We Bought a House! And Other Things That Have Been Keeping Me From Blogging - Pretty Real

We Bought a House! And Other Things That Have Been Keeping Me From Blogging

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Every once in a while, when life is crazy and I'm not blogging as often as I like, I like to check in to confirm that I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth.  I'm alive and well. Sigh of relief please?

So first of all, we sold our house. And when I tell you that we'd packed a lot of stuff into that 1300 square foot ranch, I mean it. It took lots of evenings and weekends of work to clear it out and pack it up.  And I've admitted myself into hoarders anonymous.  During the packing process, I only cried twice.  Once when packing up Dax's nursery, reminiscing about how designing it while Joe was sick became a bit of an obsession and escape for me. And once when getting rid of more of my work clothes and shoes. Because every time I get rid of more corporate Tiff stuff I get a little sad. Can anyone relate?
This collage was from this post- about our "old" house.
Then we celebrated our 11 year anniversary.  11 years with my best friend.  There's no one I'd rather walk through life with.  The longer we're married the more we experience (and practice) loving each other, being a team, and giving each other grace through good times and hard times.  I feel very blessed to have Joe by my side.

Another thing that's kept us busy-- we visited North Carolina twice.  During the first visit, we planned to find a rental and check out schools for Genevieve.  We did find a school for Genevieve but we found that the town homes we were looking at weren't going to be available by the time we needed them.  So we abandoned that plan and looked at a couple of new construction neighborhoods. We fell in love with one but didn't make a move at that time.

Enter the second trip to North Carolina. That trip was to interview with Genevieve's school and make a final decision on the house. Its price had increased several times so we knew if we really wanted it we needed to act now.  Thankfully we did as its price increased a 4th time the next day!  During this trip we also found a preschool for Nadia.  So, we found a house and enrolled both girls in school. Now all we need is to find a place to live.  Soon! And I should also mention that we haven't closed on the house so we'll be praying that all goes as planned!
Please note this is the model home.  Ours is not this fancy. ;)
In between the two NC trips, I went to Texas for my niece's graduation.  That was a fun trip and I got a chance to try my hand at family photography. I couldn't bring all of my lenses since I was traveling solo with Dax, so with my 'small' lens in the bright midday sun, I did the best I could! It was a joint effort with my sister and we made a great team and pulled it off. Random note: I love that while we're all wearing white we all accessorized so differently that our personalities came through. :)

Now it's on to Dax's dedication this weekend. It'll be very low key- yummy brunch, a few signs, maybe a banner, balloons, and colored table cloths.  That's it. I promise.  The fact that I ordered this custom printable from A Meek Boutique as a tiny bit of decor is making me feel better about the situation.

After that it's helping my Mom-in-Law plan our going away party in conjunction with planning an early birthday celebration for Nadia and Dax who turn 4 and 1 on September 3rd and 4th.  I'm going with a camping theme and am excited to throw one more big bash before we go.
T-shirt from Roots of a Flower Etsy Shop.
And that's it.  I hope to be able to squeeze in lots of time with family and friends over the next 5 weeks. We've built a pretty good life here and on some levels it seems crazy to leave it. There are a lot of reasons we've decided to relocate but a primary one is that this area just doesn't support some of our goals in life.  In order for me to stay home with the kids,  invest in a Christian education for them, and live in a house that's comfortable for a family of five, something had to give.  Throw in weather, my mom (who will be relocating with us), and a few more factors, and it really made sense.  We will be sad to go but have peace about this next step.  It's something we've literally dreamed of since we moved here in 2003 so to see it actually happening is very exciting.  It's going to be a pretty big adjustment though and we'd appreciate your prayers for this new adventure.

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  1. Congrats on the new home Tiffany! It sounds so exciting, moving is such a pain, but you can decorate everything again ;)

    1. I can't wait to start over with a clean slate Laurel! That part will definitely be fun!

  2. Those are some pretty big happenings, and I think it was quite necessary to stop posting for a while to accommodate all that. As for the new house, moving in can be quite emotional, since it brings about several sentimental memories of the old house, and the new ones you’ll make in your new home. But I’m very happy to know that you’ve gone through it very well. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great day!

    Myron Payne @ Finlay Brewer Limited

  3. So many exciting things are happening in your life right now! The moving and house buying process can be so stressful and tedious. Finding boxes, coordinating everything, packing, sorting... YUCK! That is no fun at all! Glad to see that you're back blogging, though! It's so much fun to follow you and your hubby and kiddos!