(new) home sweet home!

Last night Dave texted me that our offer on the house in Cleveland Heights had been accepted! We are thrilled!  Our trip to Cleveland this weekend was wonderful. My parents watched Reuben so we enjoyed being able to talk and blast music as loud as we wanted on the drive there.  We stayed with our fun and gracious friends Marc & Pam. Marc will actually be Dave’s new boss when we move to Cleveland so it’s been great getting to spend time with them.  We enjoyed a date in Cleveland’s Little Italy where we enjoyed some of the best Chicken Marsala of our lives at Anthony’s. The somewhat surly waitress even brought us 4 small samples of their homemade gelato at the end of the meal “just to taste it!”

next time we will get the large gelato! yum!

We looked at 15 houses during our trip with our awesome relator Scott. As we drove from house to house, we sang worship songs, thanking God for his goodness to us and reminding us of his ability to answer our prayers for a home. We felt so much joy and peace even though this should have been a stressful situation- especially with all the crap-hole homes we saw at first.  Here is how Jesus answered our very specific prayers.

We prayed for a home in move-in condition- this house is freshly painted in colors we like, with newly refinished wood floors and a brand-new kitchen!

We prayed for a place that would be big enough to entertain people and practice hospitality. It is a house where we can have people stay with us, with a great big living room, connected to the dining room.

beautiful leaded glass windows that also have storm windows on the outside!

non-functioning but still really cute fireplace. There is a chimney that we could install a real fireplace if we wanted at a later time.We prayed a prayer that we even felt slightly uncomfortable praying “Lord, we love nature it would be great to have a home with a view.” This felt like the cherry on top prayer, almost selfish to pray because really to even have a home is a gift. Yet, Jesus doesn’t just give us what we need he loves us enough to bless us even with things he knows will bring us delight. The house overlooks a beautiful ravine where we could hear water running and birds singing when we went in the backyard.

sliding glass doors onto the new deck overlooking the ravine!

There is also a second-story balcony that overlooks the ravine which will be really nice to enjoy in the summer. It feels like a great writers/artists house- there is a lot to be inspired with just looking outside. Plus it will be great for Reuben to play in the ravine.

We prayed for a home that would be low-maintenance. The house has siding and a small yard which will be feasible to care for with our hectic summer travel schedule. We prayed for a home that would be close to parks, libraries, schools and stores and close enough for Dave to bike to Case Western. The public elementary school which gets good reviews is a block away. A city park with a pool is .5 miles away. The house is 5 miles away from campus.

We feel so grateful to God for hearing and answering our prayers.  This whole time we were looking for a home I was reminded of this passage in the book of Matthew where Jesus is talking about prayer.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Funny that this scripture talks about knocking on doors when we were looking for a new home 🙂 I was so reminded that when we ask God for bread he doesn’t give us a stone.  I know that this could get into complex theology about why prayers aren’t answered, how “doing unto others” relates to how we emulate God’s goodness to others, etc. But all I could think of was we prayed for what we wanted and he provided even more than what we prayed for.  So rejoice with us as we thank God for this new home! We close on April 29th, take possession on the 30th and will likely move in mid-June.

our new house on randolph road!

  12 comments for “(new) home sweet home!

  1. joyce
    March 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    this is amazing! i’m so excited!! 😀

    and that was fast.

  2. Emily
    March 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    PRAISE GOD! It is beautiful and the ravine is the icing on the cake!!! My kids would LOVE that!!! Welcome to Ohio!

  3. March 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like a great place to settle and be. May the move go smoothly as well.

  4. Mae Ellen Fick
    March 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I am so, so happy for you. I am looking forward so much to seeing this new home. God is always good, whatever our circumstances. These circumstances are wonderful- your new home and neighborhood. God is also wonderful! Let us know when you want us to help with the move.
    Enjoy your last weeks in your present home and with all your family and friends there.
    Love, Mom

  5. March 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm


    I drove by Case Western last night & got a feel for the area —–it’s AWESOME!!! Praise God

    • joyce
      April 1, 2010 at 4:21 am

      nice! grace, what brought you out to case/cleveland?

  6. April
    April 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I love house shopping. And hearing great house shopping stories. Oh, and also hearing stories about God’s goodness… 😉

  7. Aubrey LeeAnn
    April 1, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Despite how much it breaks my heart that you will be moving away, I am so excited for the three of you! Your home looks amazing and I am *unbeleivably* jealous of the view! If there ever comes a time when you need someone to rent that house… ^_^

  8. Mindy
    April 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Yay!! So excited! I just checked and Randolph Road is just on the other side of Noble from us!

  9. andrea huang
    April 1, 2010 at 2:08 am

    congrats!!! cleveland heights is such a great area =)

  10. April 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome Jess! Super excited for you guys! The house looks so great!!!

  11. April 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I LOVE it. Congrats!!

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