Hi readers! I’ve mentioned randomly that we’re in the process of moving. You may have wondered why it is taking so long, and I’ve had lots of questions regarding the move. So I thought it might be fun to do a few posts on the process.


For a variety of reasons we decided to look for a new home last year. After about 6 months of searching for a home that fit our needs, we settled on a new build. We were extremely excited about the house and new location. It’s really only a few miles from where we live now, but a nicer area, with a lot of fun recreational activities close by for our family.

True to builder tradition, they took longer than expected. We put our deposit down on a piece of dirt way back in October of 2012. And then stared at dirt for several months. So we stared at dirt for what seemed like literally F.O.R.E.V.E.R. In the grand scheme of things, I think it was closer to four months or so.



One thing about doing a new build, was that we had the blessing of burying a Bible underneath our home. We view it as a symbol of building our house on the Word of God. Literally and figuratively :o)




Sometime in February the foundation crew came in. I believe it snowed immediately following, and so we stared at this mess for another couple months.



I’ll spare you all of the highly detailed pics we took, but rest assured sometime in April we started seeing some framing appear. Followed shortly by plumbers and electricians, and window guys.



Man those framers rocked! Those guys worked 6 days a week from sun up to sun down and had the whole thing framed in about 2 1/2 weeks, roof and all!

Stay tuned to next Friday to see more building and moving fun from COAH!

(COAH stands for Confessions of a Homeschooler, but since some of you actually started that abbreviation for me, I figured you would understand.)


  1. hi there! congrats on your move, such a blessing to have it all come together! i know your so so busy, i wondered if you had time or any insight on how to put together a portfolio for home school children, in my state im required to show one at the end of each school year to the school in my kids district…it doesnt have to be lengthy, but this is my first year and im at a loss as how to start…any tips?

    sarah rodriguez
    1. Hi Sarah – welcome to the fray! Hope your first year is a great one and the first of many to come. Your state is likely wanting to see your homeschooling plan (list of books, planned daily schedule, your vision and expectations, your goals for each child and an assessment of their attainment, lesson plans) plus examples of the work and any assessments done. I also include the assessment of any outside instructors (piano, swimming, skating, scouts…) Without knowing which state you are in, its also really easy to pick-up the phone and ask the department to whom you need to submit the portfolio exactly what they want to see (saves a lot of time and hassle) as they may have a check list they can send you. Erica has posted a number of homeschooling plan templates over the years and they are a great guide that you can tweak to fit your family’s needs. Hope this helps. God bless!

      Lake Lili
  2. Congrats! We are in the same boat, we stared at dirt for a while too, and will FINALLY be closing August 26. Love the idea of putting the bible under your foundation, wish I have heard about that 4 months ago!
    But second story windows have little crosses in them, so I like to think of that as our reminder of Jesus shining down upon us.

  3. I just want to wish you well on your new home. We are at the beginning stage. My husband and I cannot decide if we want to buy or build. Our home made a great starter home but after hurricane Katrina we kind of lost the wind from our sails. In addition now we need a schoolroom, so our journey begins.

  4. That is so exciting! I look forward to seeing more. I know you will have fun (although busy) setting up the new house and especially your homeschool room. We just moved a few weeks ago from Florida to North Carolina! I’m 28 weeks pregnant, my husband starting his first new job out of residency, and we have 2 little boys, my oldest is about to start homeschool kindergarten in 2 weeks, and we moved away from my parents (sad)! So lots going on- a bit stressful but exciting. Prayers for you that it all goes smoothly, especially here at the start of the new school year- you can do it! I was going to email you a personal thank you soon because you emailed me last year when I was debating church preschool vs. homeschool preschool and thanks to your website I have learned so much about homeschool and like it. I’ll send my email soon!


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