When You Need to be Reminded that it’s Worth the Trouble

close beforeMy parents bought a fixer-upper!

mom & dad during

They just kept the shell of the little 800 square foot house they bought. The put on a new roof, new siding, new windows and doors, new plumbing, new electrical, new-almost-every-thing but a beautiful, chippy, built-in cabinet….

They knocked down most of the inside walls and turned this place from a 2 bedroom (tiny rooms) 1 bath, to a one bedroom two bath. They closed in the carport which gave them extra square footage and space for a family room, laundry room and an extra bathroom. And when I say “they” I mean the crew they hired–although my dad, Chad & the boys did put together all the kitchen cabinets over the weekend.



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Dad wanted arches in the house–just like in his grandparent’s house.

picking a color

Mom and Dad sold their house in January and since then have been rotating between living in my little 400 square foot office (with a new puppy!) or staying at Emily & John’s house.

Now that the walls are up and it’s getting finished, I’ll share more photos with you over the next few weeks. I’m so excited for them, it’s the CUTEST little house y’all!

old carport

And as a 40-something mom, looking at our fixer-upper with a literal 12 acre long to-do list–it’s been so encouraging to watch them take on this project. Because as I fret over the       s   l   o   w       pace that it seems we are going at our house, I’m reminded that we have a long, long time to enjoy this place with our family. I mean, look at my parents–they started fresh with a fixer just last year and we all are looking forward to enjoying it with them.

I used to always feel like it was my mission to “finish” our house for my boys. Like I was under some kind of deadline to get everything in the perfect place, to get us settled down and organized. THEN I’d let out a huge sigh of relief and we’d get on with our lives in our finished house that I didn’t have to think about anymore.


I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Life is like a fixer upper. There are things to do. And dreams to be had. And sometimes progress is SO SLOW and then before you know it people are waiting on you to make decisions and next week that part that you’ve fretted over for so long is over and done and you felt like it was going to take forever but somehow it also went by really fast.

Today, let’s enjoy where we are.

Because Home was never meant to be built in a day.




  1. Yes. This is exactly the reminder I needed today. I’m excited to eventually have the “dream home”, but would so much rather rest in contentment and enjoy this season. Thanks!

  2. I’m thankful to have read this post this morning. We’ve been in our current house a year and a half and I’ve not decorated a single room, hung a single picture, painted, etc. We did buy a new kitchen table, but two rooms are still packed with boxes (most need to be put in storage because they contain off season clothing, clothing/baby gear in case we decide we’re not done in the next year or so, and holiday decor).

    I get down on myself about the fact my home is far from put together, but I have to constantly remind myself that in those 18 months since we relocated, I’ve had a baby, my husband has started a new job and quickly left to start a different job that is more demanding, our 2 year old has had medical problems, as has our 1 year old, we’ve had a family member with cancer, and so very many complicated things happen.

    One of my husband’s former colleagues had a beautiful, home that screamed “southern” to it’s core. As I walked around it one evening, I thought to myself how many years of “building” her decor must have taken. I don’t want to create a home based out of a magazine spread. I want intentional things. But sometimes it’s hard to not want to rush the feeling of being “settled” in my home.

  3. Such a sweet home. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

  4. Awesome! Fixer-uppering is the best! Except sometimes when we’re the project, we forget to savor it and enjoy the progress and celebrate the new drywall and paint as we keep rushing toward “done.” But, like our houses, I assume our selves will be the most fixed up just before we depart. Thanks for this today!

  5. I read your blog a few years ago when I use to have “me time”, then life happened and I stopped. I have recently started making time again after purchasing 40acres and knowing that I needed some inspiration for not only the house but the huge pond on the property. You have tackled so many projects and I am in awe. Working my way backwards through the blog. I love everything about the barn, the zip line over the pond and excited to see the progress on your parents house. Thank you so much for sharing.

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