It's been almost 2 years since we moved from AZ to OC. We've been living with my parents-in-law that whole time, and while they are lovely people, use your imagination and you can probably guess how much fun it's been. Our intention never was to be here this long, but the move out date kept getting pushed back for various reasons.
About a year ago we started looking to buy a house but everytime it came up I just got a sick feeling and did not feel it was the right thing for our family at that time. Since we still own our house in AZ we decided to start looking for a place to rent after the school year got out. We were originally thinking that South OC was where we wanted to land. I have great friends here, plus we live only about 15 minutes from A's work, which is a huge benefit with gas prices being so high, and the school district we are in is an exceptional one, but rent in our zip code for a detached house (or even some townhomes), is pretty outrageous, I'd given up hope of finding something we could afford here.
A few weeks ago my friend Jodie told me there was a house around the corner from her that looked like the tenants were moving out and that I should check it out. I did, with very low hopes that it would be something we could afford. I talked to the landlord over the phone and he told me how much the rent was, I couldn't believe it! It was only slightly more than we were planning to spend! I thought we'd go see it the next week since A was working most of last week and I wasn't sure when we could go see it together. Then Jodie called and said that she'd looked at it and that it was great, there were other people there looking at it too and I had to go see it immediately (this was all before they'd officially started to advertise it, rentals go super quick here, mostly by word of mouth)! I went by myself and was totally in love. It was exactly what we were looking for. I told A about that night and he said that he wanted to go see it on Friday, so we did and he loved it too. We put in an application and they accepted us!
Hooray! We are finally moving out! The house should be ready by the end of next week, they are replacing the carpet, painting, and fixing up a few things. You have no idea how happy I am about this. There are only a small number of things I have been this excited about in a really long time. It was one of those things that just fell into our laps and worked so well that we knew it was the right decision. We have been hugely blessed, more than I can express.
I feel like squealing with glee!