Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Home

What is a home?  It's a lot of things.
a residence

a place to have your mail sent to

walls and a roof to shelter us from the weather

a refuge from the world

a stage for impromptu games, plays and concerts

a safe haven to bring home new babies, school kids, and hard-working moms and dads

a warm place to lay our heads after a long, busy day

a test kitchen to feed our bellies and our souls

a backdrop for birthday parties, dinner appointments, and movie nights

a sidewalk for countless hopscotch games

a little piece of heaven on earth

After living in our lovely home for nearly nine years, we will be moving at the end of this month.  Being the sentimental person I am, I'm feeling emotional and bitter sweet about it.  Everything happened so quickly that I'm just now able to process it in my mind.

We started thinking about looking for a bigger house that would be our "forever house" and planned on doing it next spring or summer.  When Peter came along, we knew it would be a tight fit, but we would give ourselves time to find something bigger.  Then at the beginning of September, we just decided to start looking and getting our house ready to sell. 

Mostly it was Matt that brought it up, and I'm convinced he was inspired.  I totally trust his instinct about these kinds of things. 

We interviewed a few real estate agents, and before we decided on one, one of them called and told us of a house we should really look at.  It was listed as only a 3 bedroom, and we wanted a 4 bedroom so we could have an office too.  Turns out it was a 3 bedroom, plus an office, plus a bonus (translation: sewing) room.  It went on the market on September 11, we looked at it on the 13th, and it already had an offer on it.  I loved the house, and loved even more the neighbor kids coming over to play with Seth and Lydia outside.  We put in an offer too just to see what would happen, and we got a text the night of the 14th saying our offer had been accepted.  Wow!  Did that just really happen?

Now that the new house was in the works, we needed to high-tail it and get our house ready to sell.  The next two weeks were full of up-after-midnight packing, furniture-moving, painting, carpeting, and cleaning.  We listed our house on Tuesday the 25th, and after a brief bidding war between two buyers, we signed an offer the next day.  We sold our house in less than 24 hours!

Now we have a bit of down time to wait for inspections, appraisals, and financing to be completed.  Last Saturday, dare I say we were bored!  No home projects, no yard work, no pressing timeframe to get something done.  So, I've had time to think.  Think about where we're going and what we're leaving behind. 

This was our very first house.  We'd only been married for a year when we bought it.  It's the home where we brought all of our babies.  It's the ward where we grew and served and made friends that became our family away from our own families.  We learned about home ownership and gardening and working together on projects and asking for stuff for the house instead of new clothes or gadgets for Christmas.

And now we're leaving it behind.

Leaving it for something better where we'll learn new things about home ownership and gardening and working together and watching our kids grow and asking for a new bath mat instead of a new sweater for Christmas.  It will be our new home to love, while passing our current house on to someone who will love it and care for it as much as we have.

Change has always been difficult for this sentimental, non-spontaneous, emotional girl.  But this is a great change, a needed change, and I know this was meant to be just because of the way it's all worked out.  I don't know what we've done to deserve this blessing, but I'll be forever thankful for it. 
And I'm thankful for a home.


Lori said...

Awe, what a sweet post! I can't believe you will be moving, i have SO loved having you as our closest neighbors in the ward and our dear friends. I'm so excited for all that is in store for you guys though!

Laura said...

Such a sweet, well-written post. We're sooooo excited that you're moving closer. :)

Carrie said...

so amazing how that all happened...and from the sound of it--it's definitely meant to be!

Kight Family said...

I can't believe how fast it all happened! It was just the other day yu guys said you might look at moving next year. All the things you did to your house look great! So where is the new house? Is it in Maplevalley where you had mentioned before? Good luck with the moving and I am so excited for you guys! Oh and the new house looks beautiful, but it will look even better when you are living in it :)