I am so inspired to be moving into a new house today.
This will be our third move in less than three years, but it will be the last one for at least 4.5 years. I don't even know what to do with that much time. It feels like forever and ever compared to what we have dealt with in the past.
I have never thought about setting up a place for longer than a year and the possibilities are so exciting.
We'll have enough time to make some real changes if we want them. We'll have time to rearrange furniture and shift things that are not working. We'll have time to replace the carpet in the office with hardwood. We'll have time to re-tile our master bathroom shower like this. We'll have time to figure out exactly how the fireplace works and then actually use it.
We'll have time to landscape the big overgrown part of our backyard. We'll have time to learn from our my gardening mistakes and grow bigger and better tomatoes. We'll have time to plant succulents in the front yard. We'll have time to change paint colors (though right now, I cannot imagine not keeping the gorgeous cream). We'll have time to add a fire pit in the backyard for roasting marshmallows and drinking wine around in the evenings.
This is going to be our home everyday for years. We'll host Thanksgivings and celebrate multiple Christmases here. We'll see baby girl learn to walk here, talk here and form her own opinions here. If we're lucky, we'll have the pleasure of bringing another baby home here.
We'll work on our marriage here. We'll battle over silly stuff here. We'll call the plumber when a pipe breaks and get frustrated over slow internet here. We'll make big mistakes here. We'll have days where we'll wonder what the hell we were thinking when we bought a house here.
We'll cook dinners and eat breakfast here. We'll watch TV and open up another bottle of wine here. We'll become parents here. We'll laugh until we cry here. We'll learn so much about love here. We'll have days where we cannot believe our good fortune to have bought this house here.
I am so grateful to be taking this giant step today.
And to Paul, who is reading the blog again now that we're a world apart, I love you. I love you for taking me on this journey with you. I love you for picking me as a partner and for dreaming big with me everyday. You asked me long ago to look at our life in the military as an adventure and back then, I could not see anything but the hard bits. Today I see the hard bits, but they pale in comparison to the possibilities. Thank you for sharing this one life with me.