was this home. It is only 9 blocks East of my grandparents who I love so much. I help them a few times during the week and so it would make me that much closer to them. It was around the corner from my Best Friend Alissa's work. I couldn't believe it. The home was move in ready. It had been remodeled, had a kitchen downstairs with a good sized bathroom, and 3 bedrooms. I was so hopeful. Monday the relater called and told Shan that someone had put an offer on the home. This meant that we had to hurry and decide if we wanted to as well. YES YES YES. I was so happy that Shan would have to make a decision fast or he would never make one:) The poor guy was sick to his stomach and white as a ghost. He didn't feel as "good" as I did. After coming home we were all so happy except for him. I went out with my friend Alissa for a bit and then the kids called me in tears saying that daddy had backed out of the offer and when I talked to him he said he calculated our finances wrong and it wasn't going to work. It was a horrible night at the Wilson home. Kids cried and cried. Morgan said "I fasted and prayed and felt so good about that house. How could it not work out"? I was trying not to be angry, sad, mad, you name it. I was not wanting to make Shannon feel any worse than he already did. I don't think he got much sleep that night and I know I didn't.
The next morning was a stormy day and our power was out. I went to the kitchen poured me a bowl of cereal and opened my scriptures. I started reading about being patient in afflictions. I knew this was what I needed to hear. I needed more patience because I just wanted it right now! Morgan came into the kitchen to eat and I told her what I was thinking. Soon after, I felt like I should call my brother Tyler for some advice. He said "Tell Shannon to call me, you guys can make it work". I called Shannon at work and he said he would, but was really busy.
We got ready to take Brynlee over to my friend Alissa's for a perm that she had been begging for. All the kids were with me except for Syd. She was babysitting. On the drive I was still feeling heavy hearted so I put in my church CD. Church music always makes me feel better. I asked Morgan to say a prayer on our way over to her house just because all of the kids were feeling sad. It was a sweet prayer. She asked for understanding and for patience and that daddy would be comforted as he works so hard to provide for our family. As we were driving my cell phone rang. It was Shan. He asked what I was doing and I told him. I asked if he got ahold of my brother and he said yes. He then said "I got called in to my bosses office". My heart sank as I replied "why"? He explained that his boss wanted to thank Shannon for how hard he has been working and felt it was time to give him a raise. This was our answer!!! I began to cry. Morgan started to cry, and the kids just all started cheering!!! Morgan said something that I will always treasure. "I was beginning to doubt the Lord because it felt so right as I fasted, but now I know that He is really there for me". If this is why we had to go through all this, then it was worth just that. That Morgan could receive an answer and her testimony could be strengthened. Shan then contacted the realtor and was told that the other couple had not committed and so we could continue moving forward if we wanted to. Of course to me this was all working out because it was the right home for us, but Shannon was still not convinced. UGH!!!
Bryns Perm turned out so cute. She had to share some hair with her daddy:)
SO this story will continue later in another post...