What a year so far!! And this is just the beginning! Since December, Brent and I have been planning for our September wedding, and boy we can’t wait, but in the mix of things, we decided to purchase a home! It is beautiful ranch style home, that has a yard to die for. We have been in remodel mode for the past two weeks, spending about a week and a half tearing down wall paper (note to self –> Don’t ever put up wallpaper or take down wall paper again without a steamer!)
We have done some amazing things – painted two rooms, taken down wall paper, trimmed two rooms, and replaced a fan! (we were electricians for a day!)… So many wonderful experiences, we can not wait for our home to be complete. And to share before and after photos. Even though we are only working on two rooms, each room has some work to be done, work that will have to wait until next year.
I wanted to share a little story that goes hand and hand with our home buying experience. When Brent and I went into closing, we had no idea what kind of people our sellers were, we did not know what kind of story they held or why they were selling the home in the first place. Personally, it did not matter when we signed the initial papers.
When we finally sat down across the table from this older couple, we felt a little more curious, sincere and interested. They were the sweetest couple who had spent the last 13 years growing in our home, they took care of the home, and more importantly the yard. The flowers and the garden were their passion, blood, sweat, and life. The lady took a good ten minutes explaining to us what kinds of flowers she planted, and what to expect this summer. After they handed us the keys, we thanked them for the care the put into the home over the many years. We walked out of the building feeling much different, heart-felt, a little sad, yet excited to carry on what they started. The care they had for this home is the care that we will continue to have for our home.
It touches my heart so sweetly to think of the wonderful memories this house holds. The many years it collected stories and charm, and now we, so very lucky, get to carry these stories and characteristics. This house is a home, and if we continue to take care of it, it will take care of us!
Thank you sellers for teaching us and reminding us – – A house is just a house, until you make it a home.
Jodi & Brent