We’re moving to Houston…

by jana on April 3, 2013

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It is official! As of today we are no longer the home owners of 4933 Happy Trail, in Keller, TX. We are setting off on a new adventure. One that has been completely God-led


Several months ago, I was pulling Kaylin in her red wagon around the neighborhood block when I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to sell our house. This came out of left field and I found myself wondering if I had really just heard that. Of course, I started asking God the how, why, when, where questions and was only met with silence. Then He reminded me of the scripture, Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” God was telling me to trust and let him lead me (us).


I came home, and after several hours decided to discuss this with Chris. He too prayed about it and said that God was confirming this with him as well. So we found a realtor after several weeks, and began the process of listing our house. The next thing to do was come up with an asking price. I was laying down one night when it felt as though God was giving me the exact number to list the house for and there was no denying it was Him. I kept this too myself since I knew Chris was praying for the same thing at the time. When we met with the realtor we had both discussed what we felt God was saying. I told Chris the number God gave to me, and Chris said that God told him that the realtor would give us a price range to list our house for, and  to pick the highest number in the range. The numbers matched EXACTLY. This to us, was confirmation!

The next few months (during the Holidays I might add) we showed our house so many times I lost count. I’ve never cleaned my house so much in my life. Sometimes twice a day because I am a little obsessed when it comes to vacuum lines. We were exhausted. Having to arrange our lives around “showings” with a little one and with two people who are always home. Ugh! We were feeling defeated and even questioned if we heard God right. But we stood firm in what we believed we heard God saying and committed to seeing this through in faith.

The house had been on the market for about 100 days and then we all of a sudden had 2 prospective buyers at the same time. This was exciting and nerve-racking to say the least. One of the family’s bidding on the house we remember specifically praying over while they were viewing our house the first time. Chris says he knew that they had to be the ones. And sure enough in the end they are the ones buying our home. A young family with several kids. We pray they have as many wonderful memories to share as we have while living on Happy Trail.

As for where we are going now…



With Chris being self-employed and working from home, and me still working as a full-time mom, we could go ANYWHERE. We thought about moving out of state. Renting for several months and living in several different states. Moving to family land and building our own house. Staying in Ft Worth. Moving to Tyler, TX. And then we ended up looking for homes in the North Houston area. No specific reason (that we know of right now, but believe that will be revealed to us soon enough), and just started looking there because the houses looked like the ones we liked, they had larger yards, and there were so many trees compared to north Ft Worth.

We zoned in on Conroe, Spring, and Kingwood, Texas. We took a week and traveled down to the Woodlands, to stay with my BFF’s parents in their garage apartment. Another blessing from God, we think, because it saved us a ton of money otherwise spent on a hotel or we may not have even gone down to look at homes because of the money it would cost us to do just that…look!

We looked at so many different houses, but nothing was feeling like “home.” We started praying Tuesday night that if the home wasn’t here in North Houston that God would start revealing that to us and show us a different path. Then “ding” and email from our realtor popped up and a house just went on the market that matched our criteria of what we wanted in our next home. Chris and I clicked through the pictures and descriptions and we both got really really excited. It looked perfect and exactly what we wanted. We were so excited that we couldn’t sleep and stayed up way to late anticipating seeing the house the next morning.

The next morning, we drove up to the house, walked in, and both took an inhale of breath. We felt like we just walked into our home. We knew in an instant we wanted this house. It’s a weird thing to describe but when you know, you know. The house was also WAY under priced to where it should’ve been and nothing really wrong with it (besides being an older home with minor fixes needed).  All the upgrades were already done with very little to change. This house we feel was given to us at a price we could afford while staying under our budget, when otherwise it wouldn’t be attainable for the neighborhood and area it is in.

After playing a brief bidding war, the house was ours. We won the bid and are now awaiting our closing date. We are thrilled. We are moving to Kingwood, Texas, on May 16th.

We feel so blessed for waiting on God and His perfect timing. We know He has great things in store for us and we will continue to seek Him and His will for our lives.


It has, I have to say, been a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement, joy, and eagerness to move and start living out this new adventure that God has us on, but also a slight sadness to leave some of the most amazing people of my life behind in Ft Worth. God has truly blessed me with an amazing support group of girls who have prayed for me, wept with me, laughed with me, and stood by me. Each one of them mean so much to me, that I could easily write pages and pages of stories about how wonderful they each are. Our church, Gateway, has also meant so much to us these last 6 years. We have both grown SO deep in our faith and our love of God through the ministry of this amazing church. But, we stand and trust that God will not lead us astray but will lead us into great things that lie ahead. You can never go wrong following the dad who loves you eternally.


 the Schaeffer story is to be continued…

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Rena "The Mimi" April 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Nothing will be as special as that home where you first brought Kaylin Rae! I’m proud of you both. May the Glory of the Lord be upon you. Amen


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