The House is Ours!

Closing last Thursday went so well, 45 minutes later, we were the proud owners of a 1979 fixer-upper with lots of potential.  I was so happy I told my mom I wanted to jump up and down like a little kid.  She smiled and said, go ahead.  :)  I was jumping inside!

It makes me choke up when I think back to one year ago and what darkness I was facing, to where I am today.  God-sized dreams do come true when He is in the middle of things.  Without my parents help, I could not have done this anytime soon, but they are amazing people and they love their baby girl (they love ALL their girls). This house will be something that I can afford to pay for and it will be a house I’ll be so proud of when it’s finished.  Not that it will be finished anytime soon. There will be a million projects that I’ll want to tackle down the road, not to mention the outside with landscaping and the screened porch fix-ups.

We are eager to get started and the work has already begun.  If you missed the first house post, check it out here for all the rooms.

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There are 2 cherry trees and a pretty pink dogwood across the front of the yard.  One lone azalea is blooming left of the front steps.  At least I don’t have overgrown landscaping.  There’s hardly any landscaping to speak of.  A blank slate.  I kinda like that.

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Coming in the front door.  The door has not been protected from the weather and under that wood down there is some rotted out plywood under the door jamb, which will have to be repaired.  We’ll tackle things one at a time.  We have quite a bit of molding to add around the windows inside too.  One great thing that the house has is newer vinyl double-paned windows that tilt out for easy cleaning.  That’s a huge perk!  But, whoever put them in didn’t know how to trim out windows and they need some help.  We’ll get that done too.

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I don’t love this wood railing, it’s a little rustic for my taste, but after it’s painted it will look a lot better. I’m concentrating on priorities first and that will be painting every inch of this house inside,  flooring and the kitchen.

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My contractor is checking out the windows. :)

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I pulled back the carpet to see what the stairs look like.  Does this look familiar?  Oh Em Gee, it sure does to me.  These look exactly like my old Birmingham stairs and in case you didn’t see how I finished them out, you can read all about the how-to’s here.  I have even better plans for these stairs which will require less molding, but still a great look, so these will get refinished and painted too.

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I see lots of staple pulling in my future.  There are 3 sets of stairs.  One coming in the front door, one going upstairs to the bedrooms and one going down to the bonus room/den, which I didn’t show you before.

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It’s a huge room downstairs and one set of windows, which lets in plenty of light.  The room is entirely paneled and I can’t wait to paint that out.  When we first looked at the house, there was concrete in this space and I thought, oh cool! I will finally get to stain some concrete.  When we came back after we won the bid, look what the bank had done.  Yep, they installed some brand new carpet.  OK, I’ll take it.  It’s a nice neutral beige/cream color and it will be fine down here.

This room is way bigger than my old den, but my furniture will fit nicely in here.  I have room to do 2 living areas here.  There’s a big cubby area around the corner on the left that you can’t see.  Huge room!  This will be the TV/entertainment area and yippee, I get to use both sets of furniture.  One for the den and one upstairs in the living room.  All that furniture I have will come in handy.  There’s a dropped ceiling in this room and I’m going to peek up there and see what it looks like, but I imagine I’ll want to keep it covered up.

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I imagine it will probably look like this ceiling. This is the doorway coming in from the den. And this end of the room is for the washer/dryer. Not very pretty now, but I have big plans in here too. You all know what a pretty laundryroom I had in my old house. It was definitely a laundryroom to envy, but I’ll make this space pretty one day too. I’m going to stain or paint this concrete floor. Paint the walls and even though the ceiling is all open in here and there are exposed pipes and ugly stuff that would best be hidden, I will eventually paint out the entire ceiling in black (spray paint with a spray gun!). My friend, Debbie, did that in her office/crafting space at her house and it is SO cool. Very industrial. So, that’s my plan in there. If I can make that ugly ceiling disappear with black paint, then I can work on beautifying the rest of the space. It’s big enough in here to add a craft table and shelves for that too. If we can salvage some of those pine kitchen cabinets without tearing them to pieces, we’ll bring a row of those down here for that left wall, uppers and lowers and I’ll paint them and use them for storage in here.

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Here’s the other end of the room.  It’s a long skinny room.  That white door goes out to the backyard and it’s even stubbed for a commode in the corner and that white pipe is for a sink.  Ummm, no, I don’t think I’ll try to make this space into a bathroom.  We’ll just have to go upstairs for that. I might, however, put a utility sink in here.  This room is SO big, I think I’ll put a wall up on the other side of the door and across to the other wall (eventually).  That space to the back of the room, I’ll line with nice tall wire shelving and use it for Christmas storage and overflow storage.  That will come in handy.

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Back upstairs in the living room, we are going to wall up that door on the far left.  In fact, it’s already walled up on our first day of renovations.  My dad didn’t waste anytime on that and it’s already GONE.   There were 2 doors going into the kitchen, but space in there is precious, so taking out this door from the living room will give me more cabinet and countertop space on the other side of that wall.

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Here it that door from the kitchen side.  I’ll gain about 4 or 5 feet of countertop space and cabinet space below.  And I have some really neat rustic shelves that I bought before I moved from Alabama that I’m going to use for open shelving on that new wall in here.  I can’t wait to see it all come together.  The kitchen will probably be the last room we tackle and the most expensive part of the project. I’m still going to do things on a budget since that is where I live.

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We can access the kitchen through the dining room and that will be just fine.  I’ll enjoy having more cabinet and countertop space more than an extra door.  The kitchen is not huge, but I’m going to try to maximize my space as much as possible.  It is nice and bright with a window over the sink and a huge double picture window at one end of the room, so closing off that door won’t change that a bit.   In a dream world, it would be fun to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room, but that would require way more $$ and energy than we have right now.  Plus it would get rid of one entire wall of cabinets and countertops.

I have already met my new neighbors on one side and she invited me in to see their new kitchen that was done a couple of years ago. Her hubby did all the work and they designed it all themselves and it is absolutely beautiful.  They got Shaker cabinets from Ikea and did a wonderful job in the kitchen.  They opened up a wall between their kitchen and livingroom and it is so pretty, but their kitchen has a lot more space than mine does on one end, so that plan will not work for me.  I do pretty much have my mind set on Shaker cabinets too.  All the cabinet pics that I’ve been saving have been white Shaker style.

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Another peek at the dining room.  I’ll be adding new hardwoods in the living room and hope to get all this wood sanded down and stained darker.  I am planning to take hardwoods up to the master bedroom too, at least I hope that all comes together as I want it to.  And I’m going to do a fun board and batten treatment here in the diningroom. I’ve got some plans to do quite a bit of molding in the house, I love how much charm that adds to plain drywall.

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Upstairs, this is the main hall bathroom.  It has some OK tile that I’ll probably leave for now.  The vanity bottom inside is completely rotted out, so will have to be replaced.  Of course, I hate the sink and countertop too and would love to rip all of this out, but we’ll have to see how my budget goes.  This will be last on the list and if I have to, I’ll replace the rotted board inside and just paint this thing out and live with it for awhile. The drywall around the top of the shower has to be patched too from water damage.

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Back in the master bedroom, here that’s built-in vanity again, that I want to tear out.  It’s in its own little alcove.

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This little area is tiled around this piece.  I’d love to bring the hardwoods into this area too and leave the tile in the tub area right next to this.  That’s my plan now, to bring hardwoods all into this little cubby, as that will look so much better than keeping the existing tile.  I don’t mind tile, so I will leave the tile in the tub area and then I can update that space later.    I’ve got another sink in the bathroom that I will use. I measured and my vanity/desk with mirror will fit in this alcove.  It will be the perfect spot for my makeup area.

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To the left is my master closet.  It’s not huge, but not tiny either.  It’s pretty long and has lots of shelving and hanging poles and it’s nice and deep.

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I’d love to take all of this out and get one of those closet systems, but again, that will probably have to wait awhile. That budget gets in the way of the plans in my head. :) You too?!

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Outside, the backyard is very nice.  I’m loving it!  It has a little bit of a rolling hill, but is mostly flat. One clump of trees in the middle of the yard is all the leaves I’ll have to deal with back here and that is fine with me.  There’s a nice buffer of trees on the backside of the property and there is a 2 lane road back there, but nothing really busy and loud.

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There’s my contractor again, checking things out.  The porch will need some repairs on the outside and inside, but it is structurally sound.

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All the screening needs to be replaced and I want to add some beadboard inside on the lower walls and the ceiling.  The bank had a handyman add these stairs back here, which I’m so grateful for.  He told my dad there were no stairs here at all, they were gone.

I’m so excited about this project. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but boy, how rewarding it will be.  I will be sharing it all, every step of the way.  Ya’ll have been my cheerleaders all along the way, through all the tough uncertain days this last year and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.  To have you all out there rooting for me is the best thing in the world.

Most of my worldly possessions are housed in this storage unit and hopefully in about 6 mos. I’ll be unloading it and moving it into my new house.

So, we’ll call this the house that blogging built.  That’s what it is going to be.  A house of restoration and healing.  A house of love and gratefulness.

My house.  I can’t wait!

I have to share this with you too.  After closing on Thursday, my mom shared with me a devotional that she had written 1 year ago on closing day, April 12, 2011, from Streams in the Desert.  It was about Jesus’s resurrection and how that sometimes we fail to remember that “in the pitch-black night when there’s no outer light, it is the time for faith to shine.”  She had hand-written at the bottom of that post, “We are trusting you for Rhoda’s dark night to turn into a morning of joy.  Increase our faith.”

One year to the day later, we closed on a house for me!  and yes, indeed, my dark night has turned to joy. 

I got all teary-eyed when she showed that to me as I recounted how faithful God has been to me this past year, every painful step of the way. 

That’s the kind of parents I have and I’m SO very grateful for them. 


- Rhoda


Comments

  1. Rhoda, I’m so happy for you! May the Lord greatly bless you and your precious parents as you begin this exciting project!

  2. Rhoda, I have read your blog from the very beginning and feel as if you’re a personal friend. I am thrilled for you and your new house. What fun you are going to have fixing it up, finding bargains and hitting the yard sale trial once again! I wish you every blessing!

  3. Super uber happy for you! I can’t wait to see all your projects. I enjoyed following the ones you did in your previous house too. You are an inspiration and so glad you have been blessed with the best parents!

  4. vividagigi says:

    Your new house will soon become a lovely home!! Looking forward to seeing all the reno. I can see you boxing in that railing and using that great wallpaper stuff (can’t think of what it is called). Your mom’s note gave me the good kind of goose bumps. The Lord is so good. What a blessing to have a momma and daddy(contractor) that know the Lord.

  5. Rhoda,
    Tears in NJ for you — tears of happiness and tears for the love of parents and the love and faith in God.
    I can feel your excitement in your words. {Hmm, perhaps you should consider hosting a “House that Blogging Built Reno Weekend Blogger Party!}
    Love,
    Deborah

  6. Dear Rhoda,
    I am so happy for you! and no… you do not know me. I have been reading your blog for a long time, actually yours was the first blog I ever stumbled upon before I even knew what a blog was! I think I was searching for laundry room decor ideas :) God has richly blessed you as you have richly blessed others with your encourgaing words and spirit. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing your home as it becomes uniquely yours!

  7. I would have been jumping up and down, too- I’m so glad you are seeing God’s faithfulness & provision in such a lovely way. I look forward to seeing your new journey unfold and the beauty you create along the way. Your parents are precious, may I adopt them?! :)

  8. Alma Maier says:

    I was so excited to see the posting about your new home. I, like your other blog followers, have been waiting to start the reno journey with you. I looked back at the stairs in your Birmingham house and remembered how fabulous they looked. So these new stairs can only be better! Your home has so many great spaces for you to work your majic. The yard is also pretty much a blank slate waiting for your creativity. Your Mom’s note and devotional gave me goose bumps. You are so blessed to have the wonderful, loving parents that the Lord gave you. Rhoda, may the Lord continue to watch over you and your parents. Have fun with this new remodeling/decorating phase of your life. Thank you for taking us along for the ride and the inspiration!

  9. Congratulations Rhoda! Thanks for sharing. I needed to read this post today. It reminded me that my faith is what has always guided me and somehow I had lost sight of that the last few weeks. You got me back on track! Good Luck!

  10. Rhoda, I have read your blog for a very long time and I’m very happy that things are looking up for you….Your family sounds incredible; God knows what we need even before we do…..I love the note your Mom wrote, it brought tears to my eyes…..I know I’ll be waiting for all the “make overs” that all of us reading your blog is in store for…..Here’s for the best of everything to come…..

  11. Congrats! It has so much great potential. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. It will be a blessing to it and it will be a blessing to you!

  12. Congrats Rhoda. Let the fun begin.

  13. Okay, I am sitting here crying now. Does that tell you how happy I am for you?♥

  14. Very happy for you and looking forward to the new home journey!

  15. Carol Ann says:

    Congratulations Rhoda! You deserve all the happiness in the world and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation!

  16. Rhoda, I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing in your new home! Congratulations and many hugs to you!

  17. Rhoda

    Following your blog for several months…I DO have a life–but your story has touched me so I pop out here and leave a comment occasionally. You are humble and funny and your story is so inspiring. You’ve faced some things that are fearful to all of us, but you’ve had courage, honestly, and LOOK WHERE YOU ARE!! We are so proud of our Rhoda — YOU ROCK GIRLFRIEND! So do Mom and Contractor Man!!

  18. ~Country Lady~ says:

    Rhoda,

    I’m typing this through tears. Though I don’t post often to your blog, I’m reading faithfully. I have lifted many a prayer on your behalf over this past year. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you. You do have wonderful Godly parents. Your witness and testimony is most moving and inspirational. I’m looking so forward to seeing the evolution of the “House that Blogging Built.” Blessings to you dear lady! A new day has dawned………

  19. Great news for you Rhoda! Wishing you all the best! You are on a new journey how exciting. I can completely relate. Last year at this very time I was recovering from a major back surgery not knowing if I would ever feel well again. This year my husband & I just moved back to our hometown, where we bought a foreclosure home. We are completely renovating before we move in! This is a dream come true for my husband & I. I can’t wait to follow your progress!

  20. Well Rhoda , you finally have a home you can make your own. This past week i was up in the middle of the night as i so often am , reading my bible. In Joel G0d said He would restore to us the years the locus had eaten.I take this for every christian who has had to suffer at the hands of another no matter what level it was on.He promised us He would restore all to us and it looks as though He is restoring to you . What a precious mother you have to reveal such encouraging words to increase your faith. You speak unabashedly , about your unwavering faith in God and it is encouraging to me to read your blogs sometimes and hear what is happening in your life. Yes hope does spring eternal for those who place there faith in God. Thank you for the way you share with all of us out here. it is encouraging to us and a blessing. I know He will give you all the energy you need to fix up your home . Have fun girl you deserve it.

  21. Your post brought a smile to my face. I teared up when I read what your mom had written! Maybe you can ask for volunteers (your readers) to work on the house, so we can get hands on experience!

  22. Congratulations, Rhoda! Praise the Lord for all He has done!

  23. Congratulations! You’ll have so much fun turning that house into a beautiful home and we will enjoy your journey along the way via the blog.

    I am in the dark right now and the lines you shared at the end of this post give me hope that it will all turn around soon. Thank you for that inspiration. May God Bless You.

  24. I am so very happy for you! Your house is beautiful & I’m really looking forward to seeing you fix things up to make it perfect for you.

    What a precious mom you have – I know you cherish her very much.

  25. I am so happy that you closed on your house. I have always enjoyed reading your blog and was so sad to read of the difficulties you experienced with your ex-husband. Yes, out of the darkness does come light. Thank goodness for your Godly parents. Your mothers note was amazing. God is always watching over us!

  26. Renee Snow says:

    Have been one of your ‘silent readers’ for a while :)
    So very happy for you and looking forward to you making this your home. You are ‘blessed and highly favored’. He takes our darkness and turns it into His Light. Lovely.

  27. What an inspirational post! I am so touched by your faith, your family, and your whole story of healing. Thanks so much for sharing, and there is no way to know just how many folks you have helped. There is such a contrast in your bad marriage situation and your life with your family and friends. You have traveled and vacationed and experienced things just since your separation that many or most don’t get to do in a lifetime. Life is so funny, isn’t it? Well I am so excited to follow you on this journey. I was a little bummed to hear it might be 6 months before moving in, but dang, you will still have lots to show and share. And time flies, so it will be here before you know it. God (continue to) bless! And Rhoda, if you ever travel through Columbia, SC, I would love for you to speak to my circle at church or my Sunday school class.

  28. Can’t wait to follow your remodeling journey. You are indeed blessed.

  29. Oh Rhoda, so very happy for you after the long year you have had! I couldn’t be more excited for you!

  30. Rachel Beal says:

    Rhoda, I’m sooo very happy for you and your new house. God is so GOOD. I’ll be following you on this great before and after…can’t wait to see what you come up with, it will be great I know. I pulled up my carpet on my stairs in fall after seeing how well yours turned out….we are loving them!! Oh, also just made my 2nd strawberry pie using your moms recipe…..the best I’ve ever made! so keep your post and ideas coming because I’m a BIG fan (and apparently copy cat) of yours! Many blessings on your new home! Rachel B

  31. Paula Lusk says:

    Oh Rhoda-I am so happy for you. God has truly blessed you! Have a great time decorating Your new home! Blessing-Paula Lusk

  32. Rhoda I am so happy for you! I got a big kick out of your ‘contractor’!
    Here’s hoping that the going is smooth from here on out. I’m sure in no time you’ll have the loveliest home.

  33. Congratulations! I’m so happy that you are starting a new life with lots of love and support from your family. It’s amazing what our faith can do for us if we believe in it.

    Hugs, Gretchen

  34. Hi Rhoda! I am soo happy for you, how wonderful and your parents are really angels! Reading through your descriptions of the rooms, I did think, who needs a big kitchen anyway?? It looks great and it will be a fun project. You are blessed! ;-))

  35. Rhoda, I am so excited for you that you found yourself a home!
    “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles:; they shall run, and not be weary, they shall walk, and not faint”. Isaiah 40:31
    You are very blessed to have Godly parents!

  36. I am so very happy for you Rhoda! You really deserve this, and am so happy you are starting your new life. Also grateful you have your parents who love and support you. I will be following you on this great journey of beginning anew, in your home. Love your contractor, does he do outside work, or is he booked solid with you?

  37. Rhoda, how awesome that you get to make this house your own! I am so happy for you, and can’t wait to meet you at Haven!

  38. Ah, Rhoda…so happy for you!

    Best wishes, happiness, and peace to you as you start your new endeavor.

  39. I want you ALL to know that I read every single comment that comes through here and y’all are the BEST readers in the world. Your comments & notes lift me UP every single time, so thank you for that. I tell my parents how wonderful you all are too!

    • Radnofsky says:

      Congratulations on your new home! I’ve been crossing fingers for you, and you managed to buy a new home long before I expected! I’m so happy for you, you are a true survivor! I look forward to following your re modelling and decorating projects as you start this adventure! Good luck, I hope you’ll be very happy in your new nest!

  40. I’m so happy for you Rhoda! I was so hoping you’d be at blissdom this year so I could give you a big hug! But I knew you’d land right on your feet – strong southern women are like that :)

    Can’t wait to see all the updates!
    xo
    Deanna

  41. Congrats! Love the devotional.

  42. Rhoda, I’m so happy for you to have your own house, the house you so much deserve! That’s so exciting!! I still remember the time when with my husband got our own house, I couldn’t sleep for a full week thinking about what to do in every single room! Can’t wait to see how you transform that place! Congratulations!

  43. Hi and thanks for sharing your new house with us. It does not look like it was only built in 1979. Anyhow I can see lots of wonderful opportunities for you to use your skills and make it shine. It has great bones. And I do love your back yard too. And yes indeed it would be great to have faithful parents. I do NOT, but my children do and I am so grateful that I can lift them in prayer to our heavenly Father as no-one else in the world would except for their mother.

  44. Congratulations Rhoda! God has turned your mourning into dancing! Have you heard that song? Can’t wait to see what you do to transform the home into perfectly yours! Will you have a place for your monogram rug?

    God Bless
    Darlene

  45. Rhoda-
    I am so thrilled for you and can’t wait to see what beauty you bring to your new place. I love your words, “A house of restoration and healing. A house of love and gratefulness.” Isn’t that what God is in the business of doing–restoring & refining? Blessings to you!!!

  46. What a wonderful post and how happy I am for you. I can’t wait to watch you make this house your home. You’ll also be making wonderful memories. How lucky to have your parents along for the ride! Thank you for sharing.

    P.S. I made your Hummingbird cake last weekend. It was fabulous!

  47. I am so excited for you! I can just feel the excitement, reading about your plans and dreams for your house. I’m in the middle of renovating my house (maybe more at the beginning?) and your motivation is contagious!

    When I found this house and then moved in a few months ago, I knew it was a blessing. I also knew that just like in God’s covenant with Abram, that he had blessed me so that others would be blessed. I’m not quite sure how God wants me to use this place to bless others – so for now I have been praying, watching, waiting, and getting ready so I can obey when the time comes.

    He has so many wonderful things in store for you – I believe that!

  48. Rhoda-

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your new home! What an exciting journey you have ahead of you!

    I got tears in my eyes when reading what your Mom asked of God just one year ago. You sure have come through the fire. You are stronger and better for it. Trials teach us so much, don’t they? Your parents sound like such amazing people. You are blessed!

    I just can’t wait to see what you do to make this house your home! Congratulations again!! :-)
    xo-Lisa

  49. I am so happy for you and am looking forward to seeing your creative hand at work in your new home. Though I’ve never “commented” before, I’ve read your blog for a few years now and enjoyed your happy times and prayed for you when things were dark . You have shown so much courage during a very difficult time and been an inspiration to others who are struggling. How great is our God to bring us through the dark times and give us the thing that our heart desires. Many blessings to you and your wonderful family.

  50. Marilyn C. says:

    Rhoda,

    I am so very happy for you. I have been reading your blog for a long time now. You are truly an inspiration to many women out here. Thanks for sharing your heart and your dreams. May God continue to bless you each and every day. I look forward to reading more about your journey with your new home. Its exciting. I loved the devotional that your mom shared as well. Thank you for your encouragement to many in the midst of your own trials. You are in deed a blessing to many.

    Marilyn C.

  51. Hooray! I’m just SO excited for you, Rhoda. Congratulations on your new house! It has tons of potential and I can’t wait to follow along as you create a new home for yourself there. How wonderful that you have a screened porch, too!! :)

  52. So excited to see hwat you do with the house! Very happy for you.

  53. My dear sweet friend, I am so happy for you. You have been blessed with a great family. I can’t wait to see you work your magic in this house . If you need a couple of extra hands with your projects, you know where to find me!

  54. Congratulations! Looks like you might need the “Atlanta Team” to get together again and help you!!! lol Much happiness in your new home! Your parents sound like such a blessing! Lucky you!!

  55. Thrilled for you! Congratulations!

  56. Rhoda,
    It’s a great house with so much potential! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    Diane

  57. Rhoda, I am sooo happy for you and can just feel your excitement! I can’t wait to follow you along on this renovation journey. I just know you will make it gorgeous!!

    Congrats!
    xo
    Linda
    (p.s. your parents sound amazing… :)

  58. Ofelia, from México City says:

    My God what a nice house! Your own house! Contratulations I can´t wait to see how this house is converted into a home by your own hands. A long jorney to run, but certainly worth every step of it. I would love to look a floor plans house, is that posible? Love.

  59. This is a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness. I am so excited to follow you on your journey with your new house. I love your stories as it brings back memories of living in the South near Athens, GA. We also vacationed on the beach at Destin, FL.

  60. Cindy O'Brien says:

    Rhoda, I’ve never commented before, but wanted you to know how very touched I was by this posting. I am so glad you give the God the glory and realize how he has carried you these past few months!! The prayer your mom wrote really choked me up. Thank God for praying parents, and thank God for His blessings on you. Your home is going to be beautiful, I can already see it. : )

  61. Janet G. says:

    Rhoda, I am so thrilled and excited over the prospect of following your reno adventures. I was so moved by the last line of your Mom’s journal entry “increase our faith”. The “our” extends to us, your readers. What a wonderful testament of God’s love. Thanks for sharing!

  62. How wonderful! You’ve got a great blank slate to work with. What will be your very first (I mean, literally #1!) project?!

  63. Rhoda, I’m SO very happy for you! You’ve come a long way baby!!! :) You are certainly bless with wonderful parents and loving friends and family too! I can’t wait to see all of the changes to make to this “fix-r-upper”. It’s going to be fun to watch it’s transformation!

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  64. I am so happy for you! Congratulations! Your faith is an inspiration and I know how truly blessed you must feel right now. I stumbled upon your blog right when you were first announcing that there was something troubling in your life. I didn’t know much about blogging at the time, and unfortunately didn’t remember how to find your blog again. Your troubles keep bugging me. Then one day I stumbled upon your blog again, and was so relieved to find out that things were shaping up a bit…you were living with your parents by this time. I check on your blog daily and always look forward to what you’re going to share with us. As you embark on your new journey, I am beyond excited to see what kind of great DIY projects you share with us. Again, congratulations!

    Kara

  65. ...laney says:

    …how precious are your mother and daddy…how blessed is their daughter…how faithful is our God…cannot wait to see the talents that He has given to you unfold…the home you create will be beautiful… but the inspiration you give to others will be priceless…blessings laney

  66. Oh my goodness, Rhoda! I am so excited for you! And you know I can NOT wait to see how you’re going to make that house look! It’s going to be amazing. You are my inspiration, you really are!!!

    ~Angela~

  67. Rhoda, I’m just catching up. Wow, things are moving fast! Congrats! I’m off to read your first post…can’t believe you’ve already closed! Yay!

  68. Congratulations Rhoda that its now officially yours. How exciting. Looking forward to all the updates. Now are you putting a pool and a jacuzzi in the back yard? and where is that dog your getting? oh and maybe a cat too? well hey you know just friendly suggestions ;) have a fun weekend working on you new home!

  69. I often fantasize about moving into fixer uppers and changing and improving them. Your’s is perfect for that. I can’t wait to visit and see what you do. Aloha Ral

  70. Congratulations on closing, Rhoda! The house that blogging built…I love that. :)

    It’s going to be beautiful, girl!

  71. I’m excited to see what you do with the place! I’m also very happy for you…extremely happy…good things come to those that wait! xo wendy

  72. Congratulations–the place is great and I can’t WAIT to follow the progress to see you turn into something magically delicious! God is good all the time!!

  73. Last summer I moved into a 1978 split-entry house–about as far from my dream home as could be! But I’ve learned that it’s not about the house. It’s the dreams you take into it and the work you do to make it yours. I love my house now, even though we’ve still got a long list of projects (and tight budget, like you). I like to think of it as lots of blogging material! Best wishes on your new adventure–

  74. Rhoda, so happy for you! Been reading your blog for years! You are an inspiration and God’s light” shines in all do! You are blessed to be a blessing and have a great platform for sharing all the great things God is doing in your live. I live in Florida now but Marietta, GA is my home town. I grew up in East Cobb! So glad you have a home there and lots of new projects. We’ll be watching with anticipation the great things you’ll be doing and can’t wait to see the before and after pics! God is Good! And “all things work together for the good for those who follow HIM! “. Remember this “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me!” (Phillipians). May God bless you today…because HE know how you’ve blessed us!

  75. Jodi from New Jersey says:

    Good luck & be sure to share your paint colors. !

  76. How exciting! I can’t wait to read your project posts!

  77. I love that you’re starting over in a modest fixer-upper that the average American woman in a similar position can relate to. From personal experience I know new life will slowly begin to unfold as you throw your energy into building a new home that will provide comfort, security and love. Tight budgets and hard work can be very satisfying. Your creativity is amazing. I look forward to your magic! God bless. Joy

  78. Dear Rhoda~all you have shared, especially your Mom’s prayer for you, is like reading another New Testament story right here and now. How wonderful that our heavenly Father, God of all and over all, offers new beginnings with His hand of favor and blessing resting on us~so vividly apparent in your life. Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. Like many others, we are experiencing difficult times financially~so Blessed to know our Lord knows it all, loves us and continues to provide ~ His goodness and mercy are new every morning:) hugs from OH.

  79. Congratulations Rhoda! Can’t wait to see what you do with the new house. And your mom’s devotional [as well as your blessings] are so inspiring in helping me look forward to finding the light out of my dark days. Brings tears to my eyes! I pray for God’s continued blessings for you.

  80. Barbara Frazier says:

    You are blessed with such a wonderful and supportive family … but then again, you know that :)

  81. Rhoda, I haven’t read your blog for months and am excited for you with this house and all the new opportunities and joyful experiences you are having through Grace. I am having a financial setback so haven’t been reading decorating blogs as much since they are so tempting for me. Some days it feels like I am having my own dark time and then I remember I am not alone in this. Thank you for sharing what your mom wrote and thank her for writing it. It brought me to tears and gave me hope and inspiration to keep focused and moving forward. Many blessings.

  82. Rhoda, I followed you for the longest time and then life got in the way and I lost track of you. I’m sorry to hear about your life taking a major detour but am so happy for you and your new life ahead.

    Congratulations on your new home. It will be lovely.

    P.S., If you ever find yourself with some free time, it would be an honor to have you guest post on my site.

  83. Debbi in Texas says:

    We love to shop for discounted materials at our local Habitat Restore. Check them out for flooring, cabinets, tile, paints, stain, tools, etc. Good luck and you will love fixing up your new home.

  84. I’ve been really busy and hadn’t caught up with your blog until today so I just read this. I am SO happy for you! Congratulations! a million times. :)

  85. charlene says:

    loved ur blog,,cried at ur story and rejoiced at this update…..SO HAPPY n excited for u

  86. Love this, love Streams in the Desert so I literally gasped when I read what your mom had wrote. I liked your parents before, now I love them too. How blessed you’ve been Rhoda. Can’t wait to keep watching your home unfold!

  87. Ok, I promise not to comment on every post….but, wow! That devotional of your Mom’s? So precious. You are where you are supposed to be!

  88. Rhoda,
    I stumbled on your blog when I was on the Homegoods website. I have been sitting here reading every word for about two hours. I live in Alabama (Daphne). I too love to shop at thrift stores, consignment shops, and yard sales. I also have been through some very hard times myself. I feel such a kindred spirit with you. You are such a hope and inspiration. I will be looking forward to seeing your renovations on the new home. God Bless You on your journey.

  89. Absolutely gorgeous! Even in the pre-makeover pics I can see sleek lines and walls that are aching with potential. :)

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