Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thank You St. Jude

Friday: We make our final offer to the bank. We decide this is where we draw the line. If the bank turns us down, then we walk away from the deal. No compromise.

Monday evening: Still no response from the bank, even though closing is scheduled for the next day. We call our real estate agent to formally pull our offer and arrange to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Today 9:30 AM : Rob calls me on the cell phone as I pull up to the public library with a van full of children. "The deal isn't dead yet." Our agent and the selling agent were working to save the deal.

10:00 AM: The cell phone vibrates and I head to the library lobby. It's my agent. She tries to convince me that this is the house for us and we should go ahead even though the bank won't give into our concessions. "No," I say.

10:15 AM: Back to the library lobby. Our agent and the selling agent are willing to give up part of their commissions to make this deal. "No, I say again, "Rob and I have made concessions, you and the selling agent have made concessions, everyone is making concessions except the bank."

10:30 AM: Back to the library lobby. It's Rob. We talk it out. We love the house, we want the house, we can see our family in that house, but we have a fiscal responsibility to our family.

11:00 AM: Back to the library lobby. It's my agent again. The librarians are beginning to look at me funny. She tells me, "You've really been praying over this. Can you offer up one more prayer to St. Jude?" The bank wasn't budging and we needed a miracle.

11:15 AM: I give up getting anything done at the library. I gather up the children, check out our books, and get into the van. I pray silently, "St. Jude, you're the patron of desperate situations and I've got one for you. Closing is scheduled for 1:00 PM and if it's going to happen, the bank has to make the concession we asked for. Please help me. If this house is meant for us, please help it happen. If the bank doesn't come back in the next half hour, I'll accept it's God's will. No regrets. No looking back."

11:30 AM: I walk into the house and the phone rings. The bank conceded. Closing is on. The agent doesn't know if I accept or not as I'm crying so hard. She asks, "You prayed to St. Jude, didn't you?" I finally blurt out, "Yes!"

Noon: I'm in the car. It's an hour's drive to the title company.

1:00 PM: Closing begins. There were some last minute problems to iron out with all the last minute changes, but we sign everything.

3:03 PM: We are officially home owners.

Thank you St. Jude. You rock!

15 comments:

reprehriestless warillever said...

Congratulations, Wittmans.
Thank you, St. Jude.

Hillside Education said...

Awesome!!! I am so happy for you!!!
Margot

Dan and Janet Brungardt said...

Congratulations! What a relief, I am sure. St. Jude pulls through again! Another good saint for impossible cases is St. Rita.

Janet

Margaret Mary Myers said...

I haven't looked at any blogs for about a week. Still too busy but just wanted to look at yours to see how it's going with your house. Yay!! Congratulations!!! So happy for you!

Will email you with our latest (good) news items next week.

Margaret Mary

Lisa said...

I'm so happy for you guys.I'll have to come with my sister to see it sometime.

Maureen Wittmann said...

Thank you everyone!!!

Hey Lisa, we'll have to have you and Charlie and Brenda and Chris and . . .

You know us -- we love a party!

Anonymous said...

Please Can Anyone Help me? I don't know how to post. I AM DESPEARATE IN NEED OF prayer to ST JUDE. Please contact me via email megangriff7@yahoo.com. My Boyfriend and I have a little baby Daugther we were headed towards marriage. He loves our daughter. Daniel Miller the father of my child has fallen in love with his exgirlfriend and they are now extremely serious. PLease ST JUDE PLEASE PRAY EVERYONE PLEASE Please pray Daniel Miller will GET MARRIED TO MEGAN GRIFFIN and that Daniel Miller will DECIDE to Get BACK together with MEGAN GRIFFIN please.

Audrey said...

This is really awesome! I know St Jude is so awesome =D I would also like to thank him for interceding to God for me in so many situations. Thank you so much God and St Jude. I'll be forever grateful for your aid always.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much St Jude for interceding to God to let the discomfort in my eye go away. Thank you God, Jesus and Mother Mary for hearing and answering this intercession. Thank you so very very much. =)

audrey said...

Dear St Jude, thank you for interceding to God to not let my best friend's grandmother react negatively, thinking that i'm some religious freak trying to get people into God and all when i told her to tell her grandmother that i prayed to St Jude to intercede to God and Jesus to let her get better (after being diagnosed with a tumor) and to let her receive the news gladly. Just yesterday i was told that she said thank you to me though it wasnt me to thank. It was St Jude, Mother Mary, Jesus and God to thank!

Anonymous said...

Dear St Jude, thank you again for taking away/let my eye get better from the discomfort which came back again today that was worse. Thank you God and Jesus for answering this intercession.

Anonymous said...

Thank you St Jude for interceding to God to let my friend reply my sms and thus, letting me also know that she isnt upset with me over the issue. Thank you God for hearing the intercession.

audrey g said...

Dear St Jude, thank you for interceding to God to let me pass both my papers, especially the one !! Thank You God, Jesus and Mother Mary for hearing St Jude's intercession for me and also for forgiving my sins. Thank You ^_____^

Audrey said...

Hi again, i want to post a thanksgiving to St Jude. God, Jesus and Mother Mary for coming to my aid once more! Thank you St Jude for interceding to God to let me have a good day with my friend yesterday, for letting me be a (more) positive person, especially towards her and also for giving me the self confidence i need of myself in public, especially when i was waiting and on the bus. For some reason, i cant help but feel rather awkward and self concious of myself. But God, Jesus, Mother Mary and St Jude has helped me again to conquer my fears! Thank You Mother Mary for helping me intercede as well. Thank You God and Jesus for answering St Jude's and Mother Mary's intercession for me. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I have a post in which i would like to thank St Jude for interceding and God for answering my favor once more. You see, i have this friend of mine whom i shall call M, who came from the same alma-mater, where i had a terrible past. Out of a sudden, about two days ago, she acted a little distant from me than normal, and i was afraid that she could have met up with other ex classmates of mine who made my life miserable, and begun to antagonize me again. At first i was really angry i had to admit, then i turned to St Jude to help me intercede to God to let her drop any negativities she harbored against me and want to be friends with me again. Also, as M was with another friend, who also was my friend, i was afraid that she could have heard stuff about me as well and could have disliked/hated me too. I also asked St Jude to intercede to God for me to not let her get carried away, if she was, by what M could have probably said, but to let her not listen to it and want to be friends with me instead. In the end, M warmed up to me and she and i had a good chat with each other like friends normally will and the same happened between her friend and i. She also offered her help when i had some problems. Thank you Saint Jude for coming to my aid again, and thank You God for also coming to my aid, for making things better in my life through hearing St Jude's intercession for me. :-D