Phase Four: Here to Stay
August 26th, 2014
This week, I made my first-ever mortgage payment. One down, 359 to go.
About eighteen months ago, I blogged about putting down roots in the community and how we were starting to really dig in. Today, I’m sitting in the living room of the home we bought and it feels like we’re really here to stay.
For the first two years of our adventure in SmallTownUSA, we lived in a church-owned manse. It’s a lovely, cozy little place that exuded warmth and comfort. Unfortunately, “cozy” and “quaint” started to feel more like “tiny” and “cramped” after Little Bird joined the family and we realized that a long-term commitment to this place and this ministry would require a bit more room for our family.
So we bought a house – a rambling ranch on two and a half acres outside the town limits but inside the school district. In honor of the transition, here’s five things I’m loving about our new home.
1) The yard. Oh my, the yard. It stretches back forever and is full of mature trees, thanking to the loving care of its previous owner. We fenced a big chunk in the back, moved the play set from the old house, and turned the kids loose. This evening, I watched through the kitchen window as the big kids frolicked while I made dinner.
2) The colors. My parents, my in-laws, and my husband, bless them, spent many – MANY – hours painstakingly painting every room in the house. And all the woodwork. For some reason, the previous occupants had painted the Entire House sea foam green with grey-green trim. Shudder. It took about a zillion gallons of paint to cover it up (and the kitchen and entryway are still a work in progress) but having the walls looking good makes it feel like home.
3) The girls’ room. Miss Mouse and Birdie are sharing a bedroom and I love everything about it. The bunk beds. The flowers and butterflies on the walls. The light-up butterfly lights. The gauzy purple curtains hanging in front of the closet. It’s magical.
4) The Reading Room. One of the non-negotiable “must haves” when we were house-hunting was two living spaces. We had a spacious living room in the parsonage, but there was no secondary space to hang out. No den, sun porch, TV room, or rec room. In the new house, we have a sprawling “family” room with the TV, sectional couch, and some kid stuff. But we also have the Reading Room. Warm hues, comfy chairs, and lots and lots of books. Five bookcases at the moment, though we’re hoping to install built-in shelves on either side of the mantel. It’s an oasis of calm and my favorite room in the house.
5) I saved the best for last. It’s a bit random, but if pressed to identify my favorite thing about our new house, I would probably have to say it’s the laundry. On the first (only) floor. No more schlepping into a grimy basement to wash clothes. Just pop down the hall and toss in a load. Bliss.