We met through a friend. We lived in the same apartment complex and I asked him out for a group Halloween date. Fun was had by all! We ended up liking each other, well I had to chase him a bit, but after a while he chased me so it worked out. About 3 months later we were engaged and married 4 months after that. Long stor-y tres short.
He studied Landscape Architecture and I studied Interior Design, and while we were at it on breaks, holidays, weekends and mostly every other second we remodeled our 100 year old house. That I still love today. We worked on that baby for 4 years… We learned a lot. Like I didn’t want another 100 year old house anytime soon.
We then picked up and moved across the country for Justin’s dream job in Asheville, North Carolina. I was hoping to FINALLY have kids (it had already been 5 years of hoping at this point) and well, it wasn’t in the plans yet. We stayed in that beautiful garden of Eden for 2 years. Then the big economic crap of 2008 happened and we were forced to find new employment in a new state. Texas it was.
When we got our newest house to date, builder grade beige and because we finally had decent insurance we got working on figuring out how to have kids, and the joke was on us because within a few months a spontaneously became pregnant- literally through the grace of a most loving God. It had been a long haul of 8 years, when our first little girl was born.
It was about this moment in my life with a brand new baby that I realized, I needed something for myself to do. Well my little family blog from North Carolina created to share our lives with family became Remodelaholic. And soon I was crafting and remodeling and cooking and anything else I could do, with a baby, to share on my blog.
A quick 9 months later we were happily pregnant with a second daughter. And I am so thankful to God for these babies. Never has a trial been so sweetly answered as ours had with these perfect daughters.
And so we remodeled and parented and things got really busy. So busy Justin decided to work part time to help with all the demands of the blog.
Then we thought, well we have these babies why do we live in Texas away from our family, and decided to move back home to the beautiful mountains of Utah smack dab into my parents basement, because ya know being self employed is tricky to get the house of your dreams without a history. So we toughed that out for two years (and my parents kindly dealt with us intruding for two years, to give them credit too).
Finally, we bought a house and started to remodel it. This time is was a 60’s ranch house. And while initially it looked nice, our goals were big… (we’re still working on projects more about that later) In 2015 we found out we ere expecting again and we were overjoyed we’d been hoping for a couple years to have another. Sadly we lost that pregnancy half way through. I have never in my life felt such sorrow. and I look forward to raising that son someday.
A few years later we got the opportunity to buy a second house to remodel. We lived there for 5 years, and have been working on it too. But in 2019 we decided it was time to finish adding to our family. We decided after all the years and years of hoping, that we would get some real help, we met with an awesome specialist, only to find out we were pregnant 3 weeks later. God has a funny sense of timing. Gladly and providently the specialist took care to make sure the pregnancy progressed properly. And in 2019 we had another perfect little girl. With the huge gap in ages from our oldest to our youngest I really wanted another buddy for the youngest, and because I knew things worked well for me immediately after we got pregnant right away with our 4th baby. 2 Covid babies. It really has been a magical time for our family. Im tired, did i mention im in my 40’s with 2 babies and 2 teenagers. Somone please send help.
And here we are back at this blog again with two tiny babies and two tweens. (each 10 years apart the 2 oldest and 2 youngest)
Things we love:
Disneyland and Disney World. Well, technically its love/ hate. But usually mostly love. You can read about that on our other blog Tipsaholic.com
Family trips to Tahoe in the summer with our kayaks.
Talking about business ideas.
Building Furniture (I personally like to design it, not build it… Justin is a great builder- But I have taken shop classes and am capable, just not totally interested right now, with so many kiddos needing attention)
The best gifts in our world is our 4 girls.