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Out With the Old, In With the New. Goodbye, 2021!

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Out with the old, in with the new. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I know I am a little late but honestly, our end of the year was a bit rough with our family being sick. If you would have asked me a year ago where our family and life would be, I definitely wouldn’t think it is where we are at now.

Out with the old in with the new

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Out With the Old

We started off 2019, with a long-awaited DIY project. We installed an electric Fireplace wall in our home. You can read about it by clicking above. Then, we turned around and made the decision to sell our home. You see we built this home in 2018 and while it was being built we lived with my parents for three months until it was ready. But we had also built our home beside a very popular highway that runs through our town.

We ended up taking a long look at our future and realized that we did not want our boys to grow up by a highway. Our backyard backed right up to it and it was just constant noise and traffic. We had also decided we were not a development living family. I have nothing bad to say about developments, it is just not for us. So, we set out on selling our house.

old home

Our Plan

We had a plan on building another home, I enjoy picking out everything we want for our home. But to do that we needed to find land. We had a backup plan to build another home in our old development. We had picked a plot that was on the outside of the development so we would not have another house in our back yard. Our house was sold, and we moved back in with my parents.

We hoped it would be for a short amount of time, but with supplies and things being scarce, our building date kept getting pushed back. The builder from the development said he would start our building phase in fall 2021. In the meantime, we were keeping an eye out for land that was affordable and fit our needs.

An amazing plot of land came up for sale near my parents and we went to look at it. The plot of land was covered in trees, and was super affordable and exactly what we were looking for. But it came back unable to perk. Meaning if you do not have public water or sewer, your land needs to perc to be able to have a septic tank. No septic tank, no house.

So, we were back to our back up plan of building again in our old development. While all this was happening, we ended up living with my parents for six months. We are super grateful that we were able to stay there. Then, our builder said that he was behind on building homes because of permits and our phase wouldn’t be started until this coming spring.

We were able to move into an apartment. A fourth-story apartment with two young boys and a dog has been an interesting adventure. But we needed somewhere to live until our house could be built.

New Plan

While we thought we had a plot of land reserved with the builder in our old development. He came back to tell us that he ended up giving our plot away to someone else.

I was devastated but quickly learned that this was God’s plan. You see I had my eye on a plot of land that I wanted so badly. It was by friends of ours and it was on a dead-end road with fields in the back yard. The only problem was it was sloped and kind of pricey. We were able to talk the seller down to our price range and we were able to buy our land.

Now our boys will grow up with friends in the neighborhood and a great big backyard that has farm land behind it instead of a busy road. I couldn’t ask for a better future for them.

We have spoken to a few new builders about building a home and we will see how 2022 plays out. Hopefully, we will have a house built, but if 2021 taught me something, it is anything can happen.


Out with the old, in with the new. Never stop pursuing your dreams, or working towards those goals. A year ago I would have thought we would still be living in our old home, not in an apartment. But this is a stepping stone to a great future for my family and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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      Hey, thank you so much for your kind words. I created it on my own and it is constantly a work in progress. The theme is a WordPress theme, and then I just edited it the way I liked. Please feel free to email me with any other questions you may have. I will try to help as best as I can!

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