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. says

    Yeah!! I hope all goes well and can NOT wait to “join” you in this journey…which for me includes not helping you unpack! Lucky me!

  2. says

    Congrats on the sale of your home! We’re also selling, and our original closing date was 9/28. Well, seems we have some foundation problems, so that’s currently getting fixed (there are massive holes outside my doors) and our closing was pushed to the 12th too! Fingers crossed both go smoothly. Good luck!

  3. says

    Moving is SO HARD! We ran into a similar situation when we bought our house. Our house was owned by the Salvation Army, and they kept pushing it back because they couldn’t get the whole SA Board to sign the docs. But we didn’t have anywhere to stay in the mean time. We were staying at a local hotel. It was an atrocious situation. I’m glad you guys have a place to stay! Sending positive thoughts your way!

  4. Lucy says

    Layla! We went through the same thing this summer! The previous owners were supposed to move out by July 9 and we finally kicked him out August 30th! We gave him a little time because there were issues with our house closing….then, I was ready to throw him a tent! We are finally moved in and slowly but surely making it ours. It’s a very rustic cottage and very Southern Accents! Good luck with it all….it will work out!!

  5. says

    Ugh! Don’t envy the whole moving thing! But excited to follow along on your next adventure…and I know you suffer from a little anxiety (as do I), hope you are doing great!! ~Kim

    • Layla says

      No, but it is at the end of our street! :-D Thanks for the well wishes, Donna…we appreciate them so much!

  6. says

    We moved halfway across the county in July, downsizing on purpose into a house half the size of the one before. We’d lived in our previous house for 13 years. It took months of sorting to prepare for a mammoth blow-out yard sale. We still moved with more than we should have because I just plain ran out of time. Now preparing for ANOTHER yard sale (a moving-in sale) at the new house. Still surrounded by boxes two months after moving. UGH.

  7. Tenacwalker says

    Bless your heart. We just moved and I would rather take a beating. Hope everything goes smooth as silk with the closing!

  8. says

    What’s not to love about a home near a lake?! Can’t wait to see the new place and watch as you make it yours inside and out!

  9. Amber says

    Oh man, house buying and selling is stressful. We had water problems when we came to the house after closing – big mess but good sellers who took care of the problem, And the crown molding looks fancy. Can’t wait to see the awesomeness that the house is and will become.

  10. Suzanne says

    Does Kevin’s mom happen to live in the neighborhood off of Burbank for 55+? If so, my grandma lives there too. :) Are y’all headed out to The Waters? We are in Pike Road and love it out this way! Best of luck to you!

  11. says

    Oh man…I got a lump in my throat just looking at the empty rooms in your house. I feel like we have all been there and are leaving that little cottage too, but I know there will be good times for you two as you start another adventure. Good luck with moving it all in and unpacking. I like the trim I see around the doors!

  12. says

    I too had a lump in my throat seeing the picture of you and Kevin in the empty room :( But it quickly passed when because I know you two are so excited for this new adventure, and I can’t wait to follow along!

  13. says

    I’m actually quite sad to see you leave your old house behind. I’ve loved watching you both bring your unique taste into each corner of your home and amazing vision and talent to see each project through. I wish I could have bought it myself! I am really looking forward to seeing you start all over again in your new house too though. Good luck with your move x

  14. says

    i feel your pain!

    we have moved
    lots of times
    in the 18 years
    since leaving college

    and i informed my hubs
    that the next time i move
    they’ll be carrying me out

    feet first.


  15. says

    “Yeah, The wai-ai-ting is the hardest part. . . ”

    It’s true, isn’t it? But then things are just that much sweeter when they finally happen! I’ll pray along with you that the bank fixes things. Bless you!

  16. Geri says

    Layla, you make me laugh. I know the feeling of just wanting to either walk away from all the stuff, or turn the house sideways into a big ol’ dumpster. Once the exhaustion subsides happiness takes over we so excited when we unpack it all and think it is all new cause we forgot about it. hehe
    I am beyond excited for you. I do LOVE moving and dreaming about where I will move everything. Wish I was closer cause would be thrilled to help. Can’t wait for this new road and adventure of yours to unfold. Love, Geri.
    P.S. I LOVE..LOVE..the photo class with Kevin and Josh.

  17. Monica says

    How exciting to have the closing date! We moved to NC 6 months ago for my husband to be an associate pastor at our church. We have been looking for a house since then. We made offers on 3 houses, and they all fell through for various reasons. The 4th was the charm, and after waiting since July 20th when we made our offer, we TOO have a closing date for the 16th! It’s been a long haul, and we’ll be so excited to move in at the end of the month, after some much needed flooring replacement. I can’t wait to get in and putter around fixing it up, little by little, making it our own.

  18. Shae says

    Congratulations on the big move. Let me tell you from experience thank God right now they found your water problem. Having a burst pipe in May and now just coming to the end of my forced(very extensive) renovation truly be Thankful now for the pushed back occupancy date. Oh did I mention (this affected a family of five including three teenage children) Patience tested. Will come out smiling in the end. Looking forward to pictures of your new place. ps; did a chalkboard wall in my kitchen because of you :)

  19. Lori says

    Whoa….that’s so strange… The Lettered Cottage without your special touches throughout. I bet your new home buyer would have taken you up in a nano second if you had decided to up and leave it all. Congrats on the new home! Can’t wait to see it. Are we getting a sneak peek? Looks like some pretty molding. Good luck with the new closing date.

  20. says

    Awww so sad to see the empty rooms in your old home, but so so excited to see what you do with the new place!! Crossing my fingers that there are no more setbacks ;)

  21. says

    What a great time to take advantage of some family bonding! Hope your closing goes as planned and you are in and blogging soon. We are all excited with you!

  22. Lorrie says

    Some lucky people are getting a house that has been well loved and cared for!! Going to miss it!! Good Luck on your new venture!

  23. says

    Oh moving… definitely something I HATE to do! When we bought our house my husband and I both said that we’d try to stay for as long as possible because we absolutely HATE moving hahaha. Good luck with all the closing stuff!! :)

  24. says

    Congratulations you guys! Hoping everything moves forward smoothly, and I can’t wait to see yet another house transformation!

    We sold our home last month to help with funds for adopting again (yay!) and are living with my in-laws for a little while too. It’s great, but it sure will be wonderful to have a place to call HOME again! Best of luck to you!

  25. ERIKA says

    I couldn’t find where you posted who won the velvet pumpkins and I didn’t want to miss it in case it was ME!!! :)

    • Layla says

      Oops! I forgot to post those! :-O I’ll do that at the bottom of my next post. Thanks for the reminder!

  26. says

    Best of luck on your closing! I’m sure it will all work out, and in the mean time, the delay gives you a little time to get well before all the hard work of moving in begins. Get some rest!

  27. Kit @ DIYdiva says

    I know the month of trying to wade through the paperwork for my auction-bought farmhouse was the most intense (and intensely frustrating) month I’ve ever experienceed, but what got me through it was how grateful I was to have found my place. Congrats on being so close to the finish line to your new place, and good luck to crossing it sooner rather than later so the new adventure can begin!

  28. Julie B. [Holland] says

    Good Luck you two! Moving is stressful enough without not feeling well. Im so excited to see and hear your new ideas you come up with and show us all. Its kind of like a TV show! Take care of yourself Layla.
    Good luck again…….

  29. says

    How exciting to have so much “new” to share soon! Praying that all goes smoothly with the closing AND phase 2 of the move. What a blessing that you can stay with Kevin’s folks for a spell. Hang in there and feel better!
    xo Heidi

  30. Kal says

    Layla & Kevin – How about sixteen moves in 26 years and that’s not counting the drug house that as the moving trucks pulled away having dropped off our 18,000 pounds of household goods the neighbors told us that not one but THREE swat teams had been in it recently and found it to be a drug house. Yep, that one shall forever more be affectionately know as the five week move to the drug house. Since the government had already moved us Brian and I found another home and had to pack and move ourselves all 18,000 pounds of it five weeks later. I handed the keys to that house over to an IRS agent packing a BIG side arm. Feel better yet?

    USMC Vet, Wife, Mom

  31. Lisa W. says

    OH very excited for you two:) AND that bank BETTER fix any leaks or any other issues for that matter!!! Where is your new house…the pic of keving by the water look awesome!!! And is that you layla on the porch? If I didn’t know anybetter it looks SO much like Jennifer Anniston? BUT I always knew you were a rock star!!!

  32. says

    I’m not gonna lie. I’m jealous. We were supposed to be closing on our house in Sept. after having been on the market for way too long. Found out on Friday both the buyer and her attorney were not too honest and she is now in breach of contract. Sooooo, instead of moving on toward a much deserved retirement, we have a law suit pending.

    Now that I got that out of my system, I AM truly happy for you and wish you and Kevin many, many years of happiness in your new home! Looking forward to seeing all the really cool things you’re gonna do to it!

  33. says

    How exciting! Moving is the best kind of stress, if that’s possible, because you’re heading in a fun new direction after all the uprooting. I’m sure the fur kiddos will get their bearings soon enough.

  34. Lisa says

    I’m already drooling at that sneak peek of trim and did you mention an upstairs. . . I know I’m excited I can’t imagine what you’re feeling!

  35. says

    I hope you are all settled soon and feeling better. Moving is such an upset to life on EVERY level. I look forward to seeing your new house and what you do to it. I got a little twang of sadness seeing your empty house after all the hard work. I can imagine you are both feeling sad as well as excited. I know the new owners will enjoy it. The first night in a new house is very special. Kind of like camping out and kind of like starting on a whole new adventure. I hope to never move again, but I fondly remember my first night in my house. Enjoy!

  36. Pam says

    Okay, this has nothing to do with your moving (congratulations!), delay (good that the water issues were caught before closing!) or your infection (bummer!) This is an off-beat personal question to Kevin and his buddy, Jason…. I noticed that you, Kevin have a half-sleeve and Jason a pretty-much full sleeve. Both are on your left arms. Any significance? My son has both half sleeves, but now I am trying to remember which came first, left or right…. (Sorry, my mind works in mysterious ways, and I tend to notice strange things.) ;)

  37. 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.

  38. 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…

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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!!!!!!!!!

  42. 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 :)

  43. 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! :-)

  44. 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!

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. 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!!

  48. 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!

  49. Patti Z says

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

  50. 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 ;)

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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?


  54. 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!!!

  55. 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.

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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!!

  61. 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!

  62. 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!

  63. 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. :)

  64. 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 :)))

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