So we're finally in Missoula looking for a house--in fact, we put an offer on a house yesterday and we're waiting to hear today whether or not it will be accepted. On Monday and Tuesday we looked at about 20 houses all over the place. Some were immediate no's...25 cats used to live there, only two bedrooms, etc. We narrowed it down to two and it was a really hard decision. One was a three-year-old house a stone's throw from the Cryder's house with everything we wanted--four bedrooms, unfinished basement (that we could finish), nice yard, garage, cute neighborhood, close to downtown. We also found a fabulous 1950's house that had been completely updated with beautiful character and built-ins, a great yard with a climbing tree, finished basement. We waffled back and forth forever because they were both priced about the same, but finally decided to put an offer in on the newer home, mostly because it is so close to the Cryders and it is hard to pass up that opportunity.
We sort of low-balled the offer so we're not sure what will come of all of it. If the guy won't budge we might be switching to the other house. We feel really at peace with all of this and know that God will lead us to the house and neighborhood that we should be in. It's nice not to be too emotionally attached to either house and to have a mental back-up. Plus it's such a buyers market that we are holding most of the cards since these houses have been on the market for a long time already. It's been an exciting process--being our first house purchase. Pray for us this week that the process will go smoothly and quickly and I'll keep you posted!