If you've been following along on my little blog the last two and a half years you may know about a little dream Guy and I have had. But before I go into all of that...I want to say that, I feel so incredibly blessed; Blessed by the community we are in, blessed by the people have in our life, blessed by the favor God has poured onto us despite some incredibly hard circumstances, blessed by our growing family, and blessed by the unique mission God has put us on these last 5 years.
With that being said, I am excited to tell you about some very top secret information we have been holding onto for the last 2 months or so. It's been such a roller coaster journey but this whole process has been such a learning/growing experience and we are just so grateful to be able to start living out our dream.
If you know Guy and I, you know that (apart from God of course) we have two very special people that we look up to in many ways. If I'm being honest, I'm sure many of you have them as some of your top role models as well. Who am I talking about you ask? :) Well only the infamous Chip & Joanna Gaines of course!
Ever since we started watching their show we felt such a deep connection with them; like the deep in them was calling out to the deep in us. From that moment on we started dreaming together about how we could "join forces" and work together both doing things we love. We've always loved working closely together and for the first time we felt like our dreams were tangible and clearer more than ever before.
We constantly prayed throughout the last few years that God would "open up doors" for us to live out this dream and basically left it at that. We trusted Him enough to know that HIS timing was always better than ours and He would make it evident when it was time to explore this dream a little deeper. We bought our first home in 2014, which we immediately began renovating from top to bottom. You can see some of our transformations HERE and HERE.
And after we got our feet under ourselves with the constant construction I began working on my own here and there with some interior design clients. You can also see some of those projects HERE. We felt like we were both kind of living out our dream (only separately) and were excited to see how God was going to continue to move through those areas.
Well then baby #3 came along and that basically put all of my interior design aspirations at a dead halt. I was constantly tired and trying to keep up with the demands of raising three kids 3 and under, while running and blog, and renovating our home. I basically decided to "table" my Joanna Gaines quest and settled into motherhood with three and poured more into my blog.
**SIDE NOTE: For the last few years I have tried to ask the Lord each New Year for a "word" for that year; Sort of a way for me to keep my focus on one thing throughout that entire year. Last year it was "being intentional" and this year the Lord, very clearly spoke..."this is the year to TAKE RISKS."
I chewed on that for a few days trying to figure out what it meant when I remembered a piece of encouragement a stranger had given me at my sisters church in Nashville the month before. Again, I didn't know this woman, but she told me she had heard from the Lord and this is what He had told her; she said, "I feel like there's an area you've been wanting breakthrough in and the Lord is going to bring that to you as you worship and continue soaking in His presence...(again, this woman had no idea I even led worship or was musical in any way). Breakthrough isn't something you're going to have to strive for or "earn" it's just gonna one day happen because of your heart for His presence and for worship."
In that moment I knew it was time for me to lay aside the things I so badly wanted and desired, and it was time for me to give back to the Kingdom. So at the beginning of this year, I started focusing my efforts elsewhere. I felt like the Lord was calling me to serve in our church more and so I committed to leading worship once a month for our Youth Group. I had stopped leading worship at our church about 2 years ago when we went on a "baby spree" but after hearing the constant nudging of the Father, I knew it was time to step back in.
Not long after I said "yes," is when crazy things started to happen and ultimately what I'm about to tell you.
We began getting random words from people that the Lord was about to do something BIG in our lives (sometimes the Lord likes to speak to us through other people, as a way to affirm what we are hearing or doing), I began having all these incredibly vivid dreams, and got a serious inquiry about an interior design project in FLORIDA. Shortly after that we were talking with an investor inquiring around about some flip projects when he very casually acknowledged our current home projects and everything we'd done to it and went on to offer us an investment deal on the next investment property we wanted to flip. Without even asking him!
We were shocked...stunned even. Wait...you want to work with US on an investment property??? We couldn't even believe that all of the sudden we had the opportunity to even do something like buy a second house to flip...were we really about to start living out our dreams??? This was crazy!!!
So here we are...a few months later and a couple bumps in the road but incredibly excited nonetheless to announce that we BOUGHT OUR FIRST FLIP HOUSE!!!! (Well second flip house really but first investment flip house). We closed on it yesterday and have been meeting with contractors throughout the last month to get this project rolling. I have been having a blast already designing the layout of the kitchen and bathrooms, picking out paint colors, appliances, light fixtures, you name it!
I know you all want to sneak peak of it so that's what I'm gonna give you! I will post another blog with all the little nooks and crannies of the house but for now....here you go!
Isn't it sooooo cool?? The more I see it, the more I fall in love with it!!!
I cannot wait to take you guys on this journey with us, we are through the moon excited and cannot thank all of you that have supported our dreams exponentially enough. You guys have believed in us when we didn't believe in ourselves so thank you for your continued support and love!
More pics to come of the interior, stay tuned!!!!
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