Some of you may be wondering where I came up with the name “Little House in the Hill” for our blog. It started as a hashtag I am using for our home we are building in the town of Richmond Hill – hence “in the Hill.” I think I chose it as the name for our blog because it is a perfect symbol of our lives right now.
My husband and I are from Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Roll Tide!) and our families still live there. I had plans for our life in T-town that included moving from our garden home into a bigger house in just the right school zone. We really never planned to leave, but the place my husband had worked at for 13 years closed its doors. We went where the work was and that took us to Mississippi.
While in MS, I put our plans of a home on hold and we had our second daughter Afton. She was born with a rare genetic condition called KCNQ2, and it rocked our world for the first 4 months of her life. Once the dust settled though, I went right back to my plan and began house hunting.
We were in MS for almost 3 years before we landed a deal on our dream home. It was a fixer upper of sorts, but it was huge and beautiful and in a wonderful area with the best neighbors. Life was good. Nine months after buying our house, we were told my husband’s project was shutting down.
I think this was the time I finally gave in to whatever God’s plan is for us. I felt like I had done that during different phases of our journey, but I always had some kind of expectation in the back of my mind of what God’s plan would be. Ultimately, I was trying to live my plan. So 10 months after buying our dream home, we packed up and moved into a 3 bedroom apartment in Richmond Hill, GA.
It took us a little longer to sell the house in MS than what we hoped, but I knew that we were where we needed to be. I hadn’t just prayed for a job for my husband, I prayed for THE job God would have him take. Shortly after we sold our house, we signed a contract to build. It is about half the size of our MS house, but it is the culmination of so many dreams and God’s will for our family.
That is what this house is for us: a complete blessing, covered in scripture, and a place where we plan to serve and welcome others. Of course, I’m going to decorate and add as many personal touches as I can squeeze out of our budget too. I can’t wait for you to see it come together. Stay tuned for that!
That’s how I see our lives right now: completely unexpected, finding our purpose, seeing God’s plan in the works, and trying to make it as pretty as possible as we stumble through.