July 3rd, 2013

10:29 – Settling into the new house has been a slow process. We have made a lot of headway, but it seems that the more we accomplish, the more we find we need to do. Taking care of a house is a lot of work and sucks cash from your wallet. I don’t mind though, it’s fun and provides a sense of ownership. I’ve been more active working on stuff than I have been in a long time. It’s better than hitting the gym.

The checkout from our apartment couldn’t have gone much better. Overall, we only had to pay $5.00 from our deposit for a dirty overhead oven filter (pssssh). In total, we will be getting $560.00 back, which is nearly unheard of for Goldmark. We will be putting that money to good use.

I bought a new push mower yesterday. After cutting a few yards of grass, I decided purchasing a new mower was the right option. It runs smooth and cuts like a razor.

June 24th, 2013

16:12 – With everything that has been going on the last few weeks, I’ve neglected to keep this journal updated. A lot has happened since the last post, so let’s get started.

Keri and I are officially moved into our new home. Being ‘moved in’ is much different than being ‘settled in’, which is what we will be working towards in the coming days. I feel like I’ve been on the go for the last week and am ready to take a break. Alas, my mind can’t stay still for long as there is a laundry list of items that need to be taken care of. Not the least of which includes getting the lawn mowed. We have two push mowers that we inherited, but neither of them work at the present time. With a bit of research and troubleshooting, I am confident that I will get at least one of them running.

We did a walkthrough of the house and closed on it Friday. When we arrived for the walkthrough (in the morning), the seller was still in the house with 80% of his belongings piled in the garage. This was awkward and frustrating to say the least. Keri noticed water damage on the upstairs living room ceiling, which will be fixed on the seller’s dime later this week. Apparently, water was leaking in through a bad vent on the roof. I’m glad this was caught before we closed!

Saturday was moving day. We had about eight family and friends come to help us move. I am fully convinced that we would not have been to achieve what we did without everyone’s help. We are very thankful to everyone who gave up half of their Saturday to get sweaty and tired while helping us move. I had forgotten how much work goes into moving, but now I remember and empathize with anyone who needs this kind of help.

I’ve been ready to kiss apartment living goodbye for a while now and am thankful that Keri and I have the opportunity to live in a house. May we give thanks to the one true God for all that He has provided for us; materially and otherwise.

June 7th, 2013

09:44 Summer is close, as I officially received my first sunburn of the season. Given the poor weather we have had this spring, time spent in the sun is a commodity. If it hasn’t been raining, it’s been cold and windy with overcast. Last year was very dry and the summer season seemed to have arrived “on time”. This year, things are very different.

The need to pack more and more things in our apartment is becoming more urgent by the day. With two weeks until closing, we have quite a bit left to get organized and ready to move. The awkward thing about packing is that there is only so much you can pack ahead of time. Nevertheless, our living room gets filled up with more boxes every day. Keri has had time off the past couple of weeks and has made a lot of headway. It’s good to have a wife at home.

May 31st, 2013

12:31 – Countdown to moving is now sitting at 21 days. There is the possibility that we will be able to close on the house a few days earlier, but I’m skeptical. We’ve begun slowly packing things here and there; mostly decorations, books, movies, etc. The part that I am least looking forward to is cleaning the apartment once we are completely moved out. Goldmark is notorious for being a very difficult company to work with, especially when it comes to getting your deposit back. We have over $600 between our regular deposit and the cat deposit.

This week I am finishing the workbench that I have been working on. The third coat of polyurethane will be applied today, with the expectation of it being dry and able to be stored until we move. This is the first woodworking project I’ve taken on as an adult. As a child, I built “forts” with my friends, cousins or by myself in our backyard. Building stuff came natural to me, albeit the designs were chaotic and unguided. Whether you are young or old, all you need is an imagination and the willingness to try when it comes to creating something.

May 20th, 2013

10:06 – The waiting game continues with only 32 days until our closing date. Last week, we requested to pull the date ahead a few days. The sellers are okay with this and our lender is open to it as well, so long as the appraisal and processing can get finished. I am amazed at how many loops we’ve had to jump through to get a house. I estimate that we are about two-thirds through everything that we need to do in order to truly “own” our new home.

Yesterday was our day to shop around for furniture, power tools and lumber. Overall, we visited five stores and made no purchases. All we did is bounce ideas off of each other and learn as much as we could about what we were looking for. Keri visited a rummage sale on Saturday and found a few good deals; one of them being a wooden head-board for our bed. It’s funny how quickly you can develop a sharp eye for good deals when you’re motivated to save money.

May 6th, 2013

9:36 – The house buying process continues. Last week we had the inspection and will move forward with the purchase. Now comes the waiting game. June 21st is the latest closing date, per our purchase agreement. My good friend (and brother) called me this weekend to offer us help moving with a group from his church. I told him that we were very thankful and that we would take him up on his offer. Moving is a pain, but the more people involved, the faster it goes.

Keri and I spent the weekend making new shelves for the pantry in the house. Neither of us have much experience in wood working, but we eventually got what we were looking for. To get the job done, we purchased a rotary saw and a power drill, which will be very nice to have on hand for future projects. I told Keri that I’ve covered several hobbies over the past year; including fishing, networking, computer building, automotive repair and now carpentry. I often wonder why I waited so long to start learning these things. I think college, work and apathy may have had much to do with it.

April 20th, 2013

08:57 – The offer we submitted was accepted by the seller. What’s left now is the inspection and all the hoops to jump through with the mortgage company. It’s now tight budget season in our household. If things work out as planned, we will be set to move out of our apartment the last week that our lease is active. This is both an exciting and terrifying time for us. Buying a house is a huge step, no doubt about it. We have been praying that God would lead us to the right place and that He would help us. I believe He has and will continue to do so.