Home Heartache

by Maggie Griffin

Good news! Byron and I have (finally) decided to place our roots in Waco and stick around for the foreseeable future. We are both happy with our current jobs, excited about how those could change and grow, and ready to accept new challenges and responsibilities in our roles. We can't imagine life without UBC and those who worship within its walls. We love how Waco is growing and the new businesses coming into town. We want to be here and we want to find a house to call our own. 

Recently, we thought we had done that. We were extremely excited about the potential of this house and even more thrilled with its location, offering us neighbors that we already call good friends. After some negotiation our offer was accepted! Then came the homework period, which affected our feelings about our offer. We returned to the negotiating table looking for help to truly make this the place we desired, and we couldn't come to an agreement. We terminated the contract. 


These are the times when we, both the babies of our families, feel like true grown-ups. We are learning that house hunting is a process full of tough conversations and decisions that will not always end with a happily ever after. Walking away from something that in just a short week consumed much of our thinking and dreaming was extremely difficult. It felt like we lost something. And that was tough.  (We ate our grief in the form of Sprinkles cupcakes.)  

But, the dreaming we did this past week was so fun and we aren't giving that up. We are looking at more homes this week thinking about what will happen within the walls and what stories and memories will unfold. 

We are excited and hopeful to feel even better and more sure about a house, but now we enter our negotiations with caution and the knowledge that things might not work out. Lesson learned. 

How did you find your home? How many houses did you look at before you found the one?

 Tell us your stories! We really want to hear from you!