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We’re Homeowners!!!

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That’s right! We finally closed on our house last Thursday!!! WHOO HOO!!!

This is a major milestone in our lives – we’re first time homebuyers, which is something that won’t happen again! Our house is 2,626 square feet and is in Spring, Texas – right between The Woodlands Mall and Vintage Park (an upscale shopping center). Clearly this was a strategic decision on my part :)

The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – the master is downstairs with all others upstairs. The smallest bedroom is being used as Chad’s office/man cave :) We have a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen, in addition to a GIANT living room and upstairs sitting area/loft. Needless to say, there is no shortage of space for the two of us!

You can view pictures of our house here, and I promise to post some updated photos (that include some decoration and furniture!) soon!

So far, everything has been GREAT. The house is in near perfect condition (minus the garbage disposal and shower door!) – and those small issues are being addressed this week. It’s great to just come home and it be YOURS. Even if your voice echoes off the walls/high ceilings, due to a lack of things to fill the room and an abundance of ceramic tile :) And as someone who has never been able to park in the garage before, that part is really exciting! It makes me legit.

We can’t wait to have people over and hope to have a housewarming party soon! You’re all invited! Lord knows we have room for you :)

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We Passed Inspection!

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That’s right! Our house is perfect inside and out, top to bottom. Well, minus a few minor details :)

We had the inspection on Saturday and are pleased to report that there is nothing major wrong with the house. Aside from a few very minor things and a few hundred dollars worth of roof patching (thanks to someone ripping out a satellite dish and not patching it properly), we are ready to move in! Except for that whole “we don’t have any keys and haven’t signed any papers” thing :)

By popular demand, here are a few pictures of our soon-to-be home:

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But we did write a really big earnest money check (that’s fun, let me tell you!) and have a meeting with our lender tomorrow to give her the billions of required papers for the mortgage. The good news is, we have all the papers! Hopefully there is no bad news :)

Our contract says we will close on the house “on or before March 28.” We’re praying for March 15 because 1) That’s Spring Break week and 2) Why wouldn’t we want to close as soon as possible?! Too bad it isn’t entirely in our hands :( But we’ll do everything we can to get an early closing! Please pray for us!

The Game of Life

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Oy – I thought last week was great! This week has taken the cake – and it isn’t even over yet!

Chad put it best last night when he said it’s like we’re playing The Game of Life…and WINNING! It seems we’re spinning all the right numbers and landing on all the right spaces this week. Not that we really have anything to do with it – to GOD be the glory! We’ve prayed earnestly for these things to happen in His timing, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

The week started off on Sunday – a great message at church, an impromptu lunch date and then we drove out to Cleveland to meet our brand new PUPPY! His name is Cooper and he was born on February 7 – that’s right, we share a birthday! He’s a pure bred Corgi (the breed we’ve wanted for so long!) and can officially come home with us once he’s old enough – April 2.

Then on Monday we got the news we’d be anxiously awaiting for 8 days – WE GOT THE HOUSE!!! We’re officially under contract for our first home in Spring, Texas. Things get REALLY real when you start writing big checks! The inspection is Saturday, so we’re praying for nothing but good news.

Tuesday was Mardi Gras – we didn’t do anything to celebrate, but it’s just a fun time of year. Thanks to our NOLA friends for sharing your pictures!

On Wednesday, a group of friends gathered at a favorite Irish pub and pizza joint (just trust me on this – it’s delicious) to celebrate my belated birthday. It was great to see some people I hadn’t seen in a very long time – we laughed, we ate, we drank – a solid Wednesday night!

Today is Valentine’s Day AND Chad’s first day at his new job!!! We’ll exchange cards and such tonight, but will forgo the day-of celebration since now we both have to go to bed early :) I am SO proud of him and excited for him – I can’t wait to hear about his first day when I get home tonight!

Tomorrow is when we’ll actually celebrate Valentine’s Day – we got a hotel in The Woodlands and plan to grab some Chinese takeout and just relax, just the two of us. Sounds pretty perfect if you ask me!

And then Saturday, as I mentioned, is inspection day! And that night we’re having dinner with the Brogans. HUZZAH!

This has been a GREAT week!!!

A Big Week Ahead!!

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Greetings, blog readers! It’s been a while since my last post, but that isn’t for a lack of on goings! And a lot of big stuff is happening this week, so I’ll catch you up :)

First, I resigned from my job at Acxiom at the beginning of the month. I know, crazy! But I’m beyond excited to start my new job at my old company. That’s right! I’m going back to Pierpont Communications to work on several PR accounts. PR is my first and true love, and I can’t wait to get back to it. I start Monday!

Second, Chad takes his final teaching certification test on Tuesday! He’s one small step from being completely certified, which is a great thing, since he’s been offered a teaching job! I won’t go into specifics since the contract hasn’t been executed just yet, but its teaching math at an excellent high school nearby…

Third…and by “nearby” I mean near the house we put an offer on today! Mom (our realtor) submitted the paperwork, but we won’t hear back until at least Monday, since the home is a foreclosure and foreclosure agents only work M-F from 9-5. We are praying this is THE place for us! Expect a longer, more detailed post about the house if we get it :) We put a bid on another house a few weeks ago, but lost it :( It was heartbreaking! And you KNOW how I am a House Hunter¬†connoisseur¬†– they never show the people who lose the bids on that show! And they also never show the people who have to look at dozens of houses over several trips – like we did. When it’s all said and done, I think we’ve looked at about 20-24 houses (right now). God willing that number will not go up!

Fourth, Thursday is my birthday! That’s right, I’m turning the big 2-7 :) I”m excited to celebrate – I just need to figure out how! Though I think pizza and beer are on the agenda – and you KNOW how I feel about agendas! Love.

And finally, there’s this little thing called the Super Bowl tomorrow! Being the football lover that I am, the Super Bowl is like a holiday for me – and a great way to start off the week! Though I may have to call it a night early, since I plan to wake up early and hit the gym before going to work on Monday morning.

So there you have it! A recap of what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks. I’ll keep you posted on the house hunt!

A Bittersweet Goodbye

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Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag. Just a few minutes ago, Chad posted his official goodbye from FOX 16 on his Facebook page.

This has been a decision we’ve been talking about and praying about for many, many months now, and we feel God is calling us back to Houston. Chad has a heart for children and teaching, and has decided to take his passion for math and science directly into junior high classrooms, where he will teach the next generation of weathercasters, engineers, and more. I’m so incredibly proud of him.

As many of you know, FOX 16 was sold to Mission Broadcasting/Nexstar Television recently. The deal was announced in July, obtained FCC approval in early December and will close on January 3. For many employees, this will mean a layoff. For many more, uncertainty looms. We took this as an opportunity to reevaluate things and make the best choice possible for our family – and that was a career change and a move back to Houston. The life of a television employee (and their spouse) is not easy. They work late nights, weekends and holidays. There is no such thing as a “routine.” And when it comes down to it, stability and creating a great place for our future children to live is far more important than the bright lights of the TV cameras. We want our kids to have daddy home for soccer games, Christmas morning and dinner – and this change affords us the opportunity.

It’s a very bittersweet goodbye for us both – Little Rock has taken us in and given us some of the greatest friends and church family people could ask for. It was the first city we lived in together, the place we got engaged, the site of our first place together and so much more. We will miss you guys very much, but at the same time are excited for our future.

As for me, I’m keeping my job and will be working from home in Houston – yay! Chad is currently looking for a teaching job in Houston, and we know God will provide for him. We’ll be living with my best friend’s parents in the interim, but hope not to impose on them for long!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes as we embark on the next phase of our journey together! They mean so, so much to us. It’s been so hard not to post anything about this difficult and emotional decision over the past 10 months, so today feels like a huge weight lifted off our shoulders. It’s with mixed emotions that we’ll finish packing, load up the U-Haul and head to Texas over the next couple of days, but we know that God will bring us through everything, provide for our every need and hold us near to him when our hearts are troubled!

 

Caution: Uncertainty Ahead

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I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has sent kind words, well wishes and prayers our way in the past week. Immediately upon the announcement of Newport’s selling of many stations to other TV parent companies (including Chad’s current station), we’ve received an outpouring of love and support from all angles.

The truth is, we don’t know what the future has in store for us. We don’t know how this deal is going to shake out or how it will affect the staff. We have ideas, though. And we’re taking the steps we can.

We’re also letting go of the things we can’t control (which is a lot). Worrying gets you nowhere, anxiety is bad for you and frankly we don’t have the mental or physical energy to spend our days like that. We know that God has a great plan in store for us, and when it’s time for us to know what that is, He’ll tell us. Until then, we will pray and act as the Spirit leads us.

No one likes uncertainty – especially not control freaks like me. You guys know how I feel about plans – I LOVE THEM. And all too often I put too much stock in my own plans, rather than listening to what God’s plan is for us. I’m working hard on this, but it’s a daily, continual struggle. I keep repeating Philippians 4:6 to myself: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

I downloaded an app called “Prayer Cards” last night and today’s devotional hit me right between the eyes. The app is all about praying God’s word, and here’s what today’s prayer was: “Father, your word says that if your disciples believe, they will receive whatever they ask for in prayer.” And then it referenced Matthew 21:22: “And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

We ask that you would join us in praying for God’s will when it comes to the uncertainty we’re faced with. I will keep you updated on our situation!

365 Days

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One year ago today, I packed up all of my earthly belongings and drove away from my childhood home, where my entire family lives on a single street in a city with a population of 291, en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. Chad and I had been dating for just over three years, living 6.5 hours apart the entire time. I’d secured myself a job and a place to live, and had it on good authority that Chad would propose before the year was up (read: I made him promise he would propose before the year was up before I agreed to move out of state).

So many things have happened in the past 365 days – it’s almost unreal. I started a new job. I moved – twice. We joined our first church together. I got engaged! Chad and I took our first vacation together (the engagement cruise). I planned a wedding. I made approximately 16 round-trip flights to Houston for family, holiday and wedding-related things (both my wedding and others). WE GOT MARRIED. We honeymooned in Mexico for the most amazing week of my life. I made significant accomplishments at work. The list goes on and on…

When I look back on it, there is a huge mixture of emotions that I can recall. Lots of nerves when I first moved here. Joy from seeing Chad several times a week, rather than once every 8 weeks. Pure elation and shock when Chad proposed. Stress when it came to wedding planning. A complete surrealism as I walked down the aisle. Total relaxation on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen – and so much more.

Yes, it has been quite a year for me/us. It’s amazing how so much can change in such a short time. Let’s all just make sure we’re taking the time to ENJOY life!

Here’s the past 365 days in a slideshow (just the highlights!):

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