There’s big news in the Byrd household. We are moving. Our house has sold and we have a contract to buy a new house.
The past few weeks have been nail biting but exciting at the same time. Honestly the thing that has stood out the most the past few weeks is the hand of God on our lives.
Many of you may remember back in the spring when a contract on our house fell though. We were devastated and I did question God about it. Since then there have been other offers and contracts that haven’t worked out but I kept it to myself and just took each one as one more knock down on the totem pole. It was hard and we were considering lowering the price and taking a big hit on this house.
Any real estate agent will tell you that you don’t need to take selling your house personally and to distance yourself from it. But it was hard for us to let go of this house. Our kids were born here in this house and we have made so many updates to the house. It’s personal. No matter how you look at it, this has been our home and it hit us hard.
During that time I learned a lot. Mainly I learned about patience. Many times I heard people tell me that if it was God’s will the house would sell quickly. Our house didn’t sell quickly but I think that was God’s will and plan. I can’t go into details for our family’s privacy but I will tell you that because we waited, things have fallen into place to provide us with a much better house. Many times I thought we would have to settle for a nice but more affordable house in our current area. Newer and bigger houses in this area are nice but the lots are so small and the houses are so plain. I would have been happy with one of those houses but it wouldn’t be my dream.
The house that we are currently under contract for is our dream. It’s large with tons of character and a huge lot in a new area of town that we hadn’t even considered before. It’s older than I am but I like things that are older than I am, that’s why I married Damion. 🙂 Because of some things that happened during the season that our house was on the market, we can and will move our family across Houston to this house. We would not have been able to do this four months ago. God’s knew what was best for us and gave us all we needed in the right time.
I wish I could give you the details of how this has worked out but I can’t!
I can tell the details of how God’s hand protected me and the girls from a horrible wreck. We were on our way to pick Damion up from work to go to the new house’s inspection. There was a huge black SUV in front of me so I never saw the broke down Semi-trailer in front of it. We were all going 60 plus blazing down interstate 10 headed toward downtown Houston. I looked over my shoulder to see if I could change lanes when I heard wheels squealing and looked up in time to see the SUV in front of me locking up their brakes. I locked up my brakes and swerved to the lane beside me, almost getting hit by the car in the other lane, the big SUV who was also swerving to avoid the semi and by the car behind me who was also swerving and locking up their brakes. We would have been hit and compacted between many cars at a high speed. But God protected us and His hand was with us. I have no idea how I did not get hit. My van should be in tiny pieces on the interstate right now but it’s not. God showed me an opening of cars and lead me towards it. All the cars came to a complete stop and I could have reached out the windows and touched a few of the other cars. It was that close but no one hit.
I was so shaken that I had to pull off into a hotel parking lot and just sit for awhile. The girls were fine. They didn’t cry at all, just told me that it had been scary. God protected their bodies and their emotions. My emotions weren’t as solid as theirs and when I was finally able to drive again, I went super slow and was jumpy. The second we got to Damion’s office, I made him take over the driving.
It was terrifying and scary but God was in control. The same as selling our home, God is in control.