5.21.2007

Fire Code Shmire Code

We found the perfect apartment. The housing market in Texas is so low that renting doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but we need more time to scope things out before making a commitment like that. But in the mean time, we found the perfect place for now. So perfect it just seemed like God was bringing everything together for that, just like He was bringing everything else together.

Three miles from the school where Andy will be teaching. The perfect distance. Just far enough to build a workout into his day.

1000 square feet. That's bigger than my parents house. Not the tiny cabin in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the normal three-bedroom ranch-style suburban home.

With a playground in the complex.

And unit 811, which will be ready exactly when we need it, opens directly onto the playground.

Family friendly place, and there were lots of online reviews raving about how competent and friendly and nice the management is. In fact, the only negative comments were about how many little kids there were. That and how small the pool is, but to be perfectly honest, with three toddlers underfoot, the only thing that matters to me about the pool is that it be securely gated and far away from our apartment.

She knew we had three toddlers, and that was fine... until I mentioned my husband.

Oh.

Fire codes. You can't have five people in a two bedroom apartment.

Period.

And now renting is suddenly totally out of reach, because only the very poshest of complexes have three bedroom apartments, the only houses for rent are far from the school, and I have no idea what we're going to do.

This is the point where I'd probably fall into despair, except that this is what God's been doing with us all along. Corrie ten Boom said that when God closes a door, he opens a window. Well, God's been opening windows for us, just far enough to light our path to the open door.

And so I'm just hanging on for ride, immensely curious as to what in the world God is up to. That and scouring the internet.

5 comments:

Emily said...

Oh no! I'd completely forgotten about the fire code issues. They surely do make it difficult to be a large family, don't they?

Gwen said...

HARRISBURG IS GREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to have you guys here!!!!!!!!! Well g2g study for finals(UGH) Hugs, Gwen

Mrs. Speckperson said...

You might be surprised how many apartments are not listed online! Once you get there something will come up! God brought you this far, he's not going to up and leave. He follows through in ways you would never expect!

We are so excited for you all in this next adventure.

Christa said...

So you're moving! Congrats on the adventure, what a pain moving can be! :)

I do hope you've found a good place by now - for family and all. :)

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