Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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.
Kris

93 comments:

  1. Congrats and good luck Chris. How exciting! x Julie

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  2. I've thought about you over the past month and hoped we'd soon hear good news from you, Kris. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home that's close to those you love! I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to see how you transform your new home into the cottage look you're known for. Thanks so much for the update and I'm sending you a great big hug!
    xo, Vickie

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  3. Congrats and best of luck. I know you'll transform the new place in no time. xo

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  4. Oh Kris, I am thrilled with the new home! I can totally see Terry having a consulting business. With his expertise, he is a gem in so many ways. ~ Christina in FL

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  5. I'm so happy for you and Terry. I think your new home was just waiting for you to come along and turn it into the cutest cottage home ever. Can't wait to see it all!

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  6. Good Morning Kris
    I am So So happy for you*** I was hoping you would be staying close to family and friends. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with your beautiful new home.
    deezie

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  7. Sounds wonderful, Kris and I hope they find something very quickly so you can play house again!!

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  8. YAY!!...You got the house??!!!!....it is wonderful and I can see you putting your Kris magic on it....I can just imagine you walking through the house, your mind racing and thinking of the potential of this home....A great home and I love the lower level...Good for you two for following your heart and taking that Leap of Faith!!!

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  9. Oh that is so wonderful. I will be glad to open up my computer and see your email about something special you have done to your new house. I have missed your posts.

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  10. Hello Kris, I'm so happy that you have found a nice home close to family and friends to decorate! Wishing you all the best.
    Julie xo

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  11. Oh how exciting. Congratulations!!! I hope they find a new house soon so you can move in and enjoy turning this into your dream home again.

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  12. I am so excited and happy for you, Kris! I can't wait to see you unleash your decor happy all over this place! :-)

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  13. Congrats on your new home. May you be able to move in sooner rather than later. I pray that Terry will also find a job he loves.

    FlowerLady

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  14. Oh wonderful! Congrats on the new home - Hope all goes smoothly and you'll be able to unleash your decor happy! Praying Terry finds a job he loves soon. I applaud your decision to stay close to family. It's one you won't regret, I'm sure.
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  15. Thinking of you and your husband Kris. I hope he finds some amazing new adventure - maybe something related to fire service?

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  16. It looks great and I love your ideas for it. Hoping this is the first of all good things for you and your Hubby.

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  17. Yay, so happy things are starting to fall in place. I told you that they would, I knew it. And it's just the beginning ;-)

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  18. Kris, I have been thinking about you and keeping my fingers crossed. Just yesterday I was thinking abIut how you loved to set out beautiful hanging plants in Spring.
    It is so WONDERFUL to hear from you. And I am happy that you and Terry will be near family.
    Sending big hugs,
    Lin

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  19. I know this has been very stressful for you. And now that you have decided on your new home, I hope their is peace in your heart. I know there will be some amazing and gorgeous transformations. xo

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  20. OOOhhh a blank slate just awaiting your touch. I can only imagine how tough a decision it was to make. But I agree... in the end it is family that matters. As I watch Baby Eon sleep, O can't imagine being anywhere else.
    Good luck on your new ventures. Looking forward to you putting your stamp on the new home!

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  21. Congratulations Kris! The place looks great and I know that only good things will come to you and Terry. I can't wait to see how you transform this home. Let the creative work begin!! :) xo

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  22. GOOD DEAL
    Soon as I seen the kitchen pictures I said to myself, oh those cabinets need some white paint LOL
    I was just wondering about you and what your up to.
    It was good to hear your good news. can't wait for you to get back to blogging and showing us the transformation of the new home

    How is Libby taking all this?

    Janice

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  23. Just thinking of you last evening, so, I was happy to see your blog this A.M. Good luck with the inspection and I cannot wait to have you start your decorating. I wish you lived next door so you could practice on my place. lol. Pat.

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  24. Hi Kris..
    Congratulations on finding a resting place and a nest to call your own! I'm so happy for you that you have come to some resolve after this long, long journey. It will be so special to be close to your girls. And how exciting to have a new grand baby coming! It was so good to see your post this morning and I can hardly wait to see what loving touches you'll add to this beautiful home.

    Wishing you many blessings,
    Tamara <3

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  25. It's a fabulous place....I hope the previous owners find a place quickly so you can move right in after closing! I am so happy for you....congratulations!!!
    ~Des

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  26. Can't wait to see how you change this place:-) With your touch it will be a beautiful nest:-)
    I'm happy you are back:-)
    Greetings:-)

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  27. Kris - Have missed you so much! So glad to hear your great news! Am so excited to see you do your magic in this beautiful home. Family means so much and the Lord has a plan for Terry. (Right now and for a few months, His plan is to tear out, rebuild, paint, etc. LOL) Am so looking forward to watching you transform this new home. Congratulations!!

    Judy

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  28. Kris, I was so happy to see this pop-up in my email this morning. I'm very excited for you and Terry and will be praying the closing and move in goes quickly. I understand how anxious you are to begin nesting. This is one step closer. I love the "leap of faith" attitude. God will provide an income for Terry. I know He will. You are both so sweet and dear. The townhome has a nice layout and you are going to make that place sing! Can't wait to see it unfold. Hugs, Nancy

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  29. I was just thinking about you guys the other day and wondering how things are going. Was so happy to see your name in my inbox this morning! Congratulations! I am so looking forward to watching your journey in making this new nest a beautiful cottage with loads of personality. I can almost feel your sigh of relief after making this BIG decision. Your daughter's and grandbabies are going to thank you for it!
    Sending BIG hugs your way from Canada,
    Marie

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  30. Kris a leap of faith and a commitment of love to family. Staying close by family is a beautiful decision as you know how much I wish I still had family near. You and Terry will create and transform the townhouse into a beautiful nest as we in Blog Land will be oohing and ahhing along the way with you. You're moving at a perfect time to adorn the house in a growing season that will bloom with much love. Congrats my friend.
    xoxo

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  31. I'm so happy for you! I'm glad that you've finally made some decisions based on your circumstances. I know how awful it must be to live in limbo. Now that you are staying close to family, do you regret selling your last house? I wondered about that. I'm sure you will enjoy the process of making this home your own. Guess what? My son is trying to get on with the police dept for the same county that my husband works for. He just passed his physical fitness test so he's on to the next phase. So, I may end up having a retired fireman husband and a police officer son. Guess my worrying will never end! His arthritis problems have greatly improved allowing him the opportunity to do something physical again! He promises to continue his education though. I made sure of that! So, time will tell for him. You know how long these processes take. I hope Terry will find something in the field that he loves. I wondered about fire investigation. Has he considered that?

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  32. Fantastic news Kris, it looks like a fabulous place. I can envision what you're describing and it'll be wonderful.

    Been taking a bit of a break. Hope to have news on that soon.

    Cindy

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  33. I just love that we will be able to take this journey with you--like everyone else, I know you will make this place perfect! Congrats!!

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  34. Oh, I can't tell you how much this lifted my spirits! I've been worried about you. I think you've made the absolute right decision for you and your family. You want to be near family. We do not know how much time we have on this earth, and so time away from family is time you can't get back. What is that old song: "Money can't buy me love?" Well, even if he found a fabulous job it could be far away from loved ones. I love the town home. I think it's great that you won't have the maintenance outside (same here) and can just sit back and enjoy it while you contemplate your decorating scheme. My heart feels lighter. Got my fingers crossed.
    Brenda

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  35. Dear Kris,
    I am so happy that you have found a new home close to your daughters. I can't wait to see what you do with it.I just know you will make it all beautiful and yours again. My fingers are crossed that your hubby will find a new job close to where you now are.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  36. Happy you found a place and can still be around your family! fun days ahead!

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  37. Congrats Kris and Terry. It looks lovely----at times when my back aches from doing yardwork---I often remember our 8 years in a townhome, where yardwork was just what you 'wanted' to do and not what you 'had' to do. I'm sure you will make it your own. Best thing about a townhome is they are so well planned space wise. Hope to see you soon, Sandi

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  38. Kris, I have missed you so much. I want to write..but had no address for your daughter's. I am happy for you to have a new home with less work...once you are settled in. I think Terry should be teaching, after 34 years fighting fires. Politics totally stink too. Hugs to you both. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

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  39. This is the first time I have read your blog, but I just wanted to say I think you made the right decision to stay near your family and friends!

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  40. Kris,
    CONGRATS on your new nest! It looks perfect for you and Terry. Not having to do yard work is super awesome! Looking forward to seeing the updates you do to it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  41. I'm so excited for you Kris! I can't wait to see the magic you do in your new home!!!
    hugs from here...

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  42. It is soooo good to hear from you, Kris. I have been wondering how you both were doing. Being in limbo is not the greatest. |I don't think Terry will have time for a job with all the work you have planned for him lol
    Just know, this is all for a reason. We may not see it for a long time, but some day you will see it was all for your good. We have lived in a townhome for 37 years and at this time in our lives would never want anything else. I love that we can turn the inside of out home into whatever we want, while not having to deal with too much outdoor work. I hope you will feel the same.
    *Smiles*

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  43. I see quite a number of wonderful decorating blog posts from you in my future. I see a lot of potential Kris-ationing of the town home. It is a blank space longing for your special touch. Fingers crossed for a happy closing.

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  44. I hope all works out for you both and know you will enjoy redecorating.

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  45. I was just wondering/thinking about YOU TODAY and I see that you posted! All good news and your new home is perfect! Of course, we ALL can't wait to see how you transform it into your HOME SWEET HOME!
    xo,
    deb

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  46. So happy for you Kris! What a joy to find a place to call home, and will continue to pray that something works out for Terry! Love that finished downstairs space, just awesome! Can't wait to see all you will be doing to transform the home into your special place :)

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  47. CONGRATS! I am so happy you found a place to call "home"...and near your loved ones! I cannot wait to see how you "Junk Chic" this sweet new nest of yours! Bonne Chance my friend! ;)

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  48. Awesome kitchen design thanks for sharing. This is such a nice idea.Thumbs up!
    Kitchen Cabinet

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  49. I love the home as is! I am so glad that your spirits are up! I am sure the right thing will come along for Terry!
    Deb

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  50. Congrats, Kris. I'm sure we won't even recognise the house after you get your hands on it and make it your own. I'm looking forward to watching the transformation take place.
    Blessings-Kimberly

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  51. Wow! What a big decision! I really like how your spouse can have his own finished space downstairs with a place for refreshment. That is a really neat feature, and makes the home so much larger, but it seems large even without the finished downstairs. The yard seems huge the way it is set up. I look forward to its transformation! It will be beautiful. xoxo Su

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  52. Good for you! I sure wouldn't look back if we were ever able to leave Illinois lol! Your new place looks so pretty -- I know you'll add your special touches to it to make it your own.

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  53. Congratulations! I know you will get settled and turn this home into your beautiful junk chic cottage! I know this will take time and patience and a lot of hard work but it is exciting and I wish you much success and happiness!

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  54. Hurrah for you and Hubs! I do look forward to seeing what you do to make this a sweet cottage home. My husband retired from the FD with an injury in his early 40's. He's still mourning. He was so young. Now our friends are retiring. They really do love their jobs. Blessings to you and Terry - and may the Lord direct your paths.

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  55. Congratulations! You are going to have so much fun decorating the new place11

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  56. Oh Kris, I will start with the man cave, luck you! A place of his own, no more messing up your white slips, and how about him here, he already has a cottage Start with white cabinets how did this happen, it needed to be the other way around, home with the darker stain grade cabinets from your kitchen, and his whites ones I'm place of the kitchen.

    I am not surprised that a great home would come along and soothe your pain of giving up what you created in your home you left behind.
    I just knew this would happen, and to have someone else do the hard work in your yard year around will be the best part of the move.
    Cannot wait to see it all dressed up in your style, I know all your pieces will look like new pieces, different pieces in their new place setting.
    A new door will place your stamp on this home, perhaps you can go talk to buyers of your old home into giving you that extra door back :)
    Will you be able to paint your door any color you wish? Will there be strick C.C and R's as to what you can put in your yard or hanging on your wall ? I think a Charcoal Grey door would really blend with the colour of your home and tie in the grey roofing, it will be a subtle pop of colour, and will add all that French country cottage feel of Nordic French you love so and design around. I see tan shutters on the dormer window so could you add the same charcoal shutters on the window above your door on the second story and on the window of the brick wall? If so this would really add a lot of personal charm to your signature stamp,you place on your homes style.
    If not take a leap of faith and do it anyways, I am sure the association will approve its beauty said and done.

    See you soon,
    And all the beauty you will be creating.

    Xx
    Dore

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  57. Oh so glad for your return to the blog and with good news to share. Congratulations on you new nest. I could picture what you planned for the new space as I scrolled through. So many projects for you and your project guy! You know the parable about knocking on doors that don't open...Terry's door just hasn't opened yet. But I am confident that you and Terry were not meant to travel far from your family and grands. I have missed seeing your posts and now look forward to following you as you make this new space your home. Can you see my grin from ear to ear thinking about all the décor happy we will get to see??!!

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  58. KRIS! I was just thinking of you and then I saw you on another blog commenting! I had not heard from you in so long and I wondered how things were going. I am glad you decided on something near home, family and friends, and that you have a chance to start over again. I am blogging again; come and visit!

    Wishing you blessings of peace as you take this leap of faith. God is with you!

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  59. That is wonderful news, Kris! So happy for you both (and for your kids and grandkids too)!! I can't wait to see what you do with your new home. It is going to be gorgeous. Continued prayers that Terry soon finds the next step in his career in the fire service that he still loves. So glad to see your update this morning and sending you hugs, my friend.

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  60. Congratulations! It is a beautiful home and I hope you guys can get settled soon.xxx Maria

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  61. Aw Im so happy you will soon be able to settle in again. I have been thinking about you a lot and wondering how thing are for the both of you. I can't wait to see you transform the new place. Im so excited for you!! XOXO

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  62. I having been thinking about you so much and I am so happy you checked in with us! Your new place looks like a wonderful home and it will be so fun watching you transform it into a beautiful gem! Praying Terry finds a near by job soon!

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  63. Happy to hear you are keeping you roots in IL. Your new home looks wonderful and so happy you will be in your new home and settle in and decorate it in you Junk Chic Fashion. Can't wait to see this home being transformed!

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  64. So happy to hear you found a new place! Good luck with everything! I can't wait to see what you do with your new house, decor-wise. :) Has Terry ever considered being a fire inspector? I know a lot of fire fighters eventually go into that field and do regular inspections with hotels, schools, etc.

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  65. Hi Kris,
    So happy to hear that you are staying in Illinois! As someone who moved far away from friends and family for my husbands transfer(s), I can honestly tell you that the promotion and the money were not worth moving away from our home! But sometimes it takes moving away to realize that...and I am so glad that you realized it before moving. Friends and family are so important in life! Something will come Terry's way, and I totally understand that things are not the same as they used to be in the work world...it is all political in most places now, which is sad! I agree with Lisa about the inspector route, or what about an instructor at a school? I know he will find his dream job, and in the meantime you will be able to get settled into your beautiful new town home! I can't wait to see what you do, I love the layout already and anything you do will be beautiful!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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  66. How wonderful that you found a place that makes you feel at home, and close to family and friends too! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new home. It's really a lovely blank slate, and it just needs some Krissafied magic. Hope all goes well with the closing. :)

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  67. Happy dance! Tap dance! Cartwheels!! Very happy for you my new friend. Very excited for yall...you are going to enjoy turning this into 'your' place and decorating it to your pretty style. Hope the inspection goes great and your contract is good and the present owners can get moved quickly.

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  68. Oh, Kris, I have missed you so!! I'm thrilled that you found a place and it seems to have a LOT of space for you to decorate and enjoy living in. You've been on my mind the past few days, maybe this is the reason! You have remained in my prayers. I didn't want to verbalize this but I really hated for you to leave your family! Those babies grow in a heartbeat and, after losing Abby, my thought is that being with them every minute you can is imperative.

    You will make this place gorgeous in your own style! I can't wait to see all your flowers too. :) Prayers will continue my friend.

    Love to you,
    Pat

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  69. Kris!!!! I'm so happy to hear from you. I think about you all the time and wonder how things are going. I think you made an EXCELLENT choice for you and Terry! I't s going to be such fun seeing you transform the space, it's so cute and I can't wait to see the NEW Junk Cottage Chic, I bet that little townhouse is so excited about getting made all pretty by you! I'm also so happy you will be near family, it makes life such a joy. Here's hoping the sellers will find a place soon and you'll be able to unleash all your decorating mojo!

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  70. Kris, I am just so happy that you will be settled and be able to stay near your family. I bet the girls are just thrilled. Love the new place and how much prettier it will look with all of your chippy touches. You will be back in a darling cottage before too long. Can't wait to see it room by room. So good to hear from you and glad all is well..Happy Weekend..xxo Judy

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  71. Congratulations on your new home! I 'm looking forward to seeing your restyling and your decors.Good luck for your hubby
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  72. Kris, I am so excited for you! I just know that things will come through for Terry. So nice that you can stay close to your family. I know that you will give your new place the 'Junk Chic' style we all love to see!
    hugs,
    Jan

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  73. How wonderful, Kris! So exciting to finally be putting down roots near your family. You will have time to think about what you will do with each room while you are waiting to move in. So fun to have a clean slate to work with. I'm very happy for you, honey.
    Debbie
    xo

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  74. Yeah! Great news. I can't wait to see how you will transform this space. The mancave will be fantastic. That kitchen has so much potential. Congratulations. I was just thinking about you and then there was a new post.

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  75. Hi Kris, I a, thrilled that you have found your little nest so close to your loved ones. I can just see your beautiful decor in this great space. I've missed your blogging. Have a wonderful weekend. Jo

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  76. Hi Kris! I am so happy for you and Terry! While the job situation is still up in the air, I know that having your own home again will make things so much better! The townhouse looks so cute! I can't wait to see all of the special touches you will bring to it! I'm going to be studying your former home for ideas for my new one! You really are so incredibly creative and talented! Love and Hugs, Leena

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  77. Hi, dear friend! I'm happy you and Terry will be settling in your new place soon, I really love it! You will have so much fun working your magic decorating touch and I can't wait to follow along. That and your gardening will keep you very busy! And I'll keep praying that Terry finds the perfect job soon. Now---tell me...are you closer to me or further?? We have to get together!

    Jane

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  78. I am so Happy for you and I have missed your posts.
    We just moved into our New Home. So looking forward to seeing your ideas.

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  79. I bet you'll the spend the two coming months with your head bursting with idea to transform the house into your home. I'm very happy for you!

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  80. This is the first time I hear an HOA community that doesn't allow renters...I'm currently renting a town home condo. I had never owned a home but living in a town home condo community makes me realize that I will never want to buy a town home condo with any shared common wall (my only one common wall is paper thin and my neighbor of 5 with kids and dog are very noisy). May be it's just my landlord's town home community was poorly built and others are built with sound proved thick walls. But I am looking for free standing house with more yard space surrounding it to rent. I just am tired of hearing dog barking day and night, baby crying and young kids screaming and crashing their tricycle against my wall. But at least they don't cook stinky food and I am okay with smelling with the food they cook.

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    1. I am sorry you have had such a poor living experience in a condo that you rent. These townhouse are owned and we talked to the sellers and they love the neighbors they have. With it being an end unit it is fairly quiet. Just glad the peeps next door to us are an older couple with no kids and will be good neighbors. I have always had free standing homes and loved the yard but now that we are retiring I am excited to be able to leave the town home and travel for long periods and not have to worry about the maintenance of a yard and up keep. So this will be an exciting change for us.
      Kris

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  81. These next couple of months will go by so quickly. You have so many great visions for your new home, and it'll be so fun to see how you transform this house into your very own home. I'm absolutely thrilled for you and Terry...especially to be able to settle near your daughters and grands...that's the icing on the cake!
    Mary Alice

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  82. Hi Kris,
    Wonderful news!!
    I will be praying that all will go well.
    I think your ideas are going to be fabulous. I am so excited for you to share how and what you do with this new home. I learn so much from you.
    I am also happy you are able to stay close to family.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  83. This is such exciting news, Kris. I know you'll turn your new home into a gorgeous oasis, and the best part is that you'll still be near your family. Love those floors.

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  84. This is such exciting news, Kris. I know you'll turn your new home into a gorgeous oasis, and the best part is that you'll still be near your family. Love those floors.

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  85. It's great to hear from you, Kris! Congratulations on your new "cottage!" It looks lovely! I am looking forward to seeing your transformation. Wishing you luck, and hoping that things work out regarding Terry's job hunt.

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  86. Oh Kris, I am so delighted that you have found this lovely home. i know it will be terrific after you and Terry have worked your magic on it. I can hardly wait to see all the wonderful things you are going to do.

    Still praying that Terry will find something in his profession.

    Have a great week and I am so happy to learn that you are going to be a grandma again. When is the baby due?

    Hugs to you dear friend.
    Mary

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  87. Kris!!! This is such great news! Congratulations! You followed your heart and your gut and it won't lead you astray.

    xxx

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  88. I am so excited that you found a house.

    I pictured you as Joanna Gaines as you told me what you would do in each room. At least you won't be knocking down any walls. I know that Terry will do a great job to make this town house into Junk Chic Cottage.

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  89. Your new home is too pretty. I really liked it a lot. Thanks for sharing these photos. We are also looking for such a luxurious home. Someone just told us to visit apartments in Dove mountain, Arizona as properties are quite affordable there.

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  90. Dear Kris
    It's wonderful news that you've found your new home.
    These big decisions that affect our future life are hard ones to make - always there are pros and cons.
    However, given the choice I would choose family before everything else too!
    With both my children living away from New Zealand, it's not easy. Our daughter who has been in France for 16 years will be but coming home next year! Yea we will have our granddaughters on our doorstep!
    Hang in there Kris!
    Hugs
    Shane x

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  91. Kris,
    I have been so delinquent! I am so happy for you and Terry!! I know how hard it is to be away from family and I know you will be so happy staying in Illinois. As I look at the MLS listing I can visualize your touch on everything! Congratulations my friend...may this be only the beginning of a long and prosperous new life for you and Terry!
    Fondly,
    Katie

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