On the road to our sweet Alabama home

Last Saturday morning we piled the kids into the minivan and pulled out of Tucson to head east. During our five days in the car we crossed through a total of six states. We covered over 1600 miles. We ate more than our fair share of restaurant meals and road snacks. We sang countless choruses of Paul Simon songs. We passed mile after mile on Interstates 10, 20, 30 and 40. In Little Rock, we … Continue reading On the road to our sweet Alabama home

Farmhouse-style great room ideas and inspiration

Farmhouse-style great room inspiration and ideas

We just returned from another trip to Huntsville during which we got to see the construction progress on our home there. This was an exciting visit for me because several of the design aspects I was most looking forward to seeing had been installed. For starters, the lights are up! Here are a few of my favorites. This is a hallway off the kitchen. The doorways you see lead to the utility room, pantry, mudroom … Continue reading Farmhouse-style great room inspiration and ideas

Farmhouse kitchen inspiration and ideas

Farmhouse kitchen inspiration and ideas

Progress on our house in Alabama has finally started to gain some momentum. It’s so fun to get texted photos from our real estate agent. Each new round of pictures show a ton of changes! Our cabinetry went in last week. With its addition, I really feel like it’s starting to look like an actual house instead of a construction site. Take a look with me. This one shows the wall of cabinets where the … Continue reading Farmhouse kitchen inspiration and ideas

Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

Remember how–last year–I said that we were moving to Alabama? Well, here it is 2016 and we haven’t gone anywhere yet. It’s not that we are dragging our feet on the move; we most certainly are not! The problem is that the builder is not making as much headway on our new construction home as we’d have liked. Originally they gave us a completion date of late December. When October rolled around and they hadn’t … Continue reading Farmhouse style dining room ideas and inspiration

Scripture on support beams of new construction house

Writing Scripture on support beams of new construction

Hi, friends! With the Thanksgiving holiday and a replenishing visit with my people under my belt, I’m trying to tiptoe back into normalcy this week, starting with sharing some photos of the new house today–only these pictures might not be what you expect. Jeff and I had the chance to visit Huntsville last month–just the two of us. As you might imagine, visiting our under-construction home was high on our list of priorities while we … Continue reading Writing Scripture on support beams of new construction

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The 28 Homes Project

One of the most tedious aspects of building a home in one city while residing across the country in another is the decision making. Trust me when I tell you that there are a LOT of decisions that go into building a new home. As the customer and future homeowner, we get to choose things like where we want phone and cable outlets placed. They ask whether our interior doors should have panels or arches … Continue reading The 28 Homes Project

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Late October construction progress

When last I updated with construction progress on the Alabama house, it looked like this. I snapped that photo on October 3rd, just before we headed to the airport after our last trip. The good news is that they are making significant progress on our home. The bad news is that pesky rain is forecasted for much of this week and next and may delay the next steps. Our real estate agent has been kind … Continue reading Late October construction progress

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Best Restaurants for Families

During a recent ten-night trip, my family had the opportunity to travel through several states. Because we opted for standard hotel accommodations, we were left without the means to prepare meals and we did a lot of eating out. If you’ve been reading my blog long, you know that I am not a fast-food type of girl. When dining out with the whole gang, my preference is for casual, family-friendly restaurants that offer an upscale … Continue reading Best Restaurants for Families

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