On August first 2008, My husband and I bought our home (well, he wasn't really my husband until a week later). It was a 1976 used doublewide. We payed cash. It was a mess, but it was ours.
We had saved our money for months, carefully saving every penny for the right place and the right time. We had just been to look at a singlewide that was dirt cheap, but it ended up having a bent frame, as well as other major problems. After that, we decided to wait for God to bring us the right house. As we drove around talking, we decided to say a quick prayer for God to bring it in His time, not ours. We said amen as we drove past the mobile home place. Suddenly, we both gasp. There, in the lot was an old, run down, used doublewide. The sign read "For Sale: Used 1976 double wide, $4,500.00". As we looked at each other, we realized that this was what we were supposed to do. We called my mama, who was in town not too far away, and she came to take a look. Later that night, my dad drove out to check it out. With the condition the house was in, we shouldn't have even been interested. We shouldn't have even taken a second glance. But we did, and everyone agreed that it was right for us.
We spent the next months getting the house moved onto our property and fixing it up while we live with my parents next door. We ripped it apart and put it back together piece by piece, paycheck by paycheck. We did all the work ourselves, with the help of my family. My dad became the foreman (because he knew what he was doing) and we all became the crew. It was hard work, but we managed to move in under a year later. We continued to work on it even after we moved in, and still have a few things on our to do list, but overall it is finished. As time goes by, it becomes more and more a home. It's amazing that when you give it to God, He can open everyone's eyes to the possibilities. Making a house a home is a life long process. Making memories and growing a family here are something we are looking forward to doing. Sometimes, to start with, you don't get things exactly the way you want them. Sometimes, you have to build your things from the ground up to get what you really want and need.