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Buying our house / no.20

buying our house

J and I agreed we wouldn’t start the house-buying process until July 2013. Logistically, and financially, it just didn’t make any sense to start it any earlier.

I saw our house listed on the market in early May last year, and I knew it was the perfect house for us. I was sure it wouldn’t still be on the market by our July start date, so after months (years?) of constantly checking online house listings, I stopped looking altogether. I was getting too emotionally involved to this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home and I didn’t want to rush into a decision we weren’t ready for.

At the end of June, I went back online and saw that miraculously the house had not been purchased yet. I showed it to J, and he loved it. It was in our price range and had everything on our must-have list and even our want-to-have list.

The next week was crazy: We got a realtor on June 28, saw the house on June 29, made an offer on July 1, counter-offered July 2, and our offer was accepted on July 4th.

Given that this was the most expensive purchase we have ever made, it’s surprising how easy and quickly we made the decision. We found ourselves under contract for this house after six days of starting the process.

Over a year later, I still can’t believe how lucky we are to live here.


Read more: our house-buying process, before we moved in tour, and how we saved for a house. Some room tours are shown here, and I hope to have an updated home tour on the blog soon. :)

Doing the Whole30 diet / no. 19

doing the whole30 diet

All of the reasons why I’m glad I did this diet are listed in this post. :) And yes… I owe you guys the recipes I made and my meal plans from that month. Eeks! I gotta go find that food journal and write it all down for you guys….


Have you ever done the Whole30? If yes, would you ever do it again? (I’ve thought about doing it again recently… but then J reminds me about the time I swore never ever to do a crazy diet like that again. Hmm.)

Trying long distance / no.18

trying long distance

You know how people say you’ll fall in love when you’re not looking? I never understood when that would happen. I was always looking. I wanted to be in a relationship so bad in college, and was always looking for The One.

Well, “those people” are right. The one time in my adult life I was not looking for a relationship, was when J asked me on a date.

I had just graduated from college and in two weeks was about to move to DC. He was just a friend, who I kind of liked but thought was a little goofy and nerdy, and I was so focused on my move him asking me out caught me off guard. We had a great time and then spent the next two weeks practically inseparable. It was one of the loveliest, most memorable two weeks of my life, but I didn’t want to start a relationship! That was not in my plan! I was about to move to DC, start my career and would meet and marry someone in DC (ha! so thankful that did not happen). Long distance was NOT on my agenda.

J was convincing though, so I decided to give long distance a try. I didn’t tell him this, but secretly set an expiration date of one month to see if it was worth pursuing any further after that.

Well, we all know how this story ends.

A month went by and I was a smitten kitten. We did long distance for two years, until I moved to NC in 2010.

Long distance was not easy, but it was a really great way to start our relationship. When you have nothing to do but talk to each other on the phone, you get really close really fast, and treasured our time in person so much more than if we had been in the same town. Trying long distance turned out to be one of the greatest decisions in my life.


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