Well the first house did not work out. (Click here for ideas how I was going to gut it and redo) (Click here if you want to actually see, the tragic home) It is truly a blessing it did not work out. Really, click to look at the house. It was a total overhaul, and honestly with opening a business, teaching, judging, and tutoring. We really didn't have time for an overhaul. We found a MUCH better home though. Check it out.
My favorite part of the house....
We had to write a letter so the owners would choose us out of all the other bids.....
An open letter to the:
Current Memory Makers of #### Lxora,
Have you ever walked into somewhere and felt a since of peace? A sense of this is a place where we can make memories? I felt that way the second I took a foot in your home. We have been looking for a house we can call a home since we moved back to America, a little over a year ago. Typically, we walk into the home and say, "we can take this wall down, we can move this, or how can we make the kitchen bigger?" Then after we try to change all of this in the house we start compromising, "well, we don't have to have a big yard, well, we can be a little further from Josh's office." Or my favorite thing that has actually came out of my mouth during this process, "since the house has two kitchens, maybe rent one side out?" I tell you this to try to explain the process of finding a home has been anything but easy. We are ready to find a home. I get having a family live on commissions, my Dad sold cars for a bit, so every time we just walked away from a house I felt more guilt for taking the realtors time.
We did find one that we had compromised on over and over, but then found out the wiring and roof all had to be redone through inspection. We took that as not just a window of opportunity closing but a door slamming shut. We walked away and kept on praying, to find a place where we can make a home, and use our gift of hospitality for others. In our other homes, it has not been uncommon for us to have a retirement party for someone, a baby shower for others, family Thanksgiving, and our annual pumpkin carving party. The current house we are renting does not really allow for any of that, we never dreamed finding a home would take this long or be this hard.
We finally found the place we could call home! Yours! I know this is a place where you have made many memories. Where you have put a lot of blood sweat and tears making it your home. We want to continue that tradition of making memories in an inviting home. I took two steps inside this home and finally felt a since of peace. There is absolutely no compromising with this house. Anyone who has ever been to any of our houses through the years knows most of our time with friends and family revolves around sitting in the kitchen and doing something outdoors. I cannot tell you how many times we have had people come over, they sit at the kitchen table we just laugh and talk while we make memories. Your home is set up to do just that. Your kitchen even had a chalkboard in the kitchen like our Conway home. The chalkboard in our old home had the famous quote, “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” Your home is set up to make memories through life without anyone ever feeling like they must be off in the kitchen alone. I can promise you that we will take care of your home, make memories in your home, and love in your home. This home will continually be filled with God, love, laughter, trials, and memories.
After we walked outside I looked at the realtor and told him, “let's make an offer.” The backyard reminded me of our Conway home. It had character, personality, and could envision a lot of entertaining. Your screen even has a doggy door. We are ready for dogs again.
I have never had any say in the houses we have lived in because josh already had our Conway home before we got married and then the last three we have rented because Josh has moved before me. Well we are ready to set down roots (we started a business five miles from the house), get dogs again, and make memories in this home. We look forward to continuing the tradition of that house being a home.
Future Memory Makers of ####
Well the letter did not work! There were five offers on the house. We offered full price and were number four of five when they put the offers in order (one being the one they picked). Housing is so frustrating around here, there might be a decent house but it is in the middle of a neighborhood that I don't feel safe. Or you find a house in a great neighborhood and it is a complete overhaul, all while everyone is like vultures just waiting to peck, create a bidding war, and us not get the house. We have even been inside looking at more than one and they call and tell our realtor that they just accepted an offer, the houses usually stay on the market around a day around here in our price range. At this point with the house looking I am feeling pretty defeated. I know it is all in His plan, and there are better ones out there,but honestly I have never felt such like a failure as this. I am a pretty competitive person (surprise, surprise), and I HATE loosing all the time. I know it is something that in the grand scheme of things is no big deal, we have a place that keeps us cool, dry, and can lay our head down. This whole process really just, yet again, throws in my face how spoiled I am, and need to be remembered life is not about things. This process is teaching me like life has over and over life is about making memories and we can make memories anywhere.
So, we "think" we might have bought a house. I will explain the whole "think" after it is in writing and we have signed the dotted line, but let's just say it has been the weirdest buying experience up until now. Everyone we have explained everything to, gets this blank stare and has some comment about how that is odd. Don't worry I will tell, but want to make sure it all goes through first. Yeah, this house, could be on your prayer list. We are ready to set roots, we have been renting for the past three years. We miss being able to really make a house a home. The house we live in now, is ok, but with the traffic, it is just not working out, and relaxing is one word, I would NEVER use to describe it. It is only about 15 miles from Glass Doctor and about 30 miles from my school, but just yesterday it took me one hour to get home from Glass Doctor after work.
This is a picture we took at the park two blocks away from the house. We will share house pictures, once we can really get in there, (again, explain later). The house is about a block away from the river, two blocks from a park that reminds us of Brisbane, five miles from the beach, and ten miles from Josh's work. I can also get to work without driving on I95, which is huge.
The big thing about this house......it is UGLY! It is the worst house on the street. It has to be completely gutted! That is where you come in....once we sign on the dotted line (hopefully we will) we are going to go in, knock walls down, remove all the flooring, and start an overall. I have had fun playing on Pinterest, dreaming, Here is my mood board. ( I sound like I know what I am doing using the words mood board right?!?!?...HELP!!!!)
Outside House Color
The outside is cinderblock but has been bricked over. I never thought I would suggest painting brick, but WOW the brick is UGLY! So anyone want to give their two cents on painting brick??? What do you think about these colors?
Inside House Colors
If we can get all the floor up, we want to stain the concrete. Any tips? Suggestions? Ideas?
Rest of house
We have an inspection on Monday. We will find out if the house is ok structurally (it was built in the 50's), if we can knock walls down, and figure out about the lower floor in the room. We also hope to find out what, if all, has been permitted. All the websites talking about the house do not agree on square footage.
If everything passes, and no more hiccups (there have been tons already) we should close in July. We hope to do most of the work our self, but would gladly take help. If everything goes as planned, our mortgage should be around what we are paying in rent. We have a very very cheap rent for the area (we are at the end of our county, far from most things) Yes we are still in opening a business mode, and not wanting to be extravagant, but if it is around the same, why not?!?!
Anyone for a working beach vacation? Anyone still think "work camp" would be fun? Any DIY project that you did cheap but added value to your house to help make it a home? Any suggestions about doing this are appreciated! Anything you wish you would have done? Would not have done? Something you love about your house? Something you hate about your house? Let's start a dialogue. We need help!
Last weekend we had friends of ours while we were in Australia come visit. We all left Brisbane around the same time, and we had extra room in our shipment so they put a couple things in our shipment, and came down to get their stuff, see us, and have a babymoon. We had so much fun showing our friends around in our new life.
They flew in Friday evening. We met them on the beach with our favorite food in Melbourne, Seafood Station. It is the best seafood to grab, head to the beach, and have a picnic. Think butter, garlic, and seafood, cant go wrong. After we had dinner we grabbed some decaf coffee, headed to the beach and just talked and laughed for a while, before heading back to Palm Bay.
The other day I was in desperate need to just stop running around and get back into books. One of my first friends I met here, we actually started talking because I said I had just moved here from Australia and she told me about one of her favorite authors who was Australian. We both loved the same author and had an instant connection, I actually have two of her books on this post. Anyway, she posted on Facebook asking for book recommendations, I decided to follow along and buy a couple of the books. Some were books that would have caught my eye anyway, while others I would have never picked up.
It is just wedding season at this point. Josh's brother, Jake got married recently. Jake and Jenn came to visit us in Australia two Decembers ago. They had recently gotten back together, and I guess going overseas with someone helps you know, "they are the one." Quickly after they got back to America from their visit, Jake, "put a ring on it." I met Josh through meeting Jake at church group called the "Tweeners" (worst name ever). We were in between college and getting married, and if we didn't stick out enough, they called us a funny name. HA! So Jake and I have always been pretty close.
Josh and I really didn't want to miss the wedding, but we couldn't miss work. So Josh tried to fly out Thursday evening, but Atlanta airport had a different plan. He ended up flying out Friday morning first flight of the day, and I flew out Friday evening last flight of the day.
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I am always one who is quick to say all the internet marketing and, "peddling of wares," is annoying. To be honest though, I have tried quite a few of them, but never admitted it. I would never tell people I bought them, let along recommend them, I have actually been given products and then decided I would not be the best person to tell my thoughts. Well I have found a product, I feel like I should share. Now, before I start, I am in no way selling this stuff. I was just asked to try it and give my honest opinion. So here it is.....
Brown spots have always been an issue!
Rodan + Fields is different. It isn't something that I am putting in my body, to make "health claims," it isn't something that I buying to cover up the real me. It is a product to actually better the real me where I don't feel like I have to, "cover up." I have only wore make up twice (two weddings) since two weeks after I started the product. The times I wore make up, I only wore mascara, eye liner, eye shadow and a small bit of light powder. I felt just as dressed up and ready as if I had caked the makeup on. My face is so smooth and happy.
Brown spots have always been a struggle for me. I have never really cared for makeup, and at a young age, I would forget sunscreen. When I found a suncream that didn't make my face feel, "trapped." it was only a spf 25. I am always funny about things on my face, I can't stand things on my face that do not let me, "breath."
One month, trial
For years I have used the brown spot make up from Clinique. It is a cream and makeup. It has helped through the years, but nothing like Rodan + Fields has in the two months I have been using it. I actually get compliments all the time on my skin and how pretty and natural I look. I love that this product is just my skin, no cover up. It is a four step product, a face wash, toner, moisturizer and then a spf 50! Yes, you read that correctly SPF 50!
I honestly want to scream about this from the rooftop. I really love it. Protecting my skin is important. I had to have two places burned off my face while I was in Australia. I know my skin is better protected, My face feels like it can, "breath," and it has boosted my confidence. If you haven't tried it, it is available in US and Australia.....GO TRY IT!
When Amy asked me to try this, she also had me try lash boost. My eye lashes have grown so much. When I put mascara on it is like I have the fiber stuff on, but it is all natural. I love it!!! Natural is my style.
Rodan and Fields is currently available in the US and Canada but launches in Australia soon. You can only order Rodan and Fields online through a consultant. My consultant is Amy Marie Hann. Please reach out to her with your questions and let her know that I sent you! She'll take good care of you.
Amy Marie Hann