Well, it finally happened. We closed on “The Big House” in early June.


Honestly, we were beginning to think it was never going to happen. In fact, Hubby and I were already making plans to cancel the whole adventure and move back in to the big house. That’s actually why I’ve been putting off writing about our progress. Not only has there not really been any… I was worried I would have to tell you all the dream was over before we even had a chance to begin.
It seemed like forever before we even received an offer and after we did, so many issues kept popping up. And the house was only a few years old! What a roller coaster ride that was. We sure are glad that part at least is over! And more good news – while we were waiting for closing we found our dream property. It’s 12 acres of beautiful land with trees and a creek, not far from where we used to live.
view of the back of the land
Of course, now we’ve got a whole new roller coaster ride ahead of us.
Our original plan was fairly simple. Our family was going to crash at Hubby’s parents’ house for a few weeks while we wait for the house to sell (“a few weeks” – we were so innocent back then). After that, we would find a house on a few acres and move out there, sell his parents’ house, and then use that money to build a guest house on the property for them to move into. Obviously, we decided buying land and building was the way to go, but even then there were way more options to consider than we realized.
creek that runs through the property
We’ve gone back and forth on our plan, changing it many, many times since then, for various reasons. We’ve gone through several different lenders and builders, and I can’t even tell you how stressful THAT was. Yet again, we reached a point where I was sure we were going to have to give up on our dream. Then one particularly bad night, Hubby said, “I know you’ll figure out a way to make it work.” His confidence in me gave me just the boost I needed, and I decided I couldn’t give up yet. Together, we came up with our new and improved plan…
space baby in front of the sycamore tree
We’ve decided to put a large metal home out on the land and all live in the same house together. (Metal homes are the way to go, y’all. We’re building ours for less than half the cost of what we were quoted for a traditional home!) We will have some separation and privacy, but we’re still sharing the same building. And we’re all living here together while it’s being built. Which was obviously not the plan at all in the beginning, so no one was prepared for living in these tight quarters for such a lengthy amount of time. Also, I might have said before that the house was 1,800 sq ft. I was wrong. It’s actually 1,500 sq ft. So it’s cramped.
But to be honest, it’s not as bad as I’m making it sound. We are actually all getting along really well. We’ve had a few hiccups, but that’s only been caused by stress outside the home – mostly health issues, work issues, financial issues – all of which are outside of our control. Overall, I think we all enjoy living together, and we are really beginning to get excited about the move.
We’re having to push out our closing date on the land, which hopefully the seller agrees to (fingers crossed) and next week we have our first meeting with the designers. I really believe if we can survive what we’ve been through already, we can get through anything!