You guys may remember this post awhile back about dreams and new beginnings. Now, more than a year later, we have quite a story to share. Unfortunately not the perfect story we had hoped but our real life, down & dirty experience. Brian and I had dreamt of flipping houses basically since we were married. While it began as Brian’s dream, it eventually became mine. We could picture it: he had the handy genes and I had the style genes and it was going to be Awesome!
Fast-forward many years later, we were out of college debt (hallelujah!) and started to crunch numbers and work up business plans. (Brian, not me!) We got the funding to do our start-up and we were off to the races. Our good friend & realtor Gary Caplinger showed us every $40K or less foreclosed house in OKC it seemed. We were not finding our diamond in the rough. Too much for us to bite off. Bad area. Etc. Etc. He finally found us a gem but unfortunately out of our price range. Long story short, Gary couldn’t pass up this great piece of investment property, so we made a deal. He bought and we flipped.
So in September 2014, we broke ground, so to speak. We hired a contractor, and we were just going to oversee the process and do a few projects in our wheelhouse. Another long story short, but after months of delays, issues, and much more, we had to fire our contractor. We made some bad rookie mistakes and were out a lot of money. I won’t go into it, but it was not pretty. We were basically screwed and have never been so stressed, overwhelmed, burdened, exhausted in our lives. So at the end of January 2015, we were left picking up the pieces and trying to figure out what we were going to do with this broken house.
But thank goodness I basically married Superman. Brian started going over there every day after work and worked for 2-3 hours. Then all day Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We only had enough money to hire one hourly skilled worker to help Brian with the stuff he didn’t know how to do (plus a few specialty guys). Thanks Jeff!!! So we trudged on from basically February til now…working our booties off and praying hard everyday! We cannot tell you how happy we are to be at the end of this project nearly a year later. We don’t know where Hearth & Hammer’s future lies (or even our own personal future), but we are ready to hang out with “Daddy” more, work on our own fixer upper, and just recover from this whirlwind of a year. We are so blessed by everyone’s support, and we are very sorry if we neglected our relationship with you this past year. The Ezelle’s are back and ready for you!
We would like to thank…
Gary & Kathryn- We could have never, Never, NEVER done this without you! Thank you for being patient, forgiving, and loving with us. We value your friendship a million times over and cannot think of the words to thank you enough.
Jeff- for helping us finish this bad boy. Your faithfulness and good work did not go overlooked. We thank you so much!
My parents- for your support and frequent babysitting. We are so blessed to have your prayers, guidance, and love through our hardest year yet.
Roger- for being our long distance, fix anything man! Thank you for walking Brian through so many projects. You saved us so much money, it’s not even funny!
Terry & Walter- for your support and prayers and for running us all over DFW to buy supplies. We are so grateful for your love and long distance understanding! Now we are free to visit more frequently!
Our C-group- for your prayers and support and not forgetting about us! We love you guys and are so thankful for our community : )
Torhi & Jordan- for keeping us connected to the Word during this overwhelmingly busy season. You may not realize but y’all have been our rock during this season.
Tarah & Seth- for sharing and understanding our stresses. We could not ask for more loyal, patient, kind best friends. Love y’all!
Alyson- for always (and forever) being a listening ear. My constant. And my encourager.
I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody, but thank you for being apart of our story.
Lastly, as cliche as it seems, I have to thank Jesus for getting us through…we prayed diligently and you alone got us through. We are bruised and battered, but so blessed and so joyful. We are expectantly waiting on You in this next season.
More to come soon:
Hearth & Hammer Homes: Before & After Pics
Hearth & Hammer Homes: Products & Sources