Today was the day! At 11:00 we signed all of the papers, handed over the check, and the land is now ours!
It is nice to have this step over with, however, now the real work begins. We think we have picked out our builder, someone local that we just found out about. Word of mouth is a great thing! We are hoping that he will be able to help us (with a small fee probably) put together a materials list since he has done quite of few of these pole buildings as houses.
Back to the closing though, everything went smoothly, on our part at least. The Des Moines Register wants to do a story on us, and their photographer ran into some problems at the title office. He arrived before us, went in, and got sent back out. I think they were afraid that he was there to get information and pictures concerning the land deal gone bad that I mentioned in my previous post. He waited until we arrived and followed us back in. Everyone in there either disappeared into their offices or acted quite cautious. The lady who was in the room with us signing papers informed him that she was not to be in any pictures. He was able to get a few photos of us signing the beginning of the pile of papers and then took off so the employee at the title office was able to relax a bit.
After the signing was done, we met up with the reporter at a local restaurant. He took quite a few pages of notes over the meal. We are curious to see what he finds interesting. We had a nice visit, and we were impressed that he seemed to be fairly food conscious. He mentioned that he had just read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma.
After all of the business was taken care of, we went out to our farm. We spent a bit of time playing T-ball with the kids, and then came home for some naps.
(Just in case you were looking for the base ball tee in the picture, it is from a previous trip when we played football.)