Monday, August 10


What: Okay guys I know it's late, but I just had to share that yes it's true, we bought a new house and we are moving! Well, a slightly older farm-house on an acreage that's just 'new' to us.haha But we're so over the moon happy and can't wait to start our new life there.
Why: Long story short-er, Martin and I decided when we got married that our dream would be to live on a hobby-farm just outside of town. We had tons of reasons of course for wanting that lifestyle, but over-all we thought it'd be a great place to raise tough kids, and a strong family. A couple years ago we found what we thought was the house for us, but someone had already purchased it without our knowing. It was a big letdown, but getting into that mindset helped us realize that it really was what we wanted, and also some of the cons to watch out for in the future. 

How: We put that dream out of our minds and moved on with life in our current house (which we loved then and still do), but as soon as the planets aligned and this house dropped into our laps (by a casual mention from my sister-in-law), we knew after one walk-through just about that it had everything we'd been looking for, and more! It's really our dream house through and through, and one of the biggest things we love about it is that it's very close to a lot of family. We just think that especially with everything that's changed in our lives this year and how things could change in the future, moving closer to our families is the way to go. It's just all really felt like 'destiny' if you believe in that sort of thing:)

Where: We're actually only moving a little ways from our current house! Same city, but instead of living in a close neighborhood in town, we're living just outside of the mass of buildings with more space to spread out. It's really the best of both worlds for us since we do a lot in town with our workouts, errands, etc, but now we can see more stars and hear the crickets... and get animals! 

When: We're actually going to start moving in this week!!! It closed only last weekend (the first of the month), but we decided to step back from the screens (hence my radio silence), pull a few extra late nights, and see if we couldn't get the new place prepped for furniture and moving boxes this week. And we did it! Some of the biggest things we've managed to do so far (with the kids help mind you:)) is we:
- peeled off lots and lots (and lots) of wallpaper (my favorite was the plaid and townhouses),
- textured a few rooms,
- primed and painted about 2/3 of the house,
- pulled out most of the old shag carpet,
- ordered new carpet,
- dismantled the old kitchen (really needed updating),
- picked out new cabinets, 
- chose more flooring for a couple rooms (carpet in bathrooms = nope),
- packed a bunch of boxes,
- painted some furniture, 
- taped about 700 walls,
- eaten fast food a few too many times,
- watched Peppa Pig a few too many times,
and gotten enough paint on our arms and legs and clothing to... paint something really big with.haha

We also traded out some furniture as well as the old kitchen cabinets and appliances for some muscle help, since Evie is only a month old and Martin's not supposed to be doing too much extra (not that that's stopped him.haha), and we've been so blessed at how smooth and quick everything has been going.

So! To wrap it up: Yes I took a bunch of before pictures, and Yes I plan on sharing room tours with progress photos/ before and afters, etc, and I can't wait to show you guys all the details of our new place! I am having so much fun re-planning all the rooms and swapping furniture around, etc, and this new place is going to have such a different look and feel than our current place- I'm just so excited about every square inch of it! I wish I could share a picture of the outside because it's beautiful, but me think's that's not such a great idea? am I wrong? haha Anyways, thanks for reading tonight, and I'll be back here tomorrow to share something else I've been excited to write about for a long long time, so I'll see you then!


  1. Awesome! My hubby and I purchased 2.5 acres in Hagerman and we are currently in the process of building our new home. We have three kiddos, and we too, are so looking forward to having all that space for them to run wild. We both grew up in small rural towns in the same state as you, and we want to give our kids that kind of life. Good luck with everything... can't wait to see some pics! -Kari James #smalltowngirls

  2. How exciting! I can't wait to see the progress.

    xoxoBella |

  3. You guys are such a lovely family! God Bless! I want to have your bod after four kids lol

  4. Oh that is so exciting! Hope the new place will be filled with the best memories possible!! Can't wait to see pictures!

  5. Do people know where you live? I don't but I'm relatively new. If not, I would love to see a photo!

  6. I grew up on a farm and loved it, so I'm sure your kids will too! 😊

  7. Sooo exciting!! Cannot wait to see it. What a dream!

    Kristin //

  8. Wow so exciting! Congratulations! :) Can't wait to hear more and see pictures. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  9. Wow, congratulations Emily! That's so exciting!! My wife and I are getting ready to buy our first house, so I'm excited to see your progress photos and learn more about your process of moving in and getting settled.

  10. Congratulations! I can't wait to see your before and after photos. :) Living in a farm house sounds like a total dream!

  11. It's so good to see you all well and happy and carry on with your dreams no matter what has happened! Can't wait to see all the photos and changes 'cause I believe you are gonna make a beautiful lovely family house :D

  12. so exciting! also, DO NOT post a picture of the outside of the home and your city. i just was reading someone's comments on another blog, and the person was saying how they found the blogger's home, address, value of home, etc all from the picture and knowing what city she lived in. super creepy.

    1. I agree with MJW !!
      SO happy for you and your family Emily :) Your little ones are going to love the run around space . And listening to crickets at night is so soothing . Listening to my own right now.
      New babies and new houses always give life and fresh start . Can't wait to see your photos . God bless !
      Leticia from

  13. Congrats! You're living the dream -- I can't wait to see what you guys do with a farm!

  14. How exciting!! I can't wait for the before and after photos. A farm home sounds so relaxing and nice.

  15. That is so exciting!!! I am so happy for you and your family!

  16. wow this is sooo exciting! congrats!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  17. Really excited for this. We're signing the papers next weekend to start building our first home and I could use all of you beautiful inspiration I can get!

  18. Congrats on your new move and to moving on to bigger and better things for you and your family. I can't wait to read and see more!!!

  19. This entire post makes me happy! How exciting for your family and I'm sure a much needed focus. Congrats to your beautiful family.

  20. wuhuuuu . are there before/after-Posts coming ..
    how cool . I'm sooo looking forward to them .! I wish you
    all the best for your new home . happy living there :)

    love sarah

  21. So happy for you guys :) Excited for the before and after pictures! Can't wait to see the spice rack in this's coming with right??!! If not, I'll be on the first plane your way to hang with the kids and snag that thing off your hands ;)
    Chelsea | East Willow Grove

  22. Congrats on the move! So excited to see photos!!

  23. Congratulations! I hope you are so blessed in your new home.

  24. Congratulations and good luck for the next couple of weeks. I love decorating a new space but I know how stressful it can be when all you want is for it to be perfect and finished. Excited to see all the photos.

  25. Congratulations Emily!!! So excited to see your new home and how it goes. It sounds absolutely wonderful! The universe really listened to you guys and I'm so glad that your dream home came along :)
    Have a wonderful day!!

    xx Shirley

  26. Good luck Emily! I'm so glad everything worked out so smoothly and can't wait to see the after! I know you'll do amazing things with it! Wish it were safe to show the outside because that really is where so much of the charm is!