Sunday, April 26, 2015

Our Home Journey… Dwelling 6

I am back to finally share the last installment (for now) of Our Home Journey… and bum bum bum bum… our 6th home together and the first home we have bought!

Before you hear about our new home… you may want to catch up on the prior six we have lived in in the past 6 years!

Intro and Dwelling One
Dwelling Two
Dwelling Three
Dwelling Four
Dwelling Five
Dwelling Six

And now here we go… our home!

Dwelling Six

Our First Home with a Mortgage 

We had looked and looked for houses… from the beginning of October until January. Maybe that is normal?  We don't know we had never done this before.  Our budget was on the low side for the area and what we wanted/needed and we just kept walking into houses that just did not cut it.  They were either a MAJOR flip job (think everything in the house had to be replaced) or to way to far out (we knew we wanted to be central).  To boot people kept telling us we should look in this neighborhood or that neighborhood… and the the back of my mind I would say, sure with an extra $50,000-$100,000 we could go there.

Early on, before we were fully ready to buy we found a house we really liked and it was priced right! It was a flipped house with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, great open living space.  But we knew it would not last- too good of a deal and it was bought before we were ready to make an offer.

Right at the beginning of January I went back to looking at rentals and was about to give up.  Then Andrew and I talked, crunched numbers and decided we could boost our budget just a tiny bit and see if that made a difference.  We looked one more time and found three houses we liked!  Perfect no, but great for our family.

We decided to put an offer in on another flipped house with a good location for us and the huge blessing- 4 bedrooms/2.5 baths.  We thought there was no way we be able to get that extra bedroom, but there it was!  The only catch was the living area was small and a big space for entertaining was a top priority. We decided we could take down the wall between the kitchen and living room and it would work.

So we put in an offer and after some negotiations the house was ours.  Bought our first home and did our first renovation!  We have been here just more than two months and we are still setting up.  It is taking more time than we expected, but that is okay.  It takes time and a home is never really finished!
View from the front door of the "great room."

View of "great room" from the back.

Eat in area/dining



Master bath (maybe the smallest bathroom you have ever seen but it is so nice to have)

Laundry- super organized right?

Main bath

"Big Kid's" room aka BD's room for now

The totally unfinished nursery and a bad picture at that… it is not actually this yellow in there.
And how is this for imperfection… the "back right room" /the office/guest room/who knows!

We Learned…

*People have a lot of thoughts about where you should live/how you should buy/etc… take the good advise and leave the rest.
*Keep to your budget and keep it on the low side as much as possible.  I have heard it said that you should keep it at 30% of your take home pay.  We tried to keep it at 25% or less of just Andrew's income.  The bank will give you a bigger loan than that.  Just because they will does not mean you should or you need a house that is that expensive.
*A home does not have to be perfectly ready to have guests.  We had a meeting at a house the first week we moved in.  Was everything ready?  No.  But one of the points of having a home is the fact that God calls us to be hospitable.
*If you think moving into a rental has a lot of expenses (like we did) just go ahead and buy and get ready for REALLY expensive.  From lawnmowers, to paint, to furniture, to the unexpected.  Make a priority list and take it one day (or year) at a time, it does not have to happen all at once.
*Pick the most lived in rooms and set those up first.  To be honest the office/extra bedroom and the nursery are still a disaster… but we don't need them yet so it has been fine to wait.
*Be patient things don't get set up overnight!
*And I sure there is more to come in the years (hopefully) we will be here.

Catch Up

Intro and Dwelling One
Dwelling Two
Dwelling Three
Dwelling Four
Dwelling Five
Dwelling Six

All that being said come visit us friends! We would love to show you around! :)


Friday, April 24, 2015


Wahoo for Friday… for real :)


Tonight we are participating in the Secret Church simulcast tonight.  Have you ever done one?  They are an amazing time of teaching and learning.  Just think about trying to use a fire hydrant as a drinking fountain, that pretty much describes it!


We have made it to 29 weeks, really almost 30 weeks now!  Cannot believe we only have about 10 weeks left!!!


We have finally started to think about our birth plan… and I was planning on doing a post on it, but then Courtney at A+ Life already did one that almost perfectly cover mine… so no need to repeat… just check it out on her blog :)


My hubby is officially 30.  It was an awesome celebration!


Happy belated Earth Day my friends!  If you follow me on Instagram you know that one small way that Andrew and I try to take care of the earth that God has given us is that we cloth diaper!  We love it, and we don't have to buy any diapers for baby Jameson!  I even work to help families get started with cloth diapering and help the do it successfully.  If you ever want some info about cloth… let me know!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

29 Weeks...

How Far Along? 29+++ weeks :)  This past weekend, my grandparents asked me over and over again if my due date was right and "How are you going to make it to July?"  I knew I was showing , but people seem to think I am showing more the 29 weeks worth.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I was actually at the doctor today and got an accurate reading of 29 pounds for my 29 weeks. I think I am keeping up with my weight gain from last time!

Baby Related Purchases: I did some serious garage saling on Saturday and got SO MUCH baby boy clothes and barely paid anything!  And what does not work I will pass along or sell.  Now just to start to organize it all!  I need to figure out what we still need for this little one!

Maternity Clothes:  Just lots of dresses and skirts lately some maternity and some not.  While we were at Disney I wore running shirts and t shirts.

Sleep: Pretty good!  Still turning side to side and getting up to use the restroom once.

Movement: These movements are CRAZY sometimes… kicks, punches, summersaults- the whole nine yards.

What I miss: I had my glucose test today and I have not been eating much sugar in preparation.  I have a big piece of Andrew's birthday cake waiting for me.

Cravings: Just want to eat all the time!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Some heartburn and indigestion... But no sickness!

Gender: It's a boy!!!

Labor Signs: Hopefully a long time away…

Symptoms: The need to eat all the time.
Growing belly
Kicks and summersaults :)

Best moments this week: 
*Disney was a blast!!!! I promise a post with some pics and tips is coming soon. Ps 2 year old and 28 weeks pregnant at Disney worked fine for us!

*Seeing my grandparents!

*Catching some quick time at the beach :):):)

*Andrew's 30th birthday!!!!

Looking forward to:
Still want to finish getting this house set up... Nesting time!
The end of the school year is just 5 weeks away!

Size of Baby: The size of a butternut squash!

For the little:

Jameson... You had your first trip to Disney last week. I could tell you had loads of fun because of all your flips and kicks!  We also celebrated daddy's 30th birthday!!! 

I can tell that you are growing more each day. The flips and kicks are my favorite, but sometimes surprising! I love feeling the movement but am excited to see you
move in around 11 weeks!

We are praying for your relationship with the Lord and for your development!
Can't wait to hold you!!!

Week by Week…
22 Weeks…
24 Weeks
26 Weeks...

27 weeks...

Friday, April 17, 2015


Seriously, life has been awesome… and bananas at that same time.  Maybe you can relate???


Let's start with the good :)
Disney last week… so fun.  Even in the third trimester with a toddler we rocked it (mostly anyways). 
There will be posts to share some of our experiences and more pictures (surprised???) soon.


After Disney… we went to see my grandparents.  We had so much fun the first day, then bum bum bum… I got the stomach bug AND ended up in the hospital.  It was just to make sure I got some fluids and could keep them down, to recover and to check on the baby.


This awesome guy's (aka Andrew, my husband and BD's dad) 30th birthday is this weekend!!! Time to celebrate! :):):)


I am in the third trimester… is that even possible?


Lastly, well… if you have been checking out our home journey good news, I will really be sharing some pics of the new house next week.  Get excited :)