We Bought A House!!

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Friends, rejoice with us……. WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

Hold on. Did you hear that?!

We have a house!

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Better yet, we bought the RIGHT house. It fits us perfectly and is the ideal next step from the Shoebox for our family.

It’s funny… all last year while we house hunted I said that I felt like God wouldn’t LET us buy the wrong house as one after another proved not to be “it.” Turns out that’s pretty much how it went.

Amusingly we found this house on the exact day I laid my heart bare and published this post on my big mistake. I was frustrated with the entire house search and done with looking to buy. My heart and brain switched to rental mode.

So when Caveman called me and asked what we were doing at 11 a.m. that morning because he had secured us a house showing… well, I was THIS close to saying “just look at it yourself.” I wasn’t angry; I was just checked out of the house search. El Fin. Done.

It turned out that Preschooler Energy Management dictated getting the kids outside, so we joined Caveman in looking at this one last house. As we were getting the kids out of the car, I looked at the simple green house, glanced up the street and heard myself vocalize,”I hesitate to say this, but this feels right.”

It was.

Β Once we walked in the door I knew it would work. It’s a simple 3 bed/1 bath ranch-style. The inside is beautiful (although we chose to do some updates). It has a backyard big enough for a garden and for the kids to play. There is a garage for Caveman’s projects and tools. The location is wonderful. The laundry machines are IN the kitchen, a detail about which I am probably disproportionately excited. πŸ™‚

At 1,000 square feet, this house is even smaller than the one from which we downsized to start our family. After 4.5 years of living in our Shoebox apartment, we now return to a single-family house hooked on living small. This modest home feels natural, easy.

There is no doubt in our mind that this is the house for which we waited, prayed, hoped.

There is no doubt in our mind that this is the house for which we waited, prayed, hoped.

Everything during the buying process went quickly and smoothly. The sellers even put a new roof on the house and garage.

It is going to be SO beautiful once Caveman completes the intro projects. πŸ˜€ I cannot WAIT to share before/during/after photos with you, but for now…

New house

…I introduce The Green House, as the boys call it.

The name fits, I think. First because the house is, um, green. Secondly because we hope to continue exploring the direction we’ve dabbled in in the Shoeboxβ€”a more sustainable, urban-homesteading, intentional, budget-minded, GREEN lifestyle.

So there you go. πŸ™‚ Can you believe it?! We are in a constant state of awe and stunned gratefulness at the goodness and provision of God.

And now we’re elbow-deep in renovations. πŸ™‚

Here are a couple snaps of the first day doing work in the home:

kids eating breakfast picnic

Caveman and the boys

Me and Little Lady

We humbly thank God for gently leading us and providing this wonderful house in His own timing. It wasn’t always an easy road, but we are grateful for the journey and His constant presence. All praise to the KING!

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17

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32 Comments
  • Kim
    March 2, 2015

    Congratulations! I am very happy for you. I would love to have the washer/dryer in the kitchen as well! Thank you for the photos. I am looking forward to the continuing saga of the “Green House.”

    • Evelyn
      March 2, 2015

      Thanks Kim! Yes the saga will definitely continue. πŸ˜‰

  • Deborah
    March 2, 2015

    Can’t wait to see the before and afters. Congrats on finding your home!

  • SarahW
    March 2, 2015

    Oh… Oh my… It is truly perfect. Wow! What a beautiful journey you are all on. I LOVE IT. It is so beautiful, and looks so… sturdy (I tried hard to think of another word… πŸ˜‰ )

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you guys! Maybe we can come see it in person someday πŸ™‚ But for now-bring on the photos!!! πŸ™‚ Love you guys

    • Evelyn
      March 2, 2015

      EEEEEEK!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Haha… “sturdy”. πŸ™‚ Well I guess it has to be!

  • Brittany Bergman
    March 2, 2015

    Congratulations!! What an exciting step! I am in the middle of house hunting right now, and I know just how darn hard it is to find the right place — especially when you want a simple, minimalistic place! They are hard to come by. So excited for you guys and can’t wait to see more pics!

    • Evelyn
      March 2, 2015

      Thanks Brittany! Yes, this one was definitely worth the wait!

  • Jayleen @ How Do The Jones Do It
    March 2, 2015

    How exciting! Congratulations on the house. I love how you got busy and opened up the kitchen right away making it open concept!

    • Evelyn
      March 2, 2015

      Haha, YES we did do that Jayleen. πŸ™‚ The difference is amazing! We love the open concept… it’s so much more efficient for small living!

  • Beth
    March 2, 2015

    Wow! God is so good.

  • Christer
    March 2, 2015

    Yesssss! Congrats, friends! So excited for you guys!

  • Jenifer
    March 2, 2015

    Wonderful! Congratulations on your new home.

    I love those 1000 sq ft ranchers! They are the best. Often quite efficient indeed. I just adore them. Can’t wait to see more pictures. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      March 2, 2015

      Hey Jenifer! Yes we LOVE these little ranchers. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to share what it turns out like…

  • Linda L.
    March 2, 2015

    I’m SO excited for your family! I’m glad you’re moving in well before baby arrives. Your great big smiles say it all!! Congratulations!

  • Jody
    March 3, 2015

    Congratulations to your whole family! What a nice adventure to be on. I know all the lessons of the Shoebox will carry over into your new home. Looking forward to seeing pictures as reno goes along.

    • Evelyn
      March 3, 2015

      Thanks Jody! Yes, we are hoping to live even more minimalistic in the house, but we’ll see… πŸ™‚

  • Jesse May
    March 3, 2015

    I’m SO EXCITED for you, and can’t wait to see more pictures!!!

  • Gloria
    March 4, 2015

    I am so excited for you!! I don’t comment much online – my days of being in the “young mother” mode are long over, but I do remember how much I loved my house with the little galley pass-thru kitchen with the washer, dryer, stove and frig down one side. Kitchen sink and counter under the wide window! The laundry could get down while making dinner, the machines were the same as counter space in usefulness, and it kinda MAKES you keep up with the folding and putting away!!
    Anyway, thank you, Evelyn, for sharing your home and family with us, for sharing, too, your ideas, challenges, and always, best of ALL, your faith!
    Blessings, Gloria
    (aka: Grandma) (aka: Meema)

    • Evelyn
      March 5, 2015

      Hi Gloria, the efficiency of having all the main house hold appliances right there next to the kitchen just sounds dreamy! πŸ™‚ Thank YOU, Gloria, for your kind words of encouragement. I love having you along on our ride!

  • Gail
    March 7, 2015

    You let go of the outcome …then God found you the right house!!!and you’re moving in well ahead of next baby due date. All good. God’s provisions and timing are perfect

    • Evelyn
      March 7, 2015

      Yes, yes yes. All true, Gail! He is so good. Thanks for commenting and for joining us on the journey. πŸ™‚

  • Simplify Life Blog
    June 17, 2015

    Congrats, a house means stability, family, and love in my eyes. I think it is fun to decorate and buy things you like.

  • Erika
    July 21, 2015

    I would be hard pressed to even name more than two times that I have EVER posted a reply online.
    I came to your website via becomingminimalist… And I have to tell you that it is a HUGH sigh of relief. In an area where people seem to be keeping up with the Joneses more than most… I get discouraged when I tell family and friends that I am INTENTIONALLY looking for a house under 1000 square feet with only one bathroom.
    For some reason- the bathroom is a huge mental block for most people.
    What was your experience with this? Am I nuts? Do you have any plans for adding another bath?
    Good work mama. May God watch over, and bless your sweet family.

    • Erika
      July 21, 2015

      No sooner than I posted my reply – the house we wanted got sold out from under us.
      Sigh.
      I know God has bigger plans… But my human ones sometimes get in the way…

    • Evelyn
      July 22, 2015

      Hi Erika, What a gift to have you comment on Smallish since you don’t pipe up often. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing. No, you’re not nuts at all! Actually, yes–the bathroom was a big hangup for family on our side too. We could someday add on to the master bedroom and add another bath or 1/2 bath, but it’s not in our plans. Of course there are times (like, daily!) when someone needs the toilet and it is already occupied. But in those instances we do what everyone else in the world does when a bathroom is unavailable: we wait. We make it work. πŸ™‚

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