There’s No Place Like {a New} Home

September 11, 2013

Today we went house hunting. We found a realtor and headed up about 20 minutes from here (have I mentioned El Paso is gigantic?) and saw a home we liked


it had “evaporated air” cooling.

Let me explain this for a second. Evaporated air is a fancy way of saying swamp cooler. Neither Sam and I knew anything about this when we moved here 2 years ago, and when we looked at homes initially we were told that it was the best way to go. Hands down, the dry air here and evaporated cooling were ideal together.

We hate it.

There might be some people out there who love it, but we abhor our swamp cooler. El Paso doesn’t have humidity often, but when it does it renders our swamp cooler useless. Like today. Our home is constantly – moist? You have to have something open (window, door) to get it to work right. It doesn’t cool the entire house no matter how we’ve rigged the vents, so our room is like a sauna while the kitchen is freezing. Freezing moist. This is all summer.

We swore that we would never, ever pick another house with this kind of “cooling” (oh yes, it needs air quotes) system in it again.

So as much as we liked it, we had to walk away.

Thankfully, the realtor had a second he wanted to show us. We drove back to almost where we currently live, and there it was. Our home. I loved it the moment I walked in. 4 bed, 3 bath with a open kitchen/living room and fireplace, Jacuzzi with a wrap around porch and covered porch on the back of the house. Grass, landscaping, trees. A master bedroom with giant walk in closet and built in shelves that also has a to-die-for bathroom with a garden tub.

Of course I walked in and just said, “Yes,” but Sam just had to look around to make sure. 😉 Smart man.

We filled out the application, were approved, and a couple of hours later had all the paperwork signed to move in starting Monday.

So here it is, our home. Courtesy of the online pics.

House 1It’s on a cul-de-sac in a very quiet, family friendly neighborhood. As you walk in there is a giant foyer with a living room next to the kitchen. And look at that tile!! The entire home is tile and wood flooring – real – except the master. It’s carpet so I can still indulge my need to vacuum.

house 3The kitchen and living room are side by side, but this is facing towards the front door. The room to the corner is the dining room with a huge window, and then that door open is the laundry room. See the white door that’s closed? That’s like the biggest pantry ever.

house 4One of the bedrooms is this huge, lovely area with gorgeous lighting. I picked it out immediately to be our homeschool/play/work room. I can’t wait to get stuff set up in there for Bella. Then the backyard comes with a jacuzzi and porch around it, a storage shed, and covered porch with tile. Our bedroom also has a private side door that leads outside here.

I adore it. Really – it’s the  home and area I’ve longed for since we moved from our house in Colorado 3 years ago.

As I typed that I had to stop and actually do the math. It seems hard to believe so much has happened in 3 years. O_o 

I can’t wait to move in (we can start this Monday) and get all settled. We’re hoping to get everything over there before I leave for The Influence Conference (come and here me speak!) on the 26th, then coming back just to clean up our current home and turn in keys.

Can I just say – I am so, so, so relieved this rather large, stress inducing, could-have-been-so-complicated thing worked out so easily. It doesn’t happen often with us, so Sam and I kept saying, “It seems too simple…”

We’re excited (and I won’t lie, there is always apprehension) to begin a new chapter in our lives. A new home feels – right.

And just like a blogger, I kept thinking of how all the light and bright that house has will be perfect for Instagram pictures. 🙂


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  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)

    September 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    WHOA! That was crazy fast! How wonderful for you guys. It’s beautiful. Congrats and may the move be a smooth and simple process for you all.

  • Sarah

    September 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Oh, that sounds – and looks – fantastic!! I’m so glad you were able to work things out and not have to deal with a PCS right now. Moving with the military is difficult enough as it is. Plus, I’m pretty sure you found the PERFECT house. 🙂 Love it!

  • Jeanie

    September 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve never heard of anyone buying a home and moving in so quickly. It is definitely meant to be! And it’s lovely. I had a swamp cooler here in California many years ago, and I hated it, too. I swear I can still smell that thing.

  • Chantal

    September 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful home! We might be going to Bliss after our tour in Korea, and I think we might buy a home. I’d love something like that!

  • Helen Singh

    September 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Wow, houses in the USA are so huge generally compared to the UK!. Looks brilliant and with heaps of space…………God bless x Helen UK

  • Mary Kay Byers Wilburn

    September 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful home Diana – I hope that you, Sam & Bella + Charlie have a wonderful life here!

  • Kami Allen

    September 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    oh my goodness, that is totally gorgeous!! congrats, momma!!

  • Mylene

    September 12, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I am SO, SO happy for you and your family. I still think of you on a daily basis and sending you lots of love!

  • Alesha

    September 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

    It looks beautiful! I hope you thoroughly enjoy it! And I was admiring the lighting too! Lol! Especially in the room you are going to turn into a school room! =)
    Alesha <3

  • elizabethclements

    September 12, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Wowzas! I am glad the house hunting was quick and easy. Bless you all.

  • jen

    September 12, 2013 at 5:54 am

    i have never heard of such a thing as “evaporate air” cooling. it sounds like my own personal nightmare-constant humidity IN my home. yuck. i’m from south texas but that must be an EP thing 🙂

    that kitchen is amazing. congrats!

  • Kristin

    September 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    It’s gorgeous!! I’m so happy that you found a new home so quickly.

  • Hannah

    September 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Aww, so you’re not PCSing to Ft Bragg?? Which we aren’t either anymore but I want out of Georgia!!! The house is gorgeous.

  • WeeMason’s Mom

    September 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is the fastest house acquisition I’ve ever heard of. Congratulations, I’m so excited for you guys!!!

  • Nicole at Mommy Moxie

    September 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Having lived in Phoenix for 15 years prior to Texas, I know that whole “swamp cooler” lie; you were wise to pass!! This new house is gorgeous and I’m sooo happy it’s all yours 🙂 xoxo

  • Rebecca

    September 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    It’s absolutely wonderful!! I’m so unbelievably thrilled for you and can’t wait to see more (well-lit instagram) pics!! 🙂

  • Debby Dawson

    September 12, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Love the new house!!!

  • Maria

    September 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • Stacey Spies

    September 12, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Swamp coolers don't work once its over like 80 degrees. I hated waking up damp like I was camping outside (not in El Paso). Good choice to pass on the other place for "refrigerated air" as they like to call it. Looks like a nice place! Congrats!

  • Brandi Loehr Thomas

    September 12, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Very nice! Moving is not always fun but starting new is. My hubby went to school in New Mexico. He kept calling the AC a cooler. I was so confused until he explained it. Give me my AC anyday!

  • Daniele Lindsey

    September 12, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Living in luxury!

  • Morgan (The818)

    September 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. 🙂

  • gina

    September 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm your new home! Congrats& best of luck! xo

  • Juanita Dueck

    September 12, 2013 at 2:37 am

    how awesome to have it all come together like that! It looks amazing!

  • Jessica Pardee

    September 12, 2013 at 2:33 am

    It is beautiful!!!!!! I wish you all the best in your new home!!!!!

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