Tuesday night we decided to stay at Luke and Christina's because we knew that we weren't going to be invading anyone's space there because they were still on vacation. Staying there was such a blessing, like a vacation home, it was so nice! On Wednesday morning we headed back to Syracuse for Glenn to do some orientation stuff and to check out a house on Vine St. We decided to make an offer on the house because we liked it but someone else did too and on Thursday, during Parents/Family Day stuff and orientation, we found out that the owners decided to take the other offer. Thursday afternoon was Glenn's White Coat Ceremony. His Grandma and Grandpa Nicodemus from Wyoming were able to be there as well as my Grandma and Grandpa Nelson from Waterloo. It was a neat ceremony and the kids were pretty good during it. I was glad when Abigail and Lydia fell asleep though :). Glenn was busy with orientation stuff all weekend. They really kept all the new med students busy and tired them out just in time for school to start Monday morning. We spent Wednesday through Saturday nights back at our friends Matt and Christina's house. We scoured the available houses and rentals but weren't really able to find anything.
On Sunday morning at church our friends Joel and Michelle offered to let us stay at their home so we went there after Glenn's dinner with a doctor on Sunday night. They told us on Sunday night that they were planning on having us stay at least a week or two. That was a huge blessing because Glenn was getting stressed out about not knowing where we were going to sleep and starting medical school all at the same time. It has given us a little breathing room.
We expanded our house search to a broader area and decided on 4 houses to go and look at Tuesday morning when Glenn didn't have class because he took anatomy this summer. 1 and 3 were definite "no"s and 2 and 4 were "maybe"s. The more we thought about it and looked at numbers we decided to go with #2 and put an offer on it today, Hannah's birthday, after her birthday cinnamon rolls and going to the free movies to see Madagascar 2. Glenn had all day off today because of summer anatomy. I am glad he took it :). Tonight for Hannah's birthday dinner we had Hawaiian Haystacks and Wacky Cake with Peanut Butter frosting (probably the most requested birthday meal) with Joel and Michelle and Logan (Curtis is too little to get any) and at at 9:30 tonight we got a call from our realtor that, though our earlier low ball offer was not accepted, our later offer that was more in the amount that we were originally thinking was and so we are buying a house! Here is a link to some pictures of it as long as it stays up. http://www.realtor.com/rea
I am so thankful for all the people who have been praying for us and sending me encouraging notes. It has been a long 7 months looking for a place to live in Syracuse but it is really looking like we are finally going to have one soon! Praise the Lord! To God be the glory, great things He hath done. As I was looking at the words to that song I came to the last verse and that is my heart "Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, and great our rejoicing in Jesus the Son; but purer and higher and greater will be, our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see!" I am very much looking forward to having a home here on earth but even more so I am looking forward to being at Home with my Savior. I look forward to looking on His face. "That will be glory, be glory for me!"