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Well, this is quite a crazy post to write. It’s official, we’re moving!! We have been casually mentioning this under the radar over the last three weeks but it’s not hear-say, it’s really happening! And I can say that with certainty because as of today, our house is on the market!! It’s listed and we’re having an open house in Saturday!! Our most common response is WHY?! WHY would you leave this BRAND NEW, BEAUTIFUL house that you JUST built?! That’s a fair question…. and it’s kind of hard to answer because there are so many pieces to this puzzle.

I’m going to share the first piece of the puzzle today and then we’ll be telling the rest of the story as we can. There are still several pieces that aren’t finalized yet and so you’ll just have to sit on the edge of your seats! :)

First of all, you have to know that when Michael and I announced that we were building THIS house, we had no intention of selling it two years later.  If you thought this was our plan all along, you are wrong. Who willingly moves TWICE in two years…. no one. Who moves out of their DREAM HOME after only living in it for only two years? NO ONE. We’re crazy. We thought we were going to be in this house for a good 5-10 years. This was our semi-forever home. We love not worrying about lawn care, having neighbors close by and living in a “community” setting. This house is our ultimate dream home and we built it because we wanted to be able to serve people well with this gift that God has entrusted to us.

Over the last 18 months, we have hosted over 250 photographers  and countless friends and family in our home. We’ve packed out the cul-de-sac with more cars and excitement than we ever dreamed of. We originally built this house in 2013 because we wanted to transform the way we hosted workshops. We wanted to hold workshops in our living room because ultimately, we wanted our workshops to be a personal, intimate and impactful experience. This dream of ours became a reality after only two weeks of living in this new home. From the VERY BEGINNING this house was built for others. It’s very obvious to us that God didn’t give us this home just for ourselves, He gave it to us with a goal in mind… and that goal was service.

We love this house… in our humble opinion, it’s one of the prettiest homes in our whole neighborhood. We know we’re biased but when neighbors tell you that you have the “Showcase” home of the neighborhood, it does start to butter you up a bit. :) We love our corner lot, fenced in backyard and INCREDIBLE amount of natural light. The amount of windows in this house is just unreal. We basically have a WALL of glass in our living room and my favorite thing to do is sit in there when it snows. It’s just beautiful. Gosh… I’m tearing up. This really has become our “home” and we still can’t believe it’s ours.  Even after two years, that hasn’t really sunk in. We don’t deserve this home and the number one thing we DON’T WANT is for people to think that this wasn’t “enough” for us… because this home has always been MORE than we ever hoped for in a home. I STILL say  “can you believe this is our house?” to Michael when we pull up in the driveway. To leave this space that we built from scratch is kind of upsetting and scary. This is HOME. We feel safe here… we feel comfortable here… but we also know that we have grown exponentially in the last year… faster than we ever imagined. (I’m talking about the business here, I’m not pregnant with quintuplets!)

Our workshops sell out fast and so do our coaching sessions. One of the parts of our business that we KNOW we’re supposed to continue to pursue are workshops. Over and over again we have seen the power and impact of The Workshop Experience on photographer’s lives and business’s and the demand has continued to grow. We have also had several brides ask if we could have a KJ Brides BBQ and invite ALL the past KJ Brides to our house! What?! That’s over 200 people! We’ve been asked about hosting more Small Business events and we love hosting gatherings for our college kids from church. We want to be able to do workshops for years and years…. and then some. We want our home to forever be open to serve others but we also want to respect our neighbors and the fact that they didn’t signup to live next to two entrepreneurs that dream a little too big for a .2 acre property. :):) Do you see where I’m going with this?

We’re not moving because we want MORE…. we’re moving because we want to be able to DO more, serve more and respect our neighbor’s space. So much has happened since December when this was just a casual thought in the back of our minds.  So much has transpired and fallen into place and the stories are crazy. I can’t wait to tell you more as we continue along this journey! There is a lot up in the air but there are a few things we know for sure:

  • We’re staying right outside of Richmond, Virginia! We LOVE our city and we’re not going anywhere! (So many people thought we were moving to Lexington! No no, that’s our retirement goal. :)
  • We’re moving to more land… I’ll leave it at that. :)
  • When you hear the story of this adventure in its’ entirety, you’ll be shaking your head. It’s crazy and so perfectly orchestrated. We feel so confident that this is what we’re supposed to do and that God has a plan for this.
  • We won’t be going ANYWHERE if we don’t sell this house!!! It only takes ONE PERSON to fall in love with it! So if you think our home is beautiful and you don’t mind spreading the word, we’ll pay you in virtual hugs and high fives!!!! Tell your family, your friends and your friend’s friends! Even if you’re not anywhere close to VA…. a share is a share! :) Our goal is 30,000 views on today’s blog post! It’s a big goal… but I think it’s doable with your help!!
  • We’re trusting God with this WHOLE THING. It’s scary to leave your “home” with such a big project ahead of you.  This is so far beyond us…we can’t do any of this on our own strength.
  • OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY for anyone seriously interested! We won’t be around (obviously) but the house will be shiny and ready for tours for those that are seriously interested!
  • Until we can share more, you can be a part of our new home adventure and REALLY make a difference by SHARING this post or our ZILLOW LISTING!!!! Even if your people aren’t in the market for a brand new home, they may enjoy looking at it!!! :)

Take a Tour!

So there are a few more pieces to our home puzzle!! We’ll be sharing a virtual tour of our house on PERISCOPE tomorrow at 1pm EST if you want a live tour!!! Tune in!! I’m @KatelynJames on Twitter  and Periscope! (If you’re new to Periscope, you just need to download the app on your phone and follow us!)

A BIG thank you to our good friend Zach Fauver of the Fauver Group for helping us with all things Real Estate. We’ve known Zach since our college days! We’re so thankful to have a trusted friend help us along in this crazy new adventure!!!! Definitely give him a Like on Facebook !!

xoxo, Katelyn
36 Comments A Home Made for Hosting, Personal
  1. Holly reply

    Congrats! I love new adventures! Zach was our realtor and we just loved him and his hard work!!! Can’t wait to hear about the journey! Happy packing!

  2. Emily reply

    Oh my gosh. I have no DOUBT that this house will sell in a heart beat. It’s insanely gorgeous in every single detail. I’m so excited that a plan is unfolding for you guys! You work so hard and deserve every piece of perfect destiny that comes to you. <3

  3. Emily Malizia reply

    KK I’ve loved this house… but Im so excited for where the Lord is leading the two of you!!! Cant wait to move all your boxes and furniture….. fun. haha

  4. Amanda Veronee reply

    so excited for you guys!! There’s no doubt the house will sell fast, it’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see the journey to the new home unfold!:)

  5. Colleen Delaney reply

    SOOO SOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!! I know you will sell the house in a HEARTBEAT!!!! Love Love LOOOVE that God is showing you a new journey, and more so that ya’ll are so trusting, truly inspiring!!!! :)

  6. Shelley Hohe reply

    Katelyn I am so excited to see what God has in store for you & Michael! Can’t wait to see the rest of His plans unfold for you both. By the way you are not crazy for selling your house…if God put it on your heart. When our twins were a year old we sold our home, purchased a motor home and traveled till we finally settled in Oregon for 10 years. We have been back in CA. for the past 5 years due to my husbands mobile business and we feel God calling us to live/travel again in a motorhome before our kids graduate HS and leave for college (which we can do with us both having mobil businesses and our kids being homeschooled). People think we are crazy…but if the Lord puts this on our hearts and opens the doors we must walk through! Praying for you both during this exciting yet somewhat overwhelming time. Just remember God is your strength and through Him ALL things are possible!!!! BTW….if we lived on the east coast we would buy your house in a heartbeat. So beautiful and the price is so great (compared to CA…it’s so overpriced here)

  7. Shaina Koren reply

    I’m so excited for you guys! Someone is going to scoop up this house so fastt!!!

  8. Sheryl Kirksey reply

    Michael and Katelyn,
    Wow! I love the way you look at what God has given you and using it for His glory… I love your passion for your gifts, but I love most your passion to please the Lord with your talent He’s given you. We are to step light in this world and yet make a difference and bring the lost to Him.. You two are an inspiration to many and especially to me.. Since I have turned things around and looked at my business as a ministry, God is blessing…I pray I can focus my gifts and talents with the Lord in mind and what I can do for Him… I’m praying the perfect person will buy your house…
    I know the plans for you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil..To give you a future and a hope… Jer 29:11
    ♡♡♡♡ SHERYL

  9. Kegan reply

    Love your home, but love knowing that you’re following your hearts and God’s will to empower more people with the wonderful work you do. What a fantastic new adventure to journey on together! Can’t wait to see the next few pieces fall into place!
    -Kegan
    xoxo

  10. Ashley Durham reply

    I just know whatever God has in store for y’all is going to be amazing. And I can only imagine how beautiful your next home will be!!

  11. Didi reply

    Katelyn and Michael – It was such a rare treat for JT and I to meet both of you at our coaching session. It was an even rarer treat to actually be in this beautiful, beautiful home that you, Michael and Bokeh have been blessed to live in. I do not know when I have EVER met someone as talented, sweet and so unpretentious as you, and Michael, too. You are blessed by God more than you imagine and I know he is guiding you in everything you do. I am sure this beautiful home will sell in no time and you can continue to walk in the Lord’s ways with your new project. Thank you for everything you helped me/us with and for allowing us to participate in part of an unusual, fun, and very productive part of your day. Your influence over me and my photography is still growing and thanks to you, and the knowledge you imparted to this “older girl” I have already begun to see what I know will be a continuing growth to my business. Good Luck and may God Bless you both. Didi & JT

  12. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    I’m definitely one of those people who thought you were moving to Lexington, but I’m glad you’re staying near Richmond and I’m so excited for this new season for you and Michael! I’ve always wanted a house that could be open for gatherings and people and community and I love that you and Michael have that heart, too. :)

  13. Cinnamon reply

    So excited to finally hear more! I have never wanted to move to Richmond more!! ha! Can’t wait to see whats in store for your future! I’m sure its going to be blessed!

  14. Erin Schrad reply

    I still can’t believe that you are selling/moving but everything you said makes total sense! I bet you never thought you – or rather your business – would outgrow this home so fast! A small, maintenance-free lot makes sense personally, but doesn’t accommodate a lot of parking, does it? :D I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!!

  15. Sahmra reply

    How incredible is this? So crazy! But at the end of it all you can look back and see just how God completely orchestrated everything. He has entrusted you with little and He is going to reward you with much! So incredibly happy for you guys and can’t wait to see where you’re moving to next.
    By the way…I need to meet you and sit in your presence- you are phenomenal. :)

  16. Jacinthe reply

    So excited for you both, Katelyn and Michael!!! :) I’ll be praying that all goes according to God’s plan for you, and I cannot wait to follow you on this selling/buying journey and see all that’s happening! Hopefully you won’t have too much cleaning after Saturday’s open house… :)

  17. Julie Wilmes reply

    That’s all so crazy! But I absolutely love it, and when it works – it works so well :) Congratulations on the new land and prayers for the upcoming move!

  18. elizabeth. reply

    #dreamhome But SO incredibly excited to hear what adventure is ahead for you guys! I’m sure it’ll be even more beautiful – God is good!

  19. Mandy reply

    So excited to read this blog post! Ahhhhhh!!!! Love yalls hearts and so pumped to follow this new adventure and see what God has in store!!! Love y’all!

  20. Jennifer reply

    Your home is beautiful! So beautifully decorated! I am wanting to make some big changes with my decor in my home and I would LOVE to know what your paint colors are. Especially, the hallway grey/beige and lighter stripe. Thank you and Good Luck with everything!

  21. Amy reply

    Your house is GORGEOUS! If I was planning on purchasing a house any time soon…. Let’s just say your search for a buyer would be over. LOVE all of the amazing window light! I can’t wait to see what you guys do next.

  22. katie reply

    I absolutely LOVE your home. It is picture perfect. I would gladly buy, if I had the funds. Sadly, I do not. Good luck and God bless!

  23. Rici reply

    You two, this makes me a little sad. Having followed all the journey of your new home… but since God is so good he will carry you all the way. I am so grateful you want to serve people! What a beautiful testimony! Wonderful <3. Can´t wait to hear the rest of the story & see what God has orchestraed for you! Many greetings!!

  24. Justine reply

    How exciting! We’re praying that it sells quickly! XO

  25. But I’m A Fan… reply

    I’m not sure why my comment on this post was deleted? I often refer back to it because I love the way you’ve styled your house, but my original comment is gone…maybe it’s because I said that I would love to see you both in a more modest home? I didn’t mean it in an insulting way; I simply think that as Christians we shouldn’t have a desire for the bigger and better, but instead for sharing His love with what we have. In no way am I saying that there is anything wrong with having fun with your success and buying a new home! I just think there’s something to be said for modesty and frugality.

    I apologize if my previous post offended you. My comment being deleted made me sad because I didn’t think I was reading a blog that was only full of perfect A+ comments.

  26. Joanna M reply

    Your home was stunning!

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