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Home Sweet Home: part 1

We have just gotten started with our house and we already get lots of questions!  If you haven’t ever built a house the details are probably pretty foreign.  I have decided to blog the process in sections so those curious minds can see and understand a little more and so I can look back at our timeline!

Building a house is something that we have been dreaming about for a long time.  We have been looking for land and trying to find that perfect place to call home.  In May we made an offer on what is now our beautiful land.

The first week of July we closed on that land!


The first thing that had to be done was pick a building site and start clearing and getting the pad ready. This was happening around the end of July and first of August.  After this the footings were dug and poured. Joel did all of this with help from friends and family. fullsizerender

Then we had to take a small break to have a baby!  We welcomed baby #5 on August 9, 2016img_2653

Block work was done on August 19th and since we had just had a new baby Joel decided to contract out the block work so this was the first part in the building process that Joel didn’t do himself. fullsizerender-1

Next there is subfloor and again Joel did this himself with the help of some amazing friends! This was happening at the end of August.  img_3230

First week of September the decking was put on.  Once again, friends and family helped Joel knock this out! img_3668

Here comes everyones favorite part!  The framing!  It goes up fast, (1 week) and so everyone suddenly sees the shape of a house and it feels like things are going to be happening quick.  Good news is, it is another step done, bad news is, you won’t see a ton of changes in the next few steps! This first picture is day 1 of framing.img_3713

I can’t remember if this is day 2 or 3 img_3772

Day 4img_3857

Day 6 framing is done! We did contract out the framing and if you need a framer let  us know and we will send a great one your way! This gets us current in construction because this happened today! img_4030

Joel up in the rafters!img_4028

Joel and I in the window that will be in the dinning room. img_4027

Harvey in his room.  He gets so excited to go in there and tells anyone who will listen that it is his room!img_4026img_4025

The girls in their room.  All 3 girls will share a room at the request of Jade.  Don’t worry, they have a massive closet! img_4024

Kamden reluctantly posing in his window.  He has helped with every step of this house so far.  I am so proud of the work he has put into it! img_4023

That is it so far!  We have really just gotten started and have a long way to go but we are excited to have the bones of the house!  Joel works so hard everyday doing something, even if it isn’t noticeable.  There is always something to be done at a construction site and when you are building yourself you have to be willing to do all the little things (that can become big things) like clean up! This house is being built with love labor for sure!

Family, My Story

Fathers Day

It is late, 11:53pm.  In a few minutes it will be Father’s day 2014.  I have had a rough night with the kids, leaving me up late thumbing through social media. It is currently flooded with well wishes to fathers.  I see women who are adoring and reminiscing their own dads.  I see wives who are celebrating their husbands.  It has left me with a lot of thoughts.  I am not going to share them all, simply because they are complicated and too deep for this venue.

But I have decided a few of them are worth sharing……

My dear husband of almost 11 years is quite simply amazing.  I don’t publicly brag on him as often as I should, but today is a perfect time to give him some much needed applause.  I was just going to post a cute collage on instagram of him with each baby (see below).  Then when I went to make the collage I realized something- what this man has done is big.


At the age of 17, we found out I was pregnant.  I will never forget those few days of pure panic.  I remember Joel being so calm as I cried and cried and cried.  I remember the next day we were in his truck and I said “Joel, what in the world are we going to do?”  and he just looked at me with the most sincere eyes and said “we will do whatever it takes”  He has stood by those words to this day.

As I think about all of that now, I think about how easy it would have been for him to say- I don’t know what you are doing, but I am having no part of this! But he didn’t.  Instead, he went to doctor appointments, watched me gain weight, get moody, get sick, held my hand through labor, and then he loved our son with everything he had.  I watched him work his booty off, and finish his senior year of high school, all while I was pregnant and having a baby.  He stood by me and has never even once complained about our situation.

Now, 12 years+ I can say that the boy who was strong for me, even though he was scared to death, has become the most amazing, Godly husband and father.  He has been our provider, my rock, the love of my life.  He has given me 4 amazing, beautiful children.  He has become the leader of our household and made all of my dreams a reality.  He has worked so hard over the years and continues to do so.  He is showing our kids what it means to be a good husband and father.  He is caring, loving, and passionate about what he does.  He is truly amazing and I thank God daily for him.  DSC_0794eI don’t think I can ever put into words how grateful I am for this man.  He is one of a kind and I am proud to be his wife!

Happy Fathers Day to the most amazing dad I know, my husband, Joel!