Thursday, April 21, 2016

On The Move

Well, we're moving.  I seriously can't believe I'm typing that!

For the past year or so we've been talking about needing another bedroom in our house.  The boys share and as they've gotten older, their desire for a space of their own has grown.  We've been keeping our eye on the MLS system, but haven't loved much.  We've had meetings with builders about adding onto our house (we had plans to convert our office to Luke's room, update our laundry room, rip out the hall bathroom and make it bigger and add an addition off of our kitchen) and had plans to move forward with that starting in June (hence our lack of ANYTHING in the backyard this Spring.  hahaha)

We love our house A LOT and nothing that we had looked at could hold a candle to the house that we loved.  Well, last week my dad called me about a house that had just popped up.  It was on the end of a cul-de-sac, had a great driveway for basketball and bike riding ,a HUGE backyard, and enough bedrooms for everyone.  Plus, it was in the neighborhood that I have loved for years.  I was hesitant to go and see it simply because we had made up our minds that renovating would be the way to solve our space problems, but I obliged... and I fell in love.

We talked.  We prayed.  And I cried about leaving the house that I love (for real... because I'm nuts).  And then we made an offer and waited to hear back.  There were multiple offers and so we tried not to get too excited too soon, but we found out Friday night that the house was ours!

I'm not going to lie - it's bittersweet.  We moved into this house on Luke's first birthday. All three of my babies slept in a crib in the nursery in this house.  I've hosted birthday parties, engagement parties, baby showers and countless girls nights in this house.  We've made it our own and have loved living here.

That said, we are beyond excited to start a new chapter.  Thrilled to be able to give each of the kids their own room and feel blessed to be able to provide them with an incredible space to run and play outside.  

I HATE change and get WAY too emotionally attached/invested so I'm not looking forward to having to say goodbye, but am looking forward to making the new house our own.

So, brace yourself for an onslaught of sappy house posts and an overabundance of packing pics/videos on Snapchat and bear with me as I grumble about the woes of moving :)  We had planned on never moving again (there I go getting in trouble for saying never again!  See HERE and HERE) and are trying to have great attitudes about moving during what is probably the busiest month of the year in both of our jobs. hahaha  #convenient

Our house officially goes on the market tomorrow and we're crossing our fingers for a quick and easy sale.  We should be in our new house at the end of May and are looking forward to a summer of settling in and sharing the new space with family and friends.

PS - I'm going to miss the kitchen cabinets and brick wall as much as all of you on Instagram :) 

Happy Thursday, Friends!!!

35 comments:

  1. It's gonna be so worth it in the end! I'm so excited for your family and can't wait to tour the new house!!!

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  2. You know how much I love your house (your office and that kitchen just melt me every time). But I cannot wait to see your family in your new home. It is perfect for you guys. We are SO EXCITED for your sweet family!

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  3. How wonderful but I totally understand your mixed emotions. I felt the very same way when we moved

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  4. It's always sad leaving a home that you love that is so filled with memories! So excited for you guys though !!!

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  5. Can't wait to watch you make new memories in your your new house, girl!! So excited for you!!

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  6. I feel crazy even typing this but when I saw on instagram that you were moving my heart hurt a little, I think your house is so perfect and just oozes love! But I had to remind myself that you made it that way and you'll do the same to a new place and more space is a great thing for your family. So, there you have it, call me a crazy reader! Wishing you all well and praying all goes smoothly!

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    1. I felt the exact same way! I think all if us love her house as much as she does! LOL

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  7. God Bless you. You seem like a great lady.

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  8. We are in the process of the exact same thing so I totally empathize. While I am thrilled to be moving, all 3 of our babies were brought home to this house and it saw first steps, first birthdays, first days of school...Since it housed the little years it will always hold a special place in my heart. I can't wait to see your new home via pictures and hope the sale/packing/moving part of it all goes smoothly!

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  9. How exciting for you and your family!! It is going to be a great move and before you know it you guys will be settled in and making beautiful memories in your new house!!
    P.S. I am soooo going to miss your brick wall:)
    Lesley McFarland

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  10. Congrats! We've toyed about moving too and looked, but I'm like you and feel like nothing compares to our home. I guess when the right one comes around, you know it!

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  11. I literally have goosebumps and tears in my eyes for you! I understand the emotional attachment to a house, I would hate to leave where I live, it's been with me during the absolute best and utter worst time of my life! I can't wait to see this new adventure for y'all!

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  12. I totally understand your mix of emotions. I'm very sentimental about houses that I've lived in. In the last house that we moved from, I walked into each room and said goodbye. I'm just like that:)
    But your new home will be full of wonderful memories, too. I'm excited for you.

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  13. Congrats! I can't wait to hear about decorations! Kisses from Greece and Happy Birthday for the kids!

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  14. Congratulations!! LOVE your house but so excited for y'all to have more space! We upgraded last summer to our "forever home" and it has been the BEST! Can't wait to see your new home!!

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  15. My husband and I will be moving at the end of May as well! We have lived in our current house for two years..our first home together. But with anticipation of starting a family, we are moving in to our "family dream home"! Feel free to share any packing/moving tips you find helpful! Pinterest has consumed me since I started searching the best ways to pack every room! Good luck to you!

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  16. I can't help but wonder, what was "Never Say Never part 1"? :) Congrats on your new home!!

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  17. I'm so excited for you and your sweet family. Moving out of a house that has become a home is hard but just think of all the new wonderful memories waiting to be made in your new home. Congratulations on your new house. Many blessings on your new chapter and he xoxo

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  18. What an AMAZING blessing for your sweet family!!! I too am like you...not really crazy about change!!! Only child heading off to Kindergarten in 18 months...I already have major anxiety, BUT!!! I can't wait to see pics & all the fun you will have decorating the new space!!!

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  19. So excited for you guys!!! Can't wait to see the new house and all your super awesome decorating that will for sure happen there!

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  20. My dad was a contractor and I love looking at homes so for kicks I went looking online for houses in McKinney to see what was out there. The homes there are double to triple the size of my CA home for half the price! {insert my sad jealous face here} So happy for you and your beautiful family!

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  21. So excited for your family, Andrea! We just moved in March, and it has been so much fun making a new home our own - despite how hard it can be to leave another one where so many wonderful memories have been made. I know you guys will love the additional space and make a ton of new memories:)

    I did want to caution you that it may be wise to blur out some of your realtor's information on the sign in your yard, just to be safe! Just this week, I was told that someone was using photos of my children on their social media accounts and have been dealing with the aftereffects of this all week. Needless to say, safety has become one of my primary concerns now! Just thought I'd share!

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  22. BUT THOSE CUPBOARDS!!! Congratulations on this new chapter, from another overly-invested reader :) This post gave me "all the feels" because I too will have to move next year, after 19 years in the same house!! I guess that's what has to happen when you get married... ;)

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  23. I absolutely love your current house, how you decorate it, etc. Looking forward to seeing the new place on the blog and instagram :) Good luck!

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  24. SOOO excited for you guys! I know it's a little scary but knowing you prayed about it will give you so much peace!! Good luck, can't wait to watch your journey unfold!

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  25. Andrea, listen to, "If These Walls Could Speak," by Amy Grant. When we moved out of our first house I played it in the background and made a video of every empty room because I never wanted to forget that happy little house. As our children got older, they loved watching the video and seeing their old rooms and backyard. It is such a sweet, sweet song. Congratulations on getting the house, and I will pray that all the pieces fall into place with timing for the move. (I'm a middle school teacher, also!) :)

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  26. So excited for you guys!! I know it's scary and sad and a ton of other emotions but it will all be so worth it! And you will make so many new memories in your new house!

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  27. I know it's bittersweet, but congratulations!!

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  28. Congratulations to all of you!! Buying a new house and moving with 3 littles.....God Bless you!! It will be wonderful and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be to make you want to move from your already amazing home! Cant wait to see the pictures over the summer!!!

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  29. Having grown up constantly moving for my dad's work, I think I grew an UNemotional attachment to houses. You'll look your new one and all the newness and room in no time!! Congrats!!
    ~ LOTL
    LoveOnTheLakeblog.blogspot.com

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  30. I totally missed this yesterday and last night my friend Katy and I were talking and she broke the news......we feel a little like psychos that we are as sad about seeing you move as you are. haha

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  31. We built our new home and moved in almost 2 years ago. The house we moved from was the house I brought all (4) of our babies home from the hospital to, had all their birthday parties, hosted multiple holidays and had soooo many memories! I was sad to leave but we were running out of room. Our house sold within a week of putting it on the market! Definitely bittersweet! I'll never forget the night I went back to clean it by myself. I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed! So many memories came flooding back to me. Although I don't like change either we LOVE our new home and have made many memories with many more to come! Praying for a quick, easy sale for you and a stress-free move:)

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  32. We moved nearly two years ago (only two miles away), and there's still a part of me that longs for our first house. I missed the harmony that existed there, with everything decorated and put together, and our countless memories and milestones that took place in it. But the longer we've lived in our current home, the homier it has become. What opportunity your family has now to create new memories in what sounds like an awesome new place! Best of luck with the transition.

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  33. Soooo happy and ECSTATIC for you, sweet friend!!!! Oh my goodness SO exciting!! I cannot wait to see! (& possibly visit someday again!) ~p.s. You ROCK at snapchat...I am over here still trying to totally get the hang of it all lol! Xo!

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