Our New House

We’re in our new house, and now that the internet service is finally turned on, The Lettered Cottage is back in business!

Which reminds me- a few folks have asked if we’re changing the name of our blog. We’ll still be ‘writing about life in our cottage’, so the name will stay same.

Our new house is a 2 bedroom/2.5 bath, two story, cottage-meets-farmhouse style home. It sits in a quaint, rural community (in Pike Road, AL) that Kevin and I have wanted to move to since we first discovered it, in 2005. The house was built six years ago, and was originally listed in the 300K’s. It never sold, and eventually went into foreclosure. We were able to finance it in the 100K’s, and feel so grateful to be able to call it home!

I don’t think there’s a single fixture, finish, paint color, or design element we would’ve chosen if we had been involved in the picking process- and we’re assuming it didn’t ever sell because of an awkward layout upstairs. All those things made it the perfect place for us though, and we look forward to personalizing it (and adding some square footage, landscaping, and a carport) over the next several years. (Note: We’ll be blogging about this inside of the house soon!)

The whole move ordeal was super spontaneous. Long story short, we didn’t think we’d be able to move for at least two more years, but things just seemed to (miraculously) fall into place over the past three months. We were hanging out with a friend on the 4th of July, who introduced us to a real estate agent, who introduced us to a loan officer, etc. etc. etc. It felt sort of “meant to be”, so we just went with it, and kept telling ourselves it wouldn’t be a big deal if it didn’t work out since we really hadn’t planned to move right now anyway.

But like I said, everything just seemed to fall into place.

Until this past week.

Apparently when they say you’ve been “pre-approved” (and that you’ll need to sell your current house in order to buy another one) it doesn’t mean that you’re officially approved. Boy did we sit on pins and needles as we waited for our final approval last Thursday night. Our closing was scheduled for the next day!

I couldn’t get out of that closing office with the keys fast enough! I kept saying to Kevin, “they can’t take it back once they hand us the keys, can they?” Ha!

By the way, that friend that we were hanging out with on the 4th of July was Kevin’s Shoot Fly Shoot business partner/BFF, Josh. Our cottage is across the street from his cottage, and the guys are pretty pumped about it.

I think there may be a set of walkie-talkie’s in their future.

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  1. Monica says

    OH, you’re going to love 2 story! We close on our house in about an hour! We’ll be simultaneously doing fix-ups!!
    Blessings to you!

  2. Kristi @ Creative Kristi says

    Aww yeah!!! So happy for you two!!! And yes, walkie talkies or tin can telephones are in their future ;) CONGRATS!! (And welcome home)

  3. Christine says

    Congrats guys!! Can’t wait to read about your new journey and life in this super cute and quaint home :)

  4. Tina says

    I love the style of the house! I’m so excited for you guys!!!! It’s beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see the inside:) what a great start to a new adventure:)

  5. Peggy says

    I am so happy for you! You make me happy every time I read your postings, and I am so excited for you to start new projects! Anxious to see what you’ll be doing!

  6. says

    Congratulations!! It’s beautiful!!
    I paint out there a lot and run into Josh sometimes. If you see me painting, please stop and say hello! I’d love to meet you! Hope the moving process goes smoothly!

  7. Jenn says

    I know what you mean about being not really being approved when you are “pre-approved”. I didn’t know that I officially had my loan until 2:30pm the day of my 4:30pm closing! I had to go through so much paperwork and letter writing to get the loan. It didn’t help having an unconventional job with unconventional pay. Your house looks lovely and I can’t wait to see more. Love the blog!

  8. says

    Congratulations and best wishes!! Just from the outside it looks picture perfect and has a warm, homey feel!! God always has some kind of plan and this was meant to be!! I can’t wait to see the inside and see what magic you guys do!! God bless!!
    All the best!!!

  9. Elizabeth says

    How incredibly exciting! Congratulations!!! Funny how life works and some things just fall into place, I can’t wait to read about the new “cottage”! :)

  10. says

    It is so cute. I love it and CAN NOT wait to see what you do with all of it…inside and out! Many blessings to you two here in this place and space…

  11. Allison A. says

    To quote Annie “Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!” It looks so pretty and peaceful. I can not wait to see the inside and hear all the before and after stories over then next several years! Congrats again guys!

  12. Karen D. says

    Congratulations, Layla and Kevin! I’m so excited for you! Your new home looks just beautiful. I love it when certain things in life just fall together. It’s fun to have those little reminders that “it’s meant to be”. What a blessing! :)

  13. says

    Oh, your new home has such great old-world charm! I would never have guessed that it was a “NEW” house!! Love it and can’t wait to take the virtual tour, and see where your new inspiration leads!! Congrats! :)

  14. says

    I am soooo excited for you guys! The house and neighborhood look dreamy. It will be so fun to watch how you transform this home too. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple!

  15. Caprice Fortenberry says

    That is soooo exciting!! I can’t wait to see what the two of you come up with for this house. Congratulations!!

  16. Sarah T says

    Congratulations! That house is so cute! And it totally does not look like it was built 6 years ago! Wow! What a find! I cannot wait to see more posts about it. :) Have fun!

  17. Heather says

    Love it! Definitely appears to have great bones to work with. Can’t wait to see the inside and the future transformations! Totally awesome that you are close to friends AND family too! That will make it feel like home from day 1. :) Congrats!

  18. says

    Hooray for you both!

    I’m looking forward to pictures of Kevin & Josh having business meetings using tin cans strung together with yarn.

  19. says

    This is really exciting…..so happy for you two….I love the style of this house….I can’t wait to see the inside and then when you’ve put your personal stamp on it! I know it’s even more exciting to be closer to family and friends!
    Oh and BTW, I live in Northern California and that house would have sold for half a mil easy – maybe more!

  20. becky up a hill says

    I gasped when I saw your house. Gasped in JOY! You have the best of both Worlds, old cottage style house, brand new. So happy for you two!

  21. Jan says

    Congratulations! The house and neighborhood look beautiful. Is that a lake I see in the background across the street? I can’t wait to see how you personalize the inside. You both always have the best ideas and I love your style. Can’t wait to see pictures of the inside!!!

  22. Crystal says

    Congratulations! It’s a beautiful home and I can’t wait to see all the befores and afters!!! Enjoy! :)

  23. Renee says

    Congratulations, may this be the first of new great changes…can’t wait to see your home and the changes you will be making. You motivate me.Hope all your days are happy ones…..:)

  24. PeggyAnn says

    Congratulations on your new house! I love the front porch, can’t wait to see the inside. Looking forward to seeing how you and Kevin put your homey touches to it.

  25. says

    Congratulations! Love the house. Looking forward to peeking inside and seeing the awkward layout of the upstairs. Great having neighbors who are friends.

  26. Amber says

    Totally get the being pre-approved meaning your not officially approved deal. We settled on our house about two weeks ago, and the about three days before closing, I was scrambling trying to satisfy the bank needing additional forms of credit in case my mortgage insurance didn’t come through. It was crazy stressful. And even the afternoon before, the underwriter needed a last minute amendment. For a few hours there, I honestly didn’t think we were going to be able to close the next day. Talk about pins and needles. Ufda. My fiance and I swore then we were never ever moving again. Come hell or high water, our house is our forever home.

    • Layla says

      That’s exactly how we felt, Amber- and we said the same thing after they handed us the keys! SO stressful! :-O
      Congrats on your new home. I hope you’re feeling settled in already! :-D

  27. Samantha says

    Look at all of those cute metal roofs and that lake view! I’m just going to squeal for you! :D And to have friends right there… I can’t CAN”T wait to watch y’all settle in and fix up this cottage. Hurry up and get started, then go slow with LOTS of details. K??? LOL

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Samantha! The metal roofs and lake are my favorite things about the view out the window on my side of the bed. :-)

      • Carolyn says

        I think that Kevin would say that the view is right next to him beautiful Lady! Congratulations to the both of you.I can see you both old and gray ,rocking on that porch someday.What an amazing home to grow old together in(and I see a child in your near future;you know what they say,”New house, New baby!) There are so many children that need amazing parents to love them, and you two seem like you have plenty of love to give!

  28. Liz VanKirk says

    Oh – How Exciting! Can’t wait to see the inside….. The community so far reminds me of Celebration, Fl – A planned community!

  29. Tina K says

    Wow! What a gorgeous home! It sounds like it was all meant to be. Very excited for you too…you guys are SO blessed.

  30. Amy says

    How cute is that!!!
    I know you will do a wonderful job of changing it to be even more of what you want, especially the inside.
    What a wonderful opportunity!!!

  31. says

    Adorable!!!! Love the new house, and can NOT wait to see what you do with it!!! I try to merge farmhouse and cottage style, so I’m excited for you to the mix the two as well :) Congrats on the new digs!!

  32. Terri says

    Isn’t it funny… when you anxiously wait to hear news about a closing on a house that will belong to an amazing couple …. THAT YOU’VE NEVER EVEN MET!!?!?!?!?!?!!!!???… lololololol… I have really been watching your blog… waiting and hoping for a reveal on the new house!!!! WOWOWOWOWOW …. Just beautiful…. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Blessings, Terri

  33. Michelle says

    That is AWESOME!!!! congrats on your new home. I know you guys must be crazy busy with the move. Are you all planning on going to the CL Fair in GA this year?

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Michelle! We’re not planning on attending this year. We’re up to our eyeballs in unpacking! :-P Hope you have fun if you’re planning on going. That place is so dreamy! :-D

  34. Amanda says

    Am I the only one that thinks the roofline of your new place looks like the one in the headline for The Lettered Cottage? Congrats!

  35. says

    How exciting! We just moved into an older farmhouse (with not even a little bit of curb appeal! haha we rent!) so I am excited to see what you do here and glean some inspiration from you! Any chance you are working with slanted ceilings upstairs…cause they are really bloggling my mind over here.

    • Layla says

      Hi Bekah!
      We don’t have slanted ceilings upstairs, but I wish we did! I love the character they add to a room’s architecture! I would clad them in white-painted wood or beadboard if we had them! :-D

  36. says

    I was going to say something about the name too, that baby looks far from “cottage-y”! I can’t believe it’s only 2 bedrooms! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with it (I immediately pictured it painted a different color than latte with latte trim!)

    The good thing is that since it’s so new there’s probably not much that you NEED CHANGED NOW! When we moved into our 30 year old house 2 years ago I couldn’t wait to tear out what little carpet there was and I’m still dying to take a sledge-hammer to the entire kitchen!


    • Layla says

      Thanks Julie! The whole community is actually entirely made up of cottage-style houses (wood exteriors, front and back porches, pitched metal roofs, etc.) so we felt at home the minute we discovered it! :-D And you’re right about being able to move right in and not having to change anything right away. That’s not typical for us! :-D

  37. says

    Well what a lovely looking house, and with the adventure of making it all yours and even better being able to improve what’s already there..Wish you both happiness and joy for all the days that you live there.. cannot wait to see all the changes and interesting ideas you will have within this little darling of a house.. Hugs from across the pond! J

  38. Kim in Iowa says

    You have a LOT of people very excited for you and anxiously awaiting all the new things to come. Enjoy every moment of making it your own! I know I’m joining in the throng of people looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the place!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Kim! We’re excited to document our “renoventures” here on our blog. #GoodTimesAhead :-D

  39. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Layla, so happy for you two! the new house looks gorgeous!!!! More good things are in store for the two of you . . . . just believe! sending lots of prayers your way . . . . take care!

  40. Brenda Pfeil says

    Hello from Green Bay Wisconsin,
    I have been following you for well over a year and have so enjoyed all you do. Love your taste. Can’t tell you how happy I am for both of you finding your next new “blank canvas”. It will be so much fun to watch the transformation and to see who the Lord brings into your lives to share this darn cute house :) ( ok.. so the word DARN looks like a whole different word when caps aren’t used :-0 )

  41. Diane says

    This house was definitely meant to be yours, it went into foreclosure for a reason – it was waiting for you!! Congratulations and here’s to the making of many memories in your new home!

  42. Kelli says

    Great house! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    On a side note…. I grew up down the street from Aubrie. Isn’t she so sweet? She has always been that way!

    Have fun in the new hood!


  43. says

    That little hiccup at the end was a test of faith. So glad it all worked out. The house looks fabulous! So many windows!

  44. says

    Congrats! That is so exciting…and the home (even just from the outside) is SO CUTE!!

    My husband and I have been waiting to close for FIVE MONTHS! There is an “issue” with the zoning of the house. It’s in a small town in WV, so a bank in a big city doesn’t understand that the zoning code for population 5,000 is a little different than population 1,000,000. UGH! But I’m so glad SOMEONE has gotten to move into a new home :-)

  45. Angela says

    Everything about the outside screams “home” & I know the interior will soon be just as welcoming, once you & Kev work your magic!
    Congrats guys! Love it!!

  46. Hayley says

    Very excited for both of you! I have followed your blog for a while but never commented. I am actually right around the corner from your new place…first house next to the chapel! Currently staying with my parents while my husband is searching for jobs. Hopefully we will run into each other soon!

  47. says

    I love it! After your last post I emailed my husband jokingly asking if we could move and now seeing the house it looks just perfect! Can’t wait to see the inside!

  48. says

    It’s so beautiful! I have two (maybe three) different cousins whose families live in Pike Road! It is so cute, I am sure you will love it!

    BTW – one of my best friend’s lives in Prattville, which is super cute too!


  49. says

    I vote for tin cans tied together with string… old school.
    Congratulations on the new house, and for getting through that final hurdle with the bank! I know I owe at least twelve new gray hairs to the closing process I went through earlier this year. Really excited to see what you do with the interior (and exterior), Your spaces are always very inspiring.

  50. says

    Love the new house and love the neighborhood it’s in! We were just out there having some pictures made this past Sunday. BTW, my aunt is a dental hygenist at Dr. Cornwell’s office right in your neighborhood. If you need a new dentist who’s right down the street, they are awesome!

  51. Renee' says

    WOW, what a darling little place. This looks perfect for having a family. I cannot wait to see where your two furry friends find comfortable. What an amazing adventure. I will stay tuned in to see what you all do with this place although it looks beautiful already. Best of luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you and both!

  52. says

    So exciting, Layla! My grandparents lived in Pike Road forever – it’s where I spent summers and Christmases as a kid! So many memories there. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  53. FABBY says

    Great! Congrats on your new cottage, it looks wonderful! When we’re young like you we simply love our new house like if it were our new baby!! You’ll have so much fun decorating it. Terrific you have your friend living across the street. Big hugs,

  54. Cammee says

    I was shocked after seeing the picture to read that it is a new home, it has such character! And the setting makes it feel like a vacation home! I am dying to get a tour!!

  55. says

    Oh, I know that place! Thats so funny that you”d move there, because that quaint place reminds me of Tybee (which I found thru your blog!) Kinda, Tybee on a Lake. My brother was stationed in Montgomery and we read about and visited that neighborhood in 2007 (not sure I should say the name). I can’t wait to read about your adventures…and see the projects! Congrats!

  56. says

    SO CUTE!! I love it! It looks giant! And to live across the street from you BFF (Kev’s) must be awesome!!! Absolutely can NOT wait to see the inside and the progress!!

  57. says

    I’m so happy for you, Layla! Now you get to show this cottage some TLC, and we all know just how good you are at that! It’ll be fun to follow your progress here.

    Sounds like this was indeed meant to be, and I pray God’s richest blessings for you in your new home!

  58. Jayni says

    What a perfectly adorable house. I cannot WAIT to see the inside–and witness the changes you make.

  59. Michelle says

    On my I love your knew home. No wonder you were on pins and needles. It is absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to see what you do the interior. I love the metal roof and little side door. Congratulations!

  60. says

    Awesome Layla! I’m so happy for you guys. The outside of that house is to-die-for beautiful and I’m sure you’ll make miracles out of the inside. Congratulations!!

  61. Gale says

    I love it – and it looks perfect for ya’ll – know you’re going to make super fun changes and it’ll be great to follow!!

    HUGE congrats!!!!!!

  62. Zolane says

    Just beautiful, Layla; it and looks so cozy and friendly. Congratulations and God bless you in your new home!

  63. says

    Lucky guys, way to go! It looks awesome and what a steal! I’m not that familiar with Pike Road but some college friends have moved there.

    Our FSBO isn’t going nearly as well… fingers crossed for 2013! ;)

    Erin @ Dwell & Tell

  64. says

    Ahhh! I was going to ask how Kevin and Josh were going to hang out together as much with you guys moving. That is so funny! You KNOW walkie talkies will be bought…it’s a moral imperative! Congrats on the new “cottage!”

  65. Suzy says

    congrats, layla! i can’t wait to see what kind of design magic you have in store for us. i do hope, however, that you will not remove the pictures of your previous cottage from your website.

  66. Donnella says

    Love it. Can’t wait to see the inside. Will be praying for you as you begin this big amazing project.

  67. says

    Lucky guys, way to go! It looks awesome and what a steal! I’m not that familiar with Pike Road but some college friends have moved there.

    Our FSBO isn’t going nearly as well… fingers crossed for 2013! ;)
    Erin @ Dwell & Tell

  68. Barbara says

    ohhhh I’m so excited for you two!!! The house is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E and I can not wait to see inside… ! I was on your site to get Kevin’s spaghetti recipe (tonight’s dinner) and saw your news. I attended Haven and Kevin and Josh’s photo class. They’re so stinkin’ cute together (and apart!). This has made my day – thanks so much for allowing me to follow along.

  69. Kathy says

    LOVE IT! It looks way bigger than 2 BR/2.5 bath! And the area looks “to-die-for”! Congrats. Can’t wait to see what amazing things you do to make it home-sweet-home!

  70. Kathy says

    I love everything about it so far! Can’t wait to see more. Very happy for you both. There’s nothing like having everything fall into place so you know you’re doing the right thing.

  71. says

    Congratulations! That house is so beautiful on the outside…can’t wait to see the inside and what you do with it! And already a BFF for a neighbor…lucky ducks!

  72. says

    Just when I was feeling sad that you left that amazing home, you move into this super charming house! Looooove it! You will love the rural feel! And I have a feeling you guys are going to do some incredible things here, to the house and with starting a family :)

  73. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says

    I love your new home. Is that a lake I see behind Josh’s house? What a wonderful neighborhood!

  74. says

    How amazing that you were able to score such a great deal on a house that hasn’t ever been occupied before. Maybe my husband and I will be able to find something like that when we move someday.
    I think I am most excited about the fact that nothing is as you would have selected it. It will be so much fun to see you and Kevin put your own spin own it.

  75. says

    It looks so charming and perfect for you guys! How exciting is that?! I just can’t wait to see what the inside looks like and how you are inspired by it to put your own touches and changes into it. Congrats!

  76. says

    Woo Hoo!!! Such an exciting new adventure in store for you both… and Josh has a front row seat now ! Lol! Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing what you tackle first!
    xo Heidi

  77. says

    Is it crazy that I have been blog stalking you & maybe just a little Twitter stalking too, just to catch a glimpse of what’s to come??? I’m sure I’m not the only one. Your new neighborhood looks like a little piece of heaven! So much charm & character. I’m so excited for u both! I totally understand the anxieties of selling the old & buying the new. We sold our house in the Spring & are renovating our new home now. Sometimes I still pinch myself because I’m can’t believe this is happening. We too had a 2 year plan on moving. I guess he had a different plan. We plan & god laughs:) Can’t wait to see more.

  78. says

    Congrats you two! It’s adorable. I could have sworn it was an historic house. It has that look, which in my book, is great! Looking forward to seeing the interior and what you will do with it.
    Joanne @ apronsgonewild.blogspot.com

  79. says

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Isn’t God amazing? It is wonderful to see what He has planned for us if we just listen and follow … Congrats!

  80. says

    Beautiful home! Can’t wait to read about how you’ll go about putting your personal stamp on the space. What a wonderful story of God’s perfect timing!

  81. Ann W says

    Congratulations for having the courage to make a quick decision. Your neighborhood looks lovely! And is that a lake? You’ll be surprised the difference new construction codes make. Good luck! I hope your adoption dreams come true very soon. Ann

  82. Tanya says

    Congratulations! It’s beautiful.

    You are absolutely killing me though! I must have checked your blog every 5 minutes for the last few days, I so desperately want to see more than a teaser of inside.

    Enjoy! X

  83. Izabela says

    The outside looks AMAZING! Glad you guys were able to buy it since you’ve been eyeing it for so long

  84. Dawn says

    Fun! Love it all and can’t wait to see what else you are gonna do! Did I see some water across the way? What is that? Gotta love a view that includes any thing water related!!! Congratulations, Layla and Kevin!

  85. jolieanne says

    I already love that house and it’s style. I live in a cottage type house in Florida, it is pink with a metal roof! I decorate with old
    cast offs and antiques but I have a new sofa since I had to have a certain color. Love to hear the ocean’s waves when I get up in
    the morning. We are not on the beach but it is a bike ride away.
    I guess we live in a small town but I think I would like to live in your neighborhood after seeing all those metal roofs! The way
    you and Kevin decorate this will be a lot of fun to see what you
    do with all the things you don’t like about the house.

  86. says

    Layla! It is beautiful. Congratulations to you and Kevin. I love how it looks and can’t wait to see all your projects and renovations :)

  87. Rachel says

    Or perhaps they can use a couple tin cans and some string!
    Looks adorable. Will be even cuter once you add your touches. Can’t wait to see more!

  88. Roxanna says

    Congrats Layla and Kevin. We can’t wait to see pics of the whole house. I know you guys are already laying out the plans to make it your own signature “Lettered Cottage”. Gosh, just so happy for you both!

  89. Maggie says

    Congratulations! A beautiful home and it’s all yours. I am so happy for you. Looking forward to your “take” on it. The outside is sure beautiful.

  90. Em says

    Sure looks like the house in Bath Maine I owned in the 60s. Built about 1900, I think. Tell me if the floor plan includes front and back stairs and you have to go through one bedroom to get to the master BR. Bathroom center front, over the front porch? I loved my house and know what i did with it. I look forward to seeing what you do with yours. I’m glad you know someone in the neighborhood. And you are near a lake, or my eyes deceive me….way to go!!!!!! What a deal!!!!!

  91. says

    I’m so excited for you two! It”s a great looking neighborhood! I love the metal roof, the trim around the windows, the view and being across the street from your hubby’s best friend! The cottage farmhouse style is wonderful! Love it!

  92. says

    That is one lucky home to have you guys moving in! I’m sure you will make everything beautiful! Love the outside, and can’t wait to see more :)
    We were on the ‘other end’ of the approval process. After having our house on the market for almost a year and a half, we finally received an offer we were willing to accept. Long story short…she didn’t get her mortgage approval, after waiting and having our house off the market for more than 3 months because it was ‘in contract’. Kind of a nightmare, but I keep telling myself if it was meant to be it would have happened.
    Good luck and many blessings to you, Kevin and your (hopefully) soon to be new addition.

  93. says

    I am so happy for you! Big and fun changes are what it’s all about. I love that you guys just went with it because it felt right. I think if everyone did that in life this place would be a lot better!

    So flippin excited to see the inside. I want to get my hands on it! The pics you’ve been posting are so nice… seems to be an immensely charming home and neighborhood. Good luck!

  94. Becky says

    First off, congrats! Secondly, I can’t thank you enough for this post. I’m set to close on my first home Friday and I literally was emailing/on the phone all day with the bank. My stomach is absolutely churning right now. Happy things worked out for you both!

  95. Stephanie says

    Your home looks absolutely adorable!! Congrats to you guys. Can’t wait to be with you on this journey of making the home “yours”.

  96. angela says

    the house my parents live in now the guy that sold it to them was outside and my mom just started to talk to him and she was going to talk to him about one thing but she asked him if he was going to sale his home and he said yes.

  97. says

    I’m so thrilled for you, Layla – your new home (and your community) looks awesome! It looks like a new urbanist community (my favorite!!!)

    How wonderful for Kev that he gets to live so close to his business partner.

    I can’t wait to see what your new place looks like inside! Let the adventure begin!

  98. Cindy in Austin says

    That porch!! Congratulations Layla!! Your cottage is so pretty and has such wonderful curb appeal already. Wishing you all the happiness that you and Kevin deserve in your new home. And I can’t wait to see what you two do with it!

  99. Geri says

    Congratulations to my go for the gusto, reach for the brass ring, take the bull by the horns, leave it got God’s hands blog friends.
    I can’t wait for this new chapter of your lives that will be so filled with joy, creativity, beauty, and love. This will be a house that hugs. I am not working regularly so just yell if you need some extra hands.hugs, Geri.

  100. kelsey says

    can’t wait to see the inside & all that you guys do to make it your own. It sounds like God had everything in place to make a way for you. May you be blessed as you make this house your home :)

  101. Sandra says

    So happy for the two of you. Moving can be stressful, but it is also exciting to decorate a new space. Can’t wait to see some more pics. Your neighborhood looks so charming. :)

  102. says

    Love it, love it, love it! So happy for you! It’s going to be so fun to watch you work your magic on it. :)
    And I cannot wait to stay there, and you can bet that Eli will be with me!
    Love you!

  103. says

    random question but what are the roofs made out of? The one that shows ur hub’s bff house makes them look metal.. I’ve never seen anything like it before..

  104. Tanya H says

    Absolutely gorgeous! So much of the landscaping has been done for you so there’s no need to rush putting anything in before winter. Congratulations to you both!

  105. cathy says

    Oh I love it – I can only imagine what your all’s magic touch will add to the place. There is something about a farmhouse – we just built our own version of a farmhouse I suppose and we are loving it. Good luck on all your ventures – sounds like God has been in the middle of all your “things falling into place”. Good luck always.

  106. says

    Love it, such a cute and cozy house on the outside! Can’t wait to see how you make into your home!! So cool to watch God move in ways we never thought!! Congrats to you guys!!

  107. Kristy says

    Much congratulations! Buying a home is so much harder than it was just a few years ago, since we’ve done both recently as well. Glad it worked out and I can’t wait to watch you “grow into it.”

  108. Sharon says

    Congratulations Layla and Kevin! The house looks beautiful. I can’t wait to see the inside and what you’re going to do with it. I hope I will still be able to access pictures of your old house for inspiration too.

  109. says

    Layla, your new cottage looks amazing! You got such a good deal – way to go! Hmmm, looks like there’s plenty of room for a child there some day. :)

  110. Barbara F. says

    Congrats to all 4 of you (hey, gotta count Kit-Cat and Max)! Your new home is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the rest of it, as well as all the changes you guys will make.

  111. Caroline says

    Cpngratulations!! Seems like this house was really meant to be yours. I am sure looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things that you are going to do to it!!

  112. Kathy K. says

    Oh my Gosh…what a beautiful home!!! You have great taste. :)
    How did Max and Kit-Cat make out? Your BFF’s must be sooooo happy
    to have you close. You’re safe, and yes you still own your home and no one is going to take it away from you. God blessed the whole move.
    Best of luck to you and Kevin.

  113. Karina says

    It’s so pretty, Layla! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the inside of this one!

  114. Sandra says

    new house! is there anything more exciting? congratulations you two – cant wait to see what you do!

  115. Giampietro says

    Your new home is beautiful!!! I wish you both the best. Congats and have a fun with your new adventure!!! xoxo

  116. Geri-Lynn says

    Congratulations!!! Your new cottage is adorable. Your story is amazing too. I love how when something is right, God moves everything along perfectly (even with a little pins & needles). Blessings to you and Kevin.

  117. Holly from OK says

    I love when Gods plans come together, usually we rush ahead with our plans. Congrats on your new home looking forward to seeing all you do.

  118. Betsy says

    Can’t wait to see what you do with this house. I love the tin roof. Congrats to you both and I am praying for you to be blessed with a child soon! Yall will be awesome parents.

  119. Ann says

    Sounds like you are just where you are supposed to be. Looks like a beautiful home and community, can’t wait to see it and how you guys reinterpret it. Congrats.

  120. says

    Ahhh…I know this neighborhood, & I love it! Congratulations!! And what a great deal you got on the house! I live in Prattville & drive by your old house several days a week. I watched as y’all were moving, & it was kinda sad to see the process from outside. But now I’m excited to see what you do with this new house! Congrats again!

  121. Nicola Blake says

    Congratulations. I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND Kevin.
    Hope all you hope and dreams come alive in your new home!!!!

  122. says

    I love your new home. I would have thought it was an old house by the style of it. It looks like a great area to live and how lucky to live so close to a good friend!

  123. Nina says

    The house looks wonderful! Congratulations on your new adventure. I really enjoy your blog. I’m also extremely nosey!! More house pictures!!

  124. says

    How cute! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with the place. And that is so funny about Josh and Kevin and the walkie talkies. Ha! Makes me think of “Big.” :)

  125. says

    Well congratulations! it was clearly meant to be… and you will have such a wonderful time making it yours, and enjoying your “new” neighbors!

    bonne journée!


  126. Stephanie S says

    Layla I’m so happy for y’all!! Your home is beautiful!! I like you discovered this area when we first moved here 5 years ago and have been stuck on it ever since. I’m especially happy y’all got such a great “deal”!! Enjoy!!

  127. says

    The house is adorable. I love the picture of it. So excited for y’all. Too funny about the walkie talkies. :) Off to check out the inside!


  128. says

    So darling, love it and it looks like such a wonderful community. Being from Cal. never having the pleasure to visit the southern states, you’ll have to share what you love about things that seem obvious, looking at the neighborhood and home I think, jeepers California needs to take some notes from AL. Such cute homes. Congrats. Love when things “fall” into place, such blessings.

  129. says

    i love that you are sharing the entire process with us…everything from selling your fantastic home to the hoping and praying while buying this one to the way this looks now to the ongoing changes which will be happening. thank you for this gift of this blog!.

  130. Kristy says

    Hi, Layla! I hope all is going well in Puru. My mother-in-law is a compassion rep and she’s done a couple trips like yours and has loved them! I hope to do the same one day. Hey, in February we are headed down to Gulf Shores. Never having been to AL before, I was wondering if you could share some great places for shopping to decorate our nest? I tend to mix new with old and have a two year old and a 3 month old so any place you might know of that would be within a couple of hours drive, I’d love to know about. I know you’ve mentioned a few places as you do rooms but I don’t know where they would be located. Thanks in advance for your help!

  131. says

    Congrats on your beautiful home! As an Alabama native, I can think of no better place to call home. (Hopefully my husband and I will eventually get back there.) I love the website design and style, so optimistic and joyful!

  132. Wendy says

    You’re not too far from me. I live in Ranburne, AL about 20 mintues from Anniston. :-) I LOVE your house!!

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