I'll just pretend it hasn't been half a year since my last post and proceed. Hello all. It's been awhile. A lot has happened these last few months and I'm not just talking about a new baby. Reflecting on 2016, I cannot believe what a difference a year makes.
It was mid-January last year watching Tiny House Nation with my hubby on the couch in our self-designed home, about two or three months preggo with Maddy that we decided to make a change. With the ever-rising taxes in our area, we were gradually becoming more and more captivated by the financial freedom that "living smaller" would present. We decided to purchase some land a little further out in the country and build a small house. It would be exactly what we needed and nothing more. We would be mortgage-free within a few years and therefore completely debt-free, affording us the ability to travel more with our girls and do more of what we love.
We were under contract for the land within a few weeks and our house sold in just four days. Everything seemed to be falling into place just perfectly. We met with an architect to draw up our plans. We obtained bids on our home construction. Everything was underway. But when it came time to close on the land, the seller's realtor informed us there was a tax lien on the property and we would have to wait another week or two to close. Okay, no big deal. What's another couple of weeks? Well, two weeks turned into two months, which quickly turned into seven. They kept ensuring us that it was almost all wrapped up and it would be ready to close any day. Naively, we trusted and kept pushing forward with the house planning. Mind you, at this point we were living in an apartment, on the second floor (anyone with kids will understand why this is a really big deal), and I was nearly ready to pop with Maddy.
Maddy was born on July 13th (more on that later) which offered us a needed break from the stress of the house situation. After she was born, we knew we had to move on from the land and pursue other options. Just by chance, we were driving through a neighborhood looking for lots and came across a For Sale sign. The house looked abandoned so we decided to take a closer look. We walked around back and found the most incredible view of the lake, the sound of a waterfall, and a pretty uniquely awesome house. We weren't even remotely looking to buy a house at this point because we had carefully planned our house to be built and were very set on that route. But Matthew and I both had this intense feeling that we had to live here. We instantly called our friend and realtor and told her we wanted to make an offer. The house was a foreclosure and clearly needed lots of work which was the only way we were even entertaining the idea of being able to afford it.
Fast forward four months and we are moved in and pinching ourselves everyday. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Our apartment lease was up at the beginning of December and we were able to move in mid-November. For the first time in awhile, I feel that we are exactly where we are supposed to be and it feels absolutely incredible.
As I sit here writing this, baby asleep on my chest, her big sister snoozing away upstairs, sun making its way over the rolling hills and glistening on the lake behind us, I am completely in awe. We were in a dark place at one point this year I have to say. When our plans fell apart, I was very unsure of our future. I was resentful we had sold our beautiful home that we had built and brought our first baby home to. We had sold most of our furniture and belongings and it was a very insecure time. But once we surrendered to our faith and turned to each other as a family, we pulled through and couldn't be happier now as a result.
So for 2017, I plan on doing a whole lot more of what I'm doing which is being present for my girls. My business is here, but this time with my babies is fleeting and I am soaking up every second of it. So I do apologize for the lull in posts (again), but I am busy being the best mom I know how to be. It's not all roses and laughter. This parenting stuff is HARD. But I am grateful for all of these blessings and I'm simply doing the best I can. Oh and it won't be another six months before the next post. Promise.