Thursday, July 5, 2012

House Update

Many of you have prayed with us over the last couple of years concerning our housing situation.  For those of you who have not followed my blog long here is a brief overview.  We had downsized our home 7 years ago so that we could afford for me to stay home with the kids.  We had two birth children and were adopting ONE daughter from China.  We built a 1700 sq ft home that perfectly suited our small family.  We had no idea what God had in store for our family.  We never thought we would be parenting children with physical disabilities.  We NEVER thought we would have TEN children.  We have been praying and searching for a home that would accommodate our growing family and also our son's wheelchair. 

In January of this year we FINALLY started the process of building a house.  Our new home will have 4,000 sq ft with 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  Most importantly, it will be wheelchair accessible!!! 

I wanted to share with you an update on the progress.

Now for a really cool God story . . .

Let me start by saying that we are praying that God will provide a platform stair lift for Jacob to move between the 1st floor and basement. The cost is about $12,000. So we are building this house fully expecting God to provide. 

They are framing our house and when we started measuring in the basement we realized that there would not be enough space at the bottom of the stairs for the lift. The whole reason we are building a house is so that Jacob would have FULL ACCESS to the ENTIRE house. I was a complete mess but kept saying, "God, I know you want Jacob to have this house so I know you are going to take care of this". Our incredible friend/realtor got on the ball and contacted the engineer. They went out to the house and in a way only God could orchestrate we got our miracle. I will make a long story short. The stairs had been delivered just that morning. They put the stairs in and they were SHORTER than they had expected giving us a foot more space at the bottom. There was also a framing issue that when resolved would give us a few more inches. God found us a foot and a half more space at the bottom of those stairs WITHOUT even having to make changes to the floor plan. God even gave us a few EXTRA inches for fun!!!

I can't wait to share with you more cool features and pictures of our house.  It is not an "Extreme Home Makeover" but I am pretty excited about what God has provided and will continue to provide. 

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