Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Beginnings

It's been a busy few weeks for my family. We spent all of 2009 preparing to sell our house, and it finally happened. We got the offer in mid-December and closed last week. We also bought another house that is brand new and vacant. We'll be able to move out of our house and into the new house without having to worry about temporary housing. It's amazing how things work out.

It's bittersweet to leave our little house. When we bought it nine years ago, we had only been married two years. Trying to have kids was still several years away. It was the start of a new life in a new place, and it was exciting. A lot has happened to us since we bought that house. We brought home one baby, and we didn't bring home six others. This is the home where we chronicled my pregnancy with Tyler, taking pictures of my growing belly every month. It's the home where we hosted many out-of-town family and friends, and where I had my 30th birthday party. This is the home where we became parents, where our son took his first steps, where he learned to say "Up!," "Mama," and "Dada." It's the home where I dressed up as the Cat in the Hat for Halloween when Tyler was two, and he handed out candy by the fistfuls.

This is also the home from where I called friends to tell them my first baby died. And where I miscarried my last baby. This is the home to where I came after another devastating doctor's appointment, curling up on the couch, waiting for the fissures in my heart to mend. This is the home where we made friends, learned how to survive a Midwest winter, and where I discovered gardening. This is the home where my husband and I truly lived our vows of for better or for worse.

This home will be in my heart long after we lock the door.

I am excited about living somewhere new, and it seems perfect to me that this new beginning comes at the opening of a new year. In the middle of a desperately cold winter in Wisconsin, we will pack up our belongings, which have grown exponentially in nine years. We will truck over to a town that has a delightful, small community and a great school system. We will unpack our memories, and we'll start growing new ones. I'll have new appliances to discover, a walk-in closet to organize, and a playroom to set up. Our child will have more space to run around, my husband will have his cave, I will have the bathroom I've been dreaming about, and we will count our blessings.

I can truly say, happy new year.

3 comments:

The Blue Sparrow said...

Congrats on the new house! Here's to new beginnings! *HUGS*

Christa said...

Yes Happy New Year. I wish you all the best in your new House. ((BIG HUG))

夜市 said...

All good things come to an end. ....................................................

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