Becoming A New Homeowner and Making a House a Home

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This post has been brought to you by All opinions are mine. Becoming a New Homeowner and Making a House a Home

It has been about nine and a half years since my wife and I owned a home. We have been blessed to be able to live rent free as part of our compensation package both with the children’s home we worked at and also my last job as a youth minister. There are pros and cons to owning a home, but we are so excited to have a place that can truly be ours.

We completed moving in all the things this week, but we started a few weeks ago. The first step in unpacking was to find a home for our most recent family picture. At Thanksgiving, a family friend graciously took pictures of my wife’s entire family. We were able to have a few pictures of just our family taken, and we easily uploaded it and turned it into a canvas that makes our house truly a home.


The process of uploading and selecting the perfect canvas style and frame was really easy on There are so many choices, but you can look at them quickly and decide what you would like best.

The picture we chose to use did not have a large enough area to create a wrap around border, so we opted for the plain black border. You can choose any color, a wrap around border, or a mirrored border.

Along with not owning a home, we also have never owned a fireplace, so having one with a mantel that is the centerpiece of our home is very nice. My wife added a clock that I gave her in our first year of marriage, a crystal cross that was given to us when we married, a potted plant, and one of our favorite song lyrics. I think it is a nice touch to our home!

While we are not quite finished, the house is coming along very nicely. I especially love working outside and making the trees, bushes, and grass look nice. What a privilege to have a house that we can call our very own!

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Ben is the youth minister husband of @gingercasa1 and father of three awesome boys, ages 10, 8, and 5! He loves sports, music, and ministry and hanging out with his family.

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