Tuesday, July 17, 2012

House Expansion Project....

There is one house project that we are working on that we didn't know we would be doing this year....

We are expanding our home by two feet :)

The project should be completed around February 14th, 2013!

Okay, now in all seriousness, SURPRISE! It was to us as well :) We always knew we wanted to grow our family, just weren't aware it would be happening this year. However, we know that God's timing is perfect and we couldn't be more excited to add this new little bundle to our crazy-beautiful household!

If any of you have seen me the past month or so and I looked "off", well, I was. I have been so incredibly sick it has been hard to function. Pray this phase passes quickly :)

I am 10 weeks along and my belly is rapidly growing. I have been to my regular doctor and my endocrinologist (thyroid) and so far everything is looking great! Please say a prayer that my thyroid continues to do well in these very important upcoming months.

We are so thankful for the love and encouragement we have received so far and look forward to sharing the newest baby "S" with everyone!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fire Crackers and Freedom

I'm sitting here painting my nails a dark red for the holiday, the boys are resting, and the hubbs is putting together his new grill the boys got him for Father's Day. Overall, just enjoying our new little space.

The past week and a half has been a blur. We moved, I've been working most mornings and nights helping with a summer camp at the local college, and we've been attempting to unpack. Our house is a wreck and many projects are still needing to be done. BUT we are at peace in our new sweet home.

The boys are in heaven with all of the space they have to run and play. Getting to watch them run, laugh and play without worries of cars, etc...has made the move worth it right there. I even think they are even getting along better because they each have more space.

The only projects we have been able to accomplish are replacing a couple light fixtures and attempting to remove the rediculously stubborn wallpaper from the walls. After our last house and our current, I've decided that wall paper is bad. Very, very, bad. Yes, it can be beautiful, but still mean at the very same time.

Today, though, was my last morning at the camp and I have chosen to be the mom I have been wanting to be the last month, but haven't "made" the time(okay, I haven't had much time).

We are going to play outside with the boys(slip-n-slide time!), grill out, and I'm making a yummy 4th of July trifle (yellow cake, whipped cream, pudding, strawberries, and blueberries. Yum!). We are enjoying each other and, especially today, we are enjoying the freedom that has been so painstakingly fought for. Even amongst the craziness we are still blessed and thankful.

I hope you all enjoy this holiday and are reminded, once again, of the blessings in your life!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Our Last Night.....

I'm sitting here enjoying our last night in our current home. Enjoying watching our boys play "tackle" with the hubbs and giggle at their never ending attempts to bring down their dad. I cherish these moments. Tonight, however, is our last night in this house, so I will cherish these moments even more.

It has been a whirlwind the past two months. Hence, no blogging.

One night in April on our way back from one of our favorite small town eateries we took a detour coming home to take the "pretty route." It was on that drive that the hubbs spotted our soon to be home for sale. It was set on a little over an acre and a half and backed up to a pasture with cows and horses...our boys dream. It also had a wrap around porch...one of my dreams. Another plus was that it was a few minutes from the hubbs work instead of the 25 minutes now.

My husband was instantly excited, he has been wanting to get back to the country for years. I, on the other hand, was not. It was in "THE COUNTRY". Not 30 seconds from a grocery store or a Sonic. It wasn't next to our current awesome neighbors or friends. It was change. It was new. I don't deal well with these things. They aren't easy.

But I appeased the hubbs and went to take a look at it with our Realtor. I took in the house. Another "project" (ugh) but with good bones and not as old as our current home...okay some pluses...But still, I remained silent for most of the tour. My Realtor said it best, "a lot to take in, huh?" "YES!!" Especially since we weren't planning on a move this year.

We are happy in our current home...it is our "baby." We literally put blood, sweat, and tears into this house. This is our first home and our boys first home. So many memories reside here.

I believe, however, that God puts opportunities in our paths for reasons. He sets our heads spinning at times in order to bring about something good...in order to use us for HIS good.

The positives for this new house outweighed the negatives (literally, I made a list). We decided to test out the waters. We prayed that if this was supposed to happen, that it would happen quickly. It did. Our current house sold in 5 days. Our offer on our new house was accepted. Okay, Lord, so I'm taking this as a "yes"? Let the packing begin....

We were able to get in last week in order to do some "prep" before we had to live in it. Painting, wall paper removing, sanding, cleaning, etc, etc, etc...I'm glad we were able to get into it early, but honestly the amount of work was completely overwhelming. I don't think I was mentally prepared for this again.

It doesn't feel like home...yet. I know it will happen eventually, but it's still "their" home with their touches. It will be a while, and that's okay. We went through that with this home, and eventually it became ours. So, okay, it's possible.

Tonight is slightly emotional for me. We close tomorrow. That will be even more hard. I just want the new owners to love it as much as us. I want them to love our neighbors like we love them. I want them to adore, like we do, the huge Oak trees that give us much needed shade throughout the summer. More importantly I want to love our new home like I do this one. One thing I need to remember is, it's not the home, it's the family. True.

I know, your probably thinking I'm being way to "girl" over this. And you're probably right. But it is what it is. I AM A GIRL! So I'm having my moment.

So this has been our life over the past two months. CRAZY and changing. We are rolling with it. God also has some other changes in mind for us, which I will be explaining over the next few weeks along with our reno projects on the new house.

Stay tuned ;)

Last pic in front of our house :) Taken by my sweet friend, Lindsey!

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