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Last night, this was me:

Fuel ‘er up!  Sunflower butter + banana smoothie and toast with cottage cheese:


Today is a very special day….


We are closing on our first home! 


If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember we went through a horrible house buying experience this past summer.  After searching high and low for weeks, we found a house we loved, got pre-qualified for a mortgage, negotiated a sales price, and went under contract.  And then… we discovered $10,000 worth of mold damage in the house’s garage and master bedroom.  We managed to resolve that extremely troubling issue with the seller.  However, just a few weeks before closing, our mortgage crumbled because of strict lending laws for self-employed applicants.  We made a last-ditch effort to save the mortgage by getting a co-signer (and, seriously, no married couple wants to put a parent on their mortgage), but no dice.  We lost our home and thousands of dollars in the process.  It was grueling.  I would truly not wish what happened to us on my worst enemy. 


After licking our wounds, drying our tears, and filing our 2011 taxes, we decided to house hunt once again.  Thanks to nicer regulations and another year’s worth of taxes, we were able to easily qualify for a mortgage – with no crazy hoops to jump through, Hail Mary passes, or cosigners required.


You know the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason”?  I’ve complained about this phrase many times on the blog.  I hate how people always say it to you when the poo hits the fan in an attempt to make you feel better.  My response has always been, “UGH! Sometimes, crappy things just happen!”   But you know what?  I believe in the phrase now!  At least when it comes to this house hunt. Smile


For once, it appears that everything really does happen for a reason.  Our house isn’t perfect, but it’s so much better than the previous house.  It’s a safe, clean, and healthy house (no mold!); it’s positively ginormous and lovely; the sellers are kind and agreeable; and for the most part, the entire process has gone exactly the way it should.  Plus, our interest rate is significantly lower than it was this summer, making this house more affordable. 


If you’re going through the house hunt process, I just urge you to HANG ON!  I know it’s draining, but at least when it comes to real estate, I believe everything does happen for a reason.  Although the offers, contracts, inspections, and paperwork can be exhausting, it is worth it in the end.  This process started for us nearly a year ago, but I truly feel like this house is our home


I can’t wait to show the dogs – and BabyHTP – the place we’ll all live in for many, many years. 



  • Brandy March 22, 2012, 7:44 am

    That is very exciting!!! I am looking at houses now with my fiance and the houses in the area we are looking are going like hotcakes! It’s like we can’t even decide we’d like to make an offer before houses are sold! Reading your story is music to my ears. Congratulations!!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2012, 7:47 am

    Oooh congrats Caitlin! That’s such exciting news! I can’t wait to see a tour of your new house (and hope one is coming!) especially Baby HTP’s room! Have a great day! 🙂

  • Emma March 22, 2012, 7:49 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! So happy for you guys! You’ll have to give us a grand tour once you get all moved in! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 22, 2012, 7:50 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! I’m so happy for the two of you! I wish you so many new happy memories in your new home!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 22, 2012, 7:55 am

    Haha I’m such a goober that always spits out “Everything happens for a reason!” I know sometimes it’s hard to believe, but see?? Things really DO workout the way they are supposed to! CONGRATS!!! May you have many happy and healthy years in your new home!!!

  • Lauren March 22, 2012, 7:56 am

    Ah, congrats girl!!! So exciting and I know what a long and deserving road you’ve had with this. 🙂 So happy for you both.
    On a totally unrelated note, I adore toast and cottage cheese! I’ve been eating this since my childhood.

  • Victoria March 22, 2012, 7:58 am

    Okay ,so I am obsessed with sunbutter. I eat a half a jar a day. And I love cheese or cottage cheese on toast. Good balanced meal Caitlin.

  • Beth @ 990 Square March 22, 2012, 7:59 am

    congratulations on your house!! one day, I hope we will have a similarly happy house experience (we have one now, but know selling will be tough in this market).

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 22, 2012, 8:07 am

    That’s so exciting, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Haha and I actually LOVE the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” I’m not a very religious person, but the thought that there is plan out there for my life is very comforting to me! Especially at 24 years old and single with no idea what I want to do!

  • Jess March 22, 2012, 8:11 am

    Congratulations! I know you guys are excited! I’ll bet it’ll be fun to be able to start decorating for the baby. 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed March 22, 2012, 8:16 am

    My 2011 taxes are starting my house fund!
    (When did I become old enough for this??)

  • Katie March 22, 2012, 8:19 am

    To quote Effie Trinket “its a big big day!” Congratulations! Cant wait to see the new place.

  • Sara March 22, 2012, 8:21 am

    Congrats! The house buying process is very grueling indeed. We had an offer accepted on a house and had something happen simliarly–there was mold in the house and a problem with the joists? under the house plus the roof was a mess and the attic. We didn’t realize that until we spent the money having a home inspection done, etc. So I feel you! But we eventually found a decent home (though I kind of wished we’d taken our time. We bought a fixer-upper and it just seems there is always something that needs fixing-uping! We painted it ourselves and did an awful job so now we’re paying someone to come fix our mess! Ha But it IS worth it in the end 🙂 Congrats! It’s a great feeling opening up the door for the first time with your own key and knowing it is yours!!

    • Sara March 22, 2012, 8:23 am

      And just venting here … we’ve been in our house three years and the value keeps dropping. Not bad because our mortgage and taxes are going down, BUT we don’t want to stay in our home forever and it’s looking like we’ll be in it for much longer than we anticipated. At least we have a house, right? Just kind of sad we’ve put so much into it and it’s worth so little now 🙁 Anyway, thanks for listening! Ha The house market is very interesting. I hope it gets better soon! A lot of people are selling and not getting their money’s worth. Sad.

      • Samantha Angela March 22, 2012, 8:31 am


        If you do happen to have to sell and lose some of your investment it’s best to just think of the life that you started and the memories that you made in that house. If you think of the value in terms of the experiences you’ve had rather than the market value then it probably was worth the investment.

  • Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air March 22, 2012, 8:25 am

    Sooo exciting! Glad that you will be all settled in just in time to welcome baby HTP. Perfect timing!

  • Samantha Angela March 22, 2012, 8:27 am

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic news. Let the nesting begin!

  • Lee March 22, 2012, 8:33 am

    Congrats! We originally put an offer on a short sale house and months went by without hearing from the bank (we were pushing the deadline for the first-time homebuyer tax credit so time was of the essence) and eventually, we backed out. But we ended up finding a much nicer house instead.

  • erin March 22, 2012, 8:44 am

    yay for closing on your place today!

    I will say going through the house hunting/buying process was really painful for us too! our mortgage lender was a complete asshole. and he basically screwed us in every which way. fortunately we got our selves straightened out almost 4 years later by being able to refinance (this was a year long process) and put ourselves in a good place!

  • Elisabeth March 22, 2012, 8:46 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin, Kristien, babyHTP & doggies 😀 .So glad it’s working out this this time!

  • Joanne March 22, 2012, 8:47 am

    Congrats on your first home! Can’t wait until you post pics. The pups and baby HTP are going to love it just because Mom and Dad do 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 22, 2012, 8:47 am

    Glad it worked out for you – congrats!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 22, 2012, 8:50 am

    Congratulations! I hope the closing goes smoothly (and quickly!) for you guys 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 22, 2012, 8:51 am

    Yayyyyy! A huge congrats to you, the husband, and baby HTP! So happy for you! A house & a baby, what a year for you!!!

  • Carly March 22, 2012, 8:51 am

    Amen, sista. Congratulations! Our process took over a year too and was so frustrating at times, but definitely worth the wait. We close April 30th and couldn’t be more excited. ENJOY!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 22, 2012, 9:01 am

    Yay, I am so happy for you guys! Yes, between our horrible home buying process last summer and then a miscarriage earlier this year, I have been hearing that phrase myself a lot. But it is true, it just takes things eventually working out to make us see it 😉

  • Carolina John March 22, 2012, 9:06 am

    I certainly find that to be true. I’ll get shot down for a job that I really wanted only to get offered $20k more for another job a month later. Just take it all in stride and know that it all works out in the end.

    Congrats on getting the house! Tell me it’s not in SC?

  • Hillary March 22, 2012, 9:07 am

    Congrats to you guys! What an awesome, exciting day. Enjoy those keys!!

  • dana March 22, 2012, 9:09 am

    Congrats on the new home! It’s an exciting day indeed!

    I am a true believer in everything happens for a reason 🙂

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life March 22, 2012, 9:09 am

    Congrats!!! When we closed on our first home in 2010 it was a whirlwind experience but now it feels totally like its completely ours!

  • Becca March 22, 2012, 9:11 am

    Congratulations!! What fantastic news 🙂

  • Heather March 22, 2012, 9:19 am

    Congrats on the house! Such an exciting step.

    Just an FYI, if that is actually the key to your new house, you may want to flip it around in the photo above. Someone who knows what they are looking at could make a key to your house from the info in the pick. Don’t want to freak you out, but grew up in a lock shop.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2012, 10:28 am

      Thanks 🙂 good advice! It’s just a prop key 🙂

  • Ellen March 22, 2012, 9:25 am

    Congrats on the home! I am sure you are super excited and right in time for baby!!!! My husband and I embarked on the house hunting adventure right before we foundout we were pregnant and we are finally closing on our house next week! It is very exciting but nerve-racking , but everyone tells me how much more fun it is to be homeowners! Good luck!

  • Cindy Robinson March 22, 2012, 9:29 am

    I’m so happy for you guys! What a great feeling, have a fantastic day!

  • Lauren March 22, 2012, 9:29 am

    I’m so excited to see your house!! I love house hunting! Although it is quite a bit easier now that we’ve already bought our home so I’m just pretending now.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery March 22, 2012, 9:32 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! My parents had a VERY bad experience trying to sell a home so I know the situation is a bit different but I saw how stressful and painful it was, especially when you lose money and some hope. I’m truly very happy for you, the husband, the dogs, and the baby-to-be! Perhaps you should smudge the place to just bring in some extra positivity and rid away any possible residual negative energy 🙂 I’ve done it before and it really helps, but who knows, it could be the placebo effect at work 🙂 Anyway, congratulations again!

  • Julie March 22, 2012, 9:35 am


  • Jessica March 22, 2012, 9:37 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin!! I couldn’t be happier for you. What an exciting step for your family! 🙂

  • Amelia March 22, 2012, 9:44 am

    Congratulations! Have fun settling in and decorating (forget that whole moving part!).

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu March 22, 2012, 9:45 am

    EEEEE!!!! Congratulations!!! I remember the day we closed on our home–it was one of the happiest ever! I’m so glad it finally worked out for you!!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 22, 2012, 9:47 am

    congratulations!! i remember the day we closed on our first home — SO exciting. can’t wait to see!

  • Kristen March 22, 2012, 9:49 am

    Congratulations Caitlin. Such great news for your growing family 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 22, 2012, 9:51 am

    WAHOO!!! I was hoping that was the good news 🙂 SOOO happy for you all!

  • Kris March 22, 2012, 9:52 am

    Big congrats! So happy for all of you!!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 22, 2012, 9:59 am

    Congratulations on closing on your first home! That’s so exciting 🙂 Enjoy the day!!

  • Sana March 22, 2012, 10:00 am

    Yippie! I still live in the first house my parents bought, it’s awesome!

  • Joy March 22, 2012, 10:00 am

    Congratulations! That is such amazing news and I’m so happy it was all able to happen for you before the baby arrives.

  • Jenny March 22, 2012, 10:04 am

    Congratulations! I’m sure you are beyond excited and I am so happy for you all. I can’t wait to see how you decorate the nursery! (Even though I am childless and plan on keeping it that way, I love nurseries and think the way they are decorated are so adorable.) Yay for the new house!

  • Kaitlyn March 22, 2012, 10:12 am

    Ya! It is so exciting. Congratulations. What a great new step for your family.

  • Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter March 22, 2012, 10:19 am

    Congrats! What a great feeling. I know what you mean about hearing “everything happens for a reason”. You never want to hear it at that moment but it always turns around to be true!

  • Katharine March 22, 2012, 10:25 am

    Congrats, Caitlin! I just closed on my first home this week, too!

  • Nicole March 22, 2012, 10:39 am

    Yay! Congratulations to you all! I hope you share pictures of it soon 🙂

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl March 22, 2012, 10:40 am

    Congrats! I’ve been looking for a new place too but haven’t had much luck. I completely agree that everything happens for a reason..so if it takes a while for me to find it..then I know there was a good reason behind it. 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 22, 2012, 10:53 am

    Aawww congrats!!!!

  • Reenie March 22, 2012, 11:01 am

    Woot Woot ~ I’m so excited for y’all 🙂

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras March 22, 2012, 11:08 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin!!!

  • Ashley D. March 22, 2012, 11:14 am

    Okay, I have to de-lurk to tell you that that commercial has ALWAYS been one of my favorites of all time! My sisters and I used to quote “We’re too excited to sleep” as a family joke. And get this: 2 years ago, I found out that the little girl in the commercial was a student in one of my classes at the time (and honestly, one of my favorite students, too). You have no idea how exciting that day was for me! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 22, 2012, 5:10 pm

      🙂 It’s such cute commercial!!

  • Cristina March 22, 2012, 11:24 am

    Congratulations! That is so exciting. Just in time to decorate a nursery, too! 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 22, 2012, 11:40 am

    Congratulations on your house! That is a big deal and you should be proud!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 22, 2012, 11:44 am

    Congrats on closing. 🙂

    We were supposed to close this week, get the keys Friday, but the lenders are being, well, jerks. The more info we give them as they request, the more they want. Ugh. 60 day escrow my ass.

    Anyways, I’m glad you found and got the house that is best for you and look forward to updates on how the house work is going.

    My mom always says, everything happens for a reason or the universe works in mysterious ways. Drives me nuts, but it is true.

  • Life's a Bowl March 22, 2012, 11:51 am

    Hip, hip, hooray for your new house! That’s so AWESOME 😀 I would be bouncing off the walls with excitement [or nervousness?]!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 22, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Congrats! I’m so glad it all worked out for you this time! 😀

  • Laura O. March 22, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Congrats to you guys!! So worth it once it happens the way it’s meant to.
    HATE that phrase too but it really does ring true like you said. Our 7th offer went thru after 7 months of looking. LOVE where we are now thankfully.
    Best of luck to you and have fun decorating!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 22, 2012, 12:30 pm

    Eeeee!!! Congratulations!

  • Marissa C March 22, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Need pictures!

    This was a refreshing thing to read in the middle of our own house hunting journey. 2 offers already on 2 different houses and no dice 🙁

  • Kelli March 22, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Congratulations! Home ownership is really a fun & fulfilling thing. We’ve been in our current home for 2 years now, but the search to find the perfect home took us almost a full year! We made offers on 4 other homes before this one, & they all fell through. We were discouraged, but the day our realtor showed us our house we knew it had been worth the wait, heartache, & wasted money. I’m so happy that you are moving in with time to nest & get settled before baby htp arrives!

  • Lisa March 22, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Congrats! That’s so exciting. I can’t wait to see the photos. I love “house hunters” and DIY projects.

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples March 22, 2012, 1:26 pm

    congrats on the house! That’s so amazing! My better half & I just got approved for a house too! But we’re renting…regardless, I’m excited to live in our own house!

  • Dee March 22, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! That’s awesome! I’m a firm believer of everything happening for a reason too!

  • Mandy March 22, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I thought I was the only one who liked cottage cheese on toast 🙂

  • kate March 22, 2012, 2:14 pm

    awww…i’m so happy for you guys! enjoy this day – you will remember it forever. home sweet home at last 🙂

  • Socal Rachel March 22, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Congrats on your first home! How very exciting for you. Glad things went smoothly for you this time around.

  • Amber K March 22, 2012, 2:49 pm

    That is so exciting. Congratulations!!

  • Colleen March 22, 2012, 3:09 pm

    Congrats on the new home!

  • Alli @ alli learns life March 22, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Congrats!! so exciting!

  • Crystal March 22, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Congrats!!!!! I can’t wait to see pictures. I still look at real estate listings, even though we moved 2 months ago b/c houses are awesome.

  • Anne Marie March 22, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Congrats lady! It’s stressful, but owning a home is definitely worth all the craziness you’ve gone through 🙂 It’s so nice to feel like you have something that’s all yours, for yourself and the baby and the Hubby and the pups!

  • VANN March 22, 2012, 6:16 pm

    MANY MANY CONGRATS!!! My husband and I just closed on our first house 13 days ago and it has been sooo much fun!!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Laura March 22, 2012, 8:03 pm

    When are you going to reveal your home to the bloggie world!? Inside only of course, if you’re worried about security :). I know I’m not alone in wondering what it looks like!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 22, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Ooooh, I want to see pictures!!!! Congratulations Caitlin! Big day!

  • Laura Ann March 22, 2012, 9:14 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! SO excited for you! And so great to read your story, as we had a similar situation occur this past fall. It really, really sucked at first b/c we loved the house and we lost a thousand smackers… but soon we realized that it really wasn’t the house for us (we fell blindly in lust). We agreed the first time was much like paying for a college course. We learned a lot and will be better armed for the next time around. It sure worked for you guys!!!

  • Lauren March 22, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Congrats!!! We just got our first place in Charlotte too and I can’t wait to move in and get settled! Such a fun time and so glad everything worked out for you guys the second time around.

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