When we were newly married in 1984, we moved to Memphis and settled into an old, drafty apartment. Several months later we found out that we were expecting our first child. Since our family was growing, we started looking for a condo or house that we could afford to buy. After looking at many areas and neighborhoods, there was one neighborhood under construction that stood out. It was a neighborhood with cul-de-sacs and was surrounded by wide open spaces. Lori kept that place in her heart but Dan laughed because he knew we couldn’t afford to live there.
A friend of ours was in a conversation with an old friend of his and was telling him that Dan was a basketball player with Athletes in Action, a team that focused on playing against universities where they could share their testimonies and talk about a relationship with Jesus during the halftimes. When our friend mentioned to him that we were looking for a place to live, he got very excited! He was a builder and said that he wanted to build a house for us at cost! Lori said, that’s great, but do you think he can build us a house that is more our style?
We met with the builder, and Lori showed him the type of house she liked, which was completely different from his usual style. He said he absolutely could build it for us! Secondly, she asked if there was any chance he had any lots to build on in the neighborhood we liked. He told us that just that week he’d swapped a lot with a guy in that neighborhood and hadn’t even put the sign up yet. It was even in the cul-de-sac she’d dreamed of living in!
As the house was being built, we got a call one day from the builder telling us there’d been a problem, and he wanted us to come to the lot. When we got there, he showed us how one of the workers had read the plan wrong and had built the foundational slab 400 square feet too big! Since it was his mistake, he told us he was going to keep our price the same.
He simply asked whether we wanted the living room or kitchen bigger on the first floor, and whether we wanted the master bedroom or kids’ rooms bigger on the second floor. Our house’s size increased from 1,600 square feet to 2,400 at no extra cost to us! When we moved to Chicago three years later, we were able to sell the house for $30,000 more than we bought it for! – from Dan and Lori Frost