We’re Moving

Merry Christmas! I have lots of catching up to do on this blog. At the end of October, we went on a fall drive and unexpectedly found a house to buy. We put in an offer, and after some negotiating, we reached a deal. Since we weren’t expecting to move, we hadn’t done anything to prepare our house to sell. Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind since that fall drive. Our current house is in on the market, and we’ll close on our new home at the end of January. The house we’re moving into is partially built, and now the builder is doing the finishing touches (installing flooring, cabinets, painting, etc).

David and I on the front porch of our new home (the door will be painted a dark red).

Like I said, we weren’t planning to move, and it’s been interesting to see the details of this move unfold. We truly feel that God’s hands have been in the details of this experience. I’ve learned that He can orchestrate life in ways that I cannot. We’re trusting that He will help us sell our current home.

I never got around to doing a blog post with pictures of this home, like I did with the apartment John and I lived in when we first got married. So, I’ve pulled some of the house pictures from our listing and put them here for our own family memories. I’ve loved this home. It’s been perfect for our family.

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We are West Virginians!: The Process to Finding Our “Home”

Two weeks ago, we turned in our Virginia licenses and registered our car in West Virginia. We are officially West Virginians! I wanted to take some time to record our journey to becoming West Virginians/home owners…

Back in March (2016), we drove out to West Virginia to look at a potential neighborhood for our future home.  We had seen this neighborhood online that we liked and thought it wouldn’t hurt to check it out in person. Back in March, the earliest we thought we would buy a home would be springtime of 2017. However, I wasn’t even sure if we’d buy a home that soon.

John was really the one interested in buying a home and was a huge advocate of the financial benefits of owning versus renting. Early on in 2016, I suggested we attend a home buying seminar put on by our bank. I figured this was a way I could show him I was supportive of the goal of homeownership, even though it seemed scary to me.  (I highly recommend attending a first-time home buyer seminar for anyone wanting to buy their first home.) This helped me better understand the steps for buying a home and the pros to home ownership. I told John that I’d agree to make a goal to buy a home within the first five years of our marriage. When I told him that, I definitely didn’t expect that one year and two months into our marriage we would close on our first home.

Now back to that fateful day in March… The neighborhood we had seen online wasn’t quite as grand in person as it had appeared online. Don’t get me wrong, the houses were beautiful and totally lived up to what we had seen online. The thing we didn’t like was how close the houses were to one another and how narrow the streets were. On our way back home, we saw signs for another neighborhood that was being built. We pulled into the neighborhood and it just felt so much better. There was more space between the homes and the neighborhood had such a welcoming feeling. The homes were definitely smaller, but the neighborhood felt so much more like “home.”

We ended up spending two hours touring a model home and evaluating the pros and cons of this home. It was a ranch style home with a very large basement. As we talked about this home, it felt like this was “our home.” I could totally envision raising a family in this house. There was another house in the neighborhood that was slightly bigger, but when we walked inside, I felt the exact opposite feeling of “home.” The floor plan was way too open for me, and while I liked that it was bigger, it just didn’t wow me like the first model.

On the drive home, we were so excited. We knew that this builder would still be building homes in 2017 in this neighborhood, so we didn’t feel any pressure to sign on a house in that neighborhood anytime soon. We felt so good about this house. However, after a few weeks, that good feeling kind of faded. When we crunched the numbers and figured out how much it would cost to finish the basement, it felt like it was a little outside of what we wanted to pay. So we stopped talking about it and figured it wasn’t meant to be.

In May, we had a weekend with no plans. So, we decided to drive out to West Virginia and drive around some of the homes that were for sale to help us determine what neighborhoods we liked. Then, when the time came to actually purchase our house, we’d know what neighborhoods to keep an eye on. It ended up being quite a disappointing afternoon. There wasn’t one neighborhood that felt like “home.” Some of the neighborhoods had nice houses, but the streets were narrow and lacked sidewalks.

John suggested that we drive to the neighborhood we visited in March that we had really liked to remind ourselves of what we liked about it. So we did. Once again, as we pulled into the neighborhood, it just felt like the sort of neighborhood where I would want to raise a family.

We walked in the sales office and the salesman we had met two months prior remembered our names. He even had an earring of mine that I lost when we visited back in March. He then let us know that he just found out that very morning that the builder was offering a deal on the next five homes built that included finishing the basement at no additional charge. Wow! So we went home and prayed and pondered about this opportunity that had in some ways just fallen into our laps. We decided this was the right decision for us and for our future family. And the following Saturday we signed the contract to begin the building of our home.

In June, we went to the Design Center to pick out the finishes for our home. And then we spent the next six months watching our home be built. It was amazing to see this journey of buying/building a home unfold. As I sit here in our basement, typing this blogpost, I truly feel “at home.” Throughout this experience, I have felt guided by God. Things fell into place in ways we didn’t expect. God opened doors for us in ways I could have never anticipated. I am so grateful to call West Virginia (and this particular house) our home.


We Are Officially Homeowners

The big day we’ve been waiting for since May arrived yesterday – we are officially homeowners! Back in May we signed a contract to build a home, and it’s finished. It’s been a journey and a learning experience. We are excited to call this new home ours 🙂




I had to run off to a work meeting shortly after we closed, but we took a quick selfie inside the house that is officially ours.

Home Building Update & Fall Fun

I think fall may have officially come…my fingers are crossed. Today has been rainy and cool. While I welcome the cool weather, I hope the rain dies down, although it’s not expected to stop for a few days. Normally I love rain (when I can stay inside), but since we’re building a house, rain means building delays.

Last Friday, John and I went and visited with the builder and we walked through our home! It was essentially just wood 🙂 The house framing process took place last week. It’s amazing to see how much can happen in a week. The first picture below was taken 12 days ago. The next two pictures were taken just 6 days after that.

This is taken on the back side of the house.
This is a portion of the back side of the house six days later.
We’re building a ranch style home with a finished basement.

Yesterday we learned from the builder that the exterior colors we selected were back-ordered, so we needed to pick new colors. Instead of having wineberry (red) shutters, we are going to have navy blue shutters. Navy blue shutters weren’t an option when we first went to the design center. I love navy blue, so I am excited to see how it turns out.

We make weekly visits out to see the house. As the building progresses, we’ll probably go see it at least a couple of times each week. Our pre-dry wall inspection is in about a week and a half.


In non-house-building news, I made a fall wreath to encourage the fall weather to come, and I think it worked 😉 Michaels had a great sale on fall foliage. I decided to try my hand at making a wreath. I was very happy with how it turned out.


A couple of weekends ago, John and I ventured into DC to walk around the monuments on a Friday evening. We had fun walking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery.





Our First Home

This post is mainly for posterity’s sake. A big reason I keep this blog is so that our posterity can look back and read about our lives. I also update a personal journal, where I record deeper and more personal thoughts. I enjoy reading the things my ancestors have written about their lives, and I want to keep a record for future generations.

This post is pictures of my and John’s first home. We live in a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment. It’s a great first home, and we love it. Here are some pictures of our home…

Our front door.
The living room.



The kitchen.


This is John’s office. This picture is from a few months ago. You can barely see the corner of his desk in this picture. Today the office has a lot of empty boxes in it we need to move out. Once we do, then I’ll probably take more pictures and update this post. The bookshelf in this picture is a lot more full now 🙂
There’s no great way to take a picture of the bathroom. We have a double vanity that you can’t really see. I love our bathroom because it’s so big.
Our bedroom.