Dear Homeowners…

Dear Homeowners:

I don’t want to move away from Angeltown, but today we looked at your home in Angelville.

Your home has been big on my mind ever since my Patient Husband showed me your listing. It’s beautiful. I loved the photos. It’s within walking distance of a church (just barely). My Patient Husband saw your house on Friday, and less than 24 hours later, he returned to it today with me.

I love your home. I suspected I would, but I really love it now that I’ve seen it. You’ve a bright, sunny, spacious home that’s well-maintained and bears the stamp of your care for it over the years. You’re a splendid gardener. There’s a wooded area in the back that borders on a protected wetland. It’s a writer’s home. It’s a retreat from the world. When I found out that you’d designed the home yourself and were the only owner, I was even more in love with it.

I know you must love your home too. And I want to promise you something: I may not be able to offer quite your asking price. I can’t necessarily promise to keep the gardens maintained to the same standard you have.

But what I can offer you is a promise to love your home in my own way. I promise you that there will be long walks in the woods, and children splashing in the brook way back on the wetland. I promise you that there will be excited Christmas mornings and delicious Thanksgiving dinners. There will be silent prayers during sunrise on the deck or at noon in the tangle of trees out back. Your home will see a first tooth, first steps, a first love and a first broken heart, and a first college acceptance.

There will be late nights watching silly movies and other late nights having worried discussions about our children. There will be an ugly minivan parked in the driveway with three car seats, and then two, and then one, and then four kids who don’t want Mom driving them around the town any longer.

I can’t give you all the money you deserve, but I can let your home keep the soul and the warmth you instilled in it from the start.

Please consider our offer when it comes later this week.

Earnestly yours,


Edited a few days later to add a link to a post where you can see whether the homeowners agreed. 🙂


  1. Ali

    Fingers crossed and many, many good wishes. Hope they consider your offer!

  2. karen ^.,.^

    it sounds like a beautiful house that could quickly become a home for you all. i’ll keep you in my prayers as paperwork/offers start going next week. how have things been going with your house? bless you. my children were 6, 7 and 8 when we put our house on the market in florida and moved to virginia (not that that really compares to having an infant plus three young children!) – but i sort of feel some of your stress. (hugs) 🙂

  3. Kit

    Oh, it sounds lovely! Prayers and all positive thoughts on the way!

    @->– (for the gardens!)

  4. Jenni

    Sounds exactly how we felt when we put our offer down a year ago. We couldn’t promise the kids part on our own behalf, but definitely family, love and friends. Fitting, too, that the first gathering we had was a small bday party for my dad the day after mom went into the hospital and then the reception for her memorial service a month later.

    He means to bless you so you can continue to bless others. 🙂

    Looking forward to the good news!

  5. CricketB

    Best of luck with the offer, it sounds wonderful!

  6. xdpaul

    My emotions are mixed. If the offer goes through, you get a wonderful new home, but if it doesn’t, you won’t have to move and I’ll still be able to visit you here…right?

    I’m still trying to figure out how this internet works.

  7. philangelus

    I’m going to miss my neighbors, but I *think* you can still drop by here. 😉

  8. xdpaul

    I didn’t realize it was that easy to have your IP address forwarded. The Post Office has really come along recently. Cool, then. I hope you get the new house! And if you need any technical assistance…uh, don’t call me.

    I do think that it is a remarkable coincidence that you’ve happened to find a house in yet another community with “angel” in its name. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go look something up in the dictionary. Someone just told me that the word “gullible” isn’t listed.

  9. nolechica

    If I were the homeowner in question, a letter like this might just convince me that a lower price was worth it. Good luck.

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