And then it was time to unload.  Could NOT have done that without my parents, in laws, brothers and friends.  It was crazy.
There is a long story behind this house so Ill try and keep it short, but basically my mother in law came up to this lady and asked if she would be willing to sell her house bc we were moving to town and Jan liked her house.  Jan walked through and she was in love.  I was a little harder sell.  See, Jan has a vision and can see things.  She is truly gifted. (She and my father in law just recently transformed the house they live in now.  It was falling apart and they put it back together 100 times better than it was before- in record time and with a perfectionist eye).  Jeff and I came to town, saw the rainbows on the floor and decided we were in.
That was just the beginning.
The house was in bad shape.  The outside looked like christmas (red roof, brick and different shades of green trim) on the outside and was dark on the inside.  Not to mention that it needed foundation work, had hail damage and a mauve bathroom (that I loved, of course).  Needless to say, we got a good deal, didnt have any realtor fees (thanks Jan!) and went to work changing a lot about it- save the gorgeous windows, the painted tile kitchen, and leaving the scuffed up floors (to get even more scuffed up with our bikes, cleats, and rollerblades).
My in laws did most of the work, as we were still in Tyler, and they knew tons of people in our new hometown who could do whatever the house needed for the best price.  They were LIFESAVERS and transformers- to say the least.  They completely changed our house into what it is and I could never express how thankful I am to them for all of their amazing work. They are truly the kindest and most generous people I have ever known.
So, I will put up some before and afters so you can see the incredible change, once the inside gets a little more presentable. (Living out of boxes is ok for the first year, right?)
Overall, it has been a pretty easy transition.  I was fully prepared for a rocky and rough time adjusting, but it has all been so much smoother than I could have ever thought.  I was so nervous that when we moved closer to friends and family that they would all have a new life and it would be hard to work our way into their everyday.  And, of course everyone does have their own life, but so many people have come out to see us and it just has meant so much.  I know that I still have to make friends in my little town and that I cant force myself into my friends' friends lives (though we know I will try :), it is still just so comforting to know that the friends that I have are the friends I will always have.  No matter where I live.
perot museum
Here is a little of the outside before-
A little dark, and though I love christmas, it was not my favorite combo.
After we lightened it up quite a bit and cleaned up the yard-
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support and coming over, helping move, unload, or just thinking about us in this transition. I know that we still have a ways to go before its any sort of normal over here, but it has been so much better than I could have ever expected and I look so forward to whats in store.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Brittany Strebeck said...

your new home is adorable, kristen! what a charming little house. i can't wait to see more pics!

jennifer said...

couldn't be happier to have you here!!!

Nan Burger said...

It looks so beautiful, Kristen. I walked through with Jan before you bought it and KNEW it would be fabulous when I heard all of Jan's ideas. I also know that they thoroughly enjoyed working on all the renovations! It is just something that those two do SO WELL!!!

Leslie said...

Gorgeous and looks just like your family!!! Love what all of you have done so far!!!! Awesome!!

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