We Are Moving!
Surprise!! We are MOVING!!! I shared this news over on Instagram a while back, but I’ve been meaning to share it here too for you sweet ladies without social media. (High five for not being on social media. I applaud you!)
So there’s a lot that goes into this story, but the semi-short version is that we’ve kept our eye on the market for the last two years now. I’ve shared several times over the years that I never truly *loved* this house when we moved here back in 2020. We were coming from the most charming little 1980s fixer upper, that had oodles of character. Moving to this open concept, builder grade home was a big change. But it did have the acreage and privacy we wanted, plus at the time it was the best option given our time constraints, budget, etc. So we went with it and over the last 4 years we’ve been able to transform this builder grade home into something with a little more charm and character.
But to be really honest, it’s been hard to feel settled here. As someone that shares her home and decor ideas every day online, it was tough to not feel inspired in my own home. My heart was absolutely in love with our 1980s fixer upper–there’s where my blogging journey began and I felt myself come alive with creativity in that home. I tried bringing that same energy here, but it was a challenge. I always knew we would likely not be in this house more than a few years.
Fast forward to last year–we were going to open houses all the time, but never found anything worth moving for. I promised myself I wasn’t going to move again unless I was 1000% crazy about the house. So we did a lot of looking, without a lot of luck. But then one day in mid-April last year, we went into an open house that changed everything. From the moment I walked in the door I was in love. It was stunning, but also cozy and full of charm at the same time. It had the more traditional layout were looking for and it was a bit of an older home that had been remodeled in a few rooms. It was perfect. It even had a great amount of space, just under two acres, and privacy. But the price was higher than we felt comfortable paying.
Matt and I talked about the house a ton, prayed about it and kept going back and forth on what to do. In our indecisiveness, the sellers took the house off the market. I was crushed, but I also knew that if God had wanted us in that house it would have happened. We moved on, but I always kept that house in the back of my mind. I compared it to anything we saw from that point on and it always seemed to be brought up in conversation every few weeks.
Then on November 1st of this year, my friend (who just happened to know the sellers through a member of her family) reached out and asked if we were still interested in that house. Apparently the owners were thinking about listing again and wanted to check with us first because months prior my friend told her how much we loved it. I about peed my pants when I saw the text
We were able to work out the details and it all just fell into place. And we even managed to get the house for considerably less than it was listed for last year. We move in February and I cannot wait to start this new chapter!
The craziest thing about this story is how God orchestrated all of it. If you’ve read my devotionals, you might have seen me mention how 2023 was a tough year for me mentally. I struggled with a lot of anxiety and overall I was in a low place. I felt like I was under a very real attack on my mind from the enemy. During those hard months, I had to dig into my faith like never before. And in the process, which involved a lot of tears and hard days, I grew to a whole new level with the Lord. It was almost like hitting rock bottom is what needed to happen in order to strip away the old Sarah. It was a transformational year and even though it was very difficult, I’m grateful for it now. I truly feel like a different person at this point and my heart is on fire for Jesus like never before. That doesn’t mean everything is perfect–I still have hard days, but I can feel myself changing. Sometimes I think God takes us through difficult seasons of pruning to help us grow and mature in our faith and that’s exactly what 2023 was for me.
If we had bought that house and moved last April, I’m not sure I would have experienced the same kind of year. I really think I needed to get through the valley first, before I could be ready for the next chapter of my life. His hand and perfect timing in all of this absolutely amazes me.
Stay tuned for more pics and updates on the move soon. And thank you for being here and cheering me on in this space. So grateful for you!
PS: I forgot to mention, but the new house is in Colorado. It’s actually just a few mins from where we are now.