My House Fell Down!

The house we built after ours fell down.
My blog was originally called Home Building because it began when we were faced with the daunting task of building a house. It wasn’t our original plan and wouldn’t be a typical house-build.  (Building on evenings and weekends and half the time wondering where the money would come from.)

At the same time, I was learning how to be a SAHM. I had left my full-time job when we were expecting our second. I just couldn’t balance it all and I knew I was being called to be at home for my family. This was a crazy-hard transition for me, partly because I had never imagined myself staying at home with our kids.  (My friends were all like, “You?”)

As I faced two life-changing events that were NEVER part of “the plan,” I turned to writing more and more. I needed community and I found it when I shared my struggles and became more vulnerable with my peers.

Since the moment that catapulted all of this was when the house fell down, it makes sense to bring all those posts together here so people can get the whole story. 🙂

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When I quit my job and we moved back “home,” we needed a new place to live. We bought an old house and planned to remodel it and then it fell down… Well, quite the story. A story I never dreamed would be mine. The bottom line is, my husband is a contractor and so in his spare time he built us a house. It took 3 years. 🙂

The house we built after ours fell down!

The story of the house and the drama begins here House Plans 101. If you are interested in the process of building a house and some of the details that typical house owners might not realize are involved, peruse these posts. The foundation and frame of the house is documented. 
 
 
Sometime after this, we came to expect a new baby. Pregnancy + a new baby = fewer house updates and fewer pictures. There were some blogs about me having a hard time adjusting to the fact that progress on the house wasn’t exactly what I’d had in mind… As a result, the following posts are a glimpse into the stress and mania that one might go through when house-building is taking forever and not at all following the time-frame of those waiting to move in. 

This post, Turning Fear Into Faith, is a close up look at the kind of emotional roller-coaster that I was on during this process.

Let It Go chronicles me struggling to accept that I had very little control over the process. 
An Actual House Update is one of the last posts before the baby was born. By the grace of God I was in a somewhat calm state of mind. 
 
In September ’10, Edwin was born.. and the house continued to come along but it was still a year after his birth before we moved. His dresser was in the living room of our tiny home and he slept in our room in a pack and play for the first year of his life. We moved November 19th, 2011 almost exactly 3 years to the day after the house fell. Those 3 years taught me more than I ever wanted to know, but I’m grateful for what I know now. 
 
When we moved in the house wasn’t really complete. In fact, there are still lots of details that need to be finished. Despite the unfinished projects, I think it’s gorgeous and every time I pull up to our home I’m amazed and I praise the Lord for what I consider our miracle home. 

 

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