A little over three years ago, I wrote a blog describing our perspective on buying a house. Our first home purchase taught us many things, but the most important was that we must think of all that we own as a loaner—even our home. God provided us the resources to purchase it, and He created the people who constructed it. It’s His, and He gave it to us to bless others. We bought the house with the full intention of using it in a way that honors God, and I’m happy to say we really gave it our best effort.
That beautiful 1940s house in the heart of Charlotte became more than a building we live in—it is almost like it became part of us. Candace often tells me she thinks the house has feelings. It allowed us to put our roots down in a city we love. It has seen job promotions and a career change, heard the struggles and beauty of a young marriage growing older, cared for four roommates, and tasted several batches of chocolate chip cookies. And most importantly, it proved to be a trusted haven for a growing family by welcoming our first baby home.
But the day has come for us to give up our “loaner.”
And it is quite unbelievable to us. If we weren’t spending all of our free time packing, selling, and giving away our ignored items, it would be difficult to believe it is real.
In early May, we had a request to show our home to an interested buyer. Which is funny because the house wasn’t up for sale.
2812 will have a new manager soon, and we’ll be moving into our next loaner right in the middle of Charlotte’s fast-growing South End and increasingly attractive Uptown. Moving from house to apartment will be a challenge, but it is one we cannot wait to begin. It’s a bold move, and it might be a little crazy with an 8 month old boy. But that little boy has already reminded us that smiling and enjoying life’s simplest things make the challenges adventures.
And our family loves to find new adventures.