Hey, my name is Blake Lawyer. I am a local pastor here in Shelbyville at Christ Community Church, but I'm new to Shelbyville.
Where did you grow up, and how did you end up here?
I grew up in southern Indiana, a little town called Odon, actually grew up on a rural farm, and graduated with 68 people, so really small town. I ended up in Shelbyville kind of two ways. One, by vocation. We moved here to be a part of Christ Community Church, but also because my wife grew up here. It was a place that we knew and loved. We're excited to be a part of the community.
What was your first job?
My first job was actually ... I was a pizza delivery guy for Domino's while I was in college. It was a really fun job. Ironically, that was also when I met my wife, Kaitlin. I can remember delivering pizzas, and sneaking in phone calls to Kaitlin while I was out on delivery runs. That was my first job.
What prompted you to start looking for a home?
We actually, were not looking to buy a home. We were living in a home here in Shelbyville that we loved. We'd only been in it a few years. I actually went to lunch with Torrey one day. Torrey just asked me if I was interested in selling my house, and I told him no. He asked a couple more questions. We just started having some conversations, and the conversation ended with me saying, "Well, I'll talk to Katelin and see what she thinks," not really thinking too much of that.
How did you find your home?
Ironically, we were having dinner at her parent's house that night, which is about a mile down the road from where we lived. After dinner, we talked about the idea a little bit. She was like, "Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt to just look and see what's around.' After dinner, we actually pulled out of her parent's house and turned the corner, and there was a for sale sign in the yard of this home. We all of a sudden just began to dream and think about what it would be like to be close to her parents, and be in this neighborhood, town, and country that we just really enjoy, that Kaitlin grew up in. Long story short, that's how we found our home. A few days later, we were in contract, and we were working to sell our home.
What was your experience working with Torrey Smith and Baird Dunsmore?
What was unique about that experience was Torrey was our agent, but Torrey was also the agent for the home that we were buying, for the buyers and the sellers. That created just a really unique process. I was really impressed with Torrey, and Baird, and the rest of the team because they all worked really hard to over communicate through that process. You know, any time that you're in a process like that, there's lots of opportunities for overlap, or wondering if everyone's being treated fairly. There were just multiple times where they went above and beyond to make sure that everyone knew what was going on, everyone knew where everybody was, and that the agreement really helped to help everyone feel like they were getting the most out of the experience. That was really, really good for our family.
What’s your favorite room in the house, and why?
The house that we're living in now, we're actually working on remolding some of it. We knew we were going to be doing some of that as we moved in, and we love. We love it. It gives our family plenty of room to grow. As a pastor in town, there's lots of just good space to host, and to have other people in our home, which we love to do.
Our favorite room in the house ... It's tough. We're still learning them all, but one of things that we did was we took out a wall between the kitchen and the living room. There's a big fireplace in the living room. We're just learning to love to spend a lot of time in there with other people in our community. It's quickly becoming a favorite in the house.
What surprised you most about the home buying process?
I think one of the surprises for me is always the inspection part of the process. You always tell yourself that something is going to come up that you didn't know about. But I feel like both times that we've bought a home, there have been surprises during that that you weren't expecting. Things that come up that you just never would have dreamed were going to be issues, and in in that, there's good and bad. You know, you learn things that you're glad that you know, and then there's also things that you're like, "Oh, man. I'm really disappointed that that's an issue." I think that was probably where the most surprise came in for us.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I'd ever received is ... it's a tie. It's a tie between my papa, who is no longer with us, and my mom. Mom stole hers from scripture. She always would tell me before I would leave for any kind of sporting event or anything like that where I was going to be something, she'd always say, "Lean on the big guy." That came from Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." She would always remind me to lean on the big guy and not on myself.
The other from papa, we would watch a lot of college basketball together when I was a little kid. Any time somebody would shoot free throws, if they would shoot a free throw and miss it short, he would yell. It didn't matter if it was 11 o'clock at night, or you know, it just didn't matter. If you missed, sure, he was going to yell at the top of his lungs, "Don't miss 'em short." Then he would turn to me and say, "That's the best advice anybody can ever give you, don't miss it short. So you know, give it all you got, lean on the big guys, and those two combined are the best advice I've ever received.