Austin Life Update 1

I made a video life update.  I did this so I could update you quicker and then I ran into several hiccups, one of which is that I can’t figure out how to display the video, so you will have to click on this link right here if you want to watch and find out how we are doing.  If you want to subscribe feel free to do that too!

One Day In May

One of my dearest friends, Jenna, came to town for a few days in May and snapped these absolutely precious pictures of our girls.

campbell-0668 campbell-0491 campbell-0666 campbell-0644 campbell-0728 campbell-0524I had a terrible time narrowing these down!!  So thankful for a great friend with a fabulous talent.  Can’t wait to see her hopefully SOON!


When He Knows Better

I haven’t been big into sharing news lately.  It feels like if I share news and I am excited about it then surely something bad will happen and I’ll have to come back around and tell you that it didn’t come to fruition.  But, I really need a break from packing and now is as good a time as any to share that…..we sold our house and bought a house in Austin a few weeks ago.

We sold our house July 13th and bought a house Friday the 17th.  The 12th through the 16th were real nail biter sleepless nights kind of days.  We went back and forth with our buyers 5 times and ended up selling for less than we wanted.  Then we went to put in an offer on the house we wanted in Austin only to find out they wouldn’t accept an offer from us because we had to do a contingent on the close of our home offer AND there were two other offers on that house so we were definitely not in the running.  This was my “Lord what are you doing moment?!?!”  The house had literally been on and off the market for a year and then the day we think we can finally put in an offer there are TWO offers on it.  So for a couple days we looked at rental properties, took a step back, tried to figure out what God wanted us to do, and then when everything seemed to fall through we decided to write an offer for our second choice house.  Our second choice was much cheaper, but also much smaller and the way we envisioned life in Austin would have been quite different in that house, but it looked like that was the direction we were supposed to go, so we went there.

We got the letter from the lender, had the offer ready to summit and then we got a text from our realtor….surprise, the house we wanted was asking us to make a contingent offer.  So then we had to take a couple hours and really decide how we wanted to proceed, ultimately we wanted the bigger house that looked like it would fit our life much better.  We decided to go in with our best offer which was actually less than asking price and let them know that we weren’t willing to negotiate so they could take it or leave it and we felt like if they walked then it just wasn’t supposed to be our house.  They accepted our offer and we bought a house!!  There are several little “daddy God knows you” things in this house that I’ll share about at another time, but let’s just say I’m a little giddy to get in here and put our taste in it.

The ONLY reason they were willing to entertain our offer was because there were two other offers on the table and they found out the offer they were going to accept was actually contingent on them selling their house, unlike ours which is contingent on the close.  When I heard there were offers on “our house,” the one we had chosen, gotten attached to, redecorated in our minds, pinterest board dreamed about I was feeling so devastated.  I felt like the floor had dropped out a bit and I had no direction for where we would be going when we got to Austin and then God showed me that he had it all worked out and I needed to just relax and TRUST.  It also put us in a fabulous negotiating position because I was forced to become emotionally detached from the house when it looked like it would be sold to someone else, so we were able to confidently offer what we wanted to pay instead of over paying because we really wanted it.

So now we close on our house here in Illinois in a week and will be relocating to Austin in a few weeks.  I’m so lucky we get to stop at my parent’s for a week in between, I can wrap up a few things at work, relax for a bit, let my girls soak up a little more Mimi and Papa time and start doing some dreaming with my mama about how I’m going to transform our new house on a shoestring budget!  Prayers for our family through this transition would be much appreciated, especially for our Ellery as this will likely affect her the most.

The biggest selling feature of this house!  We fell in love with this backyard and Ellery is SO excited to have a "park" in her backyard.  Everything else in the house is not really "us" yet so I'll be sharing more photos as I put my  touches on it.

The biggest selling feature of this house! We fell in love with this backyard and Ellery is SO excited to have a “park” in her backyard. Everything else in the house is not really “us” yet so I’ll be sharing more photos as I put my touches on it.


9 Month Letter

To My Crazy Teether Vaughn Emerson,

This was a month of rough days with those top teeth!!  You finally broke the second one through the day you turned nine months old, good timing since we are moving next week and a screaming baby while moving doesn’t sound like much fun.  You crawled up on your knees for the first time on the 4th of July and since then have become pretty quick.  You also walk around the furniture and have been caught climbing up the stairs a time or two (yes, we need to start using the gate). We went on vacation this month to Green Lake which is a place that holds many memories for me and hopefully will hold special memories for you too someday.  You went boating for the first time and did surprisingly well with the life vest for the first hour, and then the second hour pretty much just screamed (I don’t blame you, it looked awfully uncomfortable).  You’ve been very flexible with traveling and staying on schedule, or at minimum being congenial, and for that I am very thankful.  At the beginning of the month we went to Austin to buy a new house and you confirmed that you do, in fact, really dislike flying.  It was fun to go on a trip with just you (and daddy) for a change and get to focus on you, but you really missed Ellery and lit up when you saw a little girl who looked like her at the airport.  Still been on a great schedule this month, 2 two hour naps a day and sleeping about 12 hours a night.  Never ever will you hear me complain about your sleep, my sleeping beauty!  You love to swing, can’t get enough of peek-a-boo, squeal with delight every time Ellery comes in the room, throw a fit every time I walk out of a room and could eat just about anyone under the table… goodness you enjoy food!!  Everyone always told me your love just multiplies when you have another baby and I now can say with certainty that it is so true, you are such a bright spot in my day everyday and I just feel like I am bursting with love for you.

Love You Forever,