Wednesday, November 14, 2012
On October 25th we officially moved into our new house. At the end of the day we had a very special group of friends visit to pray over our new house, and dedicate everything that happens in it to Christ. While we were so blessed to have these 9 people in attendance, we had countless others who couldn't make it that let us know they were praying where they were at.
Let's back up a few months ago when we first had this idea. PBG and I were talking one day about what type of housewarming party we would have. As you might know we enjoy having groups of all sizes over to party and have fun. The more we talked about it the more I felt as though we were being challenged to start our journey out right. Mathew 7:24-27 says to build your house on the rock. While we were not physically building our house from the foundation up we wanted to make sure our beginning in this new house was in Christ and he was the foundation.
The night was perfect "Pastor" Bret Allen told a great story about how they have done this sort of thing when they built houses in the Dominican Republic (that was news to me but made me feel good). From there many of our friends spoke words of great protection, and blessing over us and the new house that God has given to us. We also heard many prayers for little babies. I might or might not have given a loud "AMEN" to that. After that we spent the next 15 minutes or so walking around the entire property praying and asking God to protect and bless this gift he has given to us. It was all so great and PBG and I felt so loved by our Lord and the people he has put around us.
After it was over we stopped for a couple pictures to remember this time. The plan is that the picture above will hang in our house for many years. Thanks to all who joined and to those who expressed their prayers via text, email and phone calls. We are blessed.
Posted by Eric Gray at 8:39 AM
Saturday, November 3, 2012
On October 24th Patricia and I closed on our 1st house in Winter Park, FL. This is a short video showcasing our house and some of the 1st moments in our house. Most importantly the 1st time we walked into our house, and the 1st time Dodger explored his new home. I apologize in advance for the cheesy ending. :)
Posted by Eric Gray at 8:47 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
So much has happened in the past week since we bought our first house but let me back up to the day. I want to apologize in advance for the length of this post. :)
We woke up at 8:30am to get ready for 9:30am walk through. As any big day in your life it can't go off without some small issue arsing. Our 1st issue was me telling PBG minutes before we leave that they might need a more formal form of a second ID at closing (they asked for 2 forms of ID and the night before I told her a credit card would work). Thankfully Patricia's mom had a copy filed away. We were on our way to the bank to pick up a cashiers check but not before PBG said in her cute playful girl voice, "You make me crazy." We laughed.
The bank was opened early and we got in and out pretty quickly. We even had enough time for Patricia to stop off for Starbucks. We met Anne-Marie, our realtor, for a walk through at 9:30am. This was the first time we had seen the house empty. It seemed so big. We were very happy. Not really knowing what to look for in a "walk-through" we just walked around and smiled at what we were about to own. After a quick photo session with Anne-Marie we were off to close near downtown Orlando.
Upon arrival at The Closing Agent we were greeted by our mortgage broker Barry Botwin. I have spent many minutes talking to Barry over the phone but had yet to meet the man that was helping me buy our first house. We all went into a medium sized conference room and began to sign a bunch of documents. PBG explained to the room how she loves to sign her name and I kept forgetting the date. After 30 minutes or so of signing, reading, and initialing. They finally handed us the keys to our new home. It was official!
After closing we did what most people do, head to Target for cleaning supplies. When we arrived at our new house for the first time I set up the camera for a quick video of us entering our new house together (you will see this later on in the video of the day). We were so happy as we walked around and looked at the entire house. PBG's exact words were "I love our house!"
About this time is when we realized we had a second issue of the day. I forgot to call the electric company and I found out that we wouldn't have electric until the next day. So the idea of us staying in the house that night was just not happening. I was so disappointed. I think I was mostly bummed because it was my fault and something we could have avoided.
We decided to power through and start the cleaning process. PBG and I took on windows to start, then I scrubbed the baseboards while she worked in the kitchen and bathrooms. Along the way DIRECTV arrived to some how install service in a house without power. Thanks to the great service from DIRECTV and a very sweet neightbor who let us run a 60 extension cord from her front patio we were able to get that taken care of.
We had our first house guest on Wednesday as Katie Henderson brought us flowers.
Also Patrica's Mom, Dad, and Grandma came by and we had a little 4Rivers lunch. Picnic style in the non-airconditioned house.
At around 6pm PBG had to go into work for a bit and the dark of the night started to fall on the house without power so we had to call it a day. It was a long day, but one I will never forget. Something else I won't forget... always confirm you will have power on moving day.
The next day we had some movers help us in the morning, more cleaning in the afternoon, and my buddy Jake helped me get a small load from the parents towards the end of the day. Patricia left work at lunch with Emily and Katie and brought me a much needed Publix sub. During this time our prayers were answered and the power was finally turned on.
Our next blog entry will talk in more detail about our first evening in the new house where we had many friends visit to pray over and dedicate this property to God. We are so happy and feel so blessed. PTL!
Posted by Eric Gray at 7:46 PM