Thursday, April 24, 2014

Our Home. The story of our house.

I am working on getting a current and complete house tour on my Home Tour tab over the next couple of weeks, but I have just added the written story of our house, along with a few new photos of our finished sectional and some house random shots, and I thought it might be a fun way to wind down the week if you care to read. 
You can view the whole house tour up to this point, over on this page.  
Adrain and I moved into this, our little dream house, nearly eleven years ago, when our son was two and our daughter was two months old.  Before that, we'd lived on the outskirts of town, in a darkly wooded area.  Our home was surrounded by huge evergreens that never let any light inside, and was infested with gigantic wolf spiders. It also had two bedrooms, no garage and was about 900 square feet. Besides all that, it had moss for a yard and the steepest driveway known to man.  The upside, were  the deer that frequently ate all the plants I was trying to grow and when it snowed you had to park down the hill, about a mile away.  Oh wait, I guess that wasn't an upside after all.  It was incredibly cute inside, but with the darkness, spiders and lack of space for our growing family... well, it wasn't ideal.  

The issue was, we could afford that home.  I'll never forget the day Adrain drove me past the cutest yellow and white house.  I'd always wanted a yellow house.  I took one look at it and firmly decided it was not for us, because it was brand new, and I knew we could never afford the asking price and keep me staying home with our babies.  Adrain talked finances and crunched numbers and all the while, I sat there nursing our fussy baby who had terrible acid reflux, confident that we'd be stuck in the dark spider house for life. The market happened to be on fire, the rates were at a crazy low, and our home sold at asking price days later.  Miracle of miracles we were able to afford this beautiful new home that nobody had ever lived in before.  The walls were stark, "apartment white," the trim was ugly honey oak, the carpet was cheap builder grade, the fixtures were all brass, the houses on all sides were identical and tightly spaced, and there was no window looking out into the grass-less, fence-less backyard.  I loved every square inch of it.  

Over the years we have painted every single wall.  We've ripped out carpet and replaced it with Pergo.  We've added that window looking into the backyard, planted grass, a garden, a tree, done some affordable landscaping, added a small cement patio, installed a fence, closed off the front room with french doors, changed light fixtures, added knobs, painted the kitchen, added bead board, painted all the trim white, and basically made it ours in every way possible.  Things change a lot because we like change and are always open to moving a pillow or piece of artwork to a different room or working around a current season. 

It's normally pretty clean and organized because I like to clean and organize, and doing that is one of my strengths.  I don't apologize for it, but I sure don't want you to walk away feeling like you're not good enough because of it.  Sometimes there is laundry all over the table.  Sometimes the sink is bursting with dishes.  Sometimes there is a pink ring in my bathtub because I'm too lazy to clean it and that's okay.  I just probably won't photograph those things.  But believe me, they happen. We live here and this is real life.    

This home has never been perfect, but it's ideal.  It fits our family, at a snug 1500 square feet, and is luxurious by most of the world's standards, which isn't lost on us.  We have a bedroom for each of our growing children and we've buried a rabbit and a puppy in this house. We've got hand prints in our cement patio.  We've hosted a wedding, potty trained babies, had BBQ's and birthdays and holidays in this house.  We've packed dozens of friends around the kitchen table, the picnic table out back, and the campfire pit.  We've laughed long into the night with icy drinks in our hands in the Summer and built snowmen in the winter with neighbors.  We've harvested our own produce and served it up to family.  We've laughed, cried, danced and made life-long friends here.  

And in the end, isn't that the way you write the story of a house?  
















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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I got teary. We're working on falling in love and staying content with our teeny 1000 square feet, which is small, but it's ours, it's affordable, and it's where I brought both of my babies home for the first time through the front door. This inspires me.

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  2. GREAT story! Made me shudder (spiders), laugh and tear up. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. What a great house story! I know I love my 1050 sq feet but wow at times we sure could use more room...LOL I am grateful as so many do not have a "home" at this time. I love your home and your decorating, oh and have I told you how much I love your town. Old Bham with its little tea cafe I used to go to. I see your on Twitter now as well, glad to see you there. :-) Have a blessed day.

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  4. Love the story your home tells:) Love having pieces of your heart a part of mine. Love how from you I've learned small homes grow tight families and feeling so blessed by the story my home tells.

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  5. Love the story of your home, it is beautiful. I also love how each of our stories is specific to us--we have lived in seven homes in thirteen years of marriage, and learned and loved and laughed and cried and grown in each different home--almost like chapters, opening and closing. I love how God gives each of us exactly what we need.

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  6. What a great story! I love that while its not (as you describe) perfect it is still perfect for you. Isn't that really how it is in life. I love your house & you guys sure pack a lot of living & loving in it.

    So curious if you repainted! Hard to tell from the pictures but think you might have............

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  7. You know what I love? I know this sweet place. I've slept in that amazingly comfortable bed. With the cutest side table ever!! Even better I know the beautiful people who live there. Yes I do;)

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  8. awe, love your house story! so sweet and so wonderful you are able to be at home! your house is just beautiful and so inspiring...your kitchen was our "go to" picture while remodeling (which we did on a dime!)....thanks for sharing your story!

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  9. Now, reading this made my heart smile. It sounds like a home of warmth and love where lots of happy memories are made. I'm quite certain I'd never even consider how many sq. ft. it is if I were fortunate to visit there. Size is not a measure of success, the love and closeness of family is where it's "at." Loved your "house story."

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  10. You have truly made that house a home and that is a gift to all of you. Love the sectional!

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  11. May I ask where you got that amazing sectional from? I am so in love with it! It has just the right amount of casual and classy going on and the color is awesome :) Tiffany

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  12. It does not matter what you write, your words are captivating. You should write a book. Or become a decorator - because your home is amazing too! Susan

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  13. What a sweet love story....your new sectional looks so nice and comfy. Love your sentiments, thank you for sharing.

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  14. What a touching story of your house - love it.

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  15. Your home is lovely, especially so because of the love you have put into your dwelling and the people in it.
    I've been battling discontentment with our home lately as it is feeling really squished with 7 people and only 3 bedrooms and 1 living space. Maybe it's time for me to rearrange the furniture, give it a deep clean and again count the blessings of this home we're in. We are looking to replace our flooring and I'm wondering what you think of the Pergo. Has it held up well in the kitchen? I'm concerned about it getting wet and swelling? Any chance you know the name of the variety of Pergo you have? Your blog is an inspiration. Happy Friday!

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  16. Love your house story!! And that couch one day I will sit there even for a minute if you come back one day and the cushions are a little mess that may have been me!! he he, jk Many happy memories to come!

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  17. Love your house story! Your home is beautiful...I wish cleaning and organizing was my thing ;) Love your fiddle leaf fig too!
    Debbie

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  18. I want to sleep in that guest room for a day or 10 :) Awesome post. xo

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  19. Your story of your house is a story of a home!
    I'm a faithful reader of your blog but have never commented before. You inspire me!
    Could you tell the brand and model of your sectional, please? I'm saving for a new one and yours looks awesome!

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  20. Oh how I love this Sasha!! What a sweet, sweet story <3 I just adore your house, how you've made it uniquely yours and I LOVE how you move things around all of the time!!! God is good and you and your gang sure are proof of that in many different ways!! Thanks for blessing me with your story!!

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing your home's story! I always enjoy hearing how families not only come to, but grow into their home.

    Also, a special thank you for the reminder that space (or lack of) in my home is not as great a hindrance as my perspective. My husband and I recently downsized from 1000+ square feet in a two-bedroom townhome to 720 square feet in a one-bedroom apartment. Thankfully, we have a storage unit to help with all the extra we didn't feel comfortable letting go of just yet - but it was (and still is, sometimes) a difficult mental transition. Your home's story is extra encouragement to be creative, be purposeful and be happy. =)

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  22. Such a pretty house and sweet story of its beginnings! :)

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  23. beautifully stated! You actually gave me a new appreciation of my own home! LOVE your house and all you have done to it. Thank you for sharing! <3

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  24. Hi! Absolutely love your house and your decorating skills. We're about to repaint our bedroom. What color/paint grey do you have in your master and in the guest bedroom.
    Kathleen

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  25. love it!!! so inspiring! where did you get the couch? about to redo our living room and this couch would be so nice! glad I found your blog, love reading your story! Best, Stephanie

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