We bought a house!

Hi Guys!

I realize i haven’t updated you all on the house buying process recently. Well, as you can tell from the title, we bought a house!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know all of this already because i update there more frequently, but we closed on the house May 1st!

Since then we have been busy doing yard work, painting, ripping out carpets, and dealing with wildlife.

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We are finishing up all the painting today and tomorrow, then Sunday we will go in and do a final cleaning from top to bottom. And on Monday we have new carpet being installed!

Which means Tuesday will be our official moving day! We are all so excited to move into this house!

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I can’t wait to show you all the house once it is finished and ready to move into. Until then, i hope you all have a great weekend!

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Passion

The other day i was filling out forms for my blog, and one of the questions on the form was “What is your passion?”.

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With passion being defined as “strong and barely controllable emotion.”, this was a hard question of me.

I had to stop and put the form away. I couldn’t answer that question.

I have no passion.

Nothing.

That got me thinking.

Is that normal to be passionless?

I have things i enjoy, but nothing i am truly passionate about.

This worries me.

This makes me feel like i will live a life that is dull/boring or unfilled. Life is short, it is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. But if i have no passion/nothing that drives me, what kind of life is that?

How does one even go about finding their passion? Do they seek it out, or does it naturally come to them?

When i am feeling this way about something, of course i head to Google for some answers. I typed in “how to find your passion” and was thrown into a virtual world of pretty pictures, flow charts and questionnaires.

My hope was high as i clicked on “ten questions to help you find your passion”, but that hope filled bubble burst when i was stuck on the very first question.

Will i ever be able to find my passion, if i can’t even answer the first question?

I closed my laptop and went off to bed with that gloomy thought lingering in my mind.

So, if you can’t answer a questionnaire to find your passion, do you then experiment with a bunch of different hobbies/jobs/volunteer work until you find it? Or, like i previously said, do you wait for your passion to come to you naturally?

I’m still not sure. I’d have to check Google, but i don’t want to get sucked down that wormhole again.

All of this brings up another thought…

Do purpose and passion go together? Can you live a life without passion, but with purpose? Or vice versa?

Clearly i don’t have any of the answers to these questions, but hopefully today’s blog post has given you some food for thought.

Oh and in case you are also searching for your passion (and are better at answering questionnaires than i am), here’s Oprah’s 10 questions to finding your passion. Good luck!

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*Stock photo provided by Unsplash*

 

10 Year Anniversary

Hi Guys!

Today is my 10 year blogging anniversary!!

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That’s right 10 years ago today i started this little blog and over the years it has evolved from my 1 reader (Hi Mom!) to my now 28 followers (Hi Guys! Thanks so much for following me!). 28 might not seem like a big number to most, but to me it means so much and i’m grateful for each one of them!

In those past 10 years we have added 3 more children to Our Family, we have moved from State to State, and we have started homeschooling. Our lives have changed so much over the years and so has this blog.

“Today Dasean finally smiled at me for the first time. It was so cute too! It was definitely worth the wait!!”

That was my first ever blog post! Which, to me now, is more like something that should have been posted on Facebook, but i was a blogging newbie and didn’t really understand how the whole blog thing worked. So, I appreciate everyone that has stuck with me over the years, as i have tried to figure this blogging thing out.

Does 10 years feel like a big deal to anyone else? 10 years feels like a really big deal to me. It feels like maybe i should go out and buy myself a drink or something to celebrate kinda big deal.. but honestly i’m a mom, so that drink would most likely be an overpriced cup of coffee. Cheers!

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House Hunting

Hi Guys!

I’m planning on doing this new thing here on the blog, where i share real life (in mostly real time) happenings at least one day a week.

Today i’m going to share about our house hunting journey so far.

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We knew we wanted to buy a house this year. I shared it with you all as one of my goals for 2018. I thought around Summertime we would start the process of trying to get qualified, etc… but my Hubby decided to talk with a lender sooner, just to see.

And it turned out we were pre-qualified. Yay!

We immediately started looking for houses. We looked at so many houses, and then we found this one that we both really liked. We put in an offer and it was accepted!

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Then, our next step was going through the inspection. This house, although we loved it, had more than a few things wrong with it. It felt like if we would have bought it, all our money would have gone into fixing up all the problems. We didn’t want that. We just wanted to buy a house and enjoy it.

So we continued on looking for another house…

At this point my husband and i both thought it was almost impossible to find a house. We had looked at well over 30 houses! But somehow, another beautiful house came along…

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Sadly, another person beat us to it and their offer was accepted. The hunt for a house was still on and our hope of finding a house was dwindling away by the minute.

Luckily, a few days later we found another house we liked and put an offer in on it right away. It was accepted, we have gone through inspection (which was great!), and we are supposed to close towards the end of April on it, if everything goes ok.

*I’ll share photo’s of the house once it’s officially ours*

 

I plan on keeping you all in the loop with what happens with this process. My husband and i have both decided that if this doesn’t go through ,for whatever reason, we aren’t going to continue with the house buying process. We will just continue to rent for another year or so. So fingers crossed that everything goes through smoothly and we are home owners by the end of April!

 

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Quick Catch Up

Hi Guys!

I haven’t really done a personal blog post in awhile. You know the ones where i share lots of personal information on what’s been going on with my family and me. So i figured today would be a good day to do one of those posts.

This post is totally random, not planned out at all. I just sat down at my computer and decided to start typing, so we’ll see what i come up with…

You guys, life has been a roller coaster ride lately.

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Some things i can’t share with you guys at all (sorry), and some other things i can’t share with you yet, both of which are driving me crazy.

The things that i can’t share with you all at, are things that are happening to another person in my life, but in a way they are affecting my life completely. It’s affecting; my workouts, the way i eat, the amount of sleep i get, my mood, and even my blog.

I hope one day soon that situation will be resolved, until then i just have to survive the crazy ride.

In other news though, I’ve made it all the way through February without any coffee… I repeat, no coffee!!! I’m so proud of myself for this.  I started drinking coffee when i was 12, and it became a major addiction for me in my early twenties. Now, at the age of 32, i feel free from this addiction. I no longer crave it at all.

Lincoln (my 1 year old) has really become attached to me lately.. I thought it was maybe just a cold or teething, but it’s been like 2 weeks now and he won’t let me put him down, he always wants me to hold him or sit with him…

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I joke about him being obsessed with me, but honestly i don’t mind it. I know these days will be gone soon.

Cruz (my 3 year old) is still in the process of being potty trained.. He has been the most stubborn child I’ve had to potty train yet.. I plan on doing a whole blog post about potty training soon, with what has worked and what hasn’t worked.

Karina (my 6 year old) is no longer going to ballet. She started Ballet when she was 5, and she really loved doing it. This year though has been a struggle. She wasn’t enjoying it at all. So after giving it 5 and 1/2 months, we gave up. We plan on getting her signed up for soccer this spring.

Dasean (my 10 year old) just had his birthday last week. He most likely will also be doing soccer this spring. He really wants to go to Lego Land someday. In fact every once in awhile he asks me “Mommy, have you and Daddy talked about Lego Land yet?”. Because i told him that my husband and i needed to discus it and we would get back to him with an answer. Hopefully someday we will make it there.

Samuel (my 12 year old) is always taking something apart. Mostly Nerf guns, which he loves to modify and spray paint. He sure knows his way around a tool box. He currently has no desire to play any sports, which is kinda funny cause last year he said he wanted to become a professional soccer player… Kids sure can change their minds fast!

My husband has been truly blessed to be busy with work. The jobs keep pouring in, which we couldn’t be more thankful for. He also gave up coffee with me this month, he made it 19 days without any coffee. Which i am proud of him for that, and thankful to have a best friend who is willing to support me in such a way.

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That about sums what’s going on in our life right now, well except for the stuff i can’t share… Thanks for listening to my ramblings! Hope you are having a great week!

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