After some more bureaucracy, paperwork, a 30 day wait for closing procedures (and paying the remainder of the purchase price). I will have a house.
I don't really feel elated or victorious, I just feel a sense of closure. As I was driving up to the real estate office, the song We Are the Champions by the 70's band Queen came on the radio, and the opening lines really struck me as a perfect description of the last 5 years:
I've paid my dues time after time
I've done my sentence but committed no crime
And bad mistakes, I've made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come throughAn awful era of my life is coming to close, and I'll have to start over. Be mindful of my past, and what I have been through and learned, but learn to forgive and how to set boundaries with people to keep it from happening again.