We sold our home but weren’t sure where we should move to. We decided on building a new home for our family. Our new home is almost complete. Check out our first episode here!
We did not make into our new home for Christmas. The new year has now begun, and we are just reaching the final stages of building our new home.
More adventures in building
A series of amazing miracles has happened over the past couple of weeks that can only happen after praying. Thankfully God is so faithful in working out every detail as He knows what’s best for us.
We had Christmas and new years in our basement suite. This was interesting as my family had come from out-of-town to visit. They all had other places to stay thankfully but we did get creative on when and where we could visit each other with our large families. Our visits were short and sweet. It may have been a blessing this year that they stayed elsewhere as we have been really busy and tired with finishing up our new home.
Our flooring got delivered before Christmas, but only after the largest snowstorm hit our area in years. It got stuck in the mountains 3hrs away for the entire weekend! This set our install back even further. The flooring company was wonderful and still managed to squeeze in the install after it got delivered finally. The cabinet guy came a day or 2 later and graciously installed my cabinets just enough to get them measured up for the quartz. Then my lovely quartz guy snuck us in to install our countertops before they closed early for Christmas! Wow!!! It’s looking sooo pretty! I can’t wait to show you, but here is a sneak peek of our messy, almost finished home;)
Our appliances were delivered, and even though we gave our washer and dryer measurements to the cabinet guy, the cabinet sink in the laundry room was too big for the allotted space. So we will wait for a new cabinet to be built there…
Our neighborhood has continued to have a few more home break-ins but thankfully they not broken into our home again. We have some good monitoring and other security measures now in place. I pray that the enemy would not be able to steal from us again and our neighborhood would be safe in Jesus name!;)
I lost my engagement ring six months ago. I was so sad to lose it as it’s irreplaceable of course. I had peace even when I lost it knowing that God has good plans for us. It’s just a material possession and if there is anything I have learned this year, it is that stuff doesn’t matter. I kept praying and trusting for a miracle for my ring to show up. Then as I was cleaning out my color sample box the other day, there it was!!! It showed up after missing for six months! The little faith building miracles…
Ok, so now with many adventures hopefully behind us, the countdown to moving day is finally here! I am eagerly gearing up for the work that lies ahead. We hope to move in this week! We have had a chain of phone calls to make to set up new services and insurance. It’s busy and I am tired already. With more snow in the forecast this week, we are everything praying all will work out for our move. We have continued to have major snow and ice storms over the past month which is unheard of where we live on the coast (Yes, the world kind of slows down around here when it snows;)). Due to the snow today, our hill where we are building is really slippery. One of our trades got someone to push him up the hill in his van as he couldn’t make it up to work. As he pulled over and got out of his vehicle, it started sliding down the hill all by itself and hit not one, but two different trucks on its way down with a bang! Poor guy!!!
Here is a peek at a few of my almost finished home. I am so excited about the features of this home including my first barn door! Ryan did such a good job and it took the 2 of us to install the track. Gotta love working with your husband:).
The stairwell could not be any better. I love how it came out.
The fireplace is so pretty and room to sit by the fire for extra seating.
Ryan and my father in law installed these paneled walls for me. So simple yet adds so much character to the space.
This home has been quite an adventure to build. We will be happy when the building is done and we can get settled in. We have a few other homes we are currently building at the same time which keeps us busy. I have to say that this whole process has brought me to a new humbling and complete dependence on the Lord.
A few weeks before moving in; Put together a budget for furniture and accessories. Start shopping around and trying out furniture that will suit your new space. Take pics of each item you like. Make sure it fits with the budget. Make your final decision and order.
Shop for accessories after you move in so you don’t get overwhelmed and make wrong decisions. And if you cant make any decisions on furniture before moving, don’t worry, there is no rush. Patio furniture will work just fine until you can make the right decision later:)
Why is the journey so hard?
As I wonder why we have been going through this process of living months in transition. I can’t help but feel like this process has felt a lot like being pregnant. It feels like we are all in a stage of transition knowing many others in similar situations. I feel a little helpless waiting for the moving day to come. No matter what I have done to help it along, nothing I am doing seems to work! Kinda like waiting for labor to start. So, I am just learning to just enjoy the process. To be content in any circumstance and learn the lessons I need to learn along the way. I know it will all be worth all the pain once we are settled in. Much like when they hand you your perfect baby when it finally comes. You forget about the pain, and the pregnancy process was all a time of preparing you for the next new stage you are about to enter into.
What I have learned waiting for our new home to be built
I am realizing it’s time to let go of the “perfect” life expectations and refocus our lives on what is really important. We need to let go of all of the “stuff” that clutters up our lives and start living with more intention.
I feel like we have gotten caught up in the lies of the world and all the demands it brings. It is time to stop and enjoy everyday life for the gift it is. To enjoy the ones we love and reach out to the ones that need someone to love them. To let go of the “perfect” in our lives and find rest in the simple imperfect, and be joyful in all circumstances. Life is not perfect. It never will be. It feels like we need to stop building our own little kingdoms and pour out into the kingdom that is eternal in Christ. We tend to have pretty perfect homes so we can “entertain” better but then never have the time to actually enjoy our home with the ones we love.
A favorite memory I have is from last year when I went with a friend to visit a woman we had never met. My friend was told to connect with her about a project we wanted advice on. She lived in a cute little old farmhouse. We piled into her living room and she blessed us with amazing coffee and beautiful pastries. She didn’t know us. We were complete strangers to her. Her living room was tiny and her house was far from perfect, but she loved big and made us feel special to just enjoy one another’s company. She had an open door and was not concerned with perfect before inviting us in. And little did she know, that moment changed my perspective on what really matters in life.
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