One week from today we will be closing on our home. We have been packing like crazy to make sure we are set for the move but packing up five people (plus baby stuff not currently being used) and ten years worth of belongings is quite the task. Plus there are the hurdles of Micah’s busiest season of the year and him having to travel 3ish hours away 2 days per week for the last month, having three of our own kids that we need to keep entertained, and me watching two extra children three days per week that we have to work around. I know it will all come together but occasionally I look around at how much we still need to pack (especially since we’ve already cleared out so much!) and wonder if we can really get this done in time.
But this old house… I definitely have a love/annoyed relationship with this house. I’m so very thankful that Micah had the brilliant idea to buy a house while still in college and rent out extra rooms to his friends. Because of his desire to never pay rent we had a home to call our own as soon as we got married. Okay so we had a couple roommates for the first few weeks of our marriage but they were gone quickly enough and we never had issues with them.
This house has had it’s share of issues. It’s to be expected in a home that was built in 1900. We’ve had water issues in the basement. Pretty much everything from foundation seepage to sewer backups to broken water mains. It’s never fun to come home and find standing water in the basement. But we fixed the big issues and learned to work around the others.
The electrical in this house is something special. I’m not sure if it’s because of the amount of “handyman” work that has happened over the years or the age of the wiring or something else all together but I will definitely not miss having to flip the breaker if I attempt to brew a pot of coffee, use the microwave, and toast something at the same time. Apparently half the kitchen, half the living/dining area, the office, and most of the upstairs are all on one switch. Say what? Yeah. Christmas time was always fun because with the added lights of the tree I think we were running to the basement two or three times a week, minimum.
And of course the neighborhood. If you’ve ever been to visit us or heard us describe where we live you know what I’m talking about. Not exactly what you can call “family friendly,” even by a long shot. But we’ve made it work. We’ve had to sacrifice some things to make it work (like lots of outside time with the kids) but really it’s not quite as bad as you’d expect for where we are located. All said and done though? I can’t wait to live in a real neighborhood with real families and not the businesses we are surrounded by right now.
But then there are the parts I love of this house. The woodwork. Oh man do I love the character that real woodwork, old woodwork, brings to a home. My favorite part has been decorating for Christmas. We have amazing pillars separating our dining and living room and I always wrapped them in garland and lights. Same with the banister on the stairway. Lots of garland, lots of lights. And our stockings would hang from the garland on the stairway as well. Really the woodwork is gorgeous at all times and it makes me a little sad that our new home doesn’t have that charm. Someday maybe we can build a home and add some of that classic charm ourselves.
And my favorite parts of this house? The memories. I know, I know, it’s totally cheesy. Seriously though, this house has our entire relationship wrapped up in it. This home is where Micah and I first made plans to go on a “friend date” back in 2004. It’s where he asked me to be his girlfriend in January of 2005. It’s where he proposed in November of 2005. It’s where we came home to after our wedding and started our life together in June of 2006. It’s where we brought home our first son in October of 2008. It’s where we brought home our second son in March of 2010. It’s where we brought home our daughter in February of 2013.
Our entire family history so far has been in this house. I know this is the case for so many couples and families so I know I’m not alone. I’m so excited to make memories in our new home. To bring home our two newest boys in just a couple months. To celebrate birthdays, Christmases, and countless other holidays in a new space. To make new memories of first days of school, lost teeth, sleepovers, and neighborhood adventures.
So old house, we will definitely miss you. You have been a huge part of Brickgowen and we are so thankful that we got to start our life in this space. God has provided again and again for our family and we continue to praise him for all that he has done for us and all that he still has planned.