We are closing on a house tomorrow! It is down the street from my parents (about a 5 minute walk) and on a nice wooded lot, almost an acre of land! The house itself is 1500 sq ft with a full basement (yes, that means storage!). It is a foreclosure that has been uninhabited for almost 2 years and needs a lot of work. We are putting all new floors in, painting the walls, and doing repairs on the back room because of some damage. It also needs some electrical work-the previous owner apparently thought they were good at doing it themselves, but they were not. All of the upgrades should be done in a few months and we'll move in then. Here's a picture of our future home:
The plan is to add a 2nd floor in a few years as our family grows, but if you include the garage it is more than 3 times the space we are currently living with, which is really exciting!
Speaking of our family growing, we have decided to move our blog. Having kids and posting pictures of them, we will feel safer having a website that doesn't include our last name. My dream is to be one of those blogs that many people come to read and that maybe we can inspire someone else to consider adoption/special needs adoption. Our push to special needs was on someone's blog :) We will leave this blog up for you to look back (I'm not sure if there is a way to move it all over-that's a question for Eric)
This will show my dorky side, but I wanted to find a good blog name that fits us now, and will fit us later, and ended up thinking of a bible verse and using it to be a little 'punny'. The verse is "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. -James 1:2-3" Which is a good verse to live by, and we are the J's who want to be able to count it all joy-so we will be the count it all J's. It will work on another level in that we want to have a big family, so you'll also be able to count all the J's. The one problem with it is that Eric does not start with a J, but he's a good sport about it :)
And so, without further ado, here is the link to our new blog! http://countitalljs.blogspot.com/