the journey from start to finish on the downey Dream home has been a long one, almost 1 year to the day.
last june, against my will i might add, bill and i entertained the idea of moving...
we looked around for a while, but nothing really won me over.
see i was a latch-key kid, only child of a single parent who worked 2 jobs to keep us off welfare (yeah, yeah who wasn't right?)
up until bill and i got married i never really lived in a house i could call my own, only rentals and apartments
when bill & i bought our first home 15 years ago, i told bill i would never move...i wanted this to be our front door forever so that when we raised our children they would always have their HOME to come back too.
but then we found this home.
we walked into the model and i remember turning to bill and saying, "we're home"
that next week we officially signed the paperwork to build our dream house with the contingency that we SELL our current house
i thought if it is meant to be, we will sell our house...if not, we were meant to be in our house forever.
our house was only on the market 24 hours before we got our first offer and we were out 30 days later.
meant to be!
however, that meant we would now be homeless...
we totally lucked out and we found a rental that allowed us to go month to month and for the past 10 months we had been "camping" in the rental...not fully unpacking, not really "living" in the new space. it was awkward, not really settling in...but we knew it was just temporary.
i think we (i) rode past the construction site everyday for 10 months (sometimes twice a day!)
during the process, each of us armed with sharpies, we wrote secret messages on the framed out walls to ourselves and to each other
we have been in the house now for 2 weeks and bill and i still cant believe we live here. we gather around the dinner table each night and are so grateful for so many blessings.
so many twists and turns that ordinary life can challenge couples/families with and we still stand together, building dreams, learning to take leaps of faith, remembering to be grateful for every moment of shared togetherness and loving each other.
many of you have been a part of our journey too...
whether we connected through the pages of scrapbooking magazines, on the blog, spending weekends together in classes, online videos, wednesdays, social media or the casual pop into the Studio this has all been a part of what has led us here.
thank you for making dreams come true.
stay tuned, this monday i will post some pictures of how i am setting up my new home studio space...