Today I wanted to share more about what is going on in our lives! I’ve been told we are hard to keep track of so I thought I’d clear it up!
We moved to Iowa in May 2018 from Rockford, IL. You’ll see a lot on our last house in Illinois which is named the Cemetery House. After a series of events we felt like the time was right for us to start fresh. Our life desperately needed a good reset. We have been spending ALL of our time and resources for 5 years working full time AND major home renovations. All while having 3 kids! Exhaustion doesn’t begin to describe how we feel. The path we were walking down left no time for relationships, community, faith, etc. The result was that a lot of things in our life had broken down. Thankfully Paul and I agreed that making our faith, each other, and our kids a priority was the only thing we needed to focus on.
The first house we purchase in Iowa last spring (City House) was a total gut job… we walked into the project mid flip and it didn’t have a kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, etc. We just couldn’t resist! It was really a ridiculous decision if you must know. However, it was the final confirmation that we needed to change our lives completely. Insert the definition of insanity! We wanted things to be different, but they can’t be when you’re always living in a house that doesn’t have a working kitchen!
February 2019 Paul quit his full time job in Des Moines and we became small business owners. We called our business Marshall Remodel for the obvious (it has to do with construction), but also because WE need the remodel. The Marshall family had a demo day. We are diving into each area of our life to make the necessary repairs, knock out the “walls”, and see a dramatic transformation.
Day to day the two of us are working together while still keeping track of our 3 littles! That same month Paul resigned we moved out of the City House and into a townhouse (also in West Des Moines). The City House has since sold and we are focused on the next step.
The plan right now is to build a house on 30 acres we purchased last summer in Madison County, IA. It’s a beautiful area, quiet, but still close enough to Des Moines that we will have access to everything we need. The house itself hasn’t been started. The land needed a LOT of clean up and prep work before structures could go up. We are documenting each step here, on our You Tube channel, Instagram, and our Facebook page. In each spot it’s called Marshall Remodel so we are easy to find.
What’s next after the build is complete? Great question! We aren’t entirely sure what area of construction/remodeling/building we are going to focus on, but we have about a year for the path to become clear. The first step is making sure our family has a place to call home. We feel like it’s time to settle in and “put down roots”.
So yeah, we are taking a chance. We’ve pooled all our resources from all of our past home sales and then some so that we can survive during the building process without either of us having to take major breaks to make money. It’s a big risk, but hey, that’s what makes this exciting! We have a ton of peace about it even though it’s scary!
Does that clear it up, or do you have more questions? Leave them below and I’ll make sure to answer. Thank you for taking interest in our story and we look forward to sharing more with you.