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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

indecisive, as always.

Anthony & I have been looking at houses in Fort Payne for about a week now & I think we have it narrowed down to two. We're going to look at four tomorrow though so it's still up in the air. All of the houses have their own pros & cons. I love something about each of them, if I could take each of the things I love about them & combine them into one would be perfect. Unfortunately, our budget & time frame does not allow for that. So, I thought I would ask your opinion on the houses we're considering:) I know it doesn't matter what others think as long as we love our house but like I said, I'm indecisive...ALWAYS. :( It's also very important to us that we be able to sell the place quickly in case I decide to be a big 'ol fraidy cat & want to come back to Cullman. That means that some of the things, like the built in entertainment center in house #2, might be too specific for some's taste therefore they wouldn't purchase it because of that, thus, it sits on the market & I cry like a baby. In other words, we worry about the resale....In other words, I over analyze everything & have lost lots & lots of precious sleep over this decision. HELP!!! Please?!?!?!?!

#1 - I LOVEEE the front doors & stacked stones on this one!
3 bedroom/2 bath- 1601 sqft $154,500 in Fort Payne...our preferred area.


#2 - I'm not as crazy about the outside of this one but it's bigger & the inside is GORGEOUS!
It's 4 bedroom/2 bath- 1,940 sqft $179,900 in Rainsville, less desirable but still a very good location.
 LOVE this kitchen!

 There are lots of built ins...I love them but others (if we need to sell) might not.


#3 - Anthony & I love that this one has a three car garage.
It's 4 bedroom/2.5 baths, unsure of the sqft. $169,900 in Rainsville, a little bit closer to his job than the other Rainsville home though.

I'm pretty sure we won't go with #3 but Anthony really loves the 3 car garage so I thought it was worth mentioning.

So what it really comes down to is, do we want location & a lower price...or space & gorgeous details???

Thanks for any input you provide:)

*Photo credit- Dekalb County Real Estate*


Monday, January 31, 2011

What comes next GOD only knows...but here it goes:)

I don't think I can sleep until I get this off my chest...

This song brings me to tears...I'm so thankful that my past mistakes do not have to define who I am now & that I HAVE been remade...

 Do you ever take the time to think about all the good in life? I don't do it nearly enough. I spend so much time thinking of all that is or might go wrong that I forget to slow down & just breatheeee:)

The ultimate comfort!

 I am so thankful for ALL of the things God has done for me even if some of those things were difficult & confusing at the time.
I think that's important to remember...just because we may feel like whatever hardship we're going through will never end, we have to remember that it's all a part of something so much more than us! Isn't that a wonderful feeling?! Knowing that no matter how rough the seas (our lives) are that there is someone there that can make them calm if we have faith in Him? It might not always happen in the way or in the time, that we think is best but it will happen exactly as it should.

Seriously, what good is a chance not taken?

 Anthony & I are so blessed with this new job oppurtunity & I fully believe that this is all a part of His plan. I pray about it daily & at first I fought it, I was too afraid. However, I decided to give it all to God because I knew it was more than I could ever handle on my own & He has truely "made our paths straight."

 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

That verse has always been one of my favorites & was the very first verse I really memorized, remembering it has helped get me through a lot of hard times but it's never meant as much to me as it does now. Maybe I'm just older & more willing to submit myself to the Lord & His plan than I was before...I don't know. I do know that whatever happens, will happen...and as long as we follow His direction, it will be right & it will be good.

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” - Psalm 86:5

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever. -Psalm 118:1

I hope you took the time to listen to these songs:) The words are so incredibly powerful...each one speaks to me in a different way.
I also hope that whatever trials or hardships you're going through right now, you will give them all up...surrender FULLY to God and His unwaivering, unconditional love. He can handle it:) Don't forget to share the good times with Him too though!!! 

Have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

at lasttt.

I don't know about you guys but I adore the song 'At Last' by Etta James. So much so that it was played at my wedding while my bridesmaids walked down the aisle:)

Did anyone else just spend the last 3 minutes belting out this song? NO? Have I ever mentioned how much I loveee to sing? Have I also mentioned how bad everyone else hatesss when I sing? Something about sounding like nails on a chalkboard? 

 Anyway, I saw a post from Laura over at The Luckiest in Love about a wordle word cloud in her office & decided I wanted one! In her post she used words from her & her husband's wedding vows, I decided to use the words from my favorite song...'At Last' along with mine & Anthony's names. I think it turned out pretty cute! 


I don't have it framed yet but I'll be sure to post pics once it's complete.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


There's no point to this post except that I'm frustrated with life at the moment & need to vent. Anthony's drug test & physical are scheduled for tomorrow & then the job is his! We attempted to call our crazy real estate lady today, she said she was showing a house & would call back but never has so after all the problems we've had from her before we're going to use someone else. So anyway, we're Fort Payne bound with no idea where we'll live. I guess he's going to drive the almost 200 mile trip everyday for at least a month until we can hopefully get our house sold.  I'm so beyond terrified of this move & all that it will bring.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's a go!

Anthony just called to say the job in Fort Payne is a go! We are definately moving to Fort Payne!!! (As long as Rehau doesn't make him an offer he can't refuse...I doubt that though.) Wow, I can't believe it's really going to happen. I'm so nervous, excited & scared. I have so many emotions going on right now I can't even think straight. We have to sell our house, decide if we want to rent or buy until our old house sells, find a new house to rent or buy...& the most dreaded of all...pack, pack up everything we own & move it 2 hours away. In some ways I feel like a huge weight has been lifted now that I know we're for sure moving but that only gives way for more weights to be dropped. I'm going to miss my family & our old life so bad but I know it's time for us to grow up & make a new life for ourselves together. I pray that this is the right move for us & in my heart I know it is. I'm not sure when yet but I know very soon Anthony will be going to Canada for a few weeks for some training...I can go but I don't know if I will, I'm so stinkin' sceeerrred of flying!!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

We're moving! (I think?)

Fort Payne, Alabama

I turned 21 on December 29, 2010...I also found out on this day that my DH had received a job offer making lotsa mora monayyy. Awesome! Then I found out it was in Fort Payne:(  WOAH...stop the bus...That's two hours away from our hometown, our families, friends & everything we've ever known. sniff...sniff...waaaaaahhhhhhh. Ok, those were my first thoughts & at times it still makes me sad but we've visited Fort Payne twice now & I think I might actually enjoy it (a little...but don't tell my hubs)  It definately sweetens the deal that I get a new house out of the move! Woop! Woop! (did I mention I loveee decorating new spaces?) I get bored easily so I've long ago became tired of the house we currently live in. Anyway, the job is at a place called Plasman & my DH is VERY excited about it. It's the job he's dreamed of having for years & we never dreamed at age 21 he would have such an incredible opportunity. 

For those of you, like me until recently, who don't know or have never heard of Fort Payne, Alabama, here's a few quick facts about it:
  1. It's the "Official Sock Capital of the World"  SCORE! I'll never go sockless (is that a word?) again!
  2. It's a city in Dekalb County with a population of about 13k.
  3. For a time beginning in 1989, Fort Payne held the world record for "Largest Cake Ever Baked", for a cake of 128,238 pounds baked to commemorate the city's centennial...I like cake, how bad could this place be?
  4. The country music group Alabama is based in Fort Payne. The city also houses the group's Fan Club and Museum.
  5. It's part of the annual "World's Longest Yard Sale"

Ok, I know I left lots out but I hate to bore you all at once...I'll let you recover & I'll fill you in on all the other details later:)

One nice thing about Fort Payne though is the views! I loveee the mountains:) 

Step by Step...

This is us:)

Welcome to For Better, For Worse! I'm so glad you stopped by:) My name is Kayla & my DH is Anthony. We're both 21 & learning all about the "real world" together. My husband amazes me with all he does & I really do not give him all the credit he deserves. We graduated high school in May 2008, he began working full-time & going to college in June 2008. He works for a large company in Cullman called Rehau as an apprentice/setter/tool maker. (I'm not exactly sure what his true title is but I think that kinda sums it up.) He also goes to Wallace State at night for Precision Machining:).

He got a new job! At a company in Fort Payne called Plasman:) His official title is Maintenance Technician...