Saturday, May 31, 2014

Introducing the Alcala Casa (dirt)

The Alcala Casa is under construction!!!

Our dirt lot!

Let me back up a little... 2 weeks ago John came home from work with all of these pamphlets, papers, layouts of some of the new homes being built in Frisco, TX. I was completely caught off guard and totally shocked! If you follow me on Instagram (sherialcala) or Facebook then you may have seen that over the last 12 months I have been doing a little updating aka "face lift" on the current Alcala Casa. You see, I asked John last year if we were going to be moving anytime soon (1-2 years) and his exact words were, "Ummm NO!" So I decided that since I had the itch to move and redecorate I would just give my current home an update and fresher look (it has been exactly the same for 5 years).  I began by having the girls upstairs bathroom painted, shower re-tiled (it had blue tile before!) and adding a new light fixture and mirror above the sink. Then I moved on to our bedroom and found new bedding, fur rug & lighter drapes to brighten up our room a bit. And then I turned the downstairs office into more of a sitting room and I got rid of the desk and replaced it with a pull-out sofa for when we have company.  Next, I decided to have the living room, hallway and kitchen re-painted. My old kitchen was red and I wanted to go with a more soft neutral look and then I had all of our light oak kitchen cabinets painted white. Since I was on such a roll and had saved up some money from working I then decided to change the drapes, area rug & all the living room furniture lol. So basically I was pretty set on staying put for a while! So, after my initial shock of moving from the house I just updated I decided to hear out Johns plan...

Left 3 (before) Right 3 (after)

Top 2 (after) Bottom 2 (before)

After doing some research, pulling comps, talking with realtors, business friends and builders John felt that this would be a great time to sell our house in Frisco. Luckily for us Frisco is on an upswing and we have a booming market. I wouldn't dream of moving anywhere else. We LOVE Frisco it is a beautiful community full of families, an excellent school district, and it doesn't feel like a huge city, plus Dallas is just a 20 minute drive. It really does have anything and everything a family could want. Now although it is a sellers market it can be a good time to buy. New developments are also going up like crazy and if you buy in at the right time you instantly gain equity as the the market rises. Plus builders are offering some unbeatable "building incentives" to encourage families to build new. Although it makes me sad to think about leaving this house (I LOVE IT!!!) we really have pretty much outgrown it. We had house guests every weekend this past month and everyone was stuck sleeping in the office and then going upstairs to use the shower in Julianna's room. All of this to say, we both prayed and felt good about the decision to move and so we immediately began the house land hunt.

 I am pretty sure we visited every builder on the west side of the Dallas North tollway that was in at least 5 miles of the toll. I love west Frisco (it is where we live now) and we have to live pretty close to the DNT because John commutes to downtown Dallas every day. Eventually John stumbled upon a growing new development called Phillips Creek Ranch (4 minutes from our current home). The moment we drove into the neighborhood I was sold! It is a beautiful area right by the elementary school my girls will go to and the neighborhood is full of walking trails, bike trails, parks, plus an awesome amenity center and pools. The development is still being built and I can not wait to see what else they are going to offer. When we first met with the builders almost all of the lots were sold (only 4 were left) so we almost immediately put an offer on one of the available spaces. When we went by there today to take a family picture on the lot of our future home they told us only 1 lot remains! I am so happy we did not wait!!!  I have never built a home and to be honest I actually never really thought I would want to. But the more I think about this new adventure the more excited I am becoming. I love the idea of getting to pick my layout, paint, granite, stone, brick, etc. I really am getting to build my little dream home.

I am sure this process is going to be full of ups and downs and waiting and waiting and waiting. As of right now they are saying we could be in our new home by the end of October-November so fingers crossed that doesn't get pushed back. I will be sure to keep you posted on this little adventure. I am meeting at the design center on Wednesday to pick out the colors, etc so if you have any tips send them my way!!! As of right now the only thing that is for sure decided is the structure of the layout, and as of yesterday the color of brick and stone that will be on the outside of the house. Oh and one more perk to this all is that we are going to be neighbors (3 streets down) from some of our very best friends in the whole entire world Lauren, Mitch & baby Eli Stack!!! They too are building a home in Philips Creek Ranch!!! I can just see Lauren and I walking our babies to Elementary school one day :)

All of this moving stuff brought back memories of John and I buying our very 1st home on 2611 Ward St in Midland, TX. At the time we were only 22 years old and to be honest we were one of those couples that should NOT have been approved for a home loan because we were dirt poor haha. However, we some how miraculously always paid our mortgage and were never a day late! I remember when we were going through the process of purchasing that home we both prayed and told the Lord that if He opened the doors for us to buy that house we promised we would use it 100% for His glory...and that we did! Almost every night we had the college ministry at our house until 2am. We had small groups there, church leadership meetings, planned missions trips there, birthday parties, graduation parties, BBQ's and had tons of fun hang out times. When you are young and childless what else is there to do than just hang out and have fun with friends. We prayed with people there, lives were forever changed there & break through happen right in that living room! All I can do is smile at the wonderful 2 years we spent at that home on Ward St.

Our very 1st home

This was a pretty typical evening at 2611 Ward St

Backyard BBQ's were so fun

Our 1st baby girl Candy

When we decided to move to Dallas to help with a church plant. We began the house hunting process in Frisco. I accidentally stumbled upon this house on Ballymena Dr. It was a little out of our price range but it had the most amazing huge living room and I was immediately head over heels in love with this home. Once again we got on our hands and knees and prayed, "God if this house is meant to be open the doors and do a miracle". We submitted an offer we could afford (which was a bit less than asking price). Someone else outbid us yet the current owners (who were strong Christians) prayed and said God told them to accept our lower offer instead of the higher offer, which is absolutely CRAZY!!! We came to find out that they have family on staff at Phoenix First Assembly (the church I did Masters Commission at). They were extremely involved in ministry & board members at their church. Once again we gave this house to the Lord and over the past 5 years countless ministry has been done in this home. We actually had our entire college group (30-40 students) meet in our living room (before our church had a building) for almost a year!!!! Every month for 5 years we have had leadership meetings right in our living room. We have once again had birthday parties, Christmas parties, Thanksgiving meals, baby showers, bridal showers, church staff meetings (with oh 20 adults and 20 kids!!!) and countless prayer meetings in this wonderful home on Ballymena Dr. Before our girls were born we even opened up our home to 2 Bible college (MC students) over the summer. We also have had countless house guests a few of who had extended stays (Brother Ben) lol and anytime a church group is traveling through Dallas they have stayed a night or 2 spread out in this home. I'm pretty sure the neighbors all hate us because there are always cars parked in front of their homes but that's ok with me :)

Our 2nd home!

Just a typical get together at the Alcala Casa

Some how I agreed to host the youth Christmas party! 60 youth in my house

The Invictus Leadership team during Christmas

Well, we once again make a vow to use our new home on Stallion Ranch Rd for God alone. Sure our lives have changed and in this season of life we can't really have 20-30 college students hanging out in our living room until 2am with 2 babies asleep upstairs but there is plenty of other ministry that will take place in our home. Last night, we had an incredible dating couple come talk with us about their relationship and I am so honored that we could pour even a little into their lives. Sure they had to come over for a super late dinner at 8pm once our girls were asleep hahah but hey that's ok! My prayer is that during this new season of raising babies our home would be a place of warmth, love, joy, encouragement and acceptance. I pray that everyone who steps through our doors would feel Gods overwhelming peace. And finally, I pray that a lifetime of precious memories would be made inside our 4 walls.

Joshua 24:15  "... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."


  1. YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Neighbors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thaank you, Jesus!!!! xx

    1. WAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy dance Happy dance Happy dance