It was a wonderful fresh start for me and the kids. And we really needed it! It took about 4 months for this house to be built. The builder was Brian Batchellor of Batchellor Construction, and he did a wonderful job! He had been a friend of mine and my ex husbands and I never even considered calling anyone else. I called him, told him how much I had to spend, and he told me what kind of house I could afford for that price, so I set out to find it. I will always be grateful to Brian for that house. He was so kind to me during that time. I came by every day, and he always dropped everything to show me what they had been working on. I actually was looking more for a floor plan that I liked than what it looked like from the outside. It needed to be one story to keep the cost down. I wanted an open floor plan and huge closets! We also had a full unfinished basement that made that house seem so much bigger than the one we live in now.
Christmas Eve was the first night we ever spent in this house, just the three of us. We only had a little baby tree, but we had a new home, and it was the best Christmas ever for us since the divorce. I carefully chose every single aspect of that house all by myself, and I envisioned it all before it was there. I found the plans for this house in a book I bought at Lowes, and I paid a draftsman $500 to draw up the plans. I made a couple of changes, like walk in closets in every room. I will never forget that Christmas Eve. I cannot describe to you the feeling of peace in my soul that night. I had done this all alone, for my children! And would you believe that I met Jason only about 8 months after that? They say, “if you build it he will come”, right? Well, came he did! We were married only 10 months later, and he changed our lives completely! We finally felt like a complete family again! And then Gavin came 1 1/2 years later. Our family was truly complete!
So, here is our old house.