You wouldn’t believe how crazy life has been for us lately.
(Although if you have ever tried to buy a home and sell your home at the same time, then you DO know how crazy things can get!)
So why we are moving from our beautiful home in Scottsdale?
Simply put, we are moving because of our son, Ryan.
He published a book at 13
Has been riding unicycles (on mountains!) since he was 9
He climbed Half Dome at 8
He’s been volunteering around the world since he was 7. And he has such a good heart. He’s confident and kind, and not afraid to speak his mind. His favorite organization to volunteer for is Feed My Starving Children.
He’s an athlete. And he likes being smart. He wants to be an astronaut for NASA and go to Mars.
He wants to learn everything!
Because of his thirst for knowledge, he wants to attend a more challenging high school than the schools in our area. (And we have some great schools in our area, but THIS dream school is a better fit for him on every level).
So we are leaving this neighborhood we love, home we love, neighbors we love, all because we want to move to a home closer to Ryan’s dream school.
Once we decided to look at properties closer to his dream school – imagine our surprise to find our dream home! Dream Home 2.0! Complete with 360 degree mountain views. It’s a retreat in the middle of the city. We’re calling it the Christianson Retreat Center. Also known as #homesweethome
We can host events for our favorite organizations like Dress for Success, friend’s events, and Ryan’s school’s fundraisers & get-togethers.
Isn’t it amazing how once you decide to do something, God opens up the possibilities for you?
There is only one problem with the new home…..
Ryan hasn’t been accepted into his dream school yet. It’s the only high school he applied to. It’s the only school we feel is right for him. We are moving to be closer to the school, but they are right now in the process of figuring out who will make the cut and who will be accepted into the class of 2022.
So if you feel inclined to pray, send good wishes, or positive thoughts, we would appreciate them.
Oh! And here’s a sneak peak of our new place….we close on it next week!
Thank you for your prayers and your love! Can’t wait to share more photos of the new place after we move in.
The day has finally come.
After 14 years of raising our children, strengthening our marriage, building businesses, writing books….we are finally ready to bless a new family and sell our home.
Here are some of the highlights:
$85,000 kitchen remodel in 2016. Quartz, marble-look counters, custom white cabinets, appliance garage, 48″ Wolf double oven + grill, farm sink, subway tile, floating shelves and a 60″ custom white hood. Turkish travertine flooring, great lighting, romantic gas fireplace, tub for 2 in the master bath, tumbled stone accents, California Closets in Master, bonus room upstairs with balcony and perfect views of the Arizona sunsets, custom designed backyard with 20 ton sandbox, flagstone patio, imported rojo slate on porch and pool with a contrasting stone border around the pool edging. Pool with boulder waterfall, 1200 sq. ft. of grassy play area, the largest lot on the N/S Exposure cul-de-sac, excelling schools, friendly neighbors……..
3 car garge, 4 bedroom, + Gameroom (with walk-out balcony with views of Camelback Mountain & overlooking waterfall pool, large grassy area, and the prettiest sunrise and sunset views), + loft, 2 1/2 baths, family room + living room, + dining room, kitchen, + breakfast nook.
North/South exposure on a small and private cul-de-sac only a few blocks from hiking trails and A+ schools. McDowell Mountain views from all upstairs and Camelback views from gameroom.
The last sunset of 2017.
Wow. It’s been quite a year!
From good to bad and everything in between:
– travels (Australia, New Zealand, Kauai, San Diego, Santa Barbara, LA, and even Nebraska to experience the solar eclipse)…
…to publishing (book deal for Alan, 1st published book for Ryan, and a magazine feature for me)…
…to every day up-and-down craziness due to being a mother of teenagers and a wife…
…to finding our dream home, and making our current home picture perfect so it can become someone else’s dream home (I’ve been painting baseboards and doors all day!)….
…to feeling honored for winning several awards from Dress for Success Phoenix…
…to worrying about our country and our global neighbors…
…to seeing those I know grow their businesses, families, or influence and work towards their dreams…
…and many more!
Thank you for all the good (and the growth) 2017! And thank you for the most beautiful sunset for the last day of 2017!
What has been your favorite memory of this year?
Celestina’s Dress: asos | Celestina’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | My Skirt: Chicwish | My Shoes: Michael Kors
Looking forward to kicking up our heels on New Years!
Hubby and I are totally going to bed at 9pm like we do every year. Sometimes we can even stay awake until 10pm!
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and joyous 2018! xoxo