Well after 3 and a half months and seven temporary homes we finally got our own home! Oh Yeah!
I remember about 3 years ago, just before we ended up moving to Kenner saying to Dina "Youe've got to be crazy to live in the New Orleans area!" At that time two small hurricanes had just rolled through just grazing the New Orleans area and southeast Louisiana. I was perfectly content living in Hammond. We were in the proccess of looking for our first house and were ready to put our roots down further there. I had really come to love Hammond with its combination small-town/college-town vibe and was ready to spend many more years there. Little did I know then that I would be moving to the New Orleans area within the next month. So I guess I've become more crazy over the last few years. I think it's particularly crazy to be buying a house down here right now but here we are.
We are really humbled by God's blessings on our lives right now. Throughout all of the craziness these last few months his grace and provision has truley been upon us. A friend of mine, Doug Anderson, recently spoke at our church. He said something to the effect that when you are always seeking stuff you can never get enough, but when you seek God's kingdom first you are freed from the attachment to stuff which in turn allows you to enjoy any stuff that comes along. Stuff is just the icing on the cake, or lagniappe as we say down here in Louisiana.
I can honestly say that Dina and I had pretty much decided we were going to be renting for a while but that it was worth it because we felt like we belonged here in Kenner. We both have really had a deep sense of fulfilling God's purposes for our lives here in Kenner, a sense that we are supposed to be here, that our destinies are some how tied in with what God wants to do in this area. Sure it has made more sense financially to move somehwere else and commute to Kenner, but we have come to realize that we don't want to be outsiders or vistors who work here and live elsewhere, we want to effect this area from the inside out. That seemed like a very tall order though. We have been renting ever since we've lived down here and have only met discouragement every time we have tried to look for houses in Kenner. We just could never find anything we liked in our price range. Back in August, after another bout with disappointments over the housing market Dina and I had a talk and came to the conclusion that we would rather rent and be where God wants us than live where we could afford a house and miss out on God's purposes for our lives. We also had really come to love our neighborhood and our neighbors. Over the past years there has been a real sense of community that has developed between us and our neighbors and we really didn't like the idea of giving that up. Well, God has done some huge miracles in our lives in recent days. Not only have we been able to find a house we can afford but it's in the same neighborhood as our old apartment. We are so very grateful for our new home. It's a simple condo about a mile from the church but it is so beyond what we had in mind. It is so great to have a little space of our own. I've missed alot of the simple things over the last few months, like making coffee in the mornings, cooking dinner, and being able to have a room alone with my wife. My daughter has missed being able to sleep in a bed without here brother. I feel like we are freed to enjoy this house in a way that would have never been possible before because we weren't living for it or even looking for it. God gave us something we couldn't get on our own, so as a family we approach this Christmas time full of thankfulness at everything God has done in us, for us and through us.