Our Story

On June 27th, 2017, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post someone on my friend’s list shared of a little house out in the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas. My mind started wandering. For so long we had thought about leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind and moving out to the country. My husband, Cody, was building dining tables in our garage and getting busier so he was running out of room to work, and this would give him the opportunity to expand his business. Not only that, but I could stay home with the kids again. I LOVED what I was doing and where I was working as a supervisor/911 dispatcher and call taker but I needed to be home more. This meant no more working holidays, nights, weekends, or getting called in on very short notice. The house we were living in is where my husband grew up and we intended on staying there and making it our forever home thinking country living was just another dream. However, depending on the sell value, we had a chance to pay cash for this fixer-upper in the quaint little community of Apple Springs. If I remember correctly, I believe I was driving home from work so I called Cody and told him we should take a day drive to see this house. Of course it was a 2+ hour drive, and it was a small house; smaller than our current house…and only one bathroom. I had no idea how we would make the move, but thought we could at least dream about it, right? Lots of praying happened over the next several days.

Fast forward to Saturday, July 1st, 2017, when we took a day drive up highway 59 North out of Houston to visit this cute little fixer-upper. We thought we were headed to the middle of nowhere when all of a sudden the speed limit dropped from 70 mph to 40 as we made a curve and saw the green sign along the road that read “Apple Springs”….we were finally there! Turn right at the yellow blinking light and just down the road we pulled up to a small, off-white country house with a fence around the one acre and two sheds. The house was significantly smaller than our current home, and was going to need work, but we loved it! The yard was nice and big, fenced in with plenty of room for our kids to play outside safely (Allyson was almost 3 at the time and Keegan was almost 10). We pictured where we could put a large garden, and just about anything else we could dream of, with no restrictions.
We met with the owner and she gave us a tour of the house. She grew up there and told us about the history. We fell in love with it and didn’t want to leave the peace and quiet there on the edge of the National Forest. We had family waiting for us for a 4th of July celebration so we reluctantly hopped back in the truck and headed out.
After we got back home our minds were racing trying to figure out if it all was possible and what we would need to do. How would I navigate still having to work 2+ hours on the other side of Houston? How long will that house be on the market? Will it sell before ours sold? How much would our house even sell for? And many, many more questions. Over the next few weeks we sorted most everything out and our house was on the market. We were starting to get nervous because we hadn’t received many offers.
Enter Hurricane Harvey.
Our neighborhood was fortunate and did not flood during the storm and over the next couple of days we received multiple bookings to show the house and more than one offer within the week. Finally our house sold and for close to our asking price! Friday, October 13, 2017 (YES, Friday the 13th) we closed on two homes the same day, 2+ hours from one another. Let the moving begin…

How did you end up where you are today? I would love to hear from you and your story.

We still keep in touch with the previous owner. There is a lot of work left to do to the house but we have come such a long way towards our goal. 
Follow your dreams. Take chances. Pray without ceasing. 

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