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Making this house a home…

We have lived a long time in this house.  We bought it when we first got married (literally the same month) a little over 14 years ago.  I remember when we found it.  We didn’t have a lot of money and we wanted very badly to live in this town because of how good the schools were.  Our options were limited and this house needed a LOT of work.  It wasn’t much to look at back then but somehow I could see a family living inside of it.  I imagined it one day being full of my children and busy days and maybe it would be our “starter home”…

Our home began like this:

 With a little TLC, it evolved to this (didn’t have a front view that I could find):

As our family kept growing, the idea of it being a “starter home” changed.  Instead, we decided to add on.  A new garage, master bedroom and laundry room…

We added a deck…

A treehouse fort…

A new septic, a vegetable garden…

For a time – a home daycare…

An office so I could write more, a woodstove to save on heat….

Before back in 2001
After – 2015

and now, finally, a new kitchen is in progress.

To say we’ve made a lot of improvements to this house so it would work for our growing family is an understatement.  We thought many times of just moving somewhere into a home that better suit our needs but our love for the town we live in kept us here, so instead we built upon THIS home to suit our needs.  Because of my dedication to this town, I’ve become very passionate about standing up for it and protecting it.  We’ve laid down strong roots here and we care deeply about what happens to this place we chose to raise our children in.

And, while all of these improvements made the home bigger and much nicer, those things alone could never make it “home”.  Making a house a home has very little to do with how many bedrooms you have or new kitchen cabinets.

This house has become “home” after 14 years of birthday parties, holidays with family all crammed inside, friends coming in and out, cooking together, graduations, crying together, slamming doors, opening them up again, pulling the decorations down from the attic, sticky fingers on the walls, too much laundry, family game nights, hot cocoa on the front porch, movie night, laughter, pool parties, forgiveness, good books, dog hair in every corner you can imagine, paint supplies and really good music.

So while I *LOVE* the idea of having a new kitchen very soon (I think the girls like the cabinet boxes better than the new kitchen idea),

I am even more grateful that I have had 14 years inside this sweet house, making it a warm and loving home for our girls and I hope they will grow up with beautiful memories of their time inside of it to share with their families one day.

What one thing do you think makes your house a home for your family the most?

2 thoughts on “Making this house a home…”

  1. What a cool home..
    We built ours 25 years ago, just a little house. out in rural New Zealand.
    Like you it has seen ups and downs
    Love and laughter and a few tears.
    All the children have flown now
    But the walls and rooms are imbued with the joy of home….
    A joy that lingers and is felt..

    Love and light Marie

  2. What a cool home..
    We built ours 25 years ago, just a little house. out in rural New Zealand.
    Like you it has seen ups and downs
    Love and laughter and a few tears.
    All the children have flown now
    But the walls and rooms are imbued with the joy of home….
    A joy that lingers and is felt..

    Love and light Marie

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