• Join Us On The Journey

I don’t really even know where to start. I honestly thought that we would be writing this post around June 1st of last year. You know… about 30 days after we put our house on the market…. because it was going to sell in a matter of HOURS and there was going to be a BIDDING WAR… at least that was what people told us. Well, TEN MONTHS LATER…. we have a CONTRACT PENDING ON OUR HOUSE!!!!! PRAISE. THE. LORD!!!!!!! You see, this idea started to brew in our minds a long time ago. For those who have been following us for years, all you know is that we built this house that we just LOVE and now, three years later, we’re selling it….. but there is so much more to the story!

We built our current house because I woke up at 2am one night just two years after we were married and I had this vision of doing workshops in our home. My friend Melissa Jill modeled her workshops that way and I wanted to create an intimate experience like that for the photographers that come into our life. So, we found a perfect little neighborhood outside of town with a floorplan that we could afford and that would accommodate 16 photographers in the living room. When we built this house, the sales woman said “Now I have to tell you, this community is for people who DON’T HAVE KIDS, LIKE TO TRAVEL & HATE YARD WORK.” What she was saying was…. “You’re going to be the youngest ones in this neighborhood by 25-30 years”. Our response was “Well we DON’T HAVE KIDS, WE LIKE TO TRAVEL & HATE YARD WORK! I THINK THIS IS PERFECT!”

…. And it has been perfect…. except for the fact that our workshops have been way more successful than we ever thought! We were going to do two per year but because of the demand, we started doing four a year. We quickly started to realize that having a successful business and running workshops in your front yard isn’t completely HOA friendly. I think we could have gotten away with two, but four was a little much with the styled shoot, parking and excitement that happens on workshop days! So, we started praying about what to do. We built this house for others. That was the goal and the vision from the very beginning. In the last 3 years, we have had over 250 photographers come through our doors for educational purposes. We have learned over the years that we feel most at home when we are SERVING with our SPACE!!

So, what should we do? We know that in-person teaching and training has our hearts. We also know that we don’t want to host workshops outside of our home. So, we started dreaming….. again. We would lay in bed at night and scan through Trulia and Zillow together looking for land in our area and it was hard to come by. The 4-7 acre lots that we were looking for would pop up and be ridiculously expensive and by the time we bought the land, we wouldn’t be able to afford the HOUSE! So, we prayed about it and we waited. This was in Fall of 2014. December 12th 2014, we were heading to our Bridal Spa Day that we host for our KJ Brides and I told Michael that there was a little piece of land about 5 miles from us that I wanted to see beforehand…. ya know…. just in case it was “THE SPOT”. Well, it was! We found the most perfect 7 acres of land and we purchased it back in August. It’s been waiting on us every since!!! The story of the land is RIDICULOUS because IT WASN’T EVEN FOR SALE! … More on that later! Stay tuned!!!

We found the land and decided to put our house on the market in the spring of 2014. We went through dozens and dozens of showings, complaint after complaint and ZERO offers. The house had to be spotless every time we left for more than two hours at a time. It literally felt like we weren’t living there because it had to be kept so tidy and clean!! Fast forward ten months later and finally, we got the call that we had been waiting for!! Jamie from Jenni & Co realty called and said those four beautiful words…”You have an OFFER!!”  The story of the offer is one-of-kind as well! Gosh, I have so many stories to tell apparently!! Stay tuned for that as well!

So, we are closing in a few weeks and we’re moving into our VERY FIRST APARTMENT!!!!! And we’re actually REALLY excited about it because we’ve never had a community POOL before!! haha When you grow up in the country, you don’t have “pools”….. you have CREEKS and MUD to play in. Pools were for those “fancy” people! ha!

Life is crazy right now. Some of you saw my instagram about our “exciting news” and I’m sorry it isn’t a “KJ Baby”! ha! Ya’ll crack me up! But this is seriously SUCH an answered prayer for us. We have been hoping and praying that our idea of moving and living on several acres in the country wasn’t just our idea. We know that God has a plan for us and this space and we’re trying to trust him in the process. It’s hard to trust when your home was voted “TOP TEN MOST VIEWED” by Zillow in the entire nation and yet it was the only one that wouldn’t sell. It’s humbling and it makes you realize that you’re not in control…. at all.

I have so much more to share about this story… like the house plans… where the land even IS… how we acquired it…. when it will be done… what our vision for workshops will be in the new space, etc. I have a BIG dream but I’m too afraid to say it right now and so I’m just going to leave you hanging for a while until I see God pointing us in a certain direction. The part that I CAN SHARE is that our “A Home Made for Hosting” series on our blog was actually created with THIS HOUSE BUILD in mind! So, we’ll be posting here and there but if you really want to see our behind-the-scenes of the process (like me trying to decide on exterior siding samples while walking through the Atlanta airport), we are so excited to share that we have a “A Home Made for Hosting” Instagram account!!!!! YAYY!!!!!! Enjoy watching this massive project unfold on Instagram! We still can’t believe it’s finally about to START!!!!

Thanks for reading my novel! Stay tuned for the “Story of Alsop Acres” and how God’s timing is perfect in so many ways. I also wanted to thank ALL OF YOU who commented, texted, and encouraged us in the last 10 months when it seemed like we had made all of the wrong decisions and that this house was never going to be snatched up! We appreciate you more than you know. I actually sat at Chipotle during our final showing and cried reading your comments on Instagram because they were so encouraging!  The social world can be fake and annoying and petty sometimes but this little piece of it that we have is full of so much love. We’re thankful for you ALL!!! Here’s to another crazy journey as we build our “Home Made for Hosting”!!!!!


To view other posts about our Home, here are some links to check out :

My Office

The Living Room

The House Tour

The Morning Room

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

    How exciting!! What an incredible journey! God’s timing is always SO perfect..

  2. Brett reply

    Oh you guys!!!! Katelyn, Michael, (and Bokeh boy) I’m SO excited for you both!! I know this has been weighing on you for that last year! I am so excited that there is a contract on the house!!! New and exciting home adventures await! I cannot WAIT to see your dream house and follow along through the process!! XOXOXO

  3. Samantha reply

    I had a feeling it was a house! So excited for you two and bokeh! Congrats!!!!

  4. Elizabeth reply

    Yayyyyyyy!!!! Congratulations you guys!! I’m SO excited for the upcoming journey!!

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  6. Meredith reply

    YAY!!!!! I am so excited for you being able to move forward with your dream!!!!

  7. Kristi reply

    Ahhhhh, YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! This is the besttttt newwwssss and I am soooooooo excited for you all!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Can’t wait to see everything come together for you two!! XOXOX

  8. Amber reply

    Congrats, I am so excited for you! Maybe, just maybe someday I will get to visit your workshop :). For myself personally my brand is very much so focused on being in the country, my clients come out to my home, get to meet my horses and get photographed on many of the areas around our farm. And we are also dreaming of building (but right next to our current home).

  9. Bethanne reply

    Aw YAY! You guys!!!! This is amazing; congratulations! SO excited to watch everything come together!!!

  10. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    Ahhhh!!! Congratulations!! So excited for you guys and can’t wait to see what the Lord does through your new home!! :)

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  12. Katie reply

    So happy for you two!!! xoxoxo

  13. Jessie reply

    Katelyn, this post made me laugh because I just know EXACTLY how you feel about your land. My husband and I just had a very similar experience…we stumbled upon our land 2 years ago, had to wait an entire year, and then found out it was still for sale because someone had mistakenly put the wrong MLS number on it & all potential buyers thought it had sold. There were so many crazy things that happened that made it possible. It made me smile at what you said about God having this land in store for you – it is so fun to know God has planned something so special, so individualized…even just so undeserved, like its land lol I don’t know, I just know how special and exciting this is for you guys because we’re going through something very similar where God has had his hand on it in very visible ways! Congrats :)

  14. Janelle reply

    Ah! I’m so glad you and Michael are closing on your house! I remember being shocked as well that your house wasn’t selling — it is perfection! I can’t wait to follow along with the building process and see how you use your unique decorating skills to make it even better than the first. But mostly, I pray for the hundreds of guests that will walk through your front door and that they will feel so loved by you three (can’t leave out Bokeh!) :)

  15. Sarah Heacock reply

    Alsop Acres…how cute! It sounds like a house name out of Anne of Green Gables :) congratulations, I can’t wait to see all your plans unfold!

  16. Jess Bulloss reply

    O.M.G. SO AMAZING!!! So happy for you guys and I can’t wait to hear more!!!! :D !!!

  17. JIll Gum reply

    Katelyn and Michael!!! I’m RIDICULOUSLY happy for you and will continue to pray about the next steps as well!! I recognize that little spot you are in ;-), and cannot WAIT to see and hear all that God does on that land through you!!!! <3<3

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  19. Erika Mills reply

    This is such incredible news!!! So excited to see all the development as you create new safe havens for people to learn and live! Can’t wait to see you at Pursuit!

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  21. Amanda reply

    Congratulations! This is such exciting news! Celebrating with you! You guys are truly amazing! I’m not a photographer but have been following you for 4 years. I love seeing beautiful weddings and the way you capture them – UH-MAZING!! My husband and I actually got married Oct 30, 2010 so just 20 days after you and Michael :) But I love your passion for people, for your husband and family and God and so much more. If ever I decided to pursue photography I would be coming to one of your workshops! Even though I’m not I feel like I’ve learned so much about life, business, love, faith and so much more. Waiting is not easy or fun but I am inspired and grateful that you have invited us in to be a part of this journey and season of life with you!!! Big Hugs from Canada ;)

  22. Sydni reply

    This is soooo exciting!! So happy for you guys!! PS Enjoy the pool!! :D

  23. Ashley Ziegler reply

    Yay!!!!!!! This is the best news ever!!!! I’m so happy for you two!!!! :) I’ll be staying tuned for sure!!

  24. Mackenzie reply

    Yay!!!! So excited for y’all! Can’t wait to follow along on this journey and hopefully sit in that living room one day! xo

  25. Robyn reply

    Congratulations and best wishes!! Your exciting journey continues!

  26. Kristina W. reply

    Yay! Congratulations!!! Happy for you both!

  27. meghan harrison reply

    Oh Katelyn!! I am so excited and happy for you guys!! I will just have to do another workshop with you to see it all when it’s finished ;) Love you guys!! Congrats!!

  28. Olivia reply

    So happy for you guys!!!! Praying for you as you take this next step in your life!! Love your serving hearts!

  29. Didi & JT reply

    Katelyn and Michael you know that God answers prayers in His own time! You had patience and now He has answered your prayers. Congratulations! We are so happy for both of you getting ready for your New Journey to your new home. Our best wishes and we are looking forward to the rest of the story . . . . We love you both. Our prayers are with you.

  30. Brittany reply

    SO excited for y’all!! Cannot wait to see what develops! With your wonderful design skills, I know Alsop Acres is going to be gorgeous!!! <3

  31. Camille reply

    YAYYY!!! I’m so happy for you guys! I can’t wait to follow your progress with the new house :)

  32. Jamie Dorrough reply

    Hey Katelyn! I just came across your latest post and just had to share how similar our stories are right now. Jenni & Co also sold our house, we then took a chance by putting in a low offer on 10 acres and are now working with a custom builder to build our dream home. We too met with ST but decided to go with Blue Ridge Custom Homes. We are building on Studley Rd, just minutes from where I first met you – Belle Cottage :) We still cherish our wedding photos!!!! Hope all is well!

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  35. Rachel reply

    So happy for you both!! I can’t believe it! :)

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