Phase: No Longer Homeless

Last week we decided to stop looking at houses until the end of September.

And it was a good idea, no point rushing when we still had six weeks before we had to get serious about moving.  But even though we quit emailing each other potential rental houses, we were both secretly still looking.  Slowly creeping through neighborhoods, hoping those neighborhood watch signs didn't mean the families were calling the cops on us.

Which is exactly what I was doing when I drove by a guy hammering a "For Lease" sign out in the front yard of a cute little house.

I circled around and waited until he left before hopping out of the car to scope it out.

And instantly I fell in love.

I called to get the info and did a little squealing when I found out it was in our price range.

Three days later, we signed the lease and a week from today we will get the keys and move in to our first Arizona home.

The house is perfect.

Like, it meets every single item on our original wish list.  It was just renovated so everything is new and clean, it has a huge kitchen, everyone gets their own walk in closet, and it has four bedrooms which means we can still have an office/school area!  And to top it all off, the lot is huge.  One of the big downsides to our move was losing the ability to send the kids outside like we could at the house in Georgia.  But while we don't have 33 acres for them to explore, we do have a large, fenced in backyard complete with a pad to ride bikes and a sandbox to dig in.

It's in a quiet, well established neighborhood and, get this, four minutes from my Mom's door to mine!  If you've been paying attention, that means Starbucks is still dangerously close.  We have sidewalks and two parks within 1/2 a mile.

To say I'm excited and happy is a gross understatement.

I was pretty sure we were going to have to settle for a house that didn't quite feel like us.  I'm not sure why I felt that way since God has laid this entire move out so smoothly for us.  I feel like this is just another confirmation that we did the right thing by stepping out and following our dream.

obsessed with this little desk!

kids both love their rooms

my closet!!!  Yea, MINE.  Andrew has his own which may save our marriage.

We get the keys next Sunday and the plan is to paint the bedrooms the colors we want and then set it all up before we actually move in.  Since it's so close to my Mom's, we felt like we didn't need to live with boxes all over.  We will see if I can hold off, I'm pretty excited!


Shannon (snapshotsbygidget instagram) said...

Awesome, Congrats, looks great! Is that a chicken coop in the backyard? Solar Panels on the roof?

You will love being settled in to the house, and make it your home :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I love the huge kitchen! :)

kimmer said...

Awesome!!! It looks great!

Tracy said...

What a great find!

Danielle Huddleston said...

YAY! Congrats! It looks great!

Milk and Honey Mommy said...


That is so exciting to finally be able to call some place home. It is also great you were able to find a house with grass in the yard and not a rock quarry. Arizona landscapes are beautiful, but I must have grass.

Amy said...

beautiful new home! Congratulations!