we bought a zoo???

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Well, we DID IT…we bought a HOUSE!!! (Collin keeps saying we bought a zoo! HAHA!)

we bought a house!

We are beyond excited, scared, happy, nervous, sad, anxious and everything in between! It’s a HUGE step for us and completely taking us out of our comfort zones (especially me!) but we know that God is in control and guiding our steps as we go!  We cannot wait to see our three boys running around like crazies and checking everything out!  They are so stinkin cute!

Thanks for your support and see you SOON! ; )

♥ Collin & Andi

door update…

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Well,

I got a call from my AWESOME realtor, Jackie, today and they sellers agreed to replace the door!!! I’m beyond excited! That was one of my FAVORITE things (I noticed the door and the countertops — thanks, Shawn — in every house) and commented on the fact that it was the only one that I liked out of all 34 houses we looked at!

So, we are still on track for closing on December 4th!!! SO. HAPPY.

House update…

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Well, we had very minor problems from the home inspection. All of them Collin can fix. I just don’t think it’s fair for us to put in the money and effort into a house that we are buying, on problems from the previous owners! Well, they are fighting us on it…and I’m not backing down! I am having MAJOR anxiety about this, because I feel like they are taking advantage of us because we we’ve been so accommodating so far.

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October 5, 2012…

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Well,

We had not heard anything from our wonderful realtor, Jackie, so I texted her.  Little did I know she was already one step ahead of me and contacting the seller’s realtor.

Finally reached an agreement with the sellers…providing everything goes well, Collin & I will be HOME OWNERS!!!

Here are some of the videos that we took of the house…virtual tour?!?! Sorry for all of the convos in the background!

Sappy Note:

We just want to thank you all for loving and supporting us through this journey!  It’s been scary and exciting, sad and happy…but we have each other, our boys, you guys and most of all our loving Heavenly Father!  Love you guys!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012…

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It’s another sleepless morning…

W o w ! This week has been a whirlwind of fun & fear, meltdowns & mayhem! But we found THE ONE!!! Ya’ll, we cannot wait to look at it for a third time this am and then make them an offer!!! YIKES! Please pray with us that everything goes well! It’s got pretty much everything on our list, except the Quartz countertops…which I will be calling on the BEST countertop business there is…Encounters of Arkansas, Inc. So very thankful for Shawn (my brother-in-law) because I can’t do Laminate long term, outside of a rental!

God has done it again! Through all the tears and worry, I still can’t believe that we went from a list of 34 houses to the ONE! I have to say, the whole process was much easier with our WONDERFUL, AMAZING, HYSTERICAL & HONEST realtor, Jackie! She will never know how much we appreciate her, she made this process less scary, fun and calming! THANK YOU, Jackie!!! The Pottery Barn and Coach outlets (yes, there are outlets near!!!) are calling our names!!!

I have made three friends, so far…Jackie, Amy (Jason’s wife – Collin’s coworker) and Jennifer (Scotty’s wife – also a coworker of Collin’s) and on Friday I meet some more wives!!! I’ve even done some Arbonne/3 Fold Threads networking!!! ; )

I only had one meltdown yesterday…no, make that two because I talked to my sister! Feeling very happy and blessed! I’ll post pictures soon!

Love ya’ll!!!
💚 Collin & Andi

House Hunting Kentucky style…

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Ahh, here it is 5:15 am (Kentucky time) on October 2nd…room is dark & FREEZING, hubs and puppies asleep…I woke up wide awake! Ugh!

So many emotions going on right now. It’s becoming real to me that this is really happening! I’m ELATED to be on this journey of moving to a new place, where I know zilch & know no one. But it’s also been VERY hard knowing I’m about to leave everyone and everything I have ever known. Yes, I have made 1…ONE…friend, so far, but back home I have MANY friends and family!!! S C A R Y !

I have figured out my way around a bit, around the hotel. But y’all, I. Am. Lost. I can’t remember where to turn to go here or how to get back to there…thank GOD for GPS!

We finally found a house that we are in LOVE with. We even went back to it about 3-4 times just to look at it again. {Its the one I posted to Facebook} But we found out yesterday that it is no longer available. {Insert tears here!}

So, now we’re back to square one. YAY! Sunday & Monday, we drove around looking at neighborhoods we liked/didn’t like. Online there were some that looked amazing, but when we got here and found them…yeah, they were nixed…FAST! We came here with 34 houses to look at and over the course of two days, I managed to mark off half of them. 😞

I know that it will take time to adjust to the move and the upcoming changes. But I have had several meltdowns a day, realizing that I’m moving and the awesome friends and family I won’t see as often. I won’t be able to have my precious nieces & nephews over for the afternoon or evening or go over to my sisters’ houses just to see/talk to them. I won’t be able to just hop in the car and buzz over to Jennifer’s (either of you!). I won’t be able to beg and plead with Leslie to come on a road trip adventure for the day with me. I wont have an amazing family to nanny for that blesses me daily (times TWO!) I won’t be able to meet up with Devin & Amy, Nikki & Maddie, Katie, my parents, or ANY/EVERYONE for dinner on a whim.

Not seeing Arkansas stuff everywhere or see Razorbacks everywhere (as awful as they are right now, I will ALWAYS be a piggie…and you will NEVER see UK anything in my house!!!).
I have to find new doctors, new job, new friends…the list goes on…

It’s. So. Hard.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that I have a loving and supportive husband and a heavenly Father that has/will guide our steps in the direction we are supposed to go. THANK YOU, Jesus!!! He has provided sooooo much for us, so far, and I know He will continue.

Please join us in prayer for this trip to find the house/church/etc that we need (or at least be on that path!).

On a lighter note, we have KROGER and its a marketplace and its H U G E ! And by huge, I mean GINORMOUS!!! I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in a picture. And I was so excited I sent a picture of it to my parents. Haha!

Thank you for you support, love & prayers…we appreciate you!

💚 ya’ll, Collin & Andi