Wednesday, August 25, 2010

new beginnings

So this is the house. The place we'll spend the next 12 months, or longer if--with luck--we love it.

We had been torn between Raleigh and Phoenix. It was a very tough call. Ultimately, North Carolina seemed more suited for the life we envisioned for our family. Far, but not too far. Different, but not exotic. Warmer, but not without seasons. Beautiful, but not in a minimalist, desert way. Michigan has her moments of splendor, and in the fall, I truly believe there is no more exquisite place on earth. But it's time for something new. It's time for us to leave our home state, our birth place, and strike out on our own.

I'm sure we will battle homesickness. I will miss my parents. Daddy-B will miss Spartan sports. lil' b will miss his school. We all will miss our friends. Marmallow is alone among us, too young to really miss anything, which is bittersweet in its own way.

We've been packing, purging, bundling, and freecycling our belongings. Seven years of life. Seven years spent under one roof, in a home that has witnessed the addition of two children and the loss of a beloved dog. Seven years of accumulated memories and scraps of paper. Now we pick through and choose what memories to keep and which ones to discard.

4 comments:

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

It's a beautiful house. Your family is very brave for a new adventure! I know you will get past the home sickness and love the new place. Good luck with the keep, toss, giveaway process.

Monked & Fifed said...

What a great house! It lookslike it will have lots of space for your family to make loads of new memories in!

And yes, good luck with your sorting + moving! I can't imagine!
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Meg@Kids&Eggs said...

best of luck in your move and this new chapter for your family

Suzanne said...

Wishing you the best in your new home. What an adventure life can be!