Friday, January 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Catch UpJust a little journey through our 6 homes in 6 years! :)
Intro and Dwelling One
Now it is time to tell you about...
The Married on Campus Housing
(aka married dorm)
Six months into our marriage I came home one day and Andrew said, "I think that I am called to go into ministry, that we need to move somewhere so I can go to seminary." This was not the plan when we got married, but to be totally honest, I was not surprised. I even asked Andrew before we got married if he was sure he was not called into vocational ministry. But even with my early suspicions, it was a HUGE transition. I had already signed a contract to teach another year in Georgia, so after some prayer we decided we would remain in Georgia another year, Andrew would take online classes while working and we would move the next summer to… New Orleans.
The most ironic part of moving to New Orleans is that we both said that we would NEVER live there… funny how when you say those things they tend to happen. Anyways… we moved one hot July day (why have almost all of our moves happened during the summer?) to the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We moved into the married family housing… aka dorms for married people. We went from a 1100 square foot town home to a 500 square foot dorm. Size was not the only shocker, upon our arrival we were greeted with the most sterile uninviting white walls and linoleum floors. Seriously, I wish I had a before picture, because it was overwhelming. I know several girls that have cried upon moving in and I don't think Andrew's parent actually wanted to leave us there.
|An after decorating shot… even the most uninviting places can become an inviting home with a little bit of effort.|
|Our small kitchen in all its glory!|
To me the bedroom was normal size, there just wasn't room to fit anything extra and we could even walk into our closet… so this room was easy!
The bathroom? Blue tile that has been around for 50 years? Yes. A tub that I was scared to take a bath in? Yes. No storage? Yes. But we got creative, added storage and I just skipped baths while we lived… a small sacrifice!
All in all we made this home work and I would even venture to say it was the coziest place we have lived. I still look back at these pictures and loved how it turned out. It was interesting, because even though we downsized we still had to buy a few things to make the space work. But we also sold things we did not need anymore… so maybe we broke even.
This second home just felt like it was ours, I still miss it!
|A picture from our New Orleans days at a parade during Mardi Gras (yes Mardi Gras can be family friendly and is loads of fun… but that is a post for another time :)).|
*We could indeed live in New Orleans (and in fact we enjoyed it quite a bit).
*We could make it in a new place on our own.
*Even in a smaller space you may have to get a few new things… every space is different.
*When you downsize you will sell/get rid of a lot of things (and store a bunch of things at your in-laws:))
*You can still entertain… even when your space is small.
*Get creative, you can make any space work.
*Linoleum floors are the pits (but not the worst… I will share that with you at a later date), but area rugs can do wonders.
*You can survive without a dishwasher and garbage disposal. We even did not have a washer or dryer… coin laundry was our BFF.
*Bring people you love into your home often… it makes it feel like home! :)
What have your learned from your past homes?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
How Far Along? 16 weeks… looks like I only like posting on even weeks- 12, 14 and 16 so far! And by the way, the second trimester has been so much better to me!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: A whopping 10 pounds my friends! But I am less worried about this than last time, I know I am eating healthy and exercising and my theory is that my body is just gaining what it needs.
Baby Related Purchases: Nothing yet… but I am starting to research a double stroller… maybe a jogging one? Do y'all have any you love?
Maternity Clothes: Still just maternity pants.. because I can and they are comfortable.
Sleep: I am sleeping better, but still waking up on my back. I am going to try to solve this with more pillows!
Movement: At my doctors appointment the nurse asked me if I was feeling the baby all the time. I thought you were supposed to feel them that much this early… am I wrong? But on that note I am pretty sure I am feeling a few things that are baby each day! :)
What I miss: My full energy level. I am back to working out in the morning and eating is going better!
Cravings: Asian food, bread, lunchmeat (weird right, I have heated it when I have eaten it… don't worry :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Starting to feel a lot better, still a little nauseous in the evening. Nothing specifically is making me sick at this point… yay!
Gender: Still don't know… but we should find out right around Valentines Day! I feel so so soooo ready to know, even more so than I was with BD. Andrew is excited to know, but not as anxious as I am to know right now.
Labor Signs: Hopefully a long time away…
Symptoms: Tired, a little nauseous and still having some headaches.
Best moments this week: This has been such a jam packed two weeks…
*Going under contract on our house
among other things :)
*Going under contract on our house
among other things :)
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and hopefully getting into our new house!!!
Size of Baby: Size of an avacado!
Friday, January 16, 2015
How was your week? Any exciting plans this weekend?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Andrew got The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith for me for Christmas. I have been wanting this book for a while… it is a "not your typical"home decor book. The tagline is "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" if that tells you anything about the book. Anyways… I h i g h l y recommend it!
In the second chapter of the book Smith takes you on a journey of sorts through all the homes they have lived in… and there have been 13, most of which have been rentals. As I was reading I couldn't help but think through the 5, soon to be 6 homes we have lived in in our 6 years of marriage, all of which have been rentals. I pondered each space, the memories we made there, how we made them home and what we learned from living there…. and I just felt like I had to share. Maybe it will give some encouragement to some other transient folk or those that aren't in their "dream home."
So without further ado...
The Cookie Cutter Town Home
|Yes… I drove by today took this picture and reminisced a bit.|
But really, over all it was a great situation- the renting. Our landlord was awesome replacing and fixing anything we needed. In hindsight, I also realized that he was happy keeping "good renters" in the space.
At the time of our marriage and move in we were essentially two college kids without so much as a spoon let alone a sofa or a bed to our name. So what do you do when you are inexperienced, young and just get a new place? You feel the need to fill it. Immediately. Now we did not go Pottery Barn crazy, but we did use our saving to buy new sofas, a new master bed set and a new daybed among other things. We didn't buy all new, we did find a china cabinet and a kitchen table used and borrowed a few items. In hindsight, we spent more than we had to on more than we needed.
This home was special, it really was being our first place and all. Looking back, we also learned a lot.
*You don't have to fill a house with stuff… especially not just to fill the space. That daybed that we bought and sold with in two years was probably slept on less than ten times.
* Get creative with the set up. We bought gigantic couches (Andrew is 6'3 and can lay on the big one with room spare) and then had no idea how they would fit, but after a little creative thought we came out with a great layout.
*Having two bathrooms and a dishwasher is amazing… actually this is something we may only know in hindsight after living places without, but still.
*But mostly we learned that making a home is not about the amount of stuff you have or if your space is "complete" it is about making Christ the center of your home and bringing people in- friends, neighbors, family...
What did you learn from your first place?
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Breaking my "only flowing shirts" rule to give a real bump shot... This is definitely bigger than I was at 14 weeks with BD!
How Far Along? 14 weeks… 2nd trimester hopefully you will be very nice :)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I think at the doctors appointment it was 7 pounds. With the last two pregnancies I gained almost 5 pounds immediately, so this is just par for the course.
Baby Related Purchases: Nothing really… I guess technically we got a few new cloth diapers on Black Friday because they were such a good deal. Don't worry we kept them gender neutral :)
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants.. because I can and they are comfortable.
Sleep: I am having trouble sleeping on my sides… I keep finding myself on my back. Maybe I just need a few more pillows :)
Movement: I am pretty sure I have felt movement a few times, but it is hard to tell this early!
What I miss: Still running and enjoying food.
Cravings: hmmm… bread and olive oil… you may have seems one on my Instagram :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still feeling pretty nauseous, but not actually getting sick. Mexican food is not appealing to me at all… but I have been craving oriental… weird right?
Gender: Still don't know. I don't think we will find out until February sometime :(
Labor Signs: Hopefully a long time away…
Symptoms: Nauseous, tired, headaches… that about sums it up. 7:30 bedtime is my BFF
Best moments this week: Date day with Andrew… Got some time to spend just the two of us. We had a doctor appointment before Christmas and got to hear the heartbeat. Seeing family and celebrating the holidays!
Looking forward to: Feeling better… I think I will turn a corner soon :)
Size of Baby: Size of a lemon!
For the little:
We celebrated Christmas and New Years this past week… excited because next year, God willing you will be here to celebrate with us! We are praying for your heart and growth each day!