Dream home

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve written a blog post. So much has happened since the last post. I’m not gonna get in to all of that, but I’m so excited that we just started the process of building our home!! Both me and Charlie have always wanted a log cabin. A few years ago, actually before we moved to Alabama, so 4,5 years ago we started making plans. Our plan was to first live in a tiny home for about 5 years and save up a bunch of money since with us not having “real” jobs and me being foreign, there would be a slim chance of us ever getting a loan. But since we decided to not be broke musicians anymore things started looking a little brighter for us. Charlie got a great job, and once I finally was allowed to get a full time job and not stay under the government radar, I found a good job too. We actually started making a normal living. It’s been so nice to just go out to eat and not worry bout where our next paycheck will come from. All that aside, we decided with our credit and us having jobs a loan shouldn’t be too hard… oh were we wrong. We thought the hard part about the whole house process would be picking the house and the company to build. We spend a lot of time researching and decided to go with GHI and log homes of the smokies.

We started our search for a bank and were turned down by EVERY bank we stepped foot in.. why? Because we’re building a “unique” home.. there are no comparables close to us so the bank would take to big of a risk of maybe getting stuck with a house they can’t sell.

We got with BB&T first, the loan officer promised us the world.. 4 months later we all of a sudden wouldn’t be allowed to finish the house ourselves.. the loan officer seemed to have no clue what she was doing the whole way through and we were pretty frustrated with the whole process. Thankfully the CEO of BB&T understood and gave us back the money we invested on the appraisal.

After the whole thing with BB&T we thought we’d have to give up on our dreams of a Log home

We then found Alabama Farm Credit. They have so far been a dream to work with and it only took 30 days for us to close.

Just days after we signed our loan things got started

The start of the road was there, which was super exciting after almost a year of anticipation.

This last week they got started on the foundation. Since we both don’t get off work until after dark we wouldn’t be able to see what was done until the weekend, but we lit the site up with flashlights and truck lights

Progress!! Actual progress! It seems to be going so quickly now.

Later last week they poured the concrete. I don’t really know what’s next but I’ve been told this has to sit for a while

I’m already planning where to put my Christmas tree next year, I can’t wait!!

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It’s been a couple weeks now since we’ve been back from our wedding and honeymoon, but I can’t help looking at the pictures every day. I used to make fun of the people who’d say the cheesy line, “my wedding day was the best day of my life,” but I know understand it. Our wedding was beyond perfect. 

I made a point in not being materialistic about our wedding, but also didn’t like the idea of not having my family there and to elope. Charlie unselfishly proposed to have the wedding in holland, so my family could be there, since we live here in Alabama. 

My family made our wedding day spectacular, they spent months planning and making speeches. I have never understood making a big fuss out of the materialistic things that come with weddings, since the only thing that matters is the promise of spending your life together with your new spouse, not the knife set you registered for, or the flower arrangements on the tables. 

To walk down the isle to Charlie was definitely one of the most memorable and happiest moments of my life. To see my family standing there smiling at me, in a room my mom and sister had so carefully decorated, while holding my dads arm, walking towards the man whom I’ll be spending the rest of my life with, was simply magical. And my dad performing the ceremony was the cherry on top.

The whole day was just full of fun, love and laughter. From the speeches that brought us to tears, to the kids dancing to Charlie and his dad’s music. I couldn’t have wished for a more special day, and I feel so blessed to have people who made all that happen for us, without us having a hand in it. 

I can’t thank my family enough for making this day so memorable.