Kev’s friend, Jason, helped us move the big stuff…

…and Kev’s mom, Katie, helped us move the rest…

We truly could not have done it without them. (Thanks again, you two. We’re still trying to figure out how we can ever re-pay you!)

I forgot how completely physically and mentally strenuous moving is! I had some serious “I just want to get rid of everything” moments during those five, fast-paced days. And by “get rid of everything”, I meant- leave everything right where it was so I didn’t have to lift anything else– ha!

Half of our belongings are currently in a storage unit, and the other half are sitting in Kev’s parents garage…

We’re staying with them until we close on our new place, and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity and hospitality. Max and Kit-Cat are all out of sorts, and I have a full-blown respiratory infection, but man it’s been nice to spend time with them and take notes in Katie’s kitchen…

We were originally shooting for a September 28th closing date, but that got pushed back to October 5th at some point along the way due to a burst pipe underground, out in front of the house. (The water company found it when they went out to turn the water on.) Now, thanks to a water leak inside the ceiling above the kitchen (below the bathroom sink upstairs), our closing date has been pushed back, yet again, to October 12th. #ThankGoodnessForInfaredTechnology!

We’re anxious to get into the house, but we’re so thankful that our inspector (Dwight Leary) found that second leak yesterday. We’re going to ask the bank who owns the house to fix it when we get our inspection report back tomorrow. #FingersCrossedTheySayYes

In the meantime, we’ll just keep prowling around the new neighborhood…

We were smitten with it from the get-go, and we look forward to blogging all about it once the i’s are officially dotted and the t’s are officially crossed on the 12th!


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  1. Dawn says

    Good luck Kevin and Layla! Can’t wait to see what all you discover in your new area!

  2. says

    so thankful the leak was found before you closed and got in there.
    fingers and legs crossed for you while i send out all kinds of positive energy for you!

  3. says

    We were supposed to be closing on our first house on October 5th too. But then several issues came up. My husband’s job was eliminated and the appraiser found water damage on the second floor ceiling because the roof leaked. We first tried extending the closing in hopes that my husband could find a new job and that we could get the bank to fix the roof. However, last night we decided that maybe this just wasn’t the right choice. So this morning I called our lender and told her that due to loss of one income we needed an official letter denying us financing so we could get our deposit back. It was a tough decision but I think in the end it will be for the best. Good luck to you. I’m sure things will work out better for you than they did for us.

  4. says

    Oh I’m so happy for Kevin and You!! does your new house have a wooden porch…OH MY! How old is your new house..I’m so anxious waiting to see it I check daily for a sneek peek…and near a lake..Oh my…how great is that? Well the hard part is done…well most of it let the dreaming begin…

  5. says

    Moving is so exhausting. I remember the last few hours as being excruciating, as in “I can’t take another step!” And you have to, and its usually the worst stuff at the end, the odds and ends.

    Your new location looks really pretty. No wonder you were willing to sell your cottage. This new place will be great!

  6. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    God Bless Yer Lil Hearts!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to see the new house and follow your new dreams and plans.
    I love being on this journey with you two (ah………four).
    xoxoxoxoxo Ter’e

  7. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    P.S. Oh shoot. Forgot this.
    Make sure you set aside a nice fresh set of sheets and towels………so you can easily shower and make up the bed. This is always the first thing that goes in our “MUST” box!!!!!!!!!

  8. says

    Fingers crossed that the new closing date is the *one* — we had a few different dates before it really happened — but it is so worth it! Hope you’re feeling better soon :)

  9. Tina K says

    So excited for you and Kev and what a fun journey for all of us fans to be on with you guys. Looking forward to all of your awesome before/after shots. :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Tina! We are so excited about and grateful for the opportunity to move into this new house. We’ve wanted to move to the neighborhood for several years, and can’t wait to get to know it better! :-)

  10. says

    I absolutely can’t wait to see this new place y’all have chosen and see what you do with it! I know it is going to be incredible. I must say, I’m already in love with it from that front porch! Aren’t front porches the best???

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Lindsay! It does have a nice, big wooden front porch and we are absolutely over the moon about it! Can’t wait to spruce it up for Christmas this year!

  11. says

    So excited for you guys! I’ll keep my fingers crossed all goes well! Can’t wait to see your new place!

  12. says

    Maybe its because we dont know what the new house looks like (we love the hints! Molding, porch, lake!) but it is sad to see the rooms empty. I hope the new owner is a follower of your blog. What a wonderful treat to know the stories and adventures behind each improvement! Maybe the lag between houses will give you the rest you need before unpacking, God’s timing is always better than my plan. I’m excited to see the new house , thank you for sharing your journey! hope you feel better soon!

  13. Genny says

    Moving is exhausting! We’ve done it many times so I know what you are going through, but it will all be worth it! Best of luck to the both of you! Can’t wait to see all the improvements and decorating you have in store for your new home! Love your blog!

  14. says

    I hope you feel better soon!!! SO excited about the new place, I am going to live vicariously through you guys 😀

  15. Bethanie says

    woah, y’all dont mess around…Im going to miss that little cottage…but SO excited to see the new place…Im sure it’s going to be fabulous!!! Get well Layla and rest so you can enjoy moving into the new place!!

  16. says

    I’m in the middle of a move, and in between houses too. It’s a sorta-fun exhaustion:) Lucky for me, I know a guy who owns the awesomest condo and he’s letting us stay in it until the new house is ready. Yay!

  17. Patti Z says

    What a cute picture of you two in your empty house! Can’t wait to follow your adventures in the home!

  18. says

    Ah, as someone who works in the real estate industry… so glad they found those items during inspections! Don’t forget to get a home warranty! That’s what I recommend 😉

  19. Claire says

    I may be more sick about your old house than you are. I loved what you did with it. But I look forward to the projects you do in the new one. I am so curious about it. I wonder where you’ll start.

    • Layla says

      :-) Thanks, Claire. We are over the moon excited to get in there and enjoy our new neighborhood!

  20. LisaT says

    Can’t wait to see what you do in your new house! And I know what you mean about getting rid of stuff. We’re building in our backyard and when we move in I want to take very little with us! The kids are kinda scared!ha!

  21. says

    Awww, I’m so sad that you’re moving I love your house! But I’m also excited about the new prospects in you next home?


  22. Kathy K. says

    Layla, I’ve moved a few times. I’m going to give you some great advice.
    First, the worst is behind you. I promise! When you move in, take your time. Only commit 3-4 hours/or one room a day to unpacking and that’s it. If you break it into small jobs, it is less stressful and actually fun. If you find you want to do more great, but it will help keep the stress and exhaustion down. 1st room-bathroom 2nd room-your bedroom 3rd room-kitchen but do takeout until you set it up. Everything else can wait till your ready. Congratulations!!!

  23. says

    Hey Layla- Moving TOTALLY SUCKS!! No way around it. I don’t care if you are moving to the home of your dreams it totally sucks the life out of you. So I wish you peace, harmony and a great glass of wine!! Oh- the wine can come after your nasty chest infection. Great timing on getting sick by the way!! I hope you are able to get settled real soon.
    Good Luck.

  24. Nicola Blake says

    Good luck with you closing. We ….My hubby and I just closd on our new home on June 6th. we were slated for April 29th intial closing :(.
    We love our house and ca’t wait for you to get into your new home so I can stalk( yes I did say stalk) your website like I do every day for idea for my home. I love your design style and think its exactly what I like.
    So good luck and hope you love your home as much as we doo ours!!!!!!
    Nikki and Cas in CT

  25. says

    I’m so excited for you guys. I still think it is C-RAZY that you packed everything that FAST!!! I’m with ya on the just leave it there thinking. :-) Good luck with the leak issues and getting them resolved quick.

  26. Heather Parrish says

    Aww, I love Dwight Leary! He inspected my house in 1999, then years later, we were in small group together:-) He & his wife Dena are precious!!!! I LOVE my house & adore my neighborhood & neighbors; however, your new neighborhood is one of my favorites. I love how peaceful it is. Great place to drink in the beauty of the Lord :-) So happy for y’all… It’ll be worth all of the delays!

  27. says

    I am giddy with excitement for you both & for all of us lucky readers who get to share this new journey of yours. The hint of what’s to come with the porch, wooden shutters & a lake OH MY! Waiting anxiously for the 12th, as I’m sure you are too! Enjoy your time with Kevin’s family. We are living with my Mom, as our latest renovation journey has lead us there. It’s a time we will remember forever & we are so thankful!

  28. Linda says

    We haven’t moved for forty, yes FORTY, years and even the thought of it scares me! Hope you are well and rested before the next stage of your move.

    I loved your old house and loved following each new project so can’t wait for the new journey to begin.

    Take care of yourself!!

  29. becky up a hill says

    That gadget that showed the water leak is amazing! We are having some plumbing done next week I hope and I do have concerns about one ceiling, going to ask if they have this. Happy Move..can’t wait to see your new digs!

  30. JolieAnne says

    I can hardly wait for you and Kevin to show us the new house!
    I am sorry you have an infection. I believe in eating
    raw garlic to keep my immune system in good working order!
    Just hope you are going to be fine, very soon!

  31. says

    Congrats to you both on the new place we of course can’t wait to see the digs, see how you make it your own. I so understand the moving blues.. We are moving after being in our home for 25 years.. good golly you forget about all the underpinnings those un-fun to move items.. shovels and hoes.. My husband is a DIY guy as well so we have things like dry wall trowels. Lots of stuff, lots of moving.. It’s like having the flu you just can’t wait for it to be over. :)

  32. says

    Great news Layla so pleased for you, hope it all gets sorted out thank goodness for that machine to notice that, the bank own it they should fix it for you, before you become the owners.
    So looking forward to seeing you put your mark on your new home how exciting for you both :)))