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Well! We have a HOUSE! The framing is done and the drywall is done! It’s CRAZY! We haven’t posted a real update in a while because life has been crazy. Between the pregnancy and launching the KJ Posing Course and making sure that we’re not falling behind on house selections, we’ve been a little swamped. However, I’m still trying to take pictures of the entire process so that we can have this crazy season of life documented!

The house is beautiful. It’s more beautiful than it looked on paper. When you design a house pretty much from scratch, there is no way to tell what it will ACTUALLY look like in real life until it’s STANDING!

We have been analyzing 1-D drawings of the house for over a year and to be honest, I was worried. You can’t see DEPTH and DIMENSION in a drawing like you can in real life so the house looked way too long because of the garage on the right. It’s still a really LONG layout for a house but now that it’s standing, we love it. It’s our dream house and our dream land! We just can’t wait to be able to LIVE there!!!!

A lot has happened from June to September. The framing is done. All of our little changes have been done and all of the WINDOWS are in! Believe it or not, this post isn’t even completely up to date because the DRYWALL is completely finished now. It feels like a house inside instead of a war zone! haha Enjoy some of our pictures of the progress!!!! I’m going to start where we left off in our LAST POST!

Ps. I feel like we’ve been sharing so much of this but really we’ve just been sharing via Insta-stories and our “A Home Made for Hosting” Instagram account that you can follow HERE! If you want to see a few of our selections, I just shared one of our CRAZY ones on our HMH account!

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Bokeh Boy only likes the windows on the first floor
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I love that the sub contractors and our builders communicate through drawing on the walls! We have little messages and diagrams all over the house!
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