When we found out my parent were moving to India, Jeremy and I were in a bit of a difficult position. My parents were insistent that we could stay in the house and they would continue to make the payments until we finished school. While this was the easiest choice in terms of not having to move, it really did not make sense for my parents. Jeremy and I felt that we should move so that my parents could rent or sell their home, but we did not know where to go. I started to look at apartments, but was not really excited about the prospect of moving into a tiny apartment.
Thankfully, another option presented itself. I was at work one day when Julie McClellan, a woman from our ward, called and left me a message saying she wanted to talk to me about something. When I called her back she told me that she and her husband, Gary, had been talking about what to do with their house while they went on their one year mission and she wondered if we might be interested in living there. Gary really wanted family to live in the home and since we are distantly related (he and my dad share a great grandfather), it worked out for everyone.
Over the next months the McClellan's generosity was limitless as we worked out the details of moving the majority of their belongings into the basement and planning our move in. We are so happy here and I don't know that I will ever be able to appropriately express my gratitude to the McClellans. I just hope that it gives them some sense of peace to know they have left their home with someone who will love it and do their very best to care for it.
And now for the virtual tour (I promised Julie I would post pictures so she could see what it looked like with our things in it):
the kids bathroom
the living room
the entry way
the family room
our amazing views
our spectacular garden and backyard
Our pumpkin patch
As you can see we are VERY blessed to be here!