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The day we got the keys to our new dream home

{I wrote this yesterday, Wed 28th Oct}


Do you believe in angels?

I do.


Today we got the keys to our new house.

That will become our home,

when it’s filled with my Yamba Scandi Collection which is inspired by the fabulous new community we live in, the generous people in it and family and friends that inspire me.



This day 3 years ago,

I was crying

because we lost Tom.



I am on a high.

Invincible even.

{and I’m still crying, happy and sad tears}


We’ve begun to achieve our dream.


Nothing is impossible.

{when you have angels}

Like Tom and Rob and Frank to name a few.


This morning the builder said,

“I’m sorry, unless the money hits our account today we can’t hand over at 1.30pm.”

So, I rang the bank,

and amazingly they did a same day tansfer.

I’ve never heard of that before.

but it happened.




On Tom’s day.


And we got the keys.

and we had many tours through with friends (old and new) and the fabulous builders.

And we sent pictures to our family who weren’t here.

And we cheersed.

With champagne and beer.

And we had glasses in the cupboard.

And a bag of ice in the sink.

{Some things are just that important}



And I had a quite toast to my wonderful cousin.

then I rang my favourite aunty,

{don’t tell the others},

and told her our story.


And I said,

“I reckon Tom did that.”

And she said.

“Me too.”


Today, I saw on Facebook one of my other cousins dreams begin to come true.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

I reckon it was Tommy.

{with a little help from Rob}


I so should be packing more boxes.

But I just wanted to share with you.

Our new dream

coming true

and the fact that…


you can achieve anything you set your heart too.

No matter what the circumstances may be…

When you have angels that inspire you.


Here’s cheers to my inspiring cousin, Tom.

Thank you.

You are our “smoking hot” angel!

I bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived.


If you believe in angels,

I hope your favourite ones meet ours up there

and go dancing together. x





Live with Love,



I’m signing off now, we move in tomorrow. Yay!

I’ll be back in two weeks with a few pics of us all moved in hopefully.

Have a wonderful weekend guys.


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21 responses to “The day we got the keys to our new dream home”

  1. It’s been such a joy following along on your house building journey and it’s so inspiring to see the dream become a reality with such fantabulous results. When you’re in that house, you will be literally living the dream! Imagine that! I have no doubt that Tom is doing a happy dance upstairs. Cheers to dreams and making them come true! Happy (brand) New Home!
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  2. Bon says:

    Congratulations to you all!!! The house looks AmAZING!!! Yes, we all drive the car of our destiny, but it’s our angels that help steer. Those from our past that may no longer be here, who you feel more that see; who are present but not there. I get it 🙂

  3. What a lovely home- I hope you will make new and happy memories here 🙂
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  4. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations on the new house!! It looks great.
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  5. Just beautiful Sarah, congratulations. Reading this is a beautiful way to start my day, thank you xxx
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  6. Sal says:

    So excited for you all. Pics look awesome. Cant wait to see it again in real life, especially when all your beautiful bits and pieces are in. Sxx

  7. Yay, congratulations! How exciting! Enjoy the move this weekend!
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  8. oh wow – so happy for you and cannot wait to hear that you are unpacked and settled in. The angels certainly had your back didn’t they! Banks never play along or nice, so that is miraculous it all turned out :):)

    On another note – I love the idea of your organiser, but was wondering about the layout. Are the dates along the left hand side column? I want to get one for a friend, they are such a fab idea! x
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  9. Deborah says:

    Sorry for your loss… but congratulations on the new house. It looks just stunning so I can’t even begin to imagine how happy you are with it!

    (And I love that shower!!!)

  10. Erin says:

    That’s fantastic news!!!!!
    Love your new home, looks so light and spacious. Yes it’s amazing how our angels make things happen:)
    btw just re-read your profile and realised your maiden name was my grandmother’s maiden name, now wouldn’t it be funny if there was a family connection. Still love to meet you one day when you’re this way next
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  11. It’s beautiful. Congratulations. And nice job to your angels, they had your back on that one. x
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  12. Oh happy day! Congrats lovely… you’ve got the keys! Woohoo.
    Dreams really do come true and I have no doubt your Angels were shining down on your fam today. Cannot wait to see it when you’re all moved in. Happy moving! Xx
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  13. Congratulations!! Such an exciting time. I think it is always those watching over us that brighten our path.

  14. Drooling over your beautiful new home! Enjoy!!!

  15. Oh Sarah, that’s fabulous, and I have no doubt your angels were looking out for you!
    Your house looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see lots of photos. Have a beautiful break xx
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  16. Oh yay you, the house, a timely bank transfer and and good old Tom. Zoe xx
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  17. Grace says:

    Oh, Sarah, that’s a beautiful story. I totally believe in angels and I truly believe that loved ones who have left us don’t ever truly leave us. Your place looks amazing!
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  18. Rachael says:

    Oops not sure if my first message worked or not. Apologies for the dupe but just had to say a big congrats Sarah! How lovely that you have the keys to your new home, it looks amazing. I certainly believe in angels making things happen! Enjoy settling in to your new special place. Xx

  19. WOW, your new home is absolutely beautiful hun. A HUGE congratulations and may it be a home that brings you so much joy for many many years xx
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  21. Sandra Kelly says:

    Of all days hey? Lovely story, lovely home. I have enjoyed following along so very much and I can’t wait to continue the journey with you. The warmest of wishes. Xx
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