Mega-Super Big Bucket List Task: Building Our Dream Home

Well folks, it is finally really happening…

Here’s a quick recap for you viewers at home:

-April 2014 put house on the market
-24 home showings and three offers later…
-October 2014 sold our first home!
-October 2014 bought our first storage shed and moved in with family
-December 2014 land cleared!!
-January 2015 land officially deeded to us!
-February 2015 closed on building loan
-March 2015 broke ground on property
-April 2015 building during rainy season…
-May 2015 framing!!

My mind is constantly consumed with minute details such as door hardware and styles of facets…basically I am eating it all up and hungry for more!!

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Life Lately…

I didn’t really mean to take a two month blogging hiatus, it just happened. In my attempt to conquer the ever-growing to-do list, blogging has been seriously neglected. Here is my meager attempt to fill you in on the latest happenings:

The Good:

1. Visited two new states! (LA and MS)

2. Spring Break to Pensacola and NOLA was just the break from reality our little family needed.

3. Successfully argued my thesis for Ed.S graduation

4. Ate a bug! (It was on the bucket list…)

5. EASTER!

6. Beach days with Addie

7. Broke ground on our new home!

8. Addie. She brings so much laughter and love to each day. Her favorite things now are ELMO, Barney, Doc McStuffings, saying the color of EVERYTHING, letting the dogs out and calling them back in, playing in the DIRT, EATING, butterfly kisses, running, swinging, coloring. Love everything about this little girl.

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The Bad & The Ugly: (this may not be the most appropriate title for this section because I know that God reveals his glory in ALL things.)

If it hasn’t been apparent by the lack of posts, the past several weeks have been challenging. Even with Spring Break, there have been several areas of life that have contributed to higher than normal stress levels! Anxiety at work has intensified with the upcoming high stakes testing season, finishing my thesis and preparing for oral defense has had my stomach in knots, building on the house has required constant communication with the bank and builder, and time for family and friends and fun has seemed to be scarce.

The loss of a dear family member this month has soften my heart and made me yearn for the kind of comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring. He was such a sweet and spirited guy with a love for others and for life. I remember at Easter how Austin called for Addie to come and sit with him and give him a hug. Our last conversation he asked us how we liked our trip, and specifically if Addie had fun. He loved family and words can’t describe how he will be missed. My heart is struggling, but I know that all things work in His time and for His purpose. I know that God is showing me the importance of living in the moment each day and that I need to be intentional about the love, mercy, grace, and humility that I try to show others in my daily walk. We are called to live boldly for Christ, and I want to remember that each day and let Austin’s memory live on.