I “Lien” Not On My Own Understanding.


In the last week, some news about the house we are buying unfolded and it didn’t end with “good news”. When we found out, all we did was laugh. I mean, this is the third time this has happened and each house that we’ve gone through has had something crazy go wrong with the process. This time, we found out there is a lien on the house (Get the title? 😉 ) that would keep us from reselling it for like 30 years…maybe. And of course, there’s more to it but the bottom line is, we are no longer buying this house.

Back to square one. For the fourth time. (To preface, this is not a discouraging post!)

Even the lawyer involved said that this situation was extremely rare. It only happens every 100,000 houses that are sold.

Our first thoughts were, “Wow. This has to be God.” Yes, you read that right. The last few times this has happened, we have been discouraged and frankly, upset. But this time was different. God’s presence swooped in the moment we looked at each other and realized that the pursuit of this house was over and we both had a strange feeling.


I can’t even pinpoint why. I wasn’t stressed or nervous about this house at all. In fact, I have felt excited about it since we started the process. It had to be God. To know that He has our backs and is taking care of us…what relief!

And what’s more amazing is realizing that He has something better for us. We’re just expecting something incredible that we could have never even imagined. He is working things out for our good because that’s His nature. I’ve tried to stress about this situation (because that, unfortunately, is MY nature) but I can’t! Kaleb and I are excited for how He is going to show off for us.

What’s more incredible is that some other things immediately started coming together the day that we found out about this house. God proved to us in that very moment that He has not, will not, and will never leave or forsake our family. What reassurance.

All I can be is open and candid about our house-hunting situation…and anything else in our lives for that matter. My hope is that someone reads this and realizes that things are not hopeless. What we could allow to bring us down has actually revealed a part of God’s character to us – and that is worth it all. We are by no means perfect. Had I started this blogging adventure a year ago, I would have had different feelings for sure. I have learned so much through this process. But one thing I know for sure is that He is not going to leave us to be homeless. 🙂

So here we go again! Back to the drawing board. And I can’t wait to see the home that God has chosen for us!

What “good lessons” have you learned in hard situations?



We’re getting closer and closer to closing on our house. Yay! In the meantime, I have decorated the entire house on Pinterest. Ha. But for real…I love dreaming and casting vision for our new home. I can’t wait to get in there and get creative.

My projects are still kind of on hold. The husband, the girls, and I have been battling this upper respiratory crud for TWO MONTHS now. I was literally angry a few days ago because I have had this lingering cough and sinus pressure for forever. And I especially hate to see the babies with it. Grr. So the priority the last couple of weeks has been staying in and getting well.

We’re also still in revival! Praise God! We’re right in the midst of what has been called the “Appalachian Awakening” and an awakening it truly is. We’ve only just seen a taste of what is to come and it’s exciting to see the Lord’s will unfold in this region. What has been labeled a place of hopelessness for so long is now becoming a place of restoration that people are flocking to. WOW!

In the meantime, I have been researching (AKA…Pinteresting) décor ideas for the house. Here are some pictures that have inspired me.

27 Comfy Farmhouse Living Room Designs To Steal | DigsDigs Love the coffee table color:

This is the exact look I envision for our living room. What makes this even greater is the fact that our living room has large, open windows like this picture. I love all of these neutral colors. The only thing I might would change is the color of the sofa since we have a toddler 😉

DIY Home Decor - Love these farmhouse decor ideas at the36thavenue.com ...So much inspiration!:

This is a great decorative area. I actually have many of these types of items already – I’m just keeping an eye out for a similar table to repurpose. Piece of cake.

Cedar + Slate + Copper Custom cabinetry painted floor-to-ceiling in glossy Frasier fir green displays an elegant woodsy feel. Leaded glass-paneled doors and almost-black slate sinks and countertops complement the blue undertones of this favorite evergreen. Gleaming copper pots shine like streams of sunlight through a thick canopy.:

During my maternity leave this year, my husband and I binge-watched the entire series of Parenthood. One, it was a GREAT show. You can’t help but fall in love with the family and wish that you were a part of it. Two, they had a GREAT kitchen. The color scheme and glass cabinets in this picture are similar. We decided that we needed to have a kitchen that looked like this…and that we should definitely have at least 4 kids. Ha. Half-way there! (The other half will not be happening for a while…this mama’s body needs a break!)

before&after builder basic.:

I actually think it’s important to put “decorating the bathroom” toward the top of the to-do list. It’s not only a room that you use multiple times a day, but it’s a room that guests will also see that truly reflects your personal, private life. Ha. However, I’m not one to spend a ton of money on this room. I think this picture reflects my personal style to a tee. It’s stylish, yet simple. AND functional. Seriously, I don’t know who is able to have a bathroom without closets, cabinets, and drawers…

While I am a huge fan of the farmhouse look, I’d say that I probably won’t follow it accurately. I would actually describe my style more as “Garage Sale Chic”…I like finding neat knick-knacks to incorporate into my décor. But I am finding myself drawn to farmhouse style knick-knacks like pails, metal tins, twine, baskets, windows, etc.

I can’t wait to start scavenging antique shops, thrift stores, and yard sales. I’ve picked up a couple of things here and there but space is our enemy right now since we’re in transition. But the DAY we get the keys to the house, you can bet I’ll be making some purchases! We’ll have the storage space 😉

Kaleb and I are so blessed to be in the position that we are in right now. Buying a house, making incredible ministry connections, opportunities coming available that will greatly benefit our family…the list goes on. We have a good, good Father. He has been providing for us and loving on our little family.

How would you describe your décor style? And are you making it happen?