Tuesday, January 7, 2014

#SayYesProject Meets House Hunters

Might you be here because you're practicing saying YES during the New Year?
If not, you should be. 

Welcome to the first #SayYesProject of 2014.
The idea's simple: when you want to say no, say yes. Then blog about it. 
Or Instagram it. Just share it and inspire someone else to say yes too. 

Without further ado, here's our January YES! 
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My December YES was much more of an our than a mine. It's a year that was months in the making, then moments in the YES-ing and just as quickly in the no. All this are you're going to think there's a Thomas baby in the works, but no (didn't you see all of those drinks I had in Mexico?).

No baby. But, YES to a house. A house we were thrilled to call our own. With a yard that I could plant rose bushes in, with a garage where Jason could do his carpentry, with many rooms to fill with many babies. And then, a no.

After a few weeks of busy home-buying work, our dreamy little house was foreclosed upon. Foreclosures makes sales messy and difficult, I know; but I remained optimistic it would be ours. Then, just like that, it wasn't. And, I was disappointed, frustrated, bitter.

We took Christmas to regroup, refocus on our goals and ideas, remember that it's a process that doesn't happen overnight. We told each other there's a better house for us out there. We pointed out the ways the house just wasn't the right one.

Then, we started looking online again. That little seed of bitter kept rearing its ugly head begging for attention and a little bit of processing. I realized it wasn't the house that felt lost, but the little dreams and visions we had for it -babies, a swing set in the backyard, Christmas lights on the white wood trim, a flag over the garage doors. I'd set my heart on that home but that home isn't what we'll make us a family. No, it's our family is what makes any house a warm, lovely home.

Those memories at home will be fond and beautiful and filled with love just the way we imagine it regardless of our address. Yes, we're disappointed in the outcome, but we're not defeated.

So, for now we say YES again. To doing it all over with excited hearts and the same big dreams. We remind ourselves every house will be better because we're in it, every yard more adorable with Hazel's little mug running amuck, and any room more filled with a little bit of furniture and a whole lot of love.

Want to join in next time around? Good news! 
We're back at it on 
Wednesday, February 5th.
Now it's your turn. Link up dolls.


  1. so proud of you for this lady! it's so hard to keep up a positive attitude when crap like that happens, and you have the right outlook. it's all about the family you put in the house, not the house you put the family in.

  2. Oh man--that would be so disappointing after all the work and hopes you put into getting that house! But good for you guys for deciding to continue pursuing the process! Maybe there's an even better house in the works for you...

  3. I'm sorry that the house fell through. That's so disappointing when you find one that you love. I'm trying to say yes more this year, and am finding it a challenge!

  4. I'm sorry the house fell through- I know how excited you were about it. But keep your head up- you two will find an amazing house, which will be made an even more amazing because of the two of you and your family!!

  5. i'm not one to be all "leave it all up to fate" etc etc but i do think things happen for a reason so maybe this house wasn't your dream house but something better is just around the corner.

    that happened to us too; we loved this one house and then it got sold so fast as we were trying to prep the papers etc and i was so bummed. then a few months later, the house we live in now came up and we grabbed it! i know this is HOME HOME because i never want to leave it :)

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  6. Its great that you two have decided to give it another shot! Im sure it can be very disappointing but I bet you will find something even better!

  7. Yes to a house is huge! I can only imagine how stressful it can be to find the perfect house but I love your outlook!


  9. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    UGH I'm SO sorry that this happened. I'd be on the FLOOR crying for days if that was me. I build things up SO MUCH!

    Sounded like the perfect little house. But there are others out there. No matter what house you get, you and Mr. T will make it the home you have only imagined. Keep positive, good things are coming :)

  10. Ack! That is so hard!! We are hoping to house shop in the next couple of years and I know I will be putting just as much heart into as you are!! Stay positive and remember that you two make it a home!! (and most house things can be worked on)

  11. This IS so inspiring! Congrats on the big step...so fun!

  12. I love your positive outlook to saying Yes again. It's so inspiring and everything will work out in the time that it's meant to, I'll pray that something wonderful comes up soon!!

  13. Hi, I would love to get involved but I don't have a blog but I do have Instagram...HELP?!?

  14. Oh how I'd LOVE to have you! :)

    Please use the #SayYesProject hashtag on Instagram... I'm always cruising it there... There's going to be more Instagram participation/challenges coming up in the next few months and I'd LOVE to have you join! :)

  15. Chin up! When it's meant to be and God wants a CERTAIN house for you, things will work out. Don't lose hope; it's out there waiting for you. We closed on a short sale last July 2013 and constantly ran into hoops. However, God was good to us and we have our dream house! Never settle for something then and there. LOVE it and you'll just know. Good luck.


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