Sunday, April 21, 2013

Home Sweet Southern Home

It's been an awfully long time since I last updated my blog. It's not simply that I've been unmotivated to blog but that life has been pretty busy (and exciting) in our lives lately.

Since my last update, Jared went on several interviews at Universities all over the country. He had a couple offers from the places he interviewed but ultimately it came down to what would be best not only for his career, but for us as a family...and thinking into the future as our family grows (which we plan on expanding our family someday...although I think everyone around us is in a bigger hurry for that than we are).

Our desire has always been to live somewhere that values family and faith as well as offered a good working environment for Jared. We prayed long and hard about our options and didn't go with the highest bidder (though it was tempting). We instead chose family over fortune and beginning in July, Jared will be a professor at the University of Mississippi...better known as Ole Miss. I wasted no time in helping him build a website for his lab which you can check out by going to: I am so proud of him. He's worked so hard for this!

We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives in Oxford. It is a charming little town full of hometown pride, history and character. I've described it to many of our family and friends as a storybook town, or for you Gilmore Girls fans out's a real life version of Stars Hollow. :) I believe it's going to be an excellent place to call home.

Upon accepting the job, we set out to do the next important step of buying a house. We had dreamed about being homeowners for so long and now the time to find a home had finally come. We looked at homes online for months prior to house hunting and we set aside a weekend to see as many as we could on our list. We saw about 15 homes in total and then narrowed it down from there. Before we knew it...our offer was accepted and we are now extremely excited homeowners!( will be official when we close on June 3rd) I'm still in a dreamlike state about it all. The blessings seem to be overflowing and I'm so incredibly grateful for how everything has come together. God is so good!!

Here is a photo of our beautiful home! :)

I can't wait to put our own personal touches on it! There is a decorator inside of me that is dying to get out! ;) We're both so excited about sharing lots of memories with friends and family in our new home. We have plenty of room for guests so don't be a stranger! We'd love to have you!


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