Monday, March 22, 2010

house happenings

I have been meaning to do a HOUSE post for quite a while before the babies were born (whoops). But, better late than never...right?

Anyhoo, this is our wonderful house:

Short story of how we happened to get this beauty: The previous owners, the Kents, were the original owners of the house (they bought the house when it was brand new in 1960). Mrs. Kent passed away and about a year later Mr. Kent passed away too. The couple had two grown sons who were selling the house.

--enter our realtor, Cary--

Cary called us up at about 7 o'clock one night and said, "sorry to bother you, etc but there is a really nice looking house that JUST went on the market and I know it will go fast. Do you want to look at it?" Of course by this time we had been looking for a house for about 6 months and were growing increasingly anxious to find one before the babies arrived. So, we went and had a look. While we were there 2 other young couples stopped to look at it as well--very disheartening :(

The house was nice. Like, nicer than we thought it would be. The decor and style were a little on the mature side for us (come on, what do you expect with a senior couple living there) but the house was very well maintained and you could just tell Mr. Kent took pride in his home.

There was a family room addition which lets in tons of light and looks over the backyard. Speaking of the backyard, I absolutely fell in love with it (pictures to follow).

Well, we put in an offer as high as we could comfortably go but it still wasn't the highest offer. I think the reason we got the house, besides Heaven's help of course, was because Cary wrote to the Kent brothers telling them all about us and that we were a young couple starting our family. I think they wanted to keep it a family home and I am forever grateful :)

So, we are slowly making the house our home. We have plans to add some more space to the two smaller bedrooms and to update the kitchen in the future. We are so excited and grateful to have our house!!

Even more exciting is that as the different seasons progress we keep finding sweet surprises, like these

yep, they just sprouted up without warning and I was quite pleasantly surprised...but was even more surprised as when I found this:

and don't even get me started on THESE:

according to my Nana, these are Irises (yes, about 1000 of them!). can't wait to see when those beauties bloom!

these are (some of) our rose bushes, just starting to bud:

and these are (some of) our fruit trees:what kind of fruit? we're not sure yet but we're excited to find out! we know we have a cherry tree which our neighbors Bill and Connie (who are also the original owners of their house) say has the BEST cherries!

This last weekend Josh and I decided to do some work out in our yard. He planted flowers and Gardenia bushes out front...

and we both planted our garden:
we are growing basil, chives, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers and pickling cucumbers.

Well, this post was mostly just for me to reflect on how grateful we are that Heavenly Father has blessed us with this home. We look forward to many years here.


Liz Smith said...

It is such a CUTE house!

I love that it was served as such a great home for the Kents. I'm sure they had so many beautiful memories in that house and I can imagine it may have been difficult for their kids to say goodbye to it. I am sure they are happy that it is in good hands with a loving family.

HOW FUN about your flowers! I love spring! You guys are doing great too adding all your personal touches. I still want to see pictures of the inside! :)

Brooke Trogdon said...

We love your house and your garden, keep up the good work!

Candie said...

liz--the inside of the house will have to be another post :)