Things have been crazy, but we wanted to stop and write what the last month and a half have held before we forget. This has been good for us to look back on this journey and see where we have been. It has been a hard, busy, and stressful time, but SO many times we have seen God provide with help and prayers from others. And we don’t want to forget it. Thank you!

So March and the first half of April:

  • Moved our fridge over to the house – Thanks Uncle Paul and Jason for the help!!
  • We received my parents old bookshelves that I remember dusting as a child. So we got those ready to paint:
  • We hung our light from our other home – making this home feel more like home. It was a scary experience. I was praying the entire time. We both were on top of scaffolding with a ladder on top. Glad that is over. Not the safest, but I sure do like my light. 😉

  • We then focused on updating the upstairs loft…
We painted the ceiling, beam, trim on balcony door and windows, fireplace, switched out fan by using the old kitchen one (painted those blades white), and ripped off old trim. Here are some before pics with the room ready to be painted.

A little peek of the not quite after (but getting there) pics:
Those bookshelves from my parents are being used in this room. 🙂

The reality of painting. I will be so excited for the days I don’t wear my paint uniform.
  • Tater installed our bathroom fans with the help of Trace. As he was up there, he didn’t like the nasty insulation and mice droppings he had seen. So he got a grand idea of clearing that out and creating a hang out spot for Landon. The entrance is right above his bunk bed. So he plans to create a hideout up there for him. So that led to getting the gross insulation out of there. We filled about 100 bags. Every week we would put 30-40 out to the trash. We were too embarrassed to put it all out there, so we would save some for the next week. It took a month to get rid of it all.

The weather started getting nice for awhile in there and it reminded us why we feel in love with the place.

Our kitty Shadow disappeared on us. It was a sad day as he was loved.

  • My birthday wish – to get the bunk beds out of the barn and into the bedrooms. It happened! They had a lot of chicken poop on them from being in the barn, but they cleaned up nice. 🙂

We were able to take our birthday weekend away to Chicago. It was a much needed change of pace.
  • Our tile shower got done. A working shower got us a step closer to moving in!

  • There are some projects we are waiting on. Our master bathroom is one of them. We are using it as a temporary closet now, so I knew we would need some way to hang our clothes. I asked Tater what we should do. He got on it and created this over his lunch hour. love it.

  • Worked on getting things moved and in place.

Or not in place… depending if we have other projects finished. Our basement and storage areas are not finished so there are piles still all around the house. Working on getting items ready for a garage sale now. Wanna come shopping? 😉

  • Curtains were hung in parts of the house. We were at Lowes for about an hour having the rods cut to the size we wanted and threaded. Tater made these rods and I love the industrial look it gives.

  • Two pocket doors were put in and other random fun projects were done.

  • APRIL 6th…. MOVE IN DAY!! We got possession of this house on November 1st. It was a long 7 months of transition from our old home to this new one, but it feels so good to be settled in one place. This was the sunrise of our first morning as we woke up.
So our first morning was a Sunday morning. Tater was taking his very FIRST shower in our house when all of a sudden our water went out in the entire house. He stood there (getting cold) and not knowing what to do… We had to laugh, and it eventually came back on. The kids were in the kitchen brushing their teeth at the time since we don’t have the bathroom vanity hooked up yet. They were wondering what had happened too! That led us to discover that we needed a new well pump. A huge thanks to Dad Kieser and Uncle Paul for your help and well pump expertise. It was greatly appreciated! We will never forget Tater’s first shower.
  • Putting the new pump in:
  • The snow melted on our pool cover. It was time to try to figure out how to pump that off.
We also have had trouble opening our pool cover. Something we will have to fix in the near future. We had a company open it for us and could not get the cover open for several days before that appointment. After working with it and much prayer, it finally opened 15 minutes before they came. Yay!
Our lake – I mean pool – it not quite ready yet… as it does still look like a lake. We are clueless with this, but hopefully we can learn and get it going before this summer season begins!
  • I was Mother of the Year on this day. I got our Wii system hooked up. It had been months since they had played it. They were so excited!
Everyday we get things a little more settled and homey.

  • Still trying to get our office together. So sorry for those who are inquiring to book sessions. We WILL get our act together. We are taking June, July, and August sessions now. Still need to move our computers and get Wi-Fi set up.

  • Getting the girl’s room ready. I don’t have a decent picture of it quite yet. We used a light we had for photo shoots and added a medallion to make it not seem so small in the room. Painted old furniture.

We didn’t have washer and dryer hooked up quite yet when we moved in. There were a few troubles getting it going… a huge thank you to Mom and Dad and to Sara for helping me get by until then. We just got it fixed and working last night. Wow… it really helps you appreciate the small things.

We are enjoying our new home and love being there! I’ll leave you with our little one taking an afternoon nap. See you soon with the update of what happens the rest of this month. 🙂

10 Comments so far

  1. Jenny Gutwein April 17th, 2014 3:32 pm

    Yay Haley! I love that like Luke & I it appears Tater may have more clothes than you (although not shoes!!) :)! I think your home will be the home your children’s friends gravitate towards.. Fun times & many grocery trips to come :)!!

  2. rebekah April 17th, 2014 3:40 pm

    it’s gorgeous Haley!! So excited for you!

  3. Mindy A April 17th, 2014 5:00 pm

    Oh Haley, this makes me teary! All that you have been through the last 7 months and FINALLY you are in your house! Praise God! I can’t wait to come see it soon!!! I may have to invite myself over! haha! Love you and I’m so thankful for you!

  4. Debbie April 17th, 2014 7:11 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am absolutely in awe of both of you. You are just so incredible….i am so exited to see it all. It should be featured in the Arcitectural / Design Magazine.

  5. Carolyn April 17th, 2014 7:32 pm

    Every time I read your posts, it brings back a flood of memories. The ladder up on scaffolding hanging lighting was a huge one! It’s looking wonderful and all the decisions you’ve made are really coming together beautifully. You guys really had a vision and I’m impressed with the outcome! I think all the decisions are difficult but when you see after all the hard work how nicely it all turned out, makes it so rewarding and a huge relief too. Loved the update! You will love looking thru them years from now!

  6. Deb Grieco April 17th, 2014 8:36 pm

    You two and your team are just AMAzing! I am just in awe of the magic you create. You can be soooo proud of what you have done to make that house yours. It certainly now has your unique handle on it. It is just beautiful!

  7. Deb Grieco April 17th, 2014 8:37 pm

    That was suppose to read it has your unique hand print on it…not handle!

  8. Tere April 17th, 2014 9:15 pm

    Totally awesome. I am so excited for you guys. Can’t wait to see it. Love you guys! Tere

  9. Denise April 20th, 2014 3:44 pm


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