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Monday, March 9, 2009

How I Want to Remember It All

This has always been my favorite place to just sit in the rocker and watch my children read, play, and be children. There is something about the way the warm sunshine shone in from the window to greet their happy faces bright and early in the morning.

Ahhh... our frustratingly small but wonderful kitchen. Many a nights we stepped on little toes, ran into each other, and barely found counter space to cook with piled dishes at every turn.

Our bedroom, Johanna's first room (for her first 10 months of life, including many months in the walk-in closet), and Bobby's office in the corner. I'll miss the afternoons all piled on the bed, trying to occupy ourselves while we watch and anticipate Bobby's work day complete as he types busily on his computer.

The living room. Where the girls and I lived everyday for 2+ years. This room's decor and arrangement has changed as often as the season's of our family's lives. Too many memories to mention.

This dining room reminds me of all the birthday parties, baby showers, and social events we've had. But my mind smiles upon the chaos, the laughter, and the first prayers of our little children that all took place at family meal times, day in, day out.

This is our last night here. The house is mostly bare. The children asleep, Bobby, falling asleep upstairs on a mattress on the floor. As emotional and difficult as this is to move on, I wouldn't trade the satisfaction filling my heart right now for this life we've had here. I just want to bottle it up tonight, and bury it outside in Caroline and Johanna's "new garden" (just a patch of woods with moss they romp in) to return to often.

The morning of the big moving day, it was actually warm! The girls do what is apparently a tribal "we're moving" dance while Caroline sings praises to her house--"It's such a beautiful home..."


Sarah said...

The word bittersweet really does make sense, huh? I hope all goes well for you tomorrow. And here's too a new house and new memories to come!

Melanie Herway said...

That pretty much brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine the day when we'll have to leave our home.

allisonlaurel said...

Holy cow, that's my favorite dance ever! Your house is beautiful, I'm sure your next place will be equally amazing! Good Luck!

Ann said...

Amazing! It brought tears to my eyes as I remembered leaving my own "beautiful home" recently.

I got the book today! It looks so wonderful!! I am dying to curl up and read! What a nice surprise today!

I love you so much!! Call when you are settled! I am dying to talk again!

Tiffany & Jeff said...

We are very happy to have had a vital role in your house selling, by merely stopping by! We enjoyed the tribal dance and song. Those are some cute kids.

Kaylan said...

I can't wait to see the new house! What an exciting time for you and your family. I saw the list of websites you like to visit and you HAVE to add starfall.com to the list. It is the best website for kids to learn their abc's,whole word and phonics, games teaching shapes, colors, vowels, reading, writing. It is the best website!!! Haley has learned so much and she knows how to get around the site by herself now. It's great for kids pre-preschool and pre-kindergarten. Let me know what you think! Take Care!

Durrant said...

What a cute post! Right now I am wishing we were still next door neighbors, and you could help me decorate- you are so good at it! Your house is adorable and those fun memories you have made in it are priceless! I loved your girls new home dance- they are dolls! Can't wait to see pics of the new place!

Benielle said...

I adore you!