We moved from the big, bustling city of Miami (and our first 2 bedroom apartment as husband and wife) to a small town in North Carolina (sharing a nice 3000 sq ft home with Josh's mom, dad and brother).
Erin started a new job.
Found our architect and excitedly starting designing our house.
Got a topographic map of our land.
Design #1 conceptualized, altered, perfected & finalized.
Design #1 sent to builders and came in $150K over budget.
Design #2 re-conceptualized, altered, perfected & finalized.
Design #2 sent to builders for estimate & came in $150K over budget.
Met with architect to discuss reasons for crazy over-pricing on two homes less than 2000 sq ft.
Prayed to God for direction and next steps.
Spent new year's eve on the land and decided to re-think the location of our future home.
Walked property with architect.
Chose new location (our 3rd).
Decided on a new design, this time, closer to the main road/power line on our property and a much smaller grade, and-- this is the big one--combining our house with Josh's brother's house (as he couldn't afford his design either).
Now we await the builder's estimate for our newest design.
So you see now why I haven't written all that much about our home, as we truly haven't made any progress. But there is always a reason for everything. Cliche, I know, but alas, it is true. We know we are destined to be on our property, someday very soon. We know there are wonderful things that we will be doing to help others, as we learn to live off of our very own land. I truly believe God is taking care of us and has a plan bigger and better than any of us could imagine.
Everyone always says that building a house is "stressful". Well, this is certainly true. But it's more frustrating than stressful at this point. But, oddly enough, I have enjoyed designing 3 different houses. You really do learn what you like and don't like. So I figure, the third time is a charm! And we've thought about it now for a year (or more) so by the time we actually move in, we will have thought of EVERYTHING and have a perfect house! Well, at least it will be perfect for us.
Until next time.
Yours in PATIENCE once more,