Looking for a place to call home.

Julie and I have been trying to find a place to call home.  We have looked at apartment after apartment and just didn’t feel like God was leading us anywhere.   We don’t want any thing too fancy as we can’t afford much. Just a place for us, maybe Katey someday plus I have a dog and a cat too.  I want some thing close to where I work and in a safe and friendly community.   I have lived in West Amana a year now and lets just say I put up with some things most of you wouldn’t!  Julie is at the Abby as is all most finished and needs to find a place in Linn county to call home.

Last week we were out driving around looking for apartments and we stopped at the Walmart in Marion, just off Hwy 13 and 151.  When we left the Walmart we saw a sign for Squaw Creek Village a Manufactured Housing Community (mobile home park). We thought we drive through and see if any thing was for rent. We stopped in the office and talked with the owners and they told us they don’t rent but do have homes for sale. But since Julie and I don’t have the best of credit were not sure about getting financing but the owners will finance us, all we need is 10% down, first month lot rent, insurance and other fees.  All we want is something sound, good windows, good AC/heat etc, I can do repairs and fix other things and as needed. We really like Marion and Squaw Creek Village is very clean and a great place to start our life together!  We have looked at nice homes that we feel God is leading us to, were looking at homes in the$10,000 to $20,000 range.

Our biggest problem right now will be coming up with about $2,500 for the down payment. We could save up for it but Julie needs to get out of the Abby real soon. Getting Julie into a place to call home will help her with her recovery even more, plus she will be going to Carlson school of massage therapy and it will be close to Squaw Creek Village.  We are praying that God will help us find a way to come up with the money for a down payment.  Julie thought about asking her mother for help, but I think we should do it as a couple and I don’t think it’s right to ask her since she is all ready doing so much for us.   I know God will take care of us, this will be a blessing for us. We are looking forward to having the satisfaction of owning our own home and having a solid investment something that renting can do.

We have been through a lot and are ready to start a life together and pray that God will bless us with a way to get a home.  We feel that Squaw Creek Village is a warm, friendly and safe community and will be a good way to meet new friends and start a family.  Please help us pray that we find a way to make our dreams come true.

The love of my life (Part 2)

This is the second part of how I meet my fiancee Julie.   If you haven’t read the first part, read it hear.

I sent 10 or 12 friend request to different women that fit my search results.  I think maybe 5 or 6 of them added me as a new friend.  Of  these, Julie was one of them.  One of the things I liked about Julie’s profile was a picture that said; God Rocks.  I didn’t know much about Julie, I knew she lived near Waterloo, IA. and was going to UNI.  The other thing I really liked was Julie’s Blog, the first one I read was called “Testing”.  That was August 10, 2009 and the last thing she said in that blog was, “I feel like a failure.  I have failed her.  I have failed myself.  I don’t know what to do now.  Someone help me figure this out.  God give me wisdom to figure it out.”, and this is part of my comment I made to Julie.  “God knows who we are and we have too keep trusting in him. You are not, will never be a failure. You said it yourself, you are making progress! As you make more progress the devil will just try harder to get to you”.

That was the start of great friendship and we chatted on Facebook, on August 23, 2009 I got a email from Julie saying, “Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you today, hope you are doing well.  I admire your love for Christ,  you rock.  I hope we can get to know each other better.  I think we have a lot in common.” Our first date was October 27, 2009 it was a rainy night and we meet at a restaurant in Cedar Rapids.  After dinner we talked for a hour or more and then I walked Julie to her car and I kissed her in the rain.  That weekend Julie came down to see me and we had a great time.   8 days later after listing to Zac Brown, “Whatever it is” over and over all day on my MP3 player, I sent Julie a text message asking her to marry me.  And the rest is history, (She said YES!).

Life goes on 3.4.10

Today was a good day but I am really tired.  I didn’t get to bed till about midnight and them had to be up at 4 AM.  The morning went really fast and it looked like I would get done by 2PM but when I was at my last dumpster, my truck broke down.  The radiator broke and all the antifreeze came out onto the ground.  We ended up having the truck towed and another worker came up to get me and help me clean up the antifreeze on the ground.  I still got out of work kind of early, I left the shop at 3:15PM and was home by 4PM.  It’s nice outside today, the snow and ice is melting and the roads are getting wider witch helps me out.  It’s nice to have room to walk when you get out of the truck and not have to walk in the snow or ice.

I am kind of down right now and I don’t know why!  I had a good day and Julie called tonight but we didn’t talk very long.  We are getting married in Waterloo at her church,  I can’t wait to go there and meet with her pastor and see the church.  Yesterday I went up to see Julie and be at her IPP meeting at the Abby center.  I love being with her and just talking, we have so much in common.  I have gotten use to being alone and was OK with it but as we grow together it’s getting harder to be hear alone and not be with Julie.  I need to get some sleep tonight, I have to shut everything down and rest but it’s hard for me to stop but I still feel like a bum.  I have so much I need to do, my place is a mess and Julie is coming to stay Saturday night.   We are going to my church Sunday and then just what ever.  Friday Julie’s friend Karen is coming to see Julie and they are having a girls night out.

I am so blessed to have Julie in my life and for the first time in my life I am feeling loved.  I have been waiting for this for a long time now and some times it does not seam real.  It’s like my past life was a dream and didn’t even happen.  To get married in a real church with real people is unthinkable right now.  It’s all starting to come together and soon the time will fly by.