The Beginning.


As the ground breaks on our first home, the journey begins. We’ve decided to chronicle the process from start to finish. In a way to preserve our own memories, (in the chance that we ever decide to do something this crazy in the future) as well as a convenient way to keep our large families informed. Perhaps even a way to impart our own individual passions to any that choose to listen.

Before we get too deep, let’s tell you a bit about ourselves. We were married June 26th, 2010 shortly following our graduation from college. After a wonderful honeymoon in Jamaica, we moved into a rental together in the Ozarks, conveniently located halfway between each of our individual careers (wife edit: my half sure seems further).

In true romantic fashion, allow us to introduce one another:

From the husband: Cori is the most caring, funny, lovable, silly, and shy person that you will ever meet. Able to blush at a moments notice, the power to invoke a Taylor Swift song for every mood or emotion, the bargain hunting champion, the uncanny ability to spill some portion of every meal, and the teacher-stare from your nightmares, it’s Super Wife!  The girl that I picked during a game of sharks and minnows so many years ago is now the woman that I am lucky to call my wife.

From the wife: James is the super geek any girl would want to marry. He can fix anything “techy”, offer unsolicited advice on a variety of topics, all while scheming the next great meal he is going to cook for our feasting pleasure. (still not sure how it all turns out to be so tasty) James bursts the “nerd” stereotype by being super sociable and witty as well as being a passionate sports fan. Thank goodness hockey is finally “unlocked” and the current season of Blues Hockey will soon grace my super-large television screen.  Be jealous that he didn’t put a ring on your finger!

Two young explorers experiencing the ups and downs of life, love, food, and travel. All while building their first home. That’s the short of it, and the reason that we’ve decided to start this blog. We’re under contract on a to be constructed home, our first home. We hope you’ll join us for the journey.


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