a home of their own

Thursday, April 28

A weekend right before Thanksgiving 2014, we moved out of our place in Virginia. Typing that is actually horrifyingly hilarious to me, I can't believe it's been that long! Well, I can and I can't. The other night was a beautiful night. Tyson's parents had gone out and it was just us at home with the kids. We had James Taylor turned up, and the windows were open, letting the first warm front of the season breeze through the screens. I was cooking dinner while I listened to Tyson playing with the kids in the yard. Tyson popped his head through the door while the kids pulled on his leg and said, "Syd! This is what it's going to be like! Once we get our own place! Man, it's going to be so awesome" On that particular night, there was still no word on a job or a home, so it was just the dream of "someday soon" hanging in the air between us. And right then, that felt good enough. We were happy and taken care of, and our kids were happy and taken care of. But after a year and a half, all of us were pining for stability and consistency and the known. Several times over the course of the year, Everett has repeated something that's been like a hot dagger to wherever the guilt section of your heart is kept. On one particular occasion, after arriving at the home where we stayed during our trip to Oregon, he says, "Mama, we need to stop switching houses. We're switching houses all the time, and we live in too many. I want to go back to my house cause I miss it."
Like taking a bullet.
So it was with absolute, I don't know, what's a gigantic word that combines elation, relief and gratitude, that we started our house hunt practically the second after Tyson received his job offer. (Which I understand, may have been confusing with the way I worded my announcement post haha. We are not moving to Houston. He was offered a position here in Boise, which is what we were holding out for, so getting it was like, HUGE) We were mainly looking at older homes, something that we could fix up, put some love into, and make our own. But to make a long story short, a home that was in the process of being built, seemingly fell into our laps in the middle of a market where nothing is falling into anyone's laps without a bidding war. And I almost still can't believe it. I'm almost still waiting for the rug to be swept out from underneath me. But we are officially under contract and wrapping up the final design decisions with the builder. AND DID I JUST TYPE THAT SENTENCE?!
We took the kids to look at it for the first time the other day, and Everett ran through the still beamed rooms with Isla, saying "and Isla, this is where we can put our bunk bed! And this is where we can go to the bathroom! And this is where you can put your shopping cart if you want!"
And I'm gonna cry right now. I am. But what a gift to be able to give our children their own home again. And their own yard. And their own garden that they will learn to love/hate weeding someday. And a place for them to hang a bajillion art projects. And a place for them to be loud. And a place for their toys to be strewn literally everywhere, I don't even give a dang.
At this point, I would be happy with a hole in the wall as long as it had our name on it. But by some miracle, it's not a hole in the wall and somehow it still has our name on it. We're on the sixty day countdown now, and that light at the end of the tunnel has never looked so good. (Or so far away haha. I'm rallying!)

9 comments:

Monica P said...

I teared up with happiness for you, someone I don't even know but that I've followed for way longer than Everett has been around. Congratulations to such a beautiful family. I can't wait to see how you make this house a home.

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

So happy for you! What a blessing to come full circle after working so hard. Home is the very best ❤️

Julie Blake said...

You go girl!! (And Tyson!) Cant wait to see more pictures of that house of yours!

Andrea said...

Incredible news!!! Congratulations!! My heart is bursting for you and your family 💗

Becca said...

My husband and I are coming up on 2 years in Boise. We haven't accepted that we will "settle" here, but Boise has been good to us! Sounds like it's treating you and your family the same way. :)

Carey King said...

Everette's tutorial was so damn cute!! Congratulations that is so amazing, God provision with alot of extra sparkle haha. We're moving to our new city on Monday eek so I mean I get your feelings, I'm excited for my kid to have his own space again and for actual cupboard space.

Anonymous said...

I relate to this so much! The feeling of wanting to give my kids their own space to be loud, to be KIDS! We are hopefully done apartment living next year and I can't wait. This was beautiful! I seriously got choked up for you guys. Happy day!!

Alison Gold said...

Your post makes me so happy! My husband and I just purchased what we hope is our forever home about 6 months ago and I still get a huge smile on my face every day when I pull into our driveway. Home is the BEST. Enjoy making it your own w. your sweet family!

Leah Dmitruk said...

Yay, welcome to Boise! It really is the best place to raise a family and settle down :) Would be so cool to run into you some time!

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