Olivia’s First Flamingle

That time it took me a year to post my baby’s first birthday party…¬†ūüôą #secondchildprobs

My sweet baby is TWO¬†today!! I decided at the beginning of the year that I wasn’t going to throw any birthday parties this year, so I’m posting this to appease my mommy guilt!! I’ll let you know if it works. ūüėČ

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Sweet, strong-willed, LOUD, silly, gorgeous, baby Olivia,

I love you with all of me. You are my miracle baby. And I’m forever grateful for your life. Last night, I found out that a friend miscarried. My heart hurts deep for her, and it of course takes me back to that dark place when I miscarried. And also to when our doctor told me I may have miscarried you. I don’t fully¬†understand why¬†God says “yes” some times and “no” others, but this I know, you are His. And for His glory.

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Daddy and I are convinced that you’ll work for the International Justice Mission because, girl, you are a fighter and SO¬†headstrong. And yet, the most compassionate and tender baby¬†we have ever met. You’re a little bit extra, and we love that about you.

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So no, we didn’t throw you a big party this year, but know your mommy who absolutely adores you is making it as special as I possibly can.

Happy second birthday, my little love!! xoxo

P.S. You give the best, most slobbery kisses EVER and they kinda make my whole life! ūüíě

Home Tour: Exterior Updates

There can be joy in the process. There can be joy in the process. There can be joy in the process.¬†ūüėú¬†Making our house a home has been the¬†slooooowwwest process. Ever.¬†But documenting it and dreaming/scheming is fun for me, and we’re almost in a place where we can start giving the outside of our home some love. So let’s look at what we got.

Before:

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‚ÄĘ Our house numbers were probably still from the 50s. Although I’ve kept them because they’re fun and kinda retro. Maybe I’ll spray paint them (gold, of courseūüėÜ) and frame them.
‚ÄĘ There’s a lot of shade but if you look closely, you can see that our grass, or lack thereof, was in rough condition.
‚ÄĘ We wanted our door to pop a little more. And if you know me, you know I have commitment issues with color and couldn’t go with a bright, bold, fun color.

Not-After-But-CurrentlyūüėČ:

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‚Äʬ†We literally signed our closing papers and drove straight¬†home to switch out the house numbers. Haha! We just had¬†to mark our territory.
‚ÄĘ My sweet Jeff has been diligently working on our grass. It’s pretty much his third baby. It’s not perfect, but¬†looking so much better!!
‚ÄĘ To make our door pop, we just stripped and stained it. I say it nonchalantly, but it literally took a whole weekend. I don’t regret that decision one bit though!

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Things to do:

‚ÄĘ Put down wooden tile on the staircase and little porch.
‚ÄĘ Remove shrubs, and replace with pretty landscaping.
‚ÄĘ Paint the foundation gray to match the rest of the house.

What do you think? I think these little (ahem pricey, time consumingūüėĀ) to dos will make such¬†a big impact!! Also, quick¬†question:¬†if the outside of your house could use¬†some love, and the inside needs furniture/pretty things on your walls, where do you start?! I go back and forth!!

May 24, 2017 - 1:27 am

Amelia Marie - Your home is beautiful! I especially LOVE the grey, the windows, and your door! Great decision! I focused on the inside of our home first since the majority of living happens there. When everything I could assemble inside was complete (for the time being), I’d (and still do) tackle a project outside (front porch/ landscaping) as money and inspiration allowed. Also, another big thing that effected projects I worked on was if I was capable or not. Anything I could start and complete on my own, I did! The projects I needed hubby to do or help with took longer and I had to wait on usually. Anyway, I’m so excited for your family and can’t wait to see more updates! Happy home-making! Xoxo

May 25, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Adriana Fullerton - Brigette! I had no idea you had a blog! I’m about to explore it some more, but first wanted to write your first comment to this post! ūüėÄ

First off, I love love LOVE your old original steel windows. I hope you never replace them. Love the black and love how they have so much character and original charm. I salvaged a bunch of old steel windows recently from a house on Harbin built in the 40s. The owner/contractor replaced all of them with new windows and GIFTED the old ones to me. They are in really rough shape but I can’t wait to one day, hopefully sooner than later, restore them. I have no idea where I will use them, but hope to use them on our next project.

Your front door is really nice, it adds just a touch of warmth that nicely balances the cool gray house color. The new roof just tops everything off! Hopefully the old roof damage was a blessing in disguise. The dark gray/blackish roof color is perfect!

I’ve never seen wood tile used on a front porch, I imagine that would look very nice and would be very unique. I am for sure all for unique. I don’t know much about concrete, but I wonder if there’s a way to make your concrete porch and steps have a nicer finish without spending a lot of money. I wonder if a concrete stain would be durable outside, or skimming the concrete with an extra thin layer of concrete to make it look newer and nicer. I[m just thinking out loud here LOL. Another thought is, with all new landscaping, will you even notice the foundation? I haven’t seen it in person, but in photos I personally think it looks fine. Maybe you could remove all existing shrubs, buy all your new shrubs, plants, flowers… place them (before planting them) in the location you want, and then step back and see if the foundation really needs to be painted.

I’d love to see your house in person! Your blog is so clean and crisp, and the photography is stunning! Can’t wait to see more! And can’t wait to see what else you do to the exterior of your lovely home!

May 25, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Brigette Turner - Adriana, you’re amazing!!! I’m gonna send you my phone number, so we can set up a date for you to come see! I’d absolutely love to your thoughts!!! xo

May 25, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Brigette Turner - Thanks for your advice sweet friend!! You’re the best!

June 1, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Lisa Drennan - I love your home improvements, Brigette! This looks amazing. We live in a 1950’s era house that needs some updating too. You’ve inspired me with great ideas on where we could start on the outside of our home. You and I should talk “home decor” the next time I see you! ūüėČ

Goals Update

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How are we a third of the way through this year?! Confession: I cannot keep up with all my goals, you guys. ūüėꬆBut instead of completely ditching them, I’m re-evaluating them and giving myself a fresh start come May. After all, I did set these goals because they were important to me and I’m passionate about them.¬†So, let’s take a look at them. And I hope this inspires you to tackle those long forgotten New Years resolutions again. OR look at them a little more realistically and edit them according to the season of life you are in.

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Spiritual:

1. Read my Bible daily.¬† ¬†I was struggling with this for a while at the beginning of the year, but I joined a Bible Study at the end of February, and then recently started leading one. So¬†it’s given me the accountability I really needed to stay in it! Yay!

2. Memorize scripture.¬†Nope. None. ūüėĀ I still want to do this. I just need to commit already! Something is better than nothing.

Action step 1: Select 20 verses by May 5th.
Action step 2: Write them all down on index cards.
Action step 3: Put half  of those index cards in my purse, and half by my night stand.
Action step 4: Start memorizing.

3. Be generous. My Etsy shop has been reallllyyy slow. Which is perfectly fine because life has been quite the opposite. But I still want/need to do this with the little I have been given.

Action step 1: Buy a gift card for groceries by the end of the month.
Action step 2: Give to someone in need.

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Physical:

1. Exercise 3 times a week.¬†Yes!! Woohoo! How with two little ones??? Say it with me… T.V. Haha. I pop a movie in and do a¬†Beach Body on demand workout. I don’t feel too guilty about giving them an extra half hour of screen time if it means mommy is healthy, active, and… awake.

2. Limit sugar intake.¬†Also, yes! I’ve been making some¬†healthier meals. My husband is pretty proud of me.¬†‚ėļÔłŹ

3. Sleep! Shooting for 8 hours a night. NOPE.
Action step 1: Put phone away by 8.
Action step 2: Memorize scripture, read, pray before bed.

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Mental:

1. Read one book a month.¬†So far, so good!! YAY! I’m so proud of this one because I’m not a reader. But I want to be!! And this has been the goal that is most satisfying to accomplish!

2. Create and share¬†monthly goals lists.¬† I did for the first couple of months, but haven’t for the latter.

Action step 1: Buy a chalkboard marker.
Action step 2: Make big list on board where my husband and I can see it often.

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Emotional:

1. Have slow down, rich and sweet moments with my family daily. Definitely not. ūüíĒ

Action step 1: Decide on a set time to have these moments. Whether its first thing when they wake up or right before bed.
Action step 2: Fight for this time to be implemented in our daily rythms. Be fully present. Talk. Stare at their little hands and feet. Give a million kisses. Tickle and laugh until we can’t take it anymore.

Your turn!! What are some of your goals that need to be put back in their places?!

Spring Break Must Haves

I love Spring for too many reasons. But mainly because warm weather is coming!! Bright sunny days are good for my soul. Ans I’m pretty sure I have never complained about how hot it ¬†was. Okay, fine. There was that one time where I spent¬†five months in Africa without air conditioning– I can be excused for that right?!

Anywho, I’m keeping my eyes on these pretty, little things for my birthday/Mother’s Day. ūüėČ

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Baseball Cap¬†‚ÄĘ Rose Gold Rings¬†‚Äʬ†Heart-Shaped Glasses¬†‚Äʬ†Stone Stud Earrings¬†‚Äʬ†Platform Espadrilles¬†‚Äʬ†Chambray Dress¬†‚ÄĘ Crossbody Bag

Branding: Lauren Melissari Photography + Pamela Harvey Interiors

One of my bajillion goals was to blog twice a month this year, but the stomach bug hit the Turner home. And put us down for almost two¬†weeks. Eek! So I’ll just do a little two for one this month. That counts, right?! Here are a couple of branding projects I got to work on ¬†last year that I almost forgot to share. I worked with this sweet photographer, Lauren Melissari, a couple of years ago on rebranding her entire look. And I was so, SO honored that she came back to me, yet again, with a new, fresh palette and style that she wanted to implement into her branding.

 

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Isn’t it beeeautiful?! I’m obsessed with how it turned out!¬†And I really, really want to steal her look! Don’t you?

I also got to work with an incredibly talented interior designer, Pamela Harvey, who is the definition of sophisticated and polished.

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I think we really brought that to life in her branding!! Right?!

If you or someone you know is needing branding, feel free to get in touch!:)I seriously love doing this TOO much! xoxo

 

March 1, 2017 - 5:06 am

Mindy - So glad I found your gorgeous site!!

March 1, 2017 - 8:39 pm

Brigette Turner - You’re so sweet!! Thank you! ūüíē

All the Goals

Last week, I shared three easy tips for you to consider while trying to achieve goals. And one of the tips was accountability, so today I want to share ALL my goals. More for my sake!

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Last year, I set zero goals. None. Mainly because I didn’t get a¬†chance to step away and think about them. I thought having no goals would be nice! No pressure to get anything done sounded fun. BUT by the time the end of the year rolled around, I kinda felt like a failure. Like I didn’t accomplish anything all year. Which was false. I survived life with two mobile¬†littles, and fed said littles¬†three¬†times a day (with a bajillion snacks in between)¬†for THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE DAYS. ūüėČ I also had a few opportunities to do some branding projects…Which I’ll share more about next month! All that to say,¬†this year I want to more than just survive and take what comes my way. I want to do things I love and am super passionate about.

So, let’s jump right in.

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Spiritual:
1. Read my Bible daily.¬†It doesn’t matter if one verse or five chapters. I just want to get in it daily. I kicked the year off by thinking that I could read¬†the New Testament in 90 days, and I was about¬†sixteen¬†chapters behind at then end of¬†the very first week. Eep!¬†So I copied a friend with this new goal and I love it!
2. Memorize scripture. I’m going to try to memorize twenty verses this year!! My husband is too¬†good at this, and I really admire him for it. So I¬†want to join him in having God’s word written on my heart and mind.
3. Be generous. It was somewhere in between my oldest daughter throwing a fit about giving Christmas gifts to children in need and someone anonymously giving us $200 to help with Christmas, that I realized how ugly greedy hearts are and how beautiful it is to be a financial blessing to someone.

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Physical:
1. Exercise 3 times a week. I like to feel strong and healthy for my family and me!!
2. Limit sugar intake. And NOT buy sweets for our house unless its a special occasion. Simply make healthier eating decisions.
3. Sleep! Shooting for 8 hours a night.

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Mental:
1. Read one book a month. Sometimes I feel like my intelligence is slowly depleting as a¬†stay at home mommy, anyone else?! I’m¬†constantly teaching abc’s and using two word sentences–ha! Hopefully this will keep my brain going and growing! ūüėČ
2. Create and share¬†monthly goals lists.¬† My monthly ones will be more of a to-do list that I need/want to get done by the end of the month. For example: finish baby Olivia’s first year¬†book, blog at least twice a month (check!), have a mommy-daughter date with Ella, etc.¬†

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Emotional:
1. Have slow down, rich and sweet moments with my family daily. I want to soak them in. The days are going by too quickly to not.

What are your goals for this year?!

 

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Yay for a New Year!! Honestly, mine has started off a little rocky, but today is a new day! ¬†ūüôĆūüŹĽ

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I wanted to quickly share three simple tips that I’ll be using this year to help¬†me stick to and achieve my goals.

  1. WRITE THEM¬†DOWN. Because: A. If they’re just floating in your head, you can accidentally¬†forget your goals. B. When¬†you have your goals written down, you are able to better prioritize them. And, BONUS you may even take somethings off your list because they’re really not that important in comparison to another. C. You get to strike through, check off, highlight, or all of the above, when you achieve something!! And that creates momentum. D. I read somewhere that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. And it increases to 78% for those who also tell a friend– which leads me to my next point.
  2. ACCOUNTABILITY. I certainly feel the¬†pressure to accomplish something I said I was going to when others are in on it. For example, I’ve been wanting finish my baby’s “first year” book for six¬†months now. No one knew that. So that project has been put off day by day, week by week, month by month. And was almost completely off the radar. And because no one knew that, I didn’t have very much motivation to accomplish it. SO here I am to tell you, that I will have it finished by January 31st. EEK! That’s a lofty, slightly stressful goal for my schedule. BUT the pressure is on. And I really don’t want to come February 1st with excuses of¬†why I didn’t make it happen. See how that works?!
  3. SET A DATE. I didn’t say I would have the baby book¬†ready sometime in February or before her second birthday, right? That is too fluid of a deadline. And how can someone keep me accountable to that?! They won’t. And I really need them YOU to. For the sake of my baby. I don’t want her thinking I love her less than her big sister. ūüėČ

Do you have any tips that help you stay on track with your goals?!

Christmas Tour Part 2

Yay for part two! I wasn’t quite sure I’d get to, but here we are! Except, this time, the house is an absolute wreck. May you never think I have it all put together. Please!! It holds me to a standard that is not realistic for this season of life. Just know that a lot of cropping and sliding of things (toys, unfolded laundry, dried up mac n cheese, you name it!) here and there were necessary for these pictures. ūüėČ

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Have you heard the quote, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful?” It’s probably one of my favorites. Because in a “perfect” world I’d have a fireplace and mantel to hang up our stockings and garland, but what I came up with works and looks pretty (to me at least)! Hope¬†that’ll encourage¬†you to work with what you have. Right here, right now.

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And a teeny peek into the girls’ room. I decided to hold off on a full reveal because there are a few more details I want to have in place before sharing their sweet, little room.:)

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I’ve always loved seeing other friends’ homes, so I¬†hope this was just as fun for you!!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tour Part 1

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A teeny, tiny Christmas home tour because: 1. This girl was all caught up on her cleaning. Bathrooms included!! So I got a little time to play. And this is my kinda fun. I’m weird, I know. It was either this or online shopping, but ain’t nobody got money for that so. ūüėČ 2. It’s our first house and I wanted to document it. 3. One of my New Year goals is to resurrect this blog from the dead, and getting a head start always give me so much more momentum. Anyone else?! 4. The littles had a nice, long nap!

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Nothing out of this world. Clean and minimal which works with my style and our budget. ūüėČ I really only get to go shopping for Christmas decorations after Christmas… I know. You win some, you lose some. Besides this one little rule, he’s the best husband ever. Haha! So the rest of our house is slightly more minimal than I’d prefer, but he did let me get a beautiful¬†fresh cedar garland last night and you better believe I’m putting it everywhere I can.

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Do you like it?! Is it¬†too minimal? I have a few things in our kitchen too! But the babies are awake, so I have to wrap this baby up stat. I ‘ll share more¬†in part two!

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I’ll also¬†share the girls’ room. We just ordered their light fixture (YAY for no hole in their ceiling!!), so as soon as it gets here I’ll take some pictures so you can see! xo

December 2, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Michele Mercer - I love the minimal look. So much sunlight in your home. I’m incredibly jealous. I’d be a minimalist too if I could make my husband not horde. Lol

Wondrous works

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If your Spirit does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. That was my prayer. My heart‚Äôs cry. A little over a year ago, Jeff was a couple of semesters away from finishing graduate school but had¬†an¬†opportunity come up. Jeff was incredibly excited. Me? Not so much. My poor, sweet man was all over the place. A¬†full-time student, full-time employee, full-time husband and daddy– all while trying his hardest to be an active member of our church. Who wouldn’t be ready for a new pace of life?

Either way, I made it clear to him that I would not go UNLESS God make it clear to me that that was the next step for us. I really gotta work on submission, I know. ūüėČ It would require us up uprooting (again) with a six week old. No friends. New state. Eighteen¬†hours away from my family as opposed to ten. And to top it off, no malls in sight. ūüėČ No, thank you haha.¬†But honestly, I was open to it. I just needed God to confirm it all– in case times got tough. If I knew without a shadow of doubt this was the next step He had for our family, then I could push through. That was just my mindset. And God knew that I needed that mindset.
Because it got tough. I’m in tears just remembering. Really, really hard things happened within the last year.

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Well, let me back up a little. Some of you may or may not know that Jeff and I¬†met on a semester long mission trip in Africa, and each others’ passion for knowing God and making his goodness known was our deepest attraction to one another. We got moved twice, had babies, and went to seminary all within our first two years of marriage.
We knew seminary¬†was for a short season. We knew that the light at the end of the tunnel was getting to do ministry together forever. That would be our happily ever after. But while Jeff was in seminary, he spent most of his days working just¬†to get the bills paid and his family fed. He worked for¬†Starbucks and then as a maintenance technician for the best restaurants in New Orleans. He learned so much, but was itching to do what he was passionate about. The new opportunity that he was given was to open and manage a mission-minded coffee shop in a church for a year. It seemed perfect! It seemed like his previous¬†jobs prepared him for it and now he’d get his feet wet in some ministry, perfect right?

Well, to keep it short and sweet, my husband was made to be in ministry. One hundred percent. And this company would’ve been better off with¬†a business/sales man. Not a man who is proficient in Greek and who studied theology for the last three years. So, needless to say, my husband came home discouraged and stressed more nights than not. I could go on and on about how this was not fitting or healthy for him or our family, but I had a solid rock and confirmation that this was where the Lord had lead us. Now, I just wasn’t sure why.¬†Like I mentioned earlier, this gig was just a year long commitment. So about half way through, we began to lay everything on the table. Should we go back and finish seminary? Become career missionaries? Get another job that wasn’t ministry related?

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I’d have people ask what we were going to do after the year, and in complete peace and confidence I was able to respond that I had NO idea. I truly trusted Him. Most days. He was just being so faithful to answer little, detailed prayers that I knew I could trust him with this huge what-are-we-doing-with-our-lives dilemma.¬†And the whole time I was praying for a home. Not a house, but a home. Somewhere we could plant and just be. Our five years of marriage have¬†always been¬†on the verge of a transition¬†and I was very unsettled. I was beyond ready to¬†put down some¬†roots, and that’s what I was praying¬†for.

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So, seven¬†fast (because two babies), yet sloooow (because of the uncertainty of everything… and two babies ūüėČ ) months later, the church that Jeff was running the coffee shop at threw out the idea of¬†Jeff¬†coming on staff. We tried really, realllly hard not to get our hopes up. But the ball was rolling and a few weeks later he had an official interview. I didn’t sleep the night before, but let me share with you what I ¬†ahem “randomly” read:

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Psalm 107: 4-9

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I immediately knew the job was his. This was home.¬†THAT was why He brought us here. To good ol’ Waxahchie, Texas. And in tears, again, I want you to know that I have never seen my husband so satisfied and fulfilled in our five years of marriage. He LOVES his job. And I’m a little jealous. ūüėČ But mainly so grateful and honored to stand by his side as he does what he was made to do. And he is rocking it. I’m SO proud of him.
And I will never forget this: before the church even mentioned anything to Jeff about him coming on staff or before they were even considering it, a sweet little, old lady at our church told the¬†pastor that they should hire Jeff BECAUSE get this… She really wanted his wife (me) to have a home. Are you kidding me?? Yes, I’m in tears again.
So if you’re keeping track, we were seven months in when they offered him the position and it took about a month and a half for it to become official.¬†As soon as Jeff got the job, we started looking for a house.

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Because a quick 101 on Waxahachie, TX:
1. It’s just a little south of Dallas and booming. When I moved here there was pretty much just a Target and now we have a Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx, Ulta, Chipotle, and McAlisters. If I haven’t convinced you yet, let that be proof that¬†there is a God!! ūüėČ All that to say it’s growing and a seller’s market. So buying a house in a couple of months was¬†bonkers (let’s bring that word back, okay?).
2. Renting is ridiculous here. Our mortgage payment is $37 less than our rent was.

So we put down several offers within our first weeks of looking and they each got¬†outbid. We were¬†a little disappointed and slightly nervous about being homeless, and then our realtor mentioned a friend that flipped homes. To wrap this novel of a blog up, our realtor pulled on his heart strings, and they agreed to give us first dibs on our house!! We are having so much fun making it ours; you can follow along here. And excited about living out our happily ever after and making God’s goodness and faithfulness known to others in our house & home.

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I hope that this story is an encouragement to you because it took me a really, really long time to write it. ūüėČ ūüėČ God is worthy of your trust and He is at work and preparing you for something amazing even when it doesn’t seem like it. Even when you’re a new dad and husband, who just started graduate school and are working at Starbucks.We could have easily missed out on such a neat story had we not trusted¬†God’s leading. ¬†Cry out to Him; He will deliver. He satisfies and fills you with good things. Love you!!

September 24, 2016 - 6:26 am

Cesilia - I don’t know how I keep stumbling onto encouraging posts like this one, dealing with personal issues and putting all my faith in Him, it’s like I was meant to read these wonderful words you have written. And I live in Houston! ūüėä