Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Miracle # 3


This Christmas is going to be so nice, I'm feeling 10yrs old again! My husband has spoiled me rotten, we'll be at home for Christmas and we'll be attending the community Christmas Eve dinner. We are so very blessed! I feel it's a great time of year to remember miracles.

When I finally retired I had a plan, Quality time with loved ones, a huge vacation and move the kids out of the city. Quality time was not easy, the kids were at that "mom knows squat" age, family was in denial about the ALS and my friends were busy working. The vacation happened, but was hard on the kids because we really needed an able bodied chaperone. We took a Looney Tune Cruise to the Bahamas, swam with the dolphins, toured NASA, Disneyworld and Universal Studios Florida.
I just needed to figure out how to buy my 1st house, where to buy it and how to get my ex to allow it.

The kids wanted to move, so the ex relinquished every other week custody and child support. It made things harder so I just went to court. I choose the foothills for our future home, just two hours from my ex. I picked a known real estate company and used the first person who took my call. I had a list of what I needed:
Good schools
one level
no stairs anywhere
attached garage
level driveway
enclosed backyard
central heating & air( ALS is affected by cold and heat)
3 bedrooms
cheap
Anyone who knows the foothill area's of California are probably laughing at my very unrealistic expectations.

In six months I received the call, a voice said "I have your house". I saw the address plate as I walked up the walk, it was an angel wrapped around the numbers. The house covered my whole list plus a canyon view across the backyard. It was 1240sq ft. and fit us perfectly. The realtor said it had not hit the market yet and I was the first to see it. I made an offer at asking price and prayed.
When the owners got the offer they thought maybe the price was too low and raised it quite substantially. What I did not know is that through my realtors mom, people in the community were praying for us. One church lady called another and found the owner who happened to be a member of another small church. My story got out, single mom with ALS trying to give her children a home. The owners lowered the price, lower than the original price and even fixed it up a bit. The lender added the closing into selling price and I got in with no money down because I was a first time buyer. I was on a fixed income and now I owned my own house!

I call this a miracle because I gave it to God and he blessed me with far more than a house. I met a neighbor who took me under her wing as a mother, best friend and grandma to my kids. She was a God send all by herself. I have since married and we live in my special little miracle house with a heavenly view.

6 comments:

V said...

Wow, Tammy. That is as close to a miracle as one could wish for. I love your view!
Happy Christmas.
V

Candace said...

Beautiful view.
I think the biggest obstacle to believing in miracles is recognizing them.....
I believe you were blessed with one. : )
Merry Christmas!
Candace

Chris said...

Boy, it must be tough having to look at that view all day long....my heart goes out to you.

ha ha ha

Chris
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Bon & Mal Mott said...

That is indeed a beautiful view, Tammy. It warms the heart knowing there is such scenery.
Blessings on you and yours,
Bon & Mal

Darla said...

Oh Tammy, I got goosebumps when I read this story! The angel on the house number, I believe, was your first sign that more gifts from God were on their way! On top of your dream home, to get a neighbor who is so special is like icing on the cake!

The view is absolutely breathtaking! I want to be on your patio with you chatting instead of being in this icky messy melted snow! Now I know where I could go where nobody would find me for sure...Your patio! Don't tell anyone! It'll be our little secret! ;o)

Darla said...

Oh Tammy, I got goosebumps when I read this story! The angel on the house number, I believe, was your first sign that more gifts from God were on their way! On top of your dream home, to get a neighbor who is so special is like icing on the cake!

The view is absolutely breathtaking! I want to be on your patio with you chatting instead of being in this icky messy melted snow! Now I know where I could go where nobody would find me for sure...Your patio! Don't tell anyone! It'll be our little secret! ;o)