My husband and I have spent this week packing up the house we've lived in for 16 years. We built this house with the intention that we would live here forever. Plans change. We don't need this much space for just the two of us. After 9 months, we have a buyer and we'll be moving in 15 days. As I start packing and purging in a new room, I go through bouts of sadness and excitement. We have accumulated so many good memories raising three children here.
Our plan all along was to sell the house and rent for a year, so that we could take our time and find a place that we both loved. Plans change. We gave ourselves one week to look around and agreed that both of us had to absolutely love a place if we were going to consider buying now. I was skeptical that we would find anything, until we walked into a sprawling ranch on an acre of land just 4 miles from where we live now.
It's been empty for 6 months and is in dire need of some TLC. Weeds have taken over the outside, but underneath those weeds is a treasure. I fell in love as soon as I walked into the kitchen that looks out into a hearth room. I've always wanted to have a kitchen with a fireplace nearby. Then I walked outside and saw the possibilities. There are lots of nooks and crannies for gardening, reading and writing, and drinking tea in the early morning. I was smitten! My husband? He fell in love with the garages. Yes, that would be plural. This house has 3 car detached garage and a 2 car attached garage. He's a car guy and has a 1970 Datsun 240Z that he enjoys working on.
Another positive? It needs work. I can make the house mine. The former owners had different taste from me. Some of the updates are a little too fancy for us, but we can live with them for now. I'm excited about getting in there and scraping wallpaper, painting and pulling weeds. I'm excited that my husband and I are starting on a new venture together. We will create new memories in a new place. The future will bring more changes as our children go out and begin their own lives and bring new people into our family.
So, even though I'm sad to say good-bye to our home, I'm looking forward to what the future holds for us. Here's a glimpse of what lies ahead.
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