our new "house"

I've been waiting so long to tell you about our move! Life has been crazy busy, but thankfully the last two nights Zane slept through the night and I feel so much better today! :P

We've moved about 30 minutes from our old house to right beside Rob's work. He's been commuting so much less now that we've moved, which makes his job so much easier. I think it's been a great change for us all.

The Lord has been very gracious to us and has provided for us at every turn with this whole house business. I don't know what He has up His sleeve for our lives, but we try not to look too far ahead, and just trust Him for every little step. I would have never expected this kind of move to happen, but we're overjoyed and so thankful for the blessing and provision! It's so awesome. :D

Right now we're living in a temporary house as this is what our future "home" looked like this summer:






We've been blessed to be given an opportunity to build a house in my favorite country neighborhood. :) We are SO excited to-Lord-willing- build a house that works for our big family, and have lots of room for the kids to play outside!

I can't wait to share all the building process with you as we go through it! :) We've never built a custom house before, and we're trying to do it on a squeaky tight budget, so I'm sure it will be quite an adventure! :) I'm hoping to have lots of good deals/DIY projects to show you in the next year! :)

Have you ever built a house before? Any tips for us?? I'd love to hear!!

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  1. So exciting! We have land & a fixer upper that will eventually be demolished after we build on the land in a few years. We are wanting to build a family closet into our custom home, is this something you plan to continue with in the new build too? I'd love to see/hear how you worked it into the plans!

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    1. oh how fun! Yes, we do have a big family closet in the works with some neat features I think will work for our whole family! :D I can't wait until it comes together so I can show you! :D

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  2. Yeah! I'm excited to see your journey. We are hoping to purchase land next summer, build a home, and move in the following summer!

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  3. Love the idea of a family closet :) I cannot wait to see what ya'll :)

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  4. We are building a log home debt free. Very labor intensive, but we have less than $3000 in the whole thing so far, and we have it up, and almost closed in. I did a LOT of salvaging. :)

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  5. God is so good! I love the picture of you kids on the dirt mounds at your new property! It has been a dream of my family to build our own house, but we are still a few years away from doing it. I am excited to watch your journey!!!

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  6. We built our home on a shoe string budget. Had a great time! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

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  7. Yay! You're building! So excited for you and your family! Looks like a place where your kids will have lots of fun outside!

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  8. So excited for you!! What a blessing, I love when God opens doors, He totally blesses. He has opened up for our family to move to a place we have never been. I never even would have thought. I'm excited for it, we are def walking by faith. I will be sharing that on my blog as He leads. But I am so excited for you guys and will be praying for you all.
    Blessings, Adrienne @ www.reina4jesus.blogspot.com

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  9. Congrats on this exciting adventure!! :)

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  10. Exciting!

    My dad owned a carpentry/construction business when I was a kid so I always assumed we'd build our own house some day. We have 200 acres available to us but had since decided we don't want to live in that area. So most likely we'll move from this fixer-upper someday to another one in an area we prefer. :)

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  11. So excited to read this post! We are building a new house too! I will absolutely love reading your blog this year. :)

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  12. OH WOW! Congratulations Mandy! How exciting. I can't wait to see how your journey with a new build goes. I still rent, so I can't say that I have ANY tips at all, except that sometimes it's worth waiting till you find the thing you really love (or have a the cash for it), instead of settling for something you don't really love at all.
    Have FUN!!! :D
    Sheree

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  14. I am so excited for you guys!!!! God is so mindful of our needs and desires. How gracious He really is! What a gorgeous location. The kids will love outdoor adventures right in their own yard. I hear building a home is exciting but very challenging (stressful) with all the decisions that need to be made and re-working the budget many times along the way. We hope to experience it one day ourselves. I think praying and thanking the Lord through the building process will be very helpful....obviously. Wishing you and your family the best.

    Andrea

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  15. Hi Mandy! So excited for you and your family on this new adventure! I long to move to the country, ok honestly just out of Los Angeles. LOL! My husband and I are looking at Dripping Springs Texas. It will be exciting to see what the Lord has in store. Blessings to you and your family.

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  16. We paid cash to build a house a few years ago. I think it's important to make decisions that are right for your family and not go by what the world says is important. We decided to use high resolution laminate countertops in our kitchen instead of granite. We also decided to use good quality lino in our bathrooms instead of tile. We have 4 children and those options clean up so well and are so much less expensive. Enjoy the process! It's a lot of fun picking out light fixtures, flooring, and cabinets!

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  17. Congratulations on purchasing that gorgeous piece of land! I'm sure whatever house you'll build will look wonderful against a backdrop of such vivid greenery. Thank you for sharing pictures of the site! Wishing you all the best with the construction!

    Gail Wallace @ Water Damage Pros

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  18. It is more important to make sure you have the space you need in the future. We built our kitchen with the space for a large refrig and stove, not knowing whether we would be able to afford it when the time came. We put in the cheapest light fixtures (under $20 each) and kept them for over 10 years, only replacing them as we had the money. Make sure you have the infrastructure..

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