We’ve got sticks!

Today when we drove by our lot during lunch (like we always do), the surveyor was there! They put up sticks to mark where the house will be, which was cool to see, because we’ve tried to guess, but it is hard to figure it out amongst the forest of trees.
Sadly, it looks like we wont be able to save any trees for our front yard. 😦 But we are going to have lots of big, beautiful trees in the backyard. And I think we will have quite a few on the sides too. I think there will be a cluster of trees beside the house…maybe those will be considered in the front yard. Its so hard to visualize it right now!

So I believe the next step is that they will come out and clear out all the “junk trees,” leaving just the nice big oaks. Then we will get to walk through with them and mark the ones we want to keep (as many as possible!). And thennnn…I think they are going to start building the foundation!! 🙂
In other news: as we were walking the lot today after they put up the house markers, I wasn’t paying attention and my leg ran RIGHT into a low-to-the-ground cactus! Cactus needles are apparently of the devil. You can’t PULL them out, because they just break. So now I have a million little remnants of cactus needles stuck in my skin. OUCH!
And on a happier note: tonight we went to a free concert on the Baylor campus and got to see one of my favorite bands, Tenth Avenue North. They were incrediable! I loved laying on the blanket and looking at the stars while listening to some great music. 🙂

Aren’t we all just waiting for someday?

Nick keeps saying “When are they going to officially tell us ‘you really are building a house’?”

Throughout this process it has felt like we’ve gone through so much meeting and planning and waiting, so its never really felt official.
Tonight we got the bill in the mail for our first installment of the down payment.
I think it just got official.

This is the first day of the rest of your life…

I feel very blessed.

After 2 and a half years of feeling like I was living in a fog of bad jobs, I now have the job that I dreamed would open up back in college. I don’t think that I ever really truly thought it would happen.
For the past 2 and a half years, I have been searching for a certain feeling. Somewhere between settled and content and fulfilled. Its been amazing how quickly I have “settled” in this new role, a feeling I never could quite get to anywhere else. I never could see how any of the other jobs fit into my plan for the rest of my life.
Oh, the elusive plan.
I can’t stand not having a plan. Even if I know it wont happen exactly the way I plan it, I just feel better thinking I know how the next 20 or so years are going to go. You don’t know how much I have stressed out over what the middle name of my second daughter will be (that’s the only missing piece of my “three-kids, two-girls-and-a-boy” plan that isn’t figured out yet). Sadly, I am serious.
What can I say? I’m a girl who likes to have it all figured out.
With that said, I am very happy to say that the ball has been set rolling on a very important part of our plan!
We are building a house! In the neighborhood I’ve been dreaming of since the day I realized we would be staying in Belton. 5 minutes from campus.
We are just beside ourselves with excitement (well, okay, maybe me more than Nick).
Here’s a picture to prove it is actually happening!
Its been a long road of many meetings and lots and lots of waiting, but I think they will finally start building soon. It will be nice to actually see some progress when we go look at the lot, rather than the same grouping of trees and dirt that we have “checked on” every day for the past month!
Stay tuned…