Nov 22, 2011

home sweet rental

from our honeymoon
This picture was taken on our honeymoon in August. I miss my long hair.

So last week I said that I was going to start sharing with you all more, and today I am going to do that. I wanted to share with you all the story of how Ryan and I came to find the house that we are currently renting. For a while, we didn’t think we were going to have a place to live, but God’s timing is far more perfect than ours could ever be.

We got engaged in December 2010 and our wedding was to be July 30, 2011. We had planned on finding a place to rent, and our families joined in helping us on the search. We quickly found out that the places for rent that were not falling apart were way out of our budget. That broke my heart.

So my family graciously found a way to come together to help us come up with a down payment on a house. We found one that we loved and as we were on our way back to take a second look at it, we got a call that it had just sold. It was a cash offer. I couldn’t help but be bummed out over it, but I knew that it meant that just wasn’t in God’s plan. Ryan knew that even better than I did.

We kept looking for about two more months and found nothing that was both in our budget and suitable to live in. We looked at a lot of foreclosures but most all of them required more work than we were going to be able to put into them. A month before the wedding we decided to start looking at places to rent again. Not much luck. We finally found a place that would be at the top of our budget, and we made an appointment for a tour. At the tour we found out, they had no openings.

I could not believe it. The wedding was getting so close. My mom’s basement was already full of boxes that I had packed to move out. All I could see happening was us living in one room of her basement. I do realize that it would be better than nothing and it is more than a lot of people have, but I just couldn’t shake the disappointment of coming home from our honeymoon with no real place to live.

About a week and a half before the wedding,
God gave us the miracle that He had been
planning all along.

We found a house to rent that was less than half of our budget and bigger than anything we ever thought we could afford. Not only that, but our landlord allows animals and let’s us paint the walls and hang things and make the space completely personal. Things could not have worked out any more perfectly.

I guess this was God’s way of teaching me to trust in Him more, something that I sometimes forget. It was a wonderfully peaceful feeling knowing that He had everything under control. I struggle with worrying about things, a lot. I have to remind myself to give it all to Him and let Him take care of it.

He knows what is best, and His timing is perfect.

We ended up not being able to move in until the day we arrived back from our honeymoon. And we had a lot to do. But we had a lot of family to help and it actually turned out to be a fun experience and I'm glad to have the memories.


  1. As your MOH I am/was thrilled that you found a place to live =) It is very cute and will be cuter when you add a little puppy to the mix (and babies ... someday) But, if you wouldn't have found somewhere you could always live with me ;) and Ryan could have visited. Maybe not the ideal ... but it coulda worked?

    I'm glad it worked out for you though .. I knew it would.

  2. I'm glad you think it's cute! I can't wait to add a puppy to the family, but hopefully babies will come AFTER we are out of this place! ;)

    And your plan totally could have worked. Ryan just may not have loved it too much. Haha.

  3. Mr. Taylor and his LadyNovember 22, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    what a great little story girl! and thanks for sharing! i promise, you'll get used to it and start loving it very soon!!
    xo TJ

  4. That's how it works out sometimes, but when you're in the middle of it, it's hard to be super positive about what you're going through. Thanks for sharing.

  5. oh, I do love it! we are so blessed to have found it! :)

  6. That's so true. Hindsight is 20/20. :)

  7. His timing is so perfect! glad yall have a happy little home!! and your first thanksgiving as marrieds! congrats on tying the knot... it is the very best if you ask me :)

  8.  It is the very best!! I think we are going to have a lot of fun experiencing all of our "first" holidays as marrieds this year. :)