Our plate is almost full with all that has gone on this year so far. In addition to navigating through Jordan’s hip and ankle surgery, we’re planning to build a new home.
Our current house is almost sold and we’re looking to schedule our build date for June 1. After receiving our price sheet, we’re going to need to trim it down some to help with budgeting.
The modifications to make it accessible for Jordan is going to be around $18,500 so we are in the process of sending and finding grants to assist with that. We plan to list it in the Medina County Parade of Homes, which I’ve heard will help with some upgrades as well. We will see.
House of dreams
Our dreams of living in a place we could call our own began during our pre-marital counseling when our counselor had us participate in an activity to design our dream home. Our dream home consisted of an open kitchen, fireplace and lots of room for our future children to explore, as well as a shop for Randy to spend time on his favorite hobby – working on his racecar.
When we learned about Jordan’s spina bifida diagnosis at the 20-week point in our pregnancy, my mind wondered into the world of home modifications due to my studies from my occupational therapy program. We were unaware of the challenges our little one would face so we put off finding a home at the time, all the while keeping our eyes and ears open for possibilities.
We’ve come to realize Jordan’s needs will direct him to a home where he will be free to explore in a walker, canes or wheelchair. We’ve been searching for the past couple of years for a ranch home we can modify for this dream to become a reality. Our current home limits his access with his walker.
Landing on the right property
We started looking for property to build on. We want to stay in our current location, and have land for our family to explore the outdoors. As we prayed for the property, our requests weren’t specific.
One day in December of 2013, Randy visited a property and came home discouraged because it didn’t fit our needs. During dinner he prayed, “Lord, we boldly ask you to show us the property you want us to have.”
Mind you, over time we started being specific in our dream to have a certain number of acreage, with some trees and a creek. We knew we would need to give in to one of these areas eventually.
That evening as I was searching the Internet, I came upon a property and asked Randy if he had looked into it. The land had been on the market for 5 days. It listed the acreage we had been looking for with the back acres with woods and a creek.
Needless to say the land has been in our name for almost a year. Throughout this year we’ve been visiting open houses, talking with several builders and searching for house plans to meet all of our needs.
We consulted friends and family about different builders and visited parade of homes to talk with builders to see who best fit our personalities. The builder we’re currently working with has assisted us in designing a home that fits the needs – and some wants – of our family.
We were blessed to visit a home that’s handicapped accessible to gather ideas of items that will allow Jordan to be the best he can be in his home environment.