If there was anything we wanted, it was two-fold:
1. A decent house
2. A decent neighborhood
As has been made plenty clear in previous posts, I am unemployed. That puts most rental houses managed by a big rental corporation out of our reach, due to their income requirements. Coupled with this, unemployment has--let's just say--limited our budget a little. Housing in the Puyallup/Sumner area is rather expensive, so we were having a hard time finding anything. When we did find something it looked kinda like this.
|Are you kidding me?|
In Tacoma, we had the other problem. Awesome house; regrettable neighborhood. And did we really want to move to Tacoma, anyhow? We prayed about it and felt like it may be a good thing. The ministry work we do is not really church building centered, so the only long drive would be to the big Sunday celebration service.
But even still, a lot of our ministry is home-centered. But since ministry and home really should be wherever God's people are, we decided to go with it.
The first place we decided to apply for was in the North Slope area (quiet area in our price range) of Tacoma, but already had an application pending when we called about it. It was too bad, 'cause we really liked it when we looked at it. Guess other people did, too. So we applied for our second-favorite house with mixed feelings because, well, it was our second-favorite. But we really weren't in the position to be picky and really, isn't it just a house. But we had reservations and told the landlord that we would still be looking while the application was in process.
|Wasn't meant to be|
A week of work, hope, elation and now crushing disappointment ended without any possibilities. And we had two weeks to be out of our house.
The next day, we hit the road early, checking the internet for new houses being posted in the North Slope area as we were driving. We ended up on the far side of Tacoma looking at random houses when we got hungry. So we stopped for lunch and by the time we left the restaurant a house had been posted back on the north side of town, so we drove back to North Slope.
To be continued...