It's high time I blog some "before" photos of our new home. But first, I have to let you in on the history...
We bought our first home in Lubbock about 6 years ago. Our basic reasoning was that it was smarter to be paying a mortgage than it would be to rent (and it was actually less expensive for us, too!). Some friends of ours were selling their house, and once looking at it, we decided to go for it. A month later, we had a house!
Fast forward 5 years. Add a baby. Add a home-based photography business. Add friends and relatives sleeping on our floor, our couches, our toddler's plastic-sheet covered twin bed. Like in any home, things broke. Repairs were made (remember that time we had to replace the entire sewer line? Yeah, that wasn't fun). Every surface had been painted at least once. My various attempts at gardening/keeping plants alive had failed (except for that honeysuckle! Thank God for the honeysuckle!). We felt like we were busting at the seams.
Then we began an adoption. Something like that will put things into perspective very quickly. Suddenly we had all we needed. A roof over our heads. People present to hug. A pantry that was full of food. God placed a real peace in my heart, and it was wonderful. It still is.
This past year (for the first time ever) I actually met my goal number of weddings I'd like to shoot per year. Clients, THANK YOU. I'm not sure you totally realize what a gift you are giving our family when you hire me. I get to do what I love, and also pay the bills. That is nothing short of a miracle.
Having met our initial goal to raise for our adoption, we were able to turn our focus back to a big downpayment on a new home. Before we knew it, it was there. God had provided it. We couldn't believe it!
So we set out with our awesome Realtor, Donna Isbell. Lubbock people- she is the BEST! Donna showed us at least 30 homes. She never quit. She had high expectations just like we did. She negotiated her tail off. We made 3 offers on 3 different homes. Every offer was met with the response that they sellers had already accepted another offer (talk about a booming market!). Then this house. It had been on the market for a year. The sellers were an older couple who were wanting to move out-of-state to be closer to their kids. They weren't too keen on negotiating (this is when I was SO thankful to have Donna on our side!). In the end, everything worked out perfectly.
OUR GOALS WHEN BUYING THIS HOME:
• More square footage.
• More storage. 1 hallway closet just wasn't cutting it anymore.
• Grass. This was a big deal since we couldn't seem to get it to grow in the last house.
• No galley-style kitchen.
• Great window light. Hello?!? I'm a photographer.
• An older home. It's just our style.
• At least 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car garage
• A home we can see ourselves paying off and living in for a long, long time.
We ended up getting all of this and many more perks! One in particular is that this house is just 4 houses down from some of our good friends from church who also have a son around Knox's age. Already it has been so fun to let them play. And, we found out while moving in that some other friends we know are just down the street on the other side. Another perk is that this home was built in 1965. I love that era and have so enjoyed decorating with a nod to the style and colors of the 60's.
Now on to the photos. Please put on your "vision goggles"…this baby had a good bit of "old lady style" to it, and much has already changed. Pardon the mess and extra people in these photos- I took them while the estate sale ladies were cleaning it out.
So, there you go. SO much more than we'd ever imagined. And we are still amazed that we get to live here. It's been an incredible blessing to us and I am so excited to be a family under this roof. Much has changed since these photos and I'm excited to show you little by little!
What do you guys think?