I’m Back!!! Come See My New Home!

Well, we did it!!!

We’re moved!

A HUGE big thank you to all my guest posters!!!

You truly were life savers!


I barely know where to start.

It feels like forever since I have posted.  I hope you have missed me like I have missed you!  It feels so good to be back!

I am so excited to share with you all that has been going on these past two and a half weeks.


(Well, unless we hire a moving crew.)  Moving at age 40 is totally different than moving in your 20’s!  Can I get an AMEN?!!

The Moving Crew!

The first day we moved, our nephew, Raven, helped us out.  (He’s the cutie in the black tshirt.)

It was his birthday, and he still spent the day helping us move.

Isn’t that precious?!

Thanks, Raven!

And believe it or not, my boys were a HUGE help in this move!  Well, except for the monkey in the maroon shirt, he was too busy doing other things…

That’s my boy!!

My husband has two great friends that helped us move too, Chip and Joe.  They were a huge help and never once complained when moving all our junk.  Thanks, guys!

We packed and unpacked 4 of those huge Uhaul trucks over a two day period.  The day of the closing, we had moved everything out of the house except for some things out of the closets and a few odds and ends around the house.  It was a little more than I had figured!  We were still stuffing things in the back of our Suburbans just an hour before the closing.

Here we are on the way to the closing…my hubby was on the phone trying to work out some glitches…

(I am completely embarrassed to show you this video, but this is real life, ya’ll!)



On the way to the closing! from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.

Now for the inside of the house.  I wish I had better pictures, but I was using my iphone because my camera was broken.  (I finally have a new camera!  Woohoo!)

This is one room of our “Master Wing”.  We are calling it our “master wing” because all of our furniture will not fit in one room.  Our bed will be in this room…

The rest of our furniture will be in this room…

The “master bath” that sits between the two rooms in the “master wing”….

(Yes, the shower doors are going to go!)

Here is the fireplace in the den…(should I paint it?)….

And here is our kitchen!…(in need of MAJOR changes!)…

We purchased a new fridge, oven, and dishwasher for this home.  So excited to have stainless steel.  :)



We plan on painting the cabinets, re-doing the island, installing a new counter top, adding a new farm sink and a new light.   Oh yeah…and new flooring!  Whew!


I spent hours yesterday trying to upload the following videos.  Ugh!

I had wanted to put them all together in one video, but my computers were not cooperating (to say the least!)

So I finally got them uploaded to Vimeo.  I shot the video with my cell phone the day we moved it.  It gives you an idea of what the house looks like.  If you have time, feel free to view them. :)

Our home is very simple and plain….one rectangle kitchen, one square den, four square rooms, and two identical bathrooms.

My goal for this home to add character and charm!

Den and “Master Wing” from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.

Kitchen from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.

Boys’ Bedrooms and Bathroom from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.

I’ve got years of projects ahead of me…literally.  But it will be fun to share it all with you!

Laundry Room from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.



  1. Traci

    Very Cozy spot you have there!!! I know it is going to be beautiful when you put your touches to it. Can’t wait to see the progres..


  2. Congratulations on the move! I’m in the process of packing up my little guys room and thought I’d take a 5-minute break to catch up on blog world. What wonderful timing! We are getting ready to move cross country from California to Virginia in a few weeks. No U-Haul for us, but we’re using an ABF U-Pack truck, so we’ll still be doing a lot of the labor. I agree 1000% … moving in your 40’s is not as easy as it was in our 20’s.

    I know you’ve still got a lot of work ahead to do, but it will be so much fun for us watching you transform your new house into your home. God’s blessing and provision are great. May He give you strength for the days ahead :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! It will be so exciting to see all the great things you are going to do with this house. I’m looking forward to seeing many before and after photos. Glad you got moved. Missed your blog posts, but enjoyed the guests you had fill in for you.

  4. Welcome home! And I will second, movers are the ONLY way to move. I used them with my last move and they didn’t even blink an eye when they moved a honkin’ big piano in my home! It was truly worth every dime spent.


  5. Lots of blog fodder! ;) Seeing your truck gave me that “twinge”- it’s been a year and half since we’ve had a move and it’s feeling like that time again (but we have one more year!)!! You’re right, though- it does seem to get harder the older we get!

  6. I’m so glad your move is over!! I know you and Cy love the home projects, you will have lots of fun making this house a home. Can’t wait to see it all!

  7. The new place has such good bones! I cannot wait to see the progress of making this house ya’lls home! XOXO

  8. Congratulations on your new home/project. I love the idea of a master suite in the sense of having a room for sleeping and a room for reading or relaxing and watching a little t.v. That way if one person is sleeping and the other has insomnia (no I don’t know any couples like this LOL) then no one is disturbing the other. I am so excited to see your progress. I have not moved since I got married 20 (ahem) something years ago. We will eventually need to downsize and the thought is a little overwhelming. I have years of family accumulation. Time to start pawning it off on the newly married offspring. Best of luck to you all.

  9. Excited to see what you will come up for these rooms!!! I can’t wait to see the little cabin inside. We have a building just like it that I have been wanting to turn into a little cabin……Congrats on your new place!!

  10. Glad you survived! I know you are glad to have that behind you. I know you enjoy having all that wide open space for the boys to play in. They”ll love you for ever for giving them some real “growing room”! I think the house is going to be so cute and cozy once you get it fixed up. How could it be any other way, with your decorating! However, I miss you in my neighborhood! Gail

  11. Came back after I took a look at your video and I think you should start with the laundry area first that’s always a quick low cost high impact project don’t you think?!

  12. Traci, Love your house, I like the nice patio doors in your bedroom. A wonderful way to wake up to nature.
    Maybe you could set up the room next to yours as a walk in closet for all you and your husbands clothes. I look at the Ikea catalog and I would love to do the same. I have alot of bed linens as well. I am very happy for you and your family. PS show us the yard too!

  13. Can’t wait to see the updates you do with your new home! I can just imagine your kitchen cabinets a beautiful black! :) Anything you do will be GORGEOUS!!!

  14. I’VE MISSED YOU!!!! :) I can see the potential in your house and can’t wait to watch you put your magic decorating touch on every room! You’re gonna make it SO cute! You got a good sized laundry room and I’m glad you got a pantry. My heart felt for you when you showed your pantry…I remember how much work you put into your other one. :) I think it’s totally neat that you’ll have two rooms for your bedroom…you could do a sitting room in one with your dresser and your bed in the other room. I truly can’t wait to see everything you do! You’ve got blogging material for YEARS!! :)
    love ya much and I’m SO glad you’re back! (but you sure did have some quality gals filling in while you were gone!)

  15. Congrats on getting all moved in! It can be such a stressful time- but now comes the fun part! can’t wait to see what you do to your new place:)

  16. Traci! Love the videos, it really helps with the layout of the land, so to speak! :)

    There is one week until our Mint Julep June Jaunt, we have a few spots left if you think you can make it. I know Missy would love it if you could come, cause she’s looking for a “buddy” to ride with.

    So happy for you, and look forward to following along your journey of making this house your home!

  17. I can see your head spinning with all of the possibilities…lol…Don’t work too hard..Can’t wait too see the transformation..

  18. Congratulations on the move! The house looks beautiful. Can’t wait to follow along as you make it your family’s new home! :)

  19. So happy to see you back! Sorry you had to move in this HOT KY weather we’ve been having. Looking forward to seeing all the changes you make to your new home. Your moving crew was adorable:)

  20. I will say Amen with you on hiring a moving crew! Moving at 40 with kids is much different from when we moved in our 20’s and in our 30″s!! How about how the first boxes packed are nice and organized and towards the end it is a hodge podge of items in a box! I am still going through those boxes :) Loved your video’s! Congrats and have fun getting settled!

  21. Whoo-hoo! You finally made it into your new home. I wish you the best on your new home. I hope you create wonderful memories. I can’t wait to see all the new transformations you do to the place. Best of luck and Congrats on your new home.


  22. Congrats on your new home! How exciting! I vote yes on painting the fireplace and jazzing up the mantel! My dad made a cool mantel out of crown moulding – all white and the fireplace was white. Very pretty! Have fun fluffing up your new nest! God bless

  23. Traci, I admire you so much. How do you have so much energy & self discipline? I know this house will be just as wonderful as your first, but you are more brave than I…there’s no way I could leave that precious guest house you had before. Looking forward to seeing all that you do in your new home!

  24. Hi Traci! I’m new here. Congratulations on your new home. I love all your DIY projects and house decoration tips.

    I could not wait of what you’ll do next to your new house. Please keep us posted. I’m sure your next remodeling tip will be great – as usual. I want to keep myself busy these days with some house and garden redesigning. The summer season is perfect for this.

  25. Glad that you’ve moved in and back blogging-you were definitely missed! Can I just say your boys are so dang cute? Can’t wait to see what you do with the house!!

  26. Very excited to see you work your stuff and make that house a home! And by the way, your nephew that helped, is it just me, or does he resemble a curly-headed Robert Pattinson? He he……..

  27. Traci,

    Moving IS hard work! Yay you!;) I’m looking forward to watching you do your thing and transform this new place into something uniquely “you”. I’m really interested in the removal of the shower doors, we have them too and I HATE (no, it’s not too strong a word) them! Ugh! Anyway, may the Lord bless you and your family in your new home.

  28. Hon, you have the mother-load of all blogging material in this house!!!! I canNOT wait to see what you do to transform and beautify. :)

  29. Congratulations on a successful move!! Your new home is beautiful & I definitely see all of its potential!! I know that you will make it a beautiful space for your family!! Can’t wait to see all of the upcoming posts & transformations!!

  30. Congratulations on the new house! I’m hearing you on the NEVER MOVING AGAIN! It isn’t fun in your twenties either! But I do love having a house to play with! Can’t wait to see how yours comes together.

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