when your friends buy you a house

we’ve been praying for more space, for a bigger house.  we’ve believed that if God was calling us to have a large family, He’d provide a larger home.  we didn’t know how He’d do it, but we knew He would.

i’ve spent months calling out loud, “Lord Jesus, i need more space.  i can’t function here with 7 children.  i know You have a house.  i know You have a plan.  i know You have a time.”

i’ve called out so many times from this space, on my hands and knees between our buffet and our table, picking up food our almost two year old has thrown from his high chair.  and i’ve hit my head and my elbows.  and i’ve gotten carpet burn on my knees.


and this all takes place in this room, our dining room, which is also where our kids do their homework and color and play board games. and where we change the baby’s diaper in the middle of the night and where we keep his diaper bag and his diapers and the burp cloths.  and where the kids keep their school bags and their gym bags.  and where i daily claim i’m losing my mind.


and this all takes place in this house.

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built in 1928, 1,275 square feet, 4 bedrooms (3 of them very small and one of them with 3 children in it), one bathroom.  yes, 9 people and 1 toilet.

josh and a friend of ours got together in august and our friend said, “tell me about your house.”  josh described it to him and told him how difficult it’s been to function well with so many people in such a small amount of space.

our friend asked josh to describe our ideal house.  our ideal anything flew out the window years ago, i think when we found out we were infertile.  but, josh could describe what it seemed like our family would need.  he told him 5-6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a finished basement space where kids could play, enough space to be able to invite people over to visit (because honestly who wants to invite a couple and their 7 children over to visit?).

our friend told josh that he had been thinking for a while that God maybe wanted he and his wife to buy us a house.  he didn’t want an answer that night as to whether or not that’s something we’d be open to, he wanted us to think about it and pray about it.

when josh came home and told me, i was completely shocked.  could this be God’s answer to my cries for more space, a larger home?  our friends buying us a house?  crazy!

fast forward a few months and our friends are closing on a house for us this week.  we could have the keys by saturday.


this is all crazy.  we’ve looked at lots of houses over the years and i can’t believe this particular house is going to be our house.  we went through it a year ago and loved it.  it was very dated, but still decorated very well.  we scheduled to take josh’s parents to see it and that day an investor came in with a cash offer and the sellers took it.  we were disappointed, but believed God closed that door for a reason.

in april of this year, the house was relisted and everything that was dated had been replaced.  new wood floors, new windows, new carpet, new kitchen counters, new appliances, new bathrooms.

it has 5 bedrooms, all on the second floor, which is unusual.  it has 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bath.  it has a huge finished basement space and a huge storage area.  the yard is huge, perfect for 7 children.

and we are going to live there.  what?!?!?!

we are going to basically renting the house from our friends so we can eventually own it.  do you know what this means?  this means they have a mortgage for their house and they are willing to carry a second mortgage so we can have a larger home.  who carries two mortgages?  one for their house and one for the their friends?  crazy!

we got a pod delivered yesterday.


josh started loading it this morning.  and the kids have had a blast playing in it!


we are going to be so busy the next couple of weeks-packing and moving.  and then we’ll be really busy finishing up our current house so we can put it on the market.  we have several projects to finish up, including adding a bathroom in the basement, but we haven’t been able to get much work done since there are 7 children here pretty much all of the time.

we can’t believe this is all happening!  we can hardly believe God’s answer for our space and house prayers is to have our friends buy us a house.  we can hardly believe our friends are willing to do this.  they are even excited about it!

i’m looking forward to posting about our adventures of moving to and living in our new house!

One Comment

  • Sally

    UNBELIEVABLE. Except with God – all things are possible, and really [in our finite minds] we have no idea the potential of what that could mean, do we? I am so excited for your family. Enjoy every minute of this process! xo ~Sally

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