We have some pretty fantastic news to share!
We know where we get to live in Zhitomir!!!!! THIS IS HUGE!!!!
When we were in Zhitomir in May we stayed in a house that we talked about in this post. Let me jog your memory. We stayed in a house that is owned by a Ukrainian who lives in Israel. The house was renovated to be used as a small guest-house, or hostel for people who are coming to serve Mission to Ukraine (MTU), like mission teams, and people like us! The house has 4 bedrooms and is literally like a 4 minute walk away from MTU. People can rent the house out by the night, or just rent a room. We loved staying there, and while we were house-hunting my smarty pants Mother-in-Law suggested we ask if we could rent that house for a year while we're living in Zhitomir. Duh! Great idea! So, we asked Ira, the director of MTU if she would talk with the owner about us renting. Ira, being the wise one that she is, was already a step ahead of us. She had a feeling we would like the house so she had already contacted the owner. :) Well, we found out just a few days ago that the owner said yes! Thank you Jesus!!! AND, he's renting it to us for well within our budget. THANK YOU JESUS! God is so good to us.
It would have been so super smart of me to take pictures of the house while we were there, you know, in case the owner said yes...but of course I didn't. We thought it was such a slim chance we would be living there- kind of like a pipe dream, I guess I just didn't think of it. Lame. Oh me of little faith, right? So instead I guess I'll try to describe it to you.
The house isn't it's own free-standing structure, it's kind of connected/a part of a big building that I *think* is other houses. You walk around the back of the building, along a pathway of 2x4's covering rubble, and our entrance is there in the back. There's an un-used shed back there...hmmm, not sure if that comes with the house or not.
When you walk in it's a pretty nice open space. To the right is a dining room table and the kitchen. The kitchen is one counter with sink, a little counter space, stove, and fridge. What I love is that the kitchen is open to the dining area and entryway! Most of the other kitchens I saw were a small separate room. Having the kitchen in an open space will help us tremendously with homeschooling, and with just the fact that we have 4 kids. :) To the left of the entrance is a bathroom with a tub, shower, and clothes washing machine (ooooooh so teeny tiny! Haha!). Right next to the bathroom is a bedroom. The house has no living room, so we'll turn that bedroom into a living room. And then directly in front of you when you enter the house is the staircase leading upstairs.
Upstairs is so great! You walk up the stairs to an open hallway. There are 2 bedrooms to the right and then on the left is a bigger bedroom with a shower in it. Also on the left is a small bathroom with just a toilet. Straight at the end of the hallway is an enclosed balcony where we will hang our laundry to dry. We're thinking our kids will all share a room, like they do now, and we'll use that third bedroom upstairs as a guest room (hint hint)/Wide Awake International office space.
Quirky things of note:
-The kitchen cupboards are made of bright purple metal. Yesssssssss
-The stairs in the house are hazardous. We're taking bets now on who's going to be the first Johnson to take a tumble down the ol' stairs. They're like just a little too short for your feet, so you have to turn your feet sideways to walk down them. They're also slippery, shiny wood. This should be interesting...
-There is a drying rack for the dishes in a cupboard right above the sink. So smart, right?
-There are no closets in the bedrooms. There are wardrobe thingies. Addy is pretty excited about having a wardrobe. Can you guess what book she's been reading?
Amazing things of note:
-It's a hop, skip, and a jump from MTU.
-It's like a 10-15 minute walk to the city center of Zhitomir where there are fun things to see, nice places to walk, and easy access to bus lines.
-It's ground level; as in, it's not a flat 9-stories up. YAY!
-It's furnished! We were anticipating having to buy everything needed for a home when we arrived in Ukraine. Now we can slowly accumulate the things we'll need for a future place over time. The kitchen is stocked with the necessities for cooking, there are beds, linens, towels. All we'll need to buy at the beginning is the fixin's to make the downstairs bedroom into a living room. Easy peasy.
What a huge answer to prayer. This is just another way that God is laying out the path before us. What a blessing that I can picture where we'll be living. We can describe it to our kids. We won't have to take a bus to MTU. I could go on and on. We are just so extremely thankful to the Lord. He is too stinkin' good!!!