Today seemed like a good day to share the news... we're moving!
On June 1, we will be moving to an Old Louisville home that has been made into a 5-plex. We'll have one of the bottom 2 units - a 2 bedroom apartment that is just perfect for us! We're so thankful. Some of the neat things about this apartment include its massive closets, a kitchen that is a galley with a small breakfast room and the original china cabinets. It has a huge brick fireplace mantle. It also has a column entry small foyer-type area. It has lots of windows and the inside has a touch of the wonderful victorian "Old Louisville" feel that we love! The Master Bedroom is huge and the 2nd bedroom is so cute and cozy with great windows, perfect to be a guest room or Lord willing, one day perhaps double as a nursery! :) Also, the laundry is down in the basement instead of in another building. Still no dishwasher, but I'm used to that.
The amazing landlady is recarpeting, repainting, getting us a new frig, tiling the "foyer" area, etc. In short, she is spoiling us tremendously. Her excellent reputation preceded her as we heard about her from some church friends. This is a steal of an apartment, being only $25 more than what we would pay at our current apartment and potentially lower utilities, evening it out to what we pay now, because she has weather-proofed it so well. Most Old Louisville homes are a pain to keep warm in the winter.
But the main thing we are excited about is the location! Beautiful trees and quaint, historic homes, but that's not the main thing. It has been wonderful, and convenient to live on campus, but we are itching to be in a neighborhood close to church, and boy are we! We are 2 blocks away from church; we'll be able to walk. Dustin can also walk in the other direction about 2 blocks to go to the Basketball/Bible Study he leads on Thursday nights. We'll be right close to U of L and hopefully get to know some college students from church and ones not from church.
You have to remember that I went to a Christian middle school, high school, college and then moved to a seminary campus. I am really excited about this move! All of our neighbors in our building, from what we know, are not believers and the potential for hospitality to them and Dustin's Basketball guys is really great, as well as our church family. It's just such a blessing, especially considering that it's often really difficult to get into an Old Louisville home. In one sense, it just "fell in our lap" - coming together in a matter of a week, but we know the Lord was and is behind it all, orchestrating the details. We don't want to purchase a home at this point, because we still don't know exactly what the Lord has for us post-seminary... missions, moving, staying in Louisville, etc.
So, for now, this is a great way to spend our time that we know we will be here. I hope it doesn't sound like we're bragging about this place or saying it's better than living on campus. It just fits our desires for this season. I'm sure it has its quirks (longer commute to school, for one) as well. Any home does, but we are mainly excited about the location and the opportunities it will have to branch out a little and share the best Good News with new neighbors and friends who don't know Christ!
And other good news... 12 and a half more days of school. Well, and then, a 2 week summer teacher training for some new curriculum, but still... it's exciting to wrap things up for another year. Pray for perseverance to finish strong and have time to pack and move! AND... it's Friday AND a Marble Jar Party day. My kids have had testing all week, so they deserve it!
Long post - thanks for reading...
(That is not a picture of the home, but the only one from the area I could find that I liked.)
P.S. We'll miss you Leslie, David and Jameson.