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Hi. I'm Nicole!

Wife.  Mama to two busy toddler babes.  Trying to seek Jesus each day, through each season.  So glad you're here!

Coles in the Country | my home vision

Coles in the Country | my home vision

Building a house is an interesting experience because you literally get to have a hand in every.single.decision.  From changes to the floor plan to paint colors to cabinet hardware, you get to decide!  When home design is something you enjoy, this can be SO MUCH FUN!  Being able to pick out details and watch a home be built from the ground up really is a unique and sweet experience.  But with this can also come a lot of materialism and pride.  Since this is our second rodeo, I feel like I've learned a lot through both processes, even though we are very early in the stages this go around.  I found that it's easy to go on pinterest and look at all of these "pinterest worthy" kitchens and bathrooms and then after showing them to your builder, you learn that everything in a pinterest kitchen is usually an upgrade!  Ha!  Pinterest and instagram can be such great tools for inspiration and encouragement, but when I start to view the things that I see in a lustful way, this is a problem.  When I start to focus more on the design than our family that will live there, that's a problem.  Whenever I start to get a bad attitude about what's out of budget, that's a problem.  While I am SO excited about the design and style of the home that we're building, I've been actively working to focus on the WHY behind every decision we'll make.  I've been trying to focus on how I'll serve my people there, how I'll love on others, how it'll be a safe place for our kids,  and how we'll grow in the gospel as a family.  When we make decisions wisely within our budget and have a grateful attitude that we'll get to serve our family and love others within those walls, there's a heart shift.  And all the design stuff is fun, but it's the living there, loving there, and serving there that's the real joy to dream about.  I'm excited today to show you some images that I've saved that represent the vision I see for our home!  I have these saved on my private home pinterest board so that whenever I need to refocus, I can quickly scroll through these images that inspire me to think beyond the material things. 

So many of my dreams for our new home revolve around exploring our couple of acres and living so much of our life outdoors.  I want to find rest in the quiet, be silly in the rain, and watch the kids play make believe among the trees.  I can't wait to hang out on the porch and invite friends over for smores in the yard.  Being "in the country" is going to be my favorite part of our new home!

Our kitchen is going to be a place where we spend a lot of time and it makes my heart so happy to think about all our kids sitting at the bar having breakfast together, talking together after school,  and hanging at while we have friends over.  Tyler and I really love to try new recipes and I can't wait for date nights in our new kitchen.  Spending time together in this space is going to be a priority!

We spend the majority of our days at home and I want our home to have an atmosphere that encouraged them to play creatively, make up games and stories, read together, and sit down with their mama to play.  I want our home to be a place where our kids feel like they belong, where they can get comfortable, where they want to crawl up on the couch and snuggle with a book or a movie.  I want our home to be a safe place for play, for talks, and for us to grow together as a family. 

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I feel like there isn't a more perfect photo I could end on because if you know me, you know matching Christmas pajamas is my love language!!! This is such a simple joy that fills my heart so much.  I can't wait for holiday memories, kids in matching jammies, and teaching our kids about the joy that comes from knowing Jesus and making Him known.  

These photos really help bring me back to the WHY of every decision we're making and I'm going to walk through some of those as I share a little bit about each room over the next couple of weeks!  I'm so excited for us to live and grow and BE in this new space!  I want to encourage you to make some inspiration boards to help you regain your focus when your eyes want to wander somewhere else.  Maybe you fill it with scripture or photos of nature or whatever it is that fills you up in your certain situation!  This practice has already proven to be fruitful for me and I know I'll adopt it in other areas of life in the future. 

As I look back through all of these photos, I can't help but laugh that the majority of these photos have four children!  Ha!  I didn't even plan that as I pinned images, but it's clear... Mama wants to add a few Cole kiddies to the mix! 

Posts in this series:

our house plans

Friday No. 11

Friday No. 11

The Short List Vol. 1

The Short List Vol. 1