The House of Sand & Snow: An Introduction

It took several years of patience and hard work, for Hubby and I to reach home-ownership. Although we envisioned ourselves going the route of the “American Dream” and anticipated things being as simple as getting married, buying a house, and starting a family – we were met with a lot of bumps in the road…

Round one. Two days after returning from our honeymoon, I was laid off from the job I’d had out of college. Eventually, I found my niche with an organization and career that I really love; but it took nearly a year of unemployment-survival. After finding occupational-stability and saving up a nice little “nest-egg”, we felt ready to court the housing market again.

Round two. That was…until some devastating family circumstances unfolded; and my father, shockingly, passed away.

Round three. After dealing with these life-changing hurdles and followed by enduring what was a VERY competitive and challenging housing market… We finally found a home that had potential charisma, a location we were satisfied with, and could fit our budget. I guess that “three’s a charm” is really true, because we ended up buying the place!

So, without further ado, meet “The House of Sand & Snow”.  It’s small – Only a two-bedroom/one-bath. It’s older – Built in 1955.  Most importantly…it’s ours.  I look at it as a symbol of how far Hubby and I have come in our journey together.

Below, you’ll find a sample of the pictures I’d taken while we were closing on the house.  True, it doesn’t look fancy – and, as it was a foreclosure, the building encountered some mild neglect.  (As I look on these images and reminisce, I think it looks much worse than it really seemed in-person!)

Despite its rugged appearance, keep in mind that great things come from humble beginnings…

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See you next week!  I’ll talk about how we started to fix this baby up.


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