Next Adventure..Building a Home!

Short Story… We are building a new house in Washington Township (about 20 min from our current home)!

Long Story… Last fall the Lord was moving us to try to live closer to most of the places we do life, closer to our church, closer to Dayton International School, etc. We looked at a lot of properties and found one we fell in LOVE with. We saw every aspect of our ministry and our jobs fit perfectly in that space. Unfortunately there was a crazy situation and lawsuit pending on the property where we waited 3 months to see if there would be resolution. During this time we learned so much about prayer and spent more time praying together and with our children than ever before. We really began to understand what it means to pray without ceasing. Dustin drove to the property every day for 3 months except for a few days we weren’t in town. He walked the property and prayed, and sat in the drive and prayed over the home. Kenley would pray at the dinner table, “Jesus…don’t let the bully goat get our house.”
As we continued to wait and pray, we started to look at other options too.  Dustin has always wanted to build and we thought it was out of reach, but we found a place that is a great neighborhood that will be a good investment.  Also instead of remodeling an older home over the next 4-5 years we will have a low maintenance property and can spend more time with our children and our ministry. We started realizing the unknowns about the other property, and things that could be issues with an almost 40 year old home. God is good even though his answer wasn’t what we thought we were praying for. Thankful that He cares about the small things in life. 🙂
Today when we visited the neighborhood to look at some already completed homes to take a closer look at the kitchens and bathroom selections, we met 3 different families, all of which had children near ours in age. Our neighbors across the pond have a girl and boy about the same ages as ours. They were all so nice..Again God is good and we are excited for this new adventure!

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corintians 9:8-11

PS: Next step.. we have to pick out all the interior finishes.. ekk! If you have an eye for design and want to send us links to your favorite kitchen and bathrooms feel free!

4 thoughts on “Next Adventure..Building a Home!

    1. He wishes! That was a really cool piece of the other home, but he is getting a big window in this one in his office. 🙂

  1. Love, Love, Love those God incidents! Amazing to see His hand at work in our lives and those we love as well.

    You will enjoy the process of building a home of your “dreams”! We’ve gone through it twice!

    One thing Dwight did was to add extra electric plug outlets in the kitchen; i.e. I have an island and there are plugs on either end. So when you want to use a mixer or small Forman grill or crockpot it plugs in right on the island. Extra plugs along the backsplash of the countertop helps too, for those coffee pots, food processors, or juicers too!

    Extra outlet in the garage may also come in handy, unless you plan to always use battery operated power tools!

    Motion sensor lights for hallway, utility room and closets: use sensor that comes on and goes off in a minute or two; no need to flip a switch for light every time and when you leave, it soon goes off!

    I’ve always been one for color, so I usually paint one wall in an accent color, or if you have any built ins, the back portion could be a different color; gives it depth and character! My current bedroom uses three shades of purple: I started with the lightest in the bathroom, then a bit darker on 2-3 walls and still darker on the main portion of the bedroom and then eggplant on two accent walls. Again, brings character to a room and not just color on a wall! Have fun! You can always use drapery, rugs and pillows to give areas color too! Home Goods stores are a great resource for cheap home décor, as well as TJ Max and Ross.

    Watch “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gains; she’s is an amazing interior designer. Cruise Pinterest too; you could probably spend weeks looking, but you don’t know what you really like till you begin to look and going through model homes will help you with current color palettes too. Bottom line, you have to love it, because you’re going to live with it!

    Happy and excited for you both; is it on some property or within an established neighborhood?

    Enjoy the journey and keep us posted; we’ll be cheering you on from here!

    Have a blessed Easter, my favorite season of all!

    Lisa T. 🙂 <\__~ /\ /\ Lisa Traughber

    “Prayer is the key to Heaven, but Faith unlocks the door.”

    1. Thanks for the great notes Lisa! Lots are already on the radar for sure! We for sure need to watch some Fixer Upper Re-runs. 🙂 It is in a new neighborhood that actually used to be a horse farm. It’s a little bigger lot than we have now, but it backs up to trees/creek so we will have nice views especially in the fall with the colors. We met a lot of the neighbors when we were going through some models last weekend and they were all so nice! Many have kids our kids ages. Too bad it’s not more land, but honestly with our craziness we don’t have time to take care of much more. 🙂 Take care, hope it’s warm in CA..we are still awaiting Spring here!

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