Saturday, July 12, 2014

Having Faith..

I don't think I have ever been so busy and stressed in my life- I can't wait until everything is finished and we can move into our new home! I honestly I just don't have time in my life right now for anything- I barely have time for myself or my husband- I feel like I am stretched so thin and on the edge of losing it lately, which is a feeling that I really don't like. So now I know what being your own contractor feels like.

The next few weeks are going to be ridiculously overwhelming with trying to get everything moved, get the CO approval and finish up things even after we get moved in. I wish we had time to go & buy furniture for the house before we move in- but it will be pretty empty until we go shopping.

Here is what is going on with the house now:

//Attic insulation installed
//Meter-box installed (by husband)
//House Insurance bonded/Renter's Insurance canceled for move out date
//Received our new hard-wood floors

//Garage Doors being installed
//Lowe's- choose & purchase tile, buy exterior lights
//Move 1 load of things.

This weekend:
//Install Tile
//Work on deck
//Install all interior doors
//Install attic ladder
//Move some things into garage
//Pack some more things

Next week:
//Move more things
//Lights being turned on (hopefully)
//Cabinets being completed
//Purchase plumbing supplies- toilet, faucets, shower hardware

Week of July 21st:
//Granite being installed Monday
//Plumbing being finished Tuesday
//Appliances being delivered Thursday

It is going to be a miracle to get moved in + lots of prayers! But once we get approved to move in, we still have to put the wood floors down and install shelving in the walk in closet and pantry- those are things that need to be done as soon as possible! I'm excited to get to that part of actually being in our new home.

Friday, July 4, 2014

House Update!

This Week:
//Cabinets finished except for some trim & couple hardware pieces
//Wednesday- Attic insulation installed
//Thursday-Purchased Decking Rails, Caps, etc. at Tallahassee store- they didn't have locally.
//Friday (today)- Husband is working on deck while I pack & go through things
//Saturday- More deck work + husband putting on hardi-board for exterior lights & meter-box
//Sunday- same as above- packing, deck-work, also purchase exterior lighting.

Next Week:
//House Insurance Quote being worked on.
//Monday- Lighting- all lights will go in next Monday
//Monday- Wood Floors being delivered
//Wednesday- lights turned on
//Friday- Garage doors being installed
//Saturday- buy & put in tile for bathroom & laundry room

+ Some time in between everything- we will have to move all of our belongings & clean our apartment so we don't have to worry about any additional apartment fees. We also need to install the hardwood floors, walk in closet shelving, pantry shelving.

Week of July 21st:
//Granite- install date July 21st
//Plumber- will finish install (toilet, sinks, faucets, etc.) July 22nd
//County Inspection- approve & get CO so we can officially move in!

This is the granite color that we chose for our kitchen.

These are the hand-scraped wood floors that we chose for the living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, closets & hallway

Once we move in, it's just the beginning of more things to do like hardi-board siding install & paint, painting rafters, landscaping, buying everything from wine glasses, dinnerware to mattresses. We have tried to eliminate as much items as we could to keep from having to move so much this time.

It's been so much work but also very rewarding to see everything come together- I love that my husband and I designed everything together- we even worked on the house plan with both of us planning & inputting ideas- we have always been a great team and love doing things together. I can't wait until the day we move in- I just want it to be the two of us, celebrating all of our hard work and enjoying the moment together:)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Where Feet May Fail..

Oceans- Where Feet May Fail
By Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown, where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep, my faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours, and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You've never failed, and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours, and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Sunday, June 29, 2014

No More Painting!!

Friday, right after work- we went straight to Lowe's to buy paint & supplies for the weekend. What I thought would be a simple 1 1/2 day of painting turned into an entire weekend of painting. We started Friday around lunch and didn't finish until 5:00 on Sunday. I don't think that I have ever worked so hard in my life- I told my husband that next time we will use our Wagner paint sprayer and not even worry with doing it by hand. I have blisters on both hands and everything hurts- painters have a very hard job!!

[This was me in a happy mood before I realized that I would be painting the entire weekend]

Next week:
// Monday- Cabinets being installed
// Tuesday-Thursday- Lighting being installed
// Wednesday- Granite contractor to template & measure (2 weeks for complete installation)
// Lights will be turned on
// Garage Doors installed

I am so excited that next week the lights will be up with painted walls and cabinets- how crazy is that?!

After the cabinets and lighting is installed- we will have a 2 week break where just my husband and I will work on the deck railing, tile, pantry and walk in closet shelving. On the last week right before we move in, we will be putting down wood floors, the granite will be installed and the plumbing completed- it is honestly going to be down to the last minute- I'm a little nervous, but all I can do now is work hard and pray that it all comes together in time!

After we move in, we will still have a long honey-do list: installing interior doors, hardi-board siding & painting, window & door trim, exterior lighting, landscaping.

Three more weeks until we move in! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Something to Look Forward To..

After blogging last week about being more aware of complaining less and being more thankful- things have really been going so much better! It's all about having a positive attitude! The thing is, I have always been a positive person, but understandably, I allowed myself to get drawn into an extremely negative place when I lost Roscoe- it's just taken me a little longer than most to pull myself out of the darkness that I have been in- I'm still working on it (with lots of prayer!) but I am feeling better as the days go by. The house has been a great distraction and has kept me extremely busy from getting too lost in my thoughts. I feel like it has helped me to have something to look forward to and like a good friend of mine said, it's a new start for Reggie and myself- which I think is just what we need.

In other news, the house is coming along really great! It looks like we are going to pull it all together right at the very end of our move out date!

This week:
// Finally made a decision on a paint color! We will be painting on Friday!!
// Purchase last few lights- bathroom & closet
// Finally made a decision on the wood floors & we ordered them - they were more than what we wanted to spend, but we want a quality wood & a look that we will love.
// Chose a granite contractor & he will be out to template our kitchen & bath next week
// Emailed the cabinet contractor to let him know that he can start installing cabinets on Monday

Planned for this weekend:
//Paint entire house on Friday
// Husband put up backer board in bathroom
// Go through more things & pack

Next week:
// Cabinets being installed
// Lighting being installed
// Granite contractor to template & measure (2 weeks for complete installation)

Honestly, in my mind I am already planning ahead to the week after next- hopefully, putting down tile, having the garage doors installed and maybe put up deck railing.

We may have some other good news coming up next week, but I don't want to share the details until I know for sure. One day soon, I am going to tell you all about our journey the past 7 years to present- from the place we were at to where we are now is proof that God's hand has been over us the entire time, planning out our future and guiding us into the right paths. When we were at our lowest times and things looked hopeless, it was God who came through, every time we called on him. But, that will take up an entire post, if not more, so I will save that for another day!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful week!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Life is a Whirlwind!

Life has been such a whirlwind lately, especially now that we are on a time crunch with our house- we had to give our apartment a 30-day notice so now we are looking at 17-24 days move time. As if I weren't stressed enough already- we are waiting on the drywall to be finished, deck railing, kitchen cabinets, granite, tile floors, lighting and plumbing done before we can move in. This ----->girl is doing some serious praying. I have also been busy packing, going through things- some selling but mostly donating to the Goodwill. I sadly had to cancel my beach day with some girlfriends because I have been so stressed out- right now it's push, push, push until we get moved out and settled. But I know soon it will be worth all of the hard work that we are putting in.

Accomplished this weekend:

// covered up the underground gas tank which took several hours
// cleaned-picked up tree limbs/sticks
// emailed 4 granite places with pdf to get different quotes/time frames
// drove to Tallahassee to pick up 2 ceiling fans & kitchen light
// ordered remaining door hardware
// ordered more wood floor samples
// looked at kitchen appliances
// sorted through more things- donate, sell, and throw away piles

On top of all of that, I actually managed to do laundry, dishes, 1 homemade dinner and some food + wine shopping, so it was a fairly productive weekend!

Planned for this week/weekend:

// buy wall paint + ceiling paint and remaining lights for bath & closet
// paint ceilings & walls
// clean more construction debris
// have electrical contractor come back to finish putting up lights
// organize/pack more
// today- choose & order hardwood flooring

I am exhausted, but thankful for God blessing us all throughout this house-building journey- he has blessed us with amazing contractors and nice weather for the most part. It's been nice to have this to keep us busy and keep our minds occupied on positive things. God is good, all of the time.

Hope that you are all having a great Monday wherever you are!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Almost There!!

The kitchen contractor emailed us the preview of how our finished kitchen will look- it's perfect!

Drywall has all been hung today- 1st inspection cleared. They may be finished by Thursday.

Yesterday, after I wrote about being more thankful and complaining less- my day today went much smoother. My husband spoke with the U-haul manager about the two flat tires and they gave us the 1 day rental credit back plus another $10 credit to go towards our next rental.  I also received an email for a job position that was perfect for my husband and I used my lunch break to submit his resume.

I can't believe tomorrow is Wednesday already, we have been really busy at work and with house stuff and this week has flown by! Tomorrow we meet with the cabinet contractor to sign the contract and make half the payment up front, then we will be going to Lowe's to buy paint and choose our lighting. It's hard to believe that the house will be painted with lights and cabinets next week! By the first of July, we will be installing sink bases, faucets and choosing our granite.

The one thing that may take longer will be the hardwood and tile floors- once that is done, it is time to move in! If we stay on schedule we could be moved in by July 12th weekend- hopefully, I will have time to start packing and going through everything- the less we move, the better! It would be really perfect to celebrate my husband's birthday (July 20) already living in our new home!

Well, enough about the house- I need to get some rest- tomorrow is another day. I hope that you are all having a wonderful week! 

*This picture below is when we would take Roscoe walking every day around Cherokee Lake and we would all go together to look at the new house construction- Roscoe loved running around in the grassy open area :)