5.07.2012

House News + A Great Story

I finally get to share some very exciting news: we've sold our home in Houston and have found a home in Franklin! The two houses couldn't be more different. A lot of give and take, but in the end, we feel like we're gaining the dream of a simpler, fuller life with our children. We feel very blessed!

Our home in Houston:

{I'll share a bundle of interior photos soon!}

The story of our house is a great one, and one we thought we'd never top. It was love at first sight! We cared for this home as if it were our "forever home" {knowing nothing this side of heaven really is}. As we prepared to sell it, we prayed that God would bring someone who loved and appreciated it as much as we did. 

To sell it, I designed a website featuring loads of pretty pictures, sent it out to clients, neighbors and a few friends. One of my neighbors sent it to a friend I know, who sent it to her sister-in-law, who sent it to a "random" girl she met at the park two weeks earlier. And voilĂ ! Four days after I put the word out, this sweet young couple arrives with a contract practically filled out in their back pocket! God had a plan for selling our house quickly and easily, and I am beyond grateful! {Because Lord knows not much else has been easy as we take this giant leap of faith and chase our dream!}

The house we're buying in Franklin:

{Can you believe it?!?!}

I told you the two houses couldn't be more different! We're moving from a 6,000 square-foot lot to almost 8 acres with a small creek, a little pond and a BARN!!! Dreams really do come true!

{From French-inspired city living to farm-inspired country living!}

{My husband loves the barn signs; his grandfather owned a Purina Feed Store in Iowa.}

{We won't have have horses...at least not yet...but the girls
will imagine all sorts of things to do out in the barn!}

{Hard to see in this photo, but there's a small, creek-fed pond out there.}

And my favorite part about the location? The fact that we get to drive up and down the beautiful, historic Old Natchez Trace every single day! I don't think stone walls and horse fencing will ever get old! Would you believe the front corner of our property borders Old Natchez Trace? I still can't believe it!


When we took our last minute Spring Break trip to Franklin, we had no idea if we'd really get to move there...and certainly not so soon. We just wanted to show the girls what Franklin looked like since they were starting to dream big about life in the country. They fell in LOVE.

What the girls didn't know was that Mommy and Daddy took a quick scouting trip in late December...just to see if Franklin was still the charming, small town we remembered. I hadn't been in 15 years {I went to church in Franklin during my Vanderbilt years}. When God planted the Franklin dream in our hearts almost two and half years ago, my first thought was, "What if it's not as great as I remember?" {I tend to be the second-guesser/doubter in the family. I do a lot of piggy-backing on my husband's faith and vision!}

As we drove around for two straight, dreary December days, I fell in love all over again, but couldn't picture where we'd live...until we pulled off of Old Hillsboro Road onto Old Natchez Trace. My heart was fluttering and something in my spirit was stirring. I told my husband, "This is it. This feels like home." He pulled the car over near Old Natchez Trace and Moran Road, and I called an old Vanderbilt friend who just "happens" to be a realtor in Nashville.

{Moran Road off of Old Natchez Trace in late winter.}

"Caroline, I found our spot. I don't know when we'll be free to move, but I know where we need to be. Old Natchez Trace or Moran Road." She was thrilled that we knew what we loved, but then informed me we were in high dollar district...right there with some rich and famous music stars!

Oh. Hmmm. Not what I wanted to hear. Well, maybe there will be one small spot somewhere near here when the time is right! I told her to keep her ears open and eyes peeled. {She's got a knack for that!} That was in late December.

In early January, my realtor friend gets a New Year's card. Nothing out of the ordinary. She and this gal have been exchanging holiday cards for years. But for some reason, this time, the return address caught Caroline's eye. Instead of tossing the envelope in the trash, she googled the address. Bingo! Right near the area we had identified as HOME {without the high dollar address}.

And crazy, wonderful Caroline did the boldest thing: she emailed that holiday card sending friend and asked if they'd ever consider selling their house. Funny she should ask. They loved their spot and didn't want to go through the stress of putting their house on the market...but they'd tossed around the idea of living closer to the school their boys attend.

So they just might sell, and we just might move. Sounds like a {crazy} match made in heaven! There were a lot of unknowns, which is a recipe for an emotional roller coaster. There were some stress points for sure. We all held on tight through the spring, then in April, after the sale of my husband's business {a gut wrenching process...like giving up a child}, we were FREE TO GO! We weren't sure if this was the exact house God had in mind for us, but we asked Him to make it clear by opening or closing doors. We had to fight for it in prayer and patience, but every door opened.

Here's our timeline: we have to be out of our Houston house by June 13, but the family we're buying from isn't moving out until June 30. We're not quite sure what to do with those two weeks in between.  {A vacation would be nice, but we're living pretty tight until my husband can get his new practice up and running.} Knowing God, He's got a plan and a reason for those two weeks. I just don't have the luxury of knowing what that plan or reason is at the moment! Wink!

Thanks for cheering us on in this great journey! I haven't been able to share every detail {some of them were hard to endure}, but I hope the short version and end result inspires you. Dreaming big is worth it! You may have to trust boldly and fight hard along the way, but there's goodness and blessing flowing from every twist and turn!

Hugs and love,

P.S. Any tips for an out of state move? I'm all ears! I've never moved more than a few minutes away!

39 comments:

  1. aMAZING!!! oh wow my friend, how gorgeous, how blessed!!! & how exciting!!!

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  2. Your home(S) make my heart skip a beat! So happy your dreams are coming true! BEautiful blog!

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  3. Wishing you many blessings in your new, beautiful country home! Such exciting news!

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  4. so glad for you!! you're going to love the nashville area :) and franklin in particular. we have lived in the nashville area for 4 years. LOVE IT!! i am certain you are already thinking along these lines, but investing a good amount of time in finding a great local church would be 1st for the "out of town" move. then, finding the cute shopping areas. just a tip there are some sweet finds at the local nashville flea market that are right up the "farmhouse country living style" alley. went for the first time last weekend and found some unique things. this is my first time on your little blog, but i do think you'd enjoy it! have a great day in the Lord!!

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  6. i still can;t believe you are moving!! Im so happy for you, lins! And another friend of mine is moving to Sewanee for 3 years. She tells me Sewanee isnt far from Franklin, so a Tennessee trip is DEFINTELY in my future! luv u

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  7. I love this story! We too are in transition. Three of my 4 children are in college or grad school and my youngest will be a senior in HS. My husband will be selling his dental practice and we know big changes are in store. Your story reminds me to rely on the providence of God. Of course I KNOW that but your sweet testimony reminds me to DO that. He is ordering our steps as He has yours. Thank you. I really needed this today.:)

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  8. So so happy for y'all!!!! Franklin is wonderful and I have a huge list of friends for you to meet there!!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help (list of doctors, dry cleaners, schools), anything! I drove down Old Hillsboro everyday to take the boys to school and Moran road is one if my favorites!!! That community will wrap it's arms around your sweet family!

    My husband's job moved us from Franklin to Montgomery, AL last July (we left very reluctantly because Franklin/Nash has been our home since college), but as you know, God's plan is so much bigger than our own. We were recommended a fantastic moving company who made the process of moving a great deal easier... VIP Movers out of Columbia, TN. They move all the professional sports teams (interesting niche, but they've cornered it). Anyway, they will come to you in TX and their price was very competitive.

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    1. Thanks so much for the rec! We're using VIP because of you! They have been SO NICE!!!

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  9. It is fabulous Lins~ what a gorgeous country home! So amazing how things just come together when they're meant to be. I can't wait to see the inside of your new home.

    Many congrats to you all and I hope you've gotten over the crud that you were all suffering through last week.
    Hugs~
    T

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  10. AWESOME! I know absolutely exactly where that is...so thrilled for you. I can't imagine such a leap of faith, but God is amazing and always always wants the very best for us. Happy trails!

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  11. Wonderful news! I want to see the inside of your new home. The land is beautiful. The blog is going to be such a good read following you around as you create your dream life. xo

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  12. Both beautiful homes. I'm sure you'll make the inside of the new one as great as your current home. Good luck on your amazing adventure and thanks for letting us tag along. Oh, and the Natchez Trace? I agree that it is just amazing. We were lucky enough to see parts of it on a southern vacation and I was so excited that it was just like in my school books.

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  13. What an amazing story/journey! Your new home is just amazing. So beautiful. Can not wait to see what you do with the inside!! :)

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  14. I'm so happy for you and your family!! That is amazing news. It just seems like it is meant to be with everything falling into place. Your new home is gorgeous:) and I bet your girls are so excited.

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  15. it was just meant to be. so happy for you. what an amazing area for your girls to grow up - good luck with the move and may God continue to bless you BIG.

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  16. Thrilled for you!! I'm the girl who also moved from Houston, last year and now lives in Hendersonville. Couldn't love and appreciate the beauty and people here more!! Congrats!

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  17. Oh my! How exciting! Both homes are beautiful but I know you will be so blessed in the new one! I have to tell you that I was thinking about you a lot the past couple of days! (not a stalker :)) I was in Tennessee and wished I had time to visit Franklin! And then on the flight home I was looking at my southern living magazine and there it was! A spread about Franklin, Tennessee! hmmm... Maybe it's a sign I should move here too;) thanks for sharing your awesome news with us! So excited!

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  18. What an amazing story! Both houses are absolutely beautiful. I am thrilled that all the pieces are coming together for you and your family. I love reading your journey --- thanks for sharing!

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  19. Oh my goodness....this is just full of His Goodness!!! I am so excited and happy for you all and can hardly wait for all the new blog posts once your are living the dream in Franklin!!! Big Hugs to you Linsey!

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  20. wow. what a story! God is so good. LOVE the new house!!! and the old for that matter ;)

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  21. Wow, talk about fast. I love your home in Houston, but love the one in the country even more. What a dream. I adore Franklin and maybe you will run into Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman sometime or Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Just sayin.

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  22. Gorgeous farm house...good luck with the move

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  23. Love your old home & can't wait to see what you will do w/ the new one!:) I am so enjoying following along w/ your dreams ;). We are moving too & well...if you were moving to IN. I'm fairly certain we'd be great friends ;)! P.s thanks for the heads up on the dressers yesterday- I loved them & ordered 2 myself they just happen to look great w/ a settee that we have in our Master bedroom!

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  24. OK.......I am thinking this whole thing is meant to be! Nothing pans out this seamless.....congrats!

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  25. WOW! I still can't believe y'all are moving...but so happy the Houses worked out!! Can't wait to see the inside of the Franklin home! Looks beautiful!

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  26. Oh wow, that is one inspiring story of two homes! I loved hearing more of the details of the way all of this has been coming together. God is so good and goes before us every step of the way...love to hear how He is leading your family! And the new house is stunning!

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  27. Congratulations Linsey! Would you be willing to share the website you designed for your Huston home? We are trying to downsize and are having trouble selling our home. I love your idea of sending a link to friends, who might send to friends, etc., and would love to see how you did it. Many blessings! (sdprutting@aol.com)

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    1. Sending an email your way with the link. It won't be active much longer out of respect for the new homeowners.

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  28. what a story!! GOD's stories are always the best..
    we are all followin along with you!

    The farmhouse is just what I envision you settling in and growing old.
    Just beautiful and the girls will LOVE it..
    thanks for letting me know on the bedding..you are so sweet to this crazy girl
    hugs and happy Friday
    xo

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  29. Your Franklin home is my dream. (I emailed this post to my husband!) And my daughter, who wants to move to Tennessee. So funny, because we have NEVER been to Tennessee. Many blessings for your family on this incredible journey!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  30. I love this story. God's fingerprints are all over it. When we moved from TX to VA. ....we had to be out of our house by June 1st but our new house was not finished until mid September. We had quite an adventure that summer!!! We took a long road trip and visited lots of friends. I will never forget one of my son's telling a checkout lady that we were living "out of our car." She looked at me as though we were homeless and I guess we were. But it was fun. In fact, we stayed with various friends, some hotels and some very nice beach rental homes that summer:) My boys had to start the first day of school from a hotel! Best of luck to you. Congratulations on the sale of your home and the purchase of your new home!!!

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  31. Wow! The new homestead is breath taking! I love it! So very "Anne of Green Gables" - you must have your girls watch that series of movies- it was one of my favorites growing up! Please post some inside pics SOON!

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  32. Thanks for all of your excitement everyone! Makes my heart happy to share this journey with you! xo!

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  33. I just started following your blog about a month ago. I love your stories and pictures! I'm sure you will love Franklin. I have a brother who runs a home remodeling company out of Spring Hill (Red Rider Remodeling). And his wife runs a dance studio. They have lived in the area for quite a while and absolutely love it.

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  34. My friend Shae just sent me your blog because I announced on facebook about our upcoming move to Franklin. We are moving from Lubbock, Texas in October. We haven't found a house yet and are listing our "country home" next week. I'm going with my husband in July for the first time. We are so super excited! Anyway just thought I'd reach out. Your Houston house and Franklin house are beautiful!! Are you an interior designer? I am looking for one. Anyway best of luck with your move and maybe we will run into each other in Tennessee!! Our website is greencattlebeef.com.
    Leslie

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  35. what a neat story. We have so many similarities--husband as physician, buying a house that you think you'll be in 20 years, only to see changes on the horizon, (we live in Waco, TX so we frequent Houston, but my brother lives in Nashville--he's an oncologist). My blog is not cute at all, but you can check it out :)

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  36. I've been enjoying reading through your past posts, and feel like perhaps I've met a kindred spirit. Two years ago we moved away from our family as well. I sold my practice (I'm a veterinarian) and took a giant leap of faith, landing in a farmhouse on an acreage, many, many miles away from 'home'. We've had our ups and downs, but couldn't be happier in our new life. This summer, we hope to prepare for our chicken coops, my girls are in Pony Club, and we are loving our simple country life.

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