Welp, its official. Our house smells like NEW HOUSE now! Why is that, you might ask? Because our dry wall is up. Totally up. Eeee! It was a nice break from what had been a hard, tiring week. I’m not gonna lie, it has been exhausting with a new puppy on board. With me going back to working nights and the puppy not sleeping at all at first, Josh and I have had our share of fights and frustrations this week. Puppies are no joke and require all your attention (which we knew but now it is SO real!) We are excited that he is settling into a routine and also is the cutest dog around. There… that was a huge dose of honesty from someone who doesn’t like to look weak. I like to put a face on like everything is rosy, but this week was tough, and we appreciated your prayers of encouragement. Here is a picture of the little guy… he sure is a cutie pie 🙂
I will keep you all posted on puppy days and how his training is going. As of now, he sleeps for about 4-5 hours and needs to go out once throughout the night to pee, then goes right back to sleep. He whines for about 5 minutes when put in his crate and then goes right to sleep or plays by himself. THERE IS HOPE! He also loves to play tug of war and has semi-learned to play fetch with the chuck it toy. He is in LOVE with peanut butter. More updates in the future (and cute, adorable, wonderful photos!)
Anywho, back to drywalling!! That was a bit of a puppy rant. So we stopped by the house yesterday and lo and behold they had started the drywall process. Today, it was finished! Woohoo! Check out some photos:
These two are day one and two of drywalling. Definitely see some updates eh?! We have WALLS! Walls that will be painted! So exciting, indeed.
This is a panorama of the living room, dining room and kitchen. I cannot tell you how happy we are to walk through and smell and see the house the way it is. It is alllllmost a livable space! Speaking of livable, we decided to celebrate the drywall process by ordering pizza to our future address. I will tell you, the pizza delivery guy was confused as to why a construction site ordered take-out….
Baha you may laugh. We had a blast! Here are a few other photos you may like to peruse through:
We think the next step is painting and then…. CABINETS! See ya next time and thanks for reading 🙂
Well friends, the time has come that our house can officially be called a house. You saw them install windows, you saw them frame two whole stories… but now… we have DOORS! This closes our house off to bugs, to outsiders, and most of all, to RAIN! Last Saturday we went out to the house, really just to give our family a tour and were surprised to see doors and a garage door! Take a look!
You’re going to get sick of me saying this- but it LOOKS. LIKE. A. HOUSE! So exciting 🙂 You can see the shingles were dropped off as well, getting ready for Monday’s roofing project. Speaking of….
BOOM! Yeah buddy! Our house has a roof with shingles on it! I also look like peg leg 🙂 Story behind my peg leggedness: We have painfully discovered a fire ant hill directly under where I normally stand for these photos (as evidenced by all twenty of the bites on my poor feetsies…). Hence, the fashionable lean. Anyways, this may be the last time lapse photo you see for awhile- they have finished most of the outside work for now. The last few outdoor finishing touches will be siding and our porch and driveway- which aren’t completed until the interior is mostly done.
After our giddy excitement on Monday over the shingles being finished (helping keep ALL the rain out. Bonus! Helping to get rid of our interior puddles, one warm day at a time 🙂 )- we walked inside the house, and were even more thrilled. They started fitting the house with mechanical rough in! That means getting ready to put hot and cold water throughout the house, as well as piping the plumbing (my knowledge just keeps growing). We did not expect to see this put in so soon. They are FLYING now- but no complaints here!
Kitchen sink piping. Can’t you see the ooba tuba counter tops in your head?! Almost there!
I made Josh take a picture of the orange goop they used to secure the piping in. SO WEIRD! That pipe leads from the kitchen upstairs through the floorboards to the….
Master bathroom SHOWER!!!! AHHH! Like I said, we are starting to get the parts and pieces to a house, huh? Below is the future kiddos bathroom:
Tub with shower 🙂 Here is some more piping, I know you love seeing it all!
This is the set-up for the toilet and shower for master bath. Josh is standing on the stairs going upstairs taking the photo- hence the odd angle. Soon we will have drywall and won’t be able to take pictures through the “walls”.
One final photo shows what our garage is filled with right now- aka today’s project for the builders?? Who knows what we will find next!
That is everything to finish HVAC set up as well as our furnace (front and center). To the left of this photo is a huge pile of bags of insulation for the metal pipes.
We shall see what happens today and the rest of the week. We are SO excited for the interior of our house to start to come together 🙂
Our house is really starting to come along, and we can hardly handle our excitement! I do think it’s rather ironic, though, that the several days I can’t take a shower due to my knee being wrapped like a mummy, is when we must take multiple photos at the house in order to keep up with the building process. Basically, what I’m saying is ignore my greasiness– its been an interesting and smelly few days 🙂
So the framers are officially gone now. Their job is finished. Aka- the house is TOTALLY FRAMED!! We were able to buy the amazing framing crew lunch on Wednesday before my surgery which was awesome. We chatted with them and thanked them profusely for all their hard work in creating the home we will live in. Dying to see a photo yet?! Here ya go!
This was us Wednesday right before lunch (and pre-mummy wrap/greasy hair) as the guys worked feverishly to finish the roof framing and window cut-outs. SO. COOL! Below is the finished product as far as framing goes… Drum rolllllll….
Isn’t it beautiful (the house, not my hair) ? We are seriously so thankful to the amazing crew that has worked hard to bring us this framed home. Also- if you notice… the window guys came as well! Check out our slider in the dining room:
It really does let in so much light (not a great photo of that, I know), and our living room will have a ton of natural light. They also installed our breaker box in the garage. So far, its got one switch that is labeled “garage outlet” (aka the outlet right next to the box in the photo below):
We have power to one outlet!! The guys also finished our staircase to the basement so its no longer a dangerous place for little ones to run near the hole to the basement (which makes me feel so much better). And their are frogs down there. Free of charge to a good home.
It looks like its dark down there but it is actually quite light, especially for just having one egress window. Below is a photo of our upstairs framed in. It is a panorama from the rafters of the roof (courtesy of Josher). LOVE this floor:
It IS a bit of a mind warp when you first look at the picture, but it is from the small bedroom facing the master bedroom (left, closest to the camera), and other two bedrooms (far left and far right). The hallway runs straight through the middle of the photo. More pictures of the upstairs to come eventually!
Yesterday, my parents came out to help out post-surgery and we took a drive out to the house after physical therapy. They came prepared with verses of their own to write on the wood!
My dad’s favorite verse:
And my mom’s verses:
This one below is right where our headboard will be in our bedroom (LOVE IT):
“Perfect love expels all fear” -1 John 4:18
And here are a couple photos from their visit 🙂
Thanks for coming out, mom and dad, especially to care for me while I sat my butt on the couch and did nothing. We are excited ot see what becomes of the house today!! Shingles, perhaps? Check back soon to see! I will leave you with our first house selfie!
Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in this post (seeing as how we did the project on Sunday..). But now that I’m layed up post-surgery for a bit- the posts should come flying in!
As you may have seen from my hubby’s lovely facebook spoiler- we had a group of folks from church as well as some family out to our house for a special time. Since we have wood frames up in all the rooms, we thought it would be a cool idea to write God’s Word all over the house. We know that after the drywall and paint come in, these words will likely never be seen again, it is comforting to know that we will be protected by Scripture from the very walls we sit within. Many people came out and wrote us beautiful verses- some pertained to the rooms they were in and others were simply verses of comfort and God’s love. Take a look!
Yes, yes, I know… not a verse… but on our front door!
Katie Burmeister came out with her two littlest ones, Lucy and Wally, to help write some of their favorite verses out (and some creative 3 year old-type drawings that we love as well!). She traced for them in pen, and Lucy and Wally wrote over this with sharpie. Thanks a million for sharing your cuties with us for an afternoon, Katie!
This is in our living room above the fireplace- it is a reminder to us that in all the times we have friends and family over, this is a house to celebrate unity in God 🙂
Our good friend, Craig Mauger came out to help as well. We missed his wife there but she is also 36 weeks preggers and wasn’t feeling good- we can give her lots of credit there! Craig wrote scripture all over our house! Each verse pertained to the room it was in and you could tell he put lots of care into them.
You may not be able to read this one too well because it is so long, but it’s probably one of my favorite verses in the house because it has so much meaning. This is above the door frame to our front door, and its a passage from Deuteronomy that Jewish families used to put above their door frame (and still do, I believe), as a reminder to themselves of the God they serve each time they pass under it. SO. SWEET. Thanks for this one, Josher!
“For He grants sleep to those He loves” -Psalm 127. Cayden Bunnell put this sweet verse in our master bedroom (fitting??). Cayden and his wife, Rachel came out with their ADORABLE 1 year old, Levi, and painted our house with their favorite verses!
Thanks Bunnells for sharing your verses and your cutie pie son with us!
Nicole, Josh’s sister, stopped by and wrote this sweet verse on the beam leading in to our front door! She was too quick for a picture of her and her verse, unfortunately. Thanks for coming out sis!
I wrote this in the downstairs bathroom. APPARENTLY, its hilarious…. not what I was going for. I thought it was more appropriate than anything else, but Josh seems to think it was the funniest thing I could have done. Lots of hyssop going on in this room, I suppose! I am going with it 🙂 Couple more photos peeps- hang in there!
Future nursery 🙂 🙂 🙂
Our good friends Steph and Caleb Miracle (and their handsome son Connor) weren’t able to make it on Sunday but asked if they could stop by Monday to write their verses out. We joined them and BOY DID THEY BRING ALOT of verses! So thankful to them for coming out even though we watched a thunderstorm roll in and almost got struck by lightning.
Loving the tongue out in concentration, Caleb. Didn’t even realize it was there till I looked at this picture on the computer!
After everyone left on Sunday, Josh and I went around and took pictures of every verse so we can have documented where they are at for future reference. We also took a couple pictures of the two of us near a few favorites that we may frame in the house when its done 🙂
And I will leave you with this last photo that Wally drew- the way a kid thinks just brings such a smile to my face!!
Welcome to Josh and Lien’s almost humble abode!!
A HUGE thank you, again, to all who came out to write scripture on our home. Not only will it be sweet for us to know that our house is covered in God’s Word, we have already heard good things from the construction crews as they work on the house and how much they love them! What a testament!