Do you hear Taylor Swift singing “Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you” as you read my title? Just image me shouting loudly “Indiana” over her as she sings New York. My poor family has had to put up with that for two months now.
To catch you up quickly, we packed up our trucks a little less than two months ago and moved north.
It’s been a packed two months! We started off by putting all our stuff in storage and living with a sweet family for a little over a month. We found and closed on our new house after months of searching. We pulled our stuff out of storage, moved in and had a week in the house till we left and traveled back home to Georgia for Christmas with our families.
It’s been a wild ride, but one that we have loved. We have now officially been in our house for another week. It’s been so exciting. I constantly walk from room to room and think how much I love this house. The previous owners renovated it so beautifully. We are enjoying unpacking our stuff and setting this house up to be our home. As we find places and learn about the house, I continually think how it feels like the sweet previous owners were preparing this house for us. It is just perfect.
We bought a ranch, so we went back to our roots in some ways. We started our lives together in a little old ranch and now we are back in one. I love it. It’s crazy to me that this our third home to share with you. Our first home we lived in for our first 8.5 years of marriage, our second home we lived in for 18 months, and now we are here. Life is an adventure, and I am excited to show you some of our latest one…
There’s a few features that quickly had me fall in love with the house. One of them is the huge, flat backyard with a woods and a creek. I know there will be lots of sports played on that grass and I can’t wait for the kids to go trumping through that creek this spring. We want to build a bridge over the creek to the woods too. Our last house did not have a good backyard, and we really didn’t want to make that mistake again.
When you walk in the front door you are immediately in the living room. I love the fireplace. It was also a must on my list with the long winters here. To the right is a guest room that will also double as our foster care bedroom. Yes, we are getting re-certified!
If you turned left in the living room, you would go down a hall way to a bathroom and two bedrooms. Reagan will get one bedroom and the boys will share the other.
Reagan’s bedroom came with an electric fireplace. She is thrilled :).
The boys bedroom was the previous owners’ office, so there are lots of lights and closet space!
Since we don’t have a basement, a lot of storage stuff will be in our guest room closet. At our last house we stored a lot of the school, games stuff in that closet. I’m so excited that the boys have two closets and one can be dedicated to holding lots of those bigger toys and games now.
If you go back to the living room and walk around the fireplace, you are in the three seasons room. It’s my favorite room in the house, and definitely one of the reasons we bought this house!
All those windows are a dream! When we wake, we all find our way to this room. Matt and I drink our coffee in here and the kids play beside the fire. It’s amazing!
We also fell in love with the kitchen. It’s dark beautiful wood and the open floor plan has us dreaming of lots of fun gatherings in here.
The master bedroom is off the kitchen. It has a little walk through with a desk and closets till you get in it. Matt and I have our own closets. We “temporarily” set up our tv in that little nook, so we have been watching movies as a family on our bed. We might have to get another tv for the living room, but I also like the cuddles so maybe we wont :).
If you walked through the kitchen, you go into the laundry room that also leads into the garage.
Also, tucked back there is my new craft room!
There’s huge windows and our pups can even fit through that doggie door. I wish I had made a video of us teaching the dogs to go in and out it. That was pretty funny!
Well, that’s our house. We feel so incredibly blessed. It truly feels like our heavenly father went before us and planned this house for us. We were so upset when we didn’t find a house right away or even a house we wanted was already under contract, but now we know we were just waiting for this house to be ready. Thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes as we have been on this journey. We have truly felt them!
There are some cosmetic things we are changing and ways we are adding color and our touch on the place. I can’t wait to show you what we do! We have started painting the boys room and my craft room, and it’s so exciting to see my ideas come to reality.