12 years ago my husband and I bought our very first home. We’d been married for a few months and were ecstatic! Little did our young selves know, but we were buying at the peak and just about to walk through the door of a real estate crash. In 2012 Chris (my husband for those of you who don’t know him) got a job that took us all the way from Texas to Wisconsin forcing us to sell our home. Now if you’re following the timeline you’ve probably gathered that we bought in the worst possible time and sold in the worst possible time. And we ate some serious loss on that first house.
This might sound crazy, but I actually don’t regret this decision at all. That house taught our younger versions quite a few life lessons. We learned how to take care of a home, the consequences of large financial decisions, but most importantly it’s the home where we started our family.
This story might feel like it’s going absolutely nowhere, but I feel it’s necessary before revealing our BIG NEWS. Are you ready??
WE MOVED BACK TO WISCONSIN
But that’s just the first part of the news, and I’ll be sharing more about the decision to move in a future post. If you follow along with me on Instagram then you might remember me saying there are two parts to the big news. The 2nd part is that we are buying an extremely old house to completely restore, and when I say old I mean more than 150 years old… it was build in 1865 to be exact. We’re currently under contract, inspection has been done and we are rolling forward. Barring any random issues, it looks like we are good to go! Now this won’t by any means be our forever home, but more of a long term flip. We will be living in it during the renovations and it’s definitely going to take us some time, but hopefully the first of many fun projects!
Here’s a quick picture I snapped of the front during our inspection. Guys, it’s going to need a TON of work, but I couldn’t be more thrilled about this journey!
And that brings me into some more exciting news. I’ve been sharing bits of information about how the blog is going through some changes, yet I’m sure you’re thinking “Umm… I haven’t seen anything different”. Well… that’s because apparently change takes time… a lot of time. At the beginning of 2018 I had one night specifically where I was imagining all the things I want the blog to become. Blogging has become somewhat uninspired for me over the last few years. We’ve moved constantly and our Utah house, while perfectly fine, was just a cookie cutter house that lacked depth and character for me personally. This new (but very old) house has soooo much that I can’t wait to share with you and has my inspiration and ideas spinning like crazy.
But let’s talk about some of those changes I mentioned.
My overall goal and desire for this year and moving forward is to start living a more intentional life.
We started homeschooling our kids in February. It’s something I’ve always felt called to do and finally submitted to this year. There’s a few reasons we decided to homeschool… 1. We felt called 2. We’ve personally struggle with the direction of public schools for our kids 3. We want to travel more. AND it really just fits with our new lifestyle goals of leading an intentional life. I’m sure I’ll get into all this in future posts because I have SO much I want to share with you guys. I already feel like I’m just throwing words out at you in a very unorganized fashion. Are you keeping up with me?
Ok, next thing. Travel. We got married when I was 19 and I had my first kid just before I turned 21. That was all followed up by two more kids. Now I’m 31, Chris is 32 and my youngest is almost 5. All kids use the toilet with more than a 10 second warning and our oldest is 10… We want to show them the world. I don’t know exactly how traveling will fit in with our schedule because we weren’t originally planning on taking this big of a house project on, but we are just rolling with what God throws our way. Originally I thought travel would be a big part of the blog this year, and it will still be present, but will likely be less than I originally imaged.
Another BIG change. My amazing husband Chris has officially joined me in this crazy blogging adventure so we both work full time on the blog now. You will probably see him poke his head up with the travel posts and some more manly things that we might share, but for now he’s working hard on video and keeping me on track, he’s very good at managing people. ; ). He will also be doing a lot of the renovations in the new house. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in business and in life! <3
Here’s a fun little video he made just as practice with our kiddos.
So let’s recap all the changes:
- We moved back to Wisconsin
- We are buying a house that was built in 1865
- We want to lead a more intentional life
- We started homeschooling our kids
- And we want to travel the world
Dream Big right??
I’ll be sharing more details on some of these items over the coming weeks as we sit patiently in a short term rental waiting for our house to close. : ) Thanks for reading this far (assuming you actually made it all the way down here). Be sure and tell me in the comments what you would like to see more of on the blog. Do you want to know all about how we are homeschooling? Travel? Our plans for living an intentional life? Be honest!