Well, today we got an answer.
Just not the answer we were hoping for, I guess...the house we had been in negotiations to purchase went to another buyer. We are now absolutely officially homeless, with no real prospects yet for a place of our own. Thank God for Mother and Dad. ;)
I am on one hand extremely sad and on the other grateful, as 1) we are certain that all things work together for the good, and 2) this means spending more time with my family before we move away for good.
We are working at maintaining a positive attitude even though our future seems uncertain.
Somehow it will all work out.