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While we were waiting to hear from our lender not just about approving the sale, but also about how much of the deficiency we would have to pay back, we got a call from my Uncle. He sent us a check to help with moving expenses and let me know that the final settlement from my Grandmother’s estate would be coming through in a few days. Wouldn’t you know it, the settlement check covered the truck rental exactly. Yet another blessing from God, we had the money to move, without drawing more out of our meager savings.
Tony put in a transfer request at work. In yet another blessing, one of the two stores he requested responded within the hour that they were desperately in need of a furniture guy, and when was the earliest he could get there? We were planning to move the second weekend of May, but knew there was a lot of repair work to be done once we got there, so we gave the start date of June 1. It was accepted and our plans continued to move along so smoothly that it could only be the hand of God.
Then we got the letter from the lender, about 5 days early. Not only had they approved the sale of the home, but they had also completely forgiven the deficiency! It was a miracle from the Lord! We had become only the second client of Advance Short Sale Service to have the deficiency forgiven by our particular lender. We would be walking away from the house debt free. Let me say that again. DEBT. FREE.
I cried when we got that news, or I would have if crying didn’t give me a migraine. It was such a relief, like a 50 pound weight being lifted off your back after you’ve carried it uphill for weeks on end.
We got word that Closing wouldn’t actually happen until the end of May, but proceeded with our plans because we had already lined everything up, and mom had already gotten a couple of guys from the church to help us unpack the truck. Thing was, we couldn’t schedule the utilities to be shut off. Instead, the buyer agreed to switch the utilities into his name, meaning we would NOT have to pay disconnect fees, & he wouldn’t have to pay connection fees. Win for both of us, so of course we said yes.
In the end, we made our way to my mom’s house, and spent a few weeks making it home. There’s still some work to be done, but we continue to be blessed. With the move, we gained an amazing church that support special needs kids amazingly well, and really listens to the kids and the families. The store management has already recognized my husband’s hard work and has taken steps to get him the maximum hours allowed. We also got much closer to my middle sister and her kids, who love to play with their cousins. Mom got a membership to the local pool, so the kids are finally learning to swim. And in the midst of it all, I had a problem with my website, and a good friend who works for my new hosting company, Arvixe, looked out for me and moved my site to a better server.
Throughout this whole process, everything went so smoothly, and all of the pieces just clicked into place so easily. It could only be the Hand of God, directing us, and leading us all along the way. While the living situation isn’t the most ideal, and it was hard to lose the home we had poured our blood, sweat, and tears into for seven years, there is no doubt in my mind that we are right where God wants us for whatever reason. There is no other explanation for the shower of blessings that got us here.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped us and prayed for us throughout this whole ordeal. God is amazing, and He can work miracles. He did for us many times over.