With all that said, I have to tell you how unbelievably kind the Lord has been to us!! We were starting to get a little discouraged. Over and over again we would look at something, start falling in love with it, then find out we couldn't get it.
It was like someone saying,
"Here is an adorable puppy for you to keep"...
"Hold him, fall in love with him"...
"Do you love him yet?"...."
"Ok, give him back"...
"You can't have the puppy"...
"Look, now the puppy is dead. Too bad"
Well, we had experienced several dead puppies until Monday. Our awesome, super hero, Mike Tagliere told me to meet him at a condo development. He showed me a condo that was pretty similar to the other ones we had seen. This condo was a bit over our budget, but we thought that if maybe Pec sold his kidneys and lungs, and I sold my heart we might be able to afford it.
It was a two level, the bottom level was all tile, and not pretty tile either. It looked like it could be a gigantic locker room. Or a massive slip-and-slide room, which to be honest, my husband would have loved. We walked up to the second level and one of the rooms looked like someone forgot where the bathroom was and the other room looked like they may have used it for a meat locker. I know it sounds horrible, but the fact that they had removed the cow carcasses for us was a massive bonus. Needless to say, I told Mike to make an offer. Yep, that's how desperate we were getting.
Well Mike and I were about to leave then he said, "there's one other one, its probably a total dive, but the price is incredible and we should take a look at it." I reluctantly agreed and we walked to this other condo.
On our way, I imagined the cockroaches and termites that we were about to encounter. I imagined the numerous Nascar stickers that they used for wallpaper. Of course we would probably find one or two dead birds in the closets and the special "gifts" in all of the "toilets" (which we have learned, can at times be made up of a simple wooden box). The possibilities were endless. Mike informed me that this condo was currently occupied, which also brought to mind several images of Pectators.
As we arrived at the front door, which was propped open, I heard a raspy voice say "don't let the cat out!" I looked down expecting to find a nasty cat trying to escape but I quickly realized that she was referring to a small ceramic cat that was holding the door open. I was trying to keep an open mind so I decided to let that one fly.
We walked and at the top of the staircase that leads up to the condo there is a 60-65 year old, weathered and wrinkled woman named Kathleen. I hadn't even had the opportunity to say hello before she immediately began lifting her shirt up. I have to admit, even in our experience of meeting all of these very different, and somewhat special people, I was pretty shocked.
As the shirt got a little higher and I was scrambling to protect Mike and I from who knows what, I began to understand that she was showing us her back brace, which was the reason for her not meeting us at the door. As Mike and I sputtered out a breath of relief she barked out a few curses about getting old and having arthritis. She told us to take our time and Mike and I timidly made our way up the stairs. What met us there was.....
.... the most adorable and sweet little condo that I have ever seen!!! This eccentric yet unbelievably kind woman had poured her blood, sweat, tears and cigarettes in to this gorgeous little home. I fell instantly in love with every square foot of the place. It has two bedrooms and a precious little sun room/breakfast nook. The kitchen is large and she payed over 7k to install beautiful wood floors throughout the entire place. I truly love it!!
Mike suggested that I go downstairs and try to let her get to know me a little. I had such a great time talking to her and by the end of the conversation, I was as in love with her as I was the apartment. She is a criminal psychologist who used to be a teacher, so she has backgrounds in both our careers. She told us that she already had offers but she was going to decline them and told me exactly what to offer!! That's unheard of!
After Mike dragged me out of there, he and I went back to his office to write an offer. While we were there Kathleen called and told him, that once SHE ACCEPTS OUR OFFER (!!!!) she wants Pec and I to walk through the condo and choose whatever furniture we want!!
Long story short, the next morning Pec and Mama Pec/Pyro looked at the condo and also fell in love with it! She accepted our offer within 24 hours and we are now in Escrow! The Lord is so kind to us and we truly could not be more excited!!