It’s so hard to believe that its been over a month since we’ve moved from Florida to Iowa. We’ve watched little corn saplings turn into stalks reaching about my shoulder height now. It’s been a month of hustle and bustle at Downin master HQ. We recently celebrated a wonderful Father’s Day with the family here in Ankeny. Dad ended up buying himself a brand spankin’ new grill that we fired up for a cookout as the littles ran around in the backyard fully enjoying the new swing set/playground that dad built for them two weeks prior. It’s times like this with family that make me realize how much I live for the weekends. Lately, I’ve been so exhausted and running low on energy from all the transitional phases we’ve been expedited through and the ones that are completely opposite of “expedited”. Being denied the job at Des Moines Christian School and waiting what feels like an eternity for my Florida license of eligibility so I can apply for my Iowa teaching license, has opened me up for a summer job. I decided to use a temp agency by the name of Robert Half to hopefully snag a steady source of income for the summertime. I was immediately assigned a position at Hubbell Realty in West Des Moines. Until the summer is over, I’ll be working in the Warranty/Customer Care department helping my coworkers out with projects and processing work orders from new home owners, contacting trade partners, and so on. Ironically, this is the same company that built the house Thomas and I made an offer on! I literally have processed our own paperwork because….Our offer was accepted!!! Through God’s abundant blessings made possible through my parents, grandparents, and other family members, we are now in the process of becoming new home owners and beginning another huge transition in our lives. This house charmed us the moment we walked into it. Even through the process of looking at other houses, we always came back to view this one and it felt like home every time. It was shortly after our offer was made that I ended up being assigned the position at Hubbell Realty in which I care for customers now just like us! I’m not sure what God had in mind by doing this, but it is definitely not coincidence and he has me at Hubbell temporarily for a purpose. I’m having a blast learning about the quality and design of my home and love that I’m learning something different that I can carry on through my lifetime. Here’s a look at our empty newly finished house! We close officially on July 15th!(Our Dream Home)(Stone Address Detail)
My inner designer is teeming with ideas of how to make this house our home. I’ve decided that our overall theme is going to be “farmhouse chic”. I’ve been inspired by so many different designers but no one even comes close to stealing my heart more than Joanna and Chip Gaines. I would hand them the keys to our home and say “do what you do” and not break a sweat over if it would be phenomenal or not. Joanna’s style matches up exactly with what my vision is for our house. Not only are her and her husband amazing designers, but they are also sold out for God. Their show on HGTV, “Fixer Uppers” is addicting! Chip is hysterically awkward and funny while Joanna keeps a level head. Their little family is adorable and I wish that Texas was closer because I would definitely shop at their store, Magnolia Market, 24/7. Luckily, Joanna’s store has a webpage. Check it out! Magnolia Market In other news, I’ve been exploring our new hometown and have fallen in love with the cute and quaint shops in downtown Des Moines. Luckily for me, my new friend Jessica is an amazing guide when it comes to East Village downtown. She recently took me to the cutest tea shop (Gong Fu Tea) I have ever had the pleasure of walking into. The tea menu is at least 15 pages and you don’t have to purchase the loose leaf to try it! They also have an authentic Japanese tea corner with floor cushions, tables, and relaxing water feature. Later that same week, I decided to venture out on my own with nothing but my camera and my wallet in hand. I was on a mission to find the cutest little shops and vintage finds. I was so happy to meet so many awesome small business owners and chat about the area amongst other things. One of my favorite stores by far was Porch Light. This business owner was so sweet as to let me take photos of her store for the blog. Porch Light is filled with rustic and modern charm. It all depends in what corner you look into! There’s everything from stationary, recipe cards, aprons, soy candles, furniture, frames, and dishware. You could get lost in this store for hours looking at all the different kinds of products. I also had the pleasure of finding a cute little antique store whose owner was from Pennsylvania! She knew exactly where my old hometown of Allentown was and the little places I remember eating at. I ended up buying an old reclaimed farm window for 45 bucks. I’m planning on making this either a weekly menu board using my chalkboard paint recipe to cover the six separate window segments or use it as the focal point for the command center planned for the office. The owner told me that whatever I choose to do with it she’d love to see the finished product and gave me her contact information to send her pictures of the end product. If books and good coffee at the same time are essential to you, then there is a shop specifically suited towards those needs. Plain Talk Books & Coffee in downtown Des Moines radiates a calm and peaceful vibe the moment you walk through the door. There is an ample selection of good literature both old and new to browse through, read, and even purchase. The employees were very personable and the selection of coffee and treats was great.The final stop of my solo exploration of downtown Des Moines lead me to the Capitol Building. The top of this enormous structure is actually plated with real gold. It definitely took my breath away and serves as an awesome picture taking spot. Although it was fun exploring downtown by myself, I found our next adventure with our friends even more so!The downtown Des Moines farmers market is one of the hugest farmers markets I’ve ever been to. Multiple streets are closed down for the event and you can find just about anything organically possible and more!
Not only was it fun for the humans, but it was also fun for the four legged variety of life especially since Chris’ sister and her husband have their own dog bakery vending spot! We decided to take both of our dogs on a stroll through the market and wow!…They were so popular! Here’s some of our highlights! It seemed like we only had been through half the shops by the time we ended up leaving. Thankfully, the market extends every weekend all the way to the month of October! Every day that I go out and explore more of Iowa the more I fall in love with it. In the meantime of waiting on the Lord to direct our next steps,We are just going to enjoy the moments as they come to us. We will continue to keep you all updated as much as possible through the completion of our move. Once we get settled in, recipes, crafts, and design projects will start up again on the blog! I’m so excited to start lighting the fire into my old routine again! Till next time dear readers!