Today’s the day we sign the papers and officially say goodbye to our first home.
We bought our home in December 2010, a month after we were engaged. Tim moved in at the time of the sale and I followed in October 2011 after our wedding. During this time we spent our newlywed years navigating the beginnings of our marriage and learning to cohabitate, we brought home our first baby to this home’s nursery, lived through constant renovations and updates, and shared more laughs, changes and memories within these walls than I can count.
It’s been bittersweet the past month as we packed up and planned our move. When you first put your house on the market, you know what the ultimate end goal is – to sell! However, when that moment to give the keys to the new owner arrives, it can still feel as if the timing snuck up on you. As soon as we accepted the offer, I immediately had memories of Jack and our time here together as a family of three (plus Tebow!) replaying over-and-over in my mind.
I was chatting with a girlfriend yesterday who recently went through a similar process of selling their first home, and she offered some good advice. She too has a son Jack’s age and was having a hard time leaving the place she brought her baby home from the hospital, and also began the early years of marriage. She told me to try and focus on all the new firsts we still have to experience, plus reliving all the firsts he has already had in a new space. We will get to celebrate Jack’s first Christmas and first holidays all over again in the new house, plenty more birthdays, family and friend get-togethers, and so much more in the years to come. When I change my thought process to focus more on what’s to come and less on what we’re leaving behind, it’s a lot easier on my heart to say our goodbyes and move forward.
So where do we go from here? Currently we are in the process of looking for a builder. We have found land out in the country, and are looking to build a ranch with a basement. I plan on sharing a more on the blog throughout the process, but for now our next step is to choose a builder, confirm our design plan, and break ground! There is so much to look forward to and so much to be thankful for, and today is that first step in the next stage of our life.
To see more of our first home, follow these links:
- My Home Reveal: Living Room and Office Space
- Outdoor Dining at Home
- Master Bathroom Remodel
- Jack’s Nursery Tour
- My Dining Room Tour
- My House: Kitchen
- My House: Laundry Room
- Half Bath Reveal
- Backyard Clean-Up
- Front Yard Landscaping