Saturday, July 11, 2015

Home Buyers Class

Purchasing a home is exciting. However, that doesn't mean that all the events leading up to it will be. Today we had to wake up before the sun, in order to drive an hour to attend a Home Buyers Class. This is one of those "hoops" that we had to jump through to meet the terms of our loan, but it definitely wasn't something that we were looking forward to.

When the alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I definitely thought about hitting snooze. Not a bone in my body wanted to wake up and make that hour drive. But, I want this house. So, I begrudgingly woke up, got out of bed, straightened my hair, put my makeup on, and then started the next dreaded task of waking up the sleeping bear that was lying next to me.

Now, you need to understand that I have often been made responsible for waking up my husband. It is not a task that I enjoy. I would much rather let him sleep. And most days, because I go to work before him, I don't have to do this. But alas, this morning I had no choice.

So off we go to our home buyer's class. We made it there right on time, after driving an hour to get there. I won't lie and say the class was an extreme waste of time... but both my husband and I did know 99% of the information he shared and well, let's just say when he needed an answer he stared both of us down. It was kinda amusing. But I tried not answering everything, since I wanted to give others a chance to get involved.

One of the most beneficial parts of the class was when the Inspector came. If your going to buy a house, remember to always take a quarter and a flashlight with you. The flashlight is to obviously look in those darker places (like under the house, in the attic, etc.) and the quarter is to gage the size of any cracks in the wall. If you can slide the quarter into a crack, as if it was a slot machine, you have a problem.

There were a few other things we learned, but I won't bore you with the details.  Let's just say, that I was really happy when 3:30 came around, we were handed our certificate, and able to leave.

My advice: if you're buying a house for the first time, look up the times and classes for your nearest Home Buyers Class and schedule yourself a class. Yea, it's 8 hours. Yea, you'll be glad when it's over. But most importantly, you will be glad you went.

We have less than a month until we close on our house. To put it simply, I can not wait!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For this house I have prayed

For the past couple of months.... years.... I have been praying that God would lead my husband and I to the perfect house.

A couple of weeks ago we put an offer in on this beautiful house. It is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for us in every way! When I walked in, I could see us raising a child in the house and even playing with our grandchildren one day. I envisioned the house-warming party that we would be throwing for all of our friends and family, as well as the many Thanksgivings, Christmases, and various other parties that we would host.

After a night of very little sleep - and LOTS of praying - we found out that our offer was accepted! Both my husband and myself were completely and utterly ecstatic! If everything goes as planned we will be moving out of our 3-bedroom rental at the beginning of August and Makin' Home at our new, first home!

I can not wait to make this house our home! Thankfully, it isn't a "fixer-upper." However, I know there are tons of DIY projects that I can't wait to get started on! While I wait, I will simply visit my favorite idea site - Pinterest - to gather as many great ideas as I can use!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Simply Me

Hi ya'll! I'm so excited to be taking this step! I've been wanting to do it for a really long time now! I used to have a teaching blog (and am currently working on revamping it and bringing it back). I still teach and love every bit of it.

...But I wanted a blog that I could simply be me. Share my inspirations, my favorite new things for the home, my latest DIY projects, and even all of the events that I plan.

So after thinking about it for a long time, I decided I was going to take the step and make it happen. So here I am. My blog. My place to talk about my life. My time for "Makin' Home!"

So who am I?

I am a twenty-something wife, sister, aunt, friend, and teacher. I am a Christian and I do believe in God. I have just started attending a new church that I love! For the first time since I was a child/teenager I actually wake up on Sunday mornings excited to go to church!

After what happened at my last church, that is a HUGE accomplishment!

My husband and I were married this past October 14th!

It was the wedding of my dreams. I'm sure that you will hear all about it in the future as it was a very DIY wedding and was just extremely beautiful. *Yes, I know. I'm biased! I'll let you judge for yourself when the time comes! But for now, just trust me (and everyone who attended)... it was gorgeous!*

We are looking forward to buying our first house together this summer. Once we have accomplished that, we will plan the kiddo thing. For now, I'm content being just an aunt.

To wrap it up: this is who I am.

I hope that you stick around to hear about all the fun, crafty, cool things I do and make.

This blog is simply me.