I woke up in disbelief yesterday, realizing when I looked at the calendar that we’ve been in our new home for one year. It seems impossible. Honestly, the year has flown by at record-breaking speed. Even now, as I reflect on it, it’s all a bit of a blur. But despite the fuzzy edges there are definitely moments that stand out to me – highs and lows – proving this year was anything but a dream.
From the very beginning I was onboard – a career opportunity for John that would mean moving to a new Midwestern city – but being onboard didn’t make the move any less traumatic. I sold it to friends and family like the adventure I believed it would be but I didn’t take into account all the gut wrenching emotions that would be at play as I prepared to say goodbye. For me, my composure eventually cracked when I stepped out onto my driveway and saw the giant moving van sitting at the curb, 25 years of my life, being stuffed into its back end. Believe me, I know we are not our stuff, but seeing pieces of my life strapped down and headed for new horizons was a scene I will never forget, both poignant and incredibly bittersweet.
Speaking of stuff, did we ever purge! I can’t tell you how freeing it felt letting go of so much. We vowed to keep things simple in our new place and so far that’s just what we’ve done. When we moved we gave away all of our dishes, glasses and cups. One year later we’re enjoying getting by with two mismatched place settings and lots of empty drawers and cabinets. We used to have umpteen junk drawers. Not any more. We have no junk to fill them with and I love it!
The New House
Reno-work on our new house is finally winding down. It definitely has not been without its challenges but in the end I have to say it was all worth it. The house is lighter and brighter and probably my best project to date. I’m nearly ready to unveil our new kitchen, just waiting on the backsplash and light fixtures. Looking forward to sharing it with you soon!
Without a doubt the low point of the year was almost losing our sweet pug, Bella. Shortly after we moved she got very ill after being boarded at what was supposed to have been a highly regarded kennel. All the details aren’t important. The only thing that matters to us is that Bella recovered after three months and is her feisty self again. Needless to say we will never even consider boarding her again.
The Perfect 10
The absolute highpoint of the year came this past July when John and I celebrated our tenth anniversary back where it all began, in Southern California. We had an incredible time eating, drinking and being married (ha! I know that was awful but I couldn’t resist.) Seriously, we had such a great time and even went back and stood in the same spot where we had taken our vows, which was really special. Katherine came out and joined in the celebration putting the cherry on top of an incredible trip.
The Lesson Learned
We spend a lot of our time traveling back home to Chicago, which means we’re in the car a lot. Like, a real lot. I guess what I’ve realized is that no matter where you travel, or in our case get transplanted to because of business, there truly is no place like home.
We’re not traveling this weekend so I think it’s probably time to start digging in and working on getting settled. October is by far my favorite month of the year. Both Katherine and John have birthdays which means there’s definitely lot’s of celebrating on tap as well as a major ND/USC tailgate.
How is October stacking up for you? Any fun plans this month?
Mary, I enjoyed your easy flowing writing about how this past year went for you. A pretty good year I’d say. Particularly liked the decluttering comments and the two plate special! Considering the very thing for us-Simple is sweet- thanks for sharing. Janice SS
Thanks so much for stopping by, Janice! Yes, indeed, simple is sweet! At the time of our move an estate sale gal said something to me that really struck a cord – we spend the first half of our lives acquiring things and the second half getting rid of all the stuff we’ve acquired. Nice to be traveling a little lighter these days :)
Nice reflective post, so happy for you and your family. Looking forward to seeing the renovation :) October is my favorite month too! The Halloween bomb went off on the 1st, my youngest 9yrs old loves loves Halloween…. she loves decorating and celebrating for all holidays! Her spirit and joy is truly contagious and the neighbors love it. We plan to have a have a pre halloween party on our court for all the families and friends and my bday is the 13th but the weather is what I love the best and the fall colors.
Hi Terri, I remember those Halloween days with Katherine! Seems like just a moment ago and boy, did she love trick-or-treating! Enjoy every moment, because trust me, it flies by!!! And have a wonderful birthday! John’s birthday is the 13th, too! xox-M
A great story… Thanks for sharing.
Life is great and so happy for the big 10 of yours. After two surgeries of us recently, I realized again that life is so good, even just have the chance to see and spend time with each other everyday. ;)
Take care and keep in touch! Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! :)
Thank you, Grace and happy to know that despite some negatives, life is good for you as well. You are so right. It’s really about being present everyday and enjoying all the little moments with family and friends. Thanks again for stopping by! xox-M
Good to get the lowdown on your past year…can only imagine all the emotions! Can’t wait to see the house…the remodel…I know it will be smashing! So here’s to fall…my favorite season…October in NYC for me…with a jaunt to explore color in Vermont and a trip to Virginia to visit my mom. A busy one! Enjoy your family!!
Thanks so much, Robin! Looks like you’ve been having an amazing time, both in your travels and with your photography, which by the way is SPECTACULAR! Enjoy Vermont and NYC, and should I make it out your way before winter hits we have to make a date to meet up.That would be so much fun!