I can’t believe its been exactly a year since we moved into this house!
It has been an amazing year! We don’t regret moving for one second. It is still a bit surreal that moving just 4 miles down the road can change your life so much. It has brought us immeasurable peace and joy!
The first few weeks here was a bit apprehensive. The house was so unfamiliar and didn’t feel like it really belonged to us. We were not yet “friends”. There were squeaks and scratches and lots more other strangeness that I did not understand, or feel a connection to. I’m kind of quirky…I want to know everything about the history of a house that I can. Our last 2 houses were brand new, and we were the first to live in them…so we got to know each other together. This particular house had 20 years with others before we arrived.
Thankfully, the people that we bought the house from, invited us over before we moved in to meet us. I LOVED that!!! They told us about their time in the house and what they knew about the other previous owner. My children (ages 10 and 12 now!) are the first children to ever live in this house. The first owners were 70 when they built the house, and the husband used the basement workshop to refurbish old canoes…fascinating…that would explain the excessive varnish on the floors in the workshop…which I have added several layers of paint too! The second owners got married in the living room! And what a lovely couple they are!
This was Day 1 in our new house last October! We wasted no time putting our own fingerprint on the house. The first thing that went was all that popcorn!!!
I used boxes to try to figure out dimensions for new couches, etc. Once I figured out what I wanted, it took FOREVER for them to come!
Christmas 2013 came….fast…and I was totally unprepared! I feel like I just stuck this tree up in a corner and threw a few things up on the mantel. That is about it. An empty living room with a tree. I’m going to have to say it was one of the worst Christmases ever. Sad to say…but it was. The house still did not feel like home. To top it off my husband got the stomach flu Christmas Eve, and I started with it 9:00 am Christmas morning. The morning was a blur and the next 2 days were spent on the only couch we had in the basement.
The New Year came and we began to really fall in love with our house and it became our home! We had a few lovely snows too!
The walls are filling up with comfortable memories…the surroundings feel warm and inviting…and now we have a true HOME!
We are embracing our first full Fall Season and excited to share our home over the holidays with lots of friends and family!