Leap of Faith

Hi Everyone.  Oh how I have missed all of you.  Just thought I would pop in and share some news on what has been happening for us.

Monday was leap year.  Terry and I found a cute home that just went on the market so we took a "leap of faith" and decided to get off the job hunt roller coaster and buy a place near family and friends and begin to get settled.

This has been a long year with Terry searching out a new position as a fire chief .  He is  only 58 years old and wants to continue to work.  While Terry has had a great career for 34 years in the fire service  he just is not ready to let go yet.  He wants to work in the field he loves.

This past year's ride on the job hunt roller coaster with all the crazy around the fire service employment process's we decided to end the out of area hunt for a new position for Terry.   The fire chief positions have become about money, job cuts and politics and not so much about community service anymore.

The fire service is not the same as when Terry first started his career.  Like everything in life things change.

So on leap year day we took a look at this town home and the minute I walked in the door I felt like I was home.
Terry and I had a long talk and decided to let go of trying to find a job outside of Illinois away from family and friends.

We decided to put a bid in on this home and get settled and pray something in the area will then happen for employment for Terry.

This past month we have been staying with our daughter, SIL and granddaughter since we closed on our other home.  It has been so wonderful to be with family.  While I was so sad to let go my last home I am excited about starting my decor happy on a new nest soon.

We took a big leap of faith to chose family and friends at this point in our lives.  Being near my two daughters and granddaughter fills my heart.  I would have missed them so much if we had to re locate for a job.  With the new grand baby on the way  I want to be near my daughter to continue to help out with taking care of Abby and the new baby.

So while we still are in search of employment for Terry we feel blessed to be settling near our family and friends.

I put up some of the pictures of the new town home we chose.  These are from the listing so not the best pictures to do this place justice.  My camera is packed away in storage!!!!  So bear with these pictures.

It is an end unit town home so it is very quiet.  The homeowners association does not allow renters so it is all home owners.  The town homes are in a wonderful neighborhood with a mix of town homes and single family homes.  I can see a cute new front door in this home's future lol!  I will still be able to have my flowers to care for in the front and back of the town home but the nice part of town home living is the landscaping, cutting grass and snow removal is all taken care of for us.

The back area has a fairly large yard.  I will be putting out my lounge chair and lots of flowers this summer on the back deck area.

The main level has a good size living room and dining room.  I see crown molding, paint and new thicker base boards and casings around windows in this room.  It will give it a more cottage feel.  I can see my slipcovered furniture looking awesome in this room too.

I have big plans to transform this kitchen.  New butcher block counters taking down cabinets for open shelving and painting cabinets white with some awesome new hardware just for starters.  I see new 6 panel doors for this space too. My chandeliers through out this space with some neat architectural features should transform this kitchen into a lovely french cottage kitchen.

I see those upper cabinets coming down for open shelving and some cool architechtual things to be added.
The Master bedroom has lots of light that streams in the room.  The two bedrooms up stairs both have their own master bathroom suites.  Love that  my guest will have their own bathroom when they stay.  Some paint, crown molding and base boards and pretty window treatments along with my white and chippy pieces from my bedroom should transform this master bedroom into a nice sanctuary.

The best part about this town home is that it has a finished lower level.  This is going to be perfect for a family room and also a large office space for Terry and all his fire department antiques and collectables.  He will have his own man cave.

Yep even has a sink and full size refrigerator for him.  He won't even have to come up stairs to get a frosty beverage when watching his football and hockey games.

These are a few pictures from the MLS.  The pictures do not do this place justice.  I am just excited to be getting ready to move in and start to unleash my decor happy.  Hope to post as I begin the transformation of each of the rooms.  Hope you will enjoy coming along with me as I begin this journey to making this new nest ours.

We do not close until the 15th of April and then for the sellers to accept our contract  we had to let them have one month to stay in the home and rent back after we close.  They are hoping the will not need that time but incase they do to find a new home for themselves we agreed to do this.  So it may be a few months before I can unleash my decor happy.  Hoping they will find something quickly to buy. 

Well I have missed all of you as this part of my life has been moving forward.  I have been visiting your blogs not alway leaving a comment but I have been keeping up on all of your news.  I hope to be back to blogging on the "New Junk Chic Cottage" transformations soon.

Wish us good luck that the home inspection goes well on Thursday and we will be officially under contract to purchase this home.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.  Hugs to all of you.