Monday, January 12, 2009

House Building 101

Okay, so as a rule we have built a house every 2 years since the kids were born in an effort to completely eliminate all of our debt and while it hasn't worked out perfectly, we are now building our 4th and final house out in the country away from it all. The sacrifice has been huge over the last 8 years, but I have my own little saying that I like to repeat over and over again to the kids, "A house is just sticks and bricks, its who is inside that makes it home." We have all enjoyed the process of building and have learned so much along the way about ourselves, our family, and really how not-so-normal we are (at least that is what Im told). So I would love to share our journey with you and keep you updated with our progress. Every Monday I will share what's happening at our house and give you an updated pic. While right now it may seem kind of boring, things should pick up and get interesting over the next few weeks. Today Im sharing a few pictures just to catch you up!! I hope you enjoy our journey as much as we do!! When you want to dig a pond and it not take you 400 years, we have learned that this is what you need...WOW!! THOSE TIRES ARE TALLER THAN ME!! Our little slice of the world right after the pond was dug! Forms can only mean one thing...WERE GETTING CONCRETE!! You would think concrete was gold around here. It is just the best gift!! WE HAVE CONCRETE!! And a week later, this is what we have!! How exciting, it is really a house!! This is the view from the playroom upstairs. Yes, we are in the middle of a huge cow pasture. How's is that for country living?? Here is the same pond, just a few weeks later. This is actually a few days before Christmas. Is is obvious I live in Louisiana? Tank top and shorts a few days before Christmas?? This really has absolutely nothing to do with our house, but just to prove our Louisiana weather to you this picture was taken about a week before the above picture of my daughter in a tank top and shorts. It snowed 6 inches here on December 11th and we were in tank tops and shorts on December 20th...CRAZY!! Here is where we are today! Our electrical, heating and air, and plumbing are all done and we are hoping to get a roof by the end of the week. YIPPEE!!! I can't wait to show you the progress next week!! Maybe by then we will be moved in...HA HA HA!!


  1. How exciting!! Your house looks like it is going to be amazing.

    In answer to your question...I have the chalk stored on a shelf in the pantry. I do need to get a bit more creative about it though. :)

  2. This will be fun to stay updated on the progress of your home. I'm just a little envious though that you are out in the country like that:) What a beautiful picture of the snow covered trees too!

  3. My kids noticed the John Deere tractor right away!!! Ponds are so much fun. My parents have one and my kids love to fish in it.


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