Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIG NEWS: Our New House!

Gerald and I married on February 10, 2006.
Our first year of marriage, we sold everything we owned, tied the dogs to the roof of the car, 
and moved to Nashville!

We often tell this abbreviated story in our concerts, but most people don't realize that when we say 'everything', we actually mean - our house.

We literally sold our house, and almost everything in it, to move to Nashville.

It was a bold choice, but we had no doubts about the decision, and we have never regretted it.

Owning a home had been a long held dream of mine. When we sold our little townhouse, I told Gerald, "One day, I'll want to buy a house again."

Well, today, that dream has come true!

We are thrilled to announce that we have bought a new home! 

Our new home! 

Front porch, ready for a glass of sweet tea!

It's a beautiful century home built in 1913. It has the perfect mix of original character with fully updated wiring, plumbing, and appliances.

Front rooms with 10-foot ceilings, fire place, and original woodwork.

Original stained glass, in all my favourite colours!

The sellers had painted a forest in the nursery. This is my new creative space!

We even have pillars in the master bedroom!

Perfect size for a Newfoundland kitchen party! 

Why yes, that is a clawfoot tub...

Gerald scoured hundreds of listings searching for my perfect dream home. We spent the summer visiting open houses and touring homes. Because we're a freelance ministry, we're not locked into any location, so we actually looked at several different towns and cities. We finally settled on beautiful St. Catharines - The Garden City!

Can't wait to see our puppies running around here! 

Hydrangeas in the yard...

We're so excited to share this news with you! We wanted you to join in the celebrations, but I also wanted to share this thought with you:

Throughout this whole process, I've been reminded of God's faithfulness. These words keep running through my mind:

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

If you know our story, you'll know that we've faced some significant challenges in the days since we first sold that house. Perhaps you've also had to put aside a dream to pursue something else. But remember, God knows the desires of your heart.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis

The timing or the results might not be quite what you had in mind. Maybe the dream will look different in reality than in your imagination. Or perhaps as your life changes, you discover dreams you didn't even know you wanted.

On this day, I encourage you to pursue your dreams. 

Big dreams, small dreams, impossible dreams. 

They may come true. They may not. 

But in pursuing them, we make the world a better place. 

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Linda Finigan said...

How perfect! It spells 'Welcome' in every sense of the word! Congrats to you both -May you spend many happy years in your new home.

Kay Honour said...

Oh my how lovely. God bless your new dwelling place.

Joan Bell said...

I love your house. Wishing you both (and pups) many happy years and experiences. ♡♡♡

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your exciting news. Your home looks lovely and inviting. Congratulations!

Allison Lynn said...

Thank you, everyone! We feel incredibly blessed, and can't wait to fill our new home with music & friends :)

Ron Klusmeier said...

How wonderful! I don't think anyone knows the "starving artist" narrative better than yours truly. Kudos to both of you for hanging in and hanging on!

Wendy said...

Looks like a dream house! I love all of it! May God Bless You Both in this your 'Sacred Living Space'!

Janet White said...

It looks like you found the perfect home. We have been looking for and older home for about 6 months now. We have just tried to be very cautious because with old home you never know if the wiring has been replaced on the plumbing and so it could turn into quite a money pit, but yours looks looked after.

Jacqueline @ Buyer's Option Realty Services