An itch, a pattern, and roots. Serious roots.

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Easter Sunday Family Pic

This summer Alex and I will celebrate our 7 year wedding anniversary. 7 years! Which of course is that itch year right? When people get restless and bored?

Well, praise the Lord that Alex and I are definitely not bored of each other but we are mutually dissatisfied with our careers and we’re both itching to find something new. Something that will allow us to be family oriented, productive and creative.

Which leads to me to think that our life is following a pattern. Two months before little J was born we closed on our house and now we started the process of another one almost exactly two months before my due date for the next baby V – this time for a B&B. Operating one has been a long time dream of mine and many, many things have come together to make the time now and the place Williamsburg, VA.

Which means we’re putting down roots, serious roots, in the city¬†that has captured our hearts. Someday soon I hope to write more about how excited we are about this opportunity and what all that has come together to make us sure that this is the next chapter of our lives but for now, please say congrats and good luck. And if you think we’re a little crazy – that’s ok too ūüôā

 

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The New Abode – Part 1

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On July 31st, we entered a growing number of friends and became homeowners. The reality is still sinking in and the work that needs to be done still seems endless but we’re thrilled and already enjoying the many good things that come with owning a home. Alex can frequently be heard yelling “I can be as loud as I want!” in the hallways and picking out paint colors, having new spaces to decorate, and getting excited to bring our little one home to his house is invigorating.

A little background on the house itself before we dive into the pictures of where we’re at right now with renovations, painting, and decorating. It’s the very first house we looked at. It was built in 1954 (older than any of our parents) and has some absolutely charming features and some down-right not charming ones. It’s a ranch and is just shy of 3,000 square feet (needless to say it feels HUGE to us). It has four bedrooms, three full baths, a bonus room (no closet) and three living spaces. It’s sits on about half an acre and has some really old trees on the property. The backyard runs the length of the house and is naturally hedged from the neighbors.

The first room you see when you come into the house is the living room. Here it is in it’s natural state.
Things we love: those built-ins surrounding the fireplace and if you look closely in the background you can see cupboards in what will be the dining space. And the beautiful hardwood floor – it’s all over the house and in great condition.
Things we’re not so keen on: the dated fireplace and giant mirror. Renovation plans in process.

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Immediately off the living room and through the door you see above is the kitchen. We painted the ceiling yellow (Sherwin Williams Daffodil) and are pleased with how it brightens the space and coordinates with our appliances without being too much yellow.
Other things we’re loving: the fabulous, original cabinets and modern appliances. They all came with the house which was an incredible blessing.
Reno plans for this room include replacing the linoleum floor with tile and adding an island and/or breakfast nook.

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If you follow the kitchen around the left you get to what will be the family room. Our more informal, TV watching space. ¬†It’s currently Alex’s least favorite room because it’s pretty gross. The most I can say here is stay tuned for our plans to be revealed. This first picture is what it looked like the day we looked at the house.

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The week we moved in, we rented a carpet cleaner to see if we could get the smell of dog and urine out of the carpet but it didn’t work. So the carpet got ripped up and this is what the room looks like right now. It needs a good coat of painting, carpeting obviously, and some additional love. We’ll get there.

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Back through the kitchen and to the right will get you into living space number three – the four seasons room. It’s just a long porch that has tons of windows and full H/VAC. ¬†It’s sparse right now but we’re planning to get some furniture that makes more of a statement and even (gulp!) build a bar at the far end.

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Right off of this room, there is a small porch that’ll get you out to the backyard. ¬†We envision a prettier version of the existing structure and lots of playtime and parties in the yard.

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Next time: the other wing of the house which includes the bedrooms, bathrooms, nursery, and office.

Laptops, Changes, and Fall (again)

Let’s start with laptops. Today I am giving up my college laptop and although it’s no where compares to giving up a child, since I don’t have one I kinda feel like I’m giving up my first one today. This little computer has been with me for ¬†looooong time and purging it of it’s pictures, documents, bookmarks, and music yesterday has sure been a trip down memory lane. A glimpse into 18-year old Laura, and 20-year old Laura, and even 24-year old Laura that was enlightening and challenging and quite nostalgic.

Speaking of nostalgia – I got pretty emotional two weeks ago when I was on my weekly drive to Arlington. The fall foliage up and down I-95 was gorgeous and I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to spend so much time driving through it this fall. I can say that this summer girl, though cold, appreciates the beauty of this season and I was able to revel in this year due to my work situation. But back to nostalgia – I was sad that my days coming up to Northern Virginia were winding down and in fact almost over and that it really seemed like that chapter of life was drawing to a close and it hit me hard two weeks ago. Thankfully a call from a Williamsburg friend snapped me out of it (isn’t it funny how God works sometimes) and ubber-thankfully my days working in Northern VA are not numbered yet because….and here’s my last point today – I’ve changed employers back to BRI and I will be starting back with them at the beginning of December.

So, even though my resume is going to look a little funny with all of the bouncing around, I am thrilled to be back among friends, using my talents and advancing a mission that I love. And with that I welcome November and the rest that Fall has to offer.

For liberty, kids and the Constitution (again!),

Laura

We’ve Moved…to Williamsburg!

After months of job searching for Alex his search has ended and he has taken a job in Surry County, Virginia as a high school history teacher! We’re thrilled that this opportunity has afforded itself and as of two weeks ago today, we’ve relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia. Alex fell in love with history in this city a number of years ago and is extremely excited to be teaching the subject here. Although we’re sad to leave our little Alexandria apartment, our neighborhood and our dear friends there, we’re looking forward to new adventures and the next chapter of our lives here. And I’m going to work on getting more frequent posts up as we explore this cool city.

Alex exhausted after packing up 98% of our apartment.

 

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Our favorite new neighbors in Williamsburg – 30+ ducks!

The Graduate…

Is a movie that I started but never finished. I just couldn’t get into it. Oh well.

A week ago yesterday – Alex graduated from George Mason University with his Master’s in U.S. History. Both of our parents came out to celebrate with us. The key note speaker was the Secretary of the Smithsonians and among remarks that were felt more like a commercial for the Museums – also praised Steve Jobs’ accomplishments which felt a little bit like a slap in the face to the graduates, but such is life I guess. It’s hard to predict who will be successful and what will make them so. Here’s to hoping that a graduate degree will make Alex more successful that had he not obtained one!

Our parents stayed around of the rest of the weekend and we enjoyed some good food, some great D.C. weather and did lots of walking!

Still don’t know what’s next for us – but trying to remember daily that God knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah¬†29:11) and that he clothes the¬†lilies¬†of the field and feeds the birds of the air (Matthew 6:26-29).

Recently…

Yesterday, 3/16 was an important day for us. It’s the anniversary of our first date to¬†Medieval¬† Times in Schamburg, IL freshman year of high school for Sadie Hawkins – 10, yes that’s right, 10 years ago. Not as an intentional celebration – but as fun date day – we went to see the Wheaton Academy Concert Choir perform at the National Shrine of the¬†Basilica¬†and then went out to lunch.

March has been eventful so far – it’s been super warm and spring is coming early to D.C. We’re celebrating with a new wreath on our door – this one costing no money, just¬†re-purposing¬†things I had on hand.


I’ve been working a lot, but in the midst of it have found time to see my sister twice while her choir was on tour and train for a half-marathon which I successfully ran this morning. Yay! (pictures to come). Finally, we’ve renewed our lease, so perhaps we’ll be in 307 for at least another year…but time will tell.

-Laura