Pages from the Sequel: The Ugly Yellow House

As anyone who's ever read a love story knows, the wedding is usually the last chapter of the book. But in a real love story, there's so much more to be told. So much happens in the happily ever after. And that’s what the sequel is for: to tell the story of two people as husband and wife as they live and grow together. So here are pages from our sequel.


“There’s no inside photos of this house online.” I told Ryan one day, about two months into our house search. “But it’s in Andrew & Tianna’s neighborhood and it looks like their layout. I think we should go see it.”

We knew our budget paired with our wish list was tight and we had already been let down a couple of times. So when we walked through the front door of a two story yellow house and saw peel and stick parquet flooring, a peach living room with a grandma floral couch, wooden outlet covers, and the dingiest kitchen we have ever seen in our lives, we weren’t scared away. I’m not saying we wanted to touch anything, but we weren’t scared.

What we saw was the opposite of the house we had lost a contract on. That house had been flipped. The kitchen and bathrooms weren’t our style at all, but they were new and fine. And we wouldn’t have changed them. Here in this dingy little house, we had full liberty to rip up floors, demolish an entire kitchen, and redo all the bathrooms. The house practically screamed at you for a fresh new look.

We turned to our realtor and said, “We like this one. It has potential.”

She raised a thin eyebrow at us, but we knew we could handle it. The house was U-G-L-Y, but it didn’t have any major structural problems. We wanted a bit of a fixer-upper anyway. And this house would definitely scare other buyers away.

Three days later, we got the call that the house was ours.


Pages from the Sequel:
Return from Jamaica
The Little Blue House
The Ugly Yellow House
The Flea Episode
The Bathroom Leak
The Dinner Disaster
Baby on Board
The Story of Lucy
The Vanishing Bread
Midnight Dance with Darcy
Nighttime Feedings
Our David & Goliath Moment
Beach Day
I Love You