Burley family: ‘God put us in this house’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 31, 2004

VIDALIA &045; Phillip and Jamie Burley’s averaged sized house at the end of Olive Street is an answered prayer.

A year ago the Burleys and their four children were living in a cramped rental house, but a series of bad events led to the dream home in which they now live.

&uot;We’d been in a house on Palm Street for a year and a half,&uot; Jamie Burley said. &uot;I was very depressed and desperate for a bigger home.&uot;

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After a shopping trip in Natchez resulted in a car accident for their un-insured Expedition, the Burleys were forced to give up the vehicle. Without an expensive car note to pay the Burley’s financial situation improved, Jamie said.

&uot;I had been talking to the Lord daily about a new house,&uot; Jamie said. &uot;I drove by and saw the house and said ‘oh well’ and drove on.&uot;

It was two years before the house went on the market, but it only took two weeks for the Burleys to start moving into their dream home.

Nearly a year later the oldest children, twin boys Mitchell and Michael, 14, are taking turns watching the family’s newest puppy and relaxing in front of the television. Thirteen-year-old Chelsey has one friend over and is waiting on another. And 7-year-old Baily fishes for leaves in the front yard pond.

&uot;It’s just so serene,&uot; Jamie said. &uot;I know that it was God that put us in this house.&uot;

The Burleys fell in love with the house because of its yard and pond, Jamie said. But since they moved in last March the family has been busy with indoor renovations to get the house just the way they want it.

Still, they spend most of their time outdoors. Several large pecan trees in the yard produce barrels full of the nut that will be sold for more spending money, Jamie said. Four family pets keep the children busy when they aren’t in the tire swing or near the pond. And at night, the stars are enough to make Jamie happy, she said.

Against her mother’s wishes Baily is hoping for another pet to add to the yard.

&uot;I might get a horse,&uot; she said. &uot;And the yard has a pond I can swim in.&uot;

For now Jamie is happy with her new home, but she may have even more plans for the future.

&uot;I want to put an orphanage in the back,&uot; she said. &uot;I have a deep desire to do it and if it is God that gave me this desire He’ll supply it.&uot;