I think I exhaled the deepest sigh of my life upon entering our new abode. Parquet flooring (real wood! no laminate!) welcomed my eager feet on our first level. The space was clean and open and smelled of fresh paint (ah, sweet relief!)
The dining area was ample, with a new light fixture hanging in the middle of the room. And the kitchen was small but adequate. I quickly noticed it's charm in some of the mismatched cupboard doors and a piece of the counter that was completely different than the rest. I love those sorts of things - signs that life has happened here, and it welcomed us with all our creativity and flaws. Character, if not love, makes a home.
|Dining area, just to the left when you walk in|
|The upstairs bathroom. Yay!|
|Jesus mug, making his home in the new kitchen :)|
And this place has plenty of character! Some quirky tile in the bathrooms (yes! plural! a whole half-bath upgrade from our last place) and non-turning door knobs on the closets in the bedrooms (as in, they are just knobs) soon began to tell me that this was exactly the perfect place for us. Not perfect, but charming...quite a bit like us.
The bedrooms are both good size, and for once, our massive king-size bed actually has room on both sides for walking around it. The carpet upstairs was new too, just awaiting the many juice and crayon stains I'm certain my girls will mark their territory with all too soon.
|Breaking in our space, one messy meal at a time.|
And, above anything else, was the one space that captured my heart: the laundry room. Innovatively tucked beneath the stairwell, was a little closet that would hold my soon-to-be new best friends (Mr. Washer, and Mrs. Dryer). We didn't have a washer and dryer in our last home, and so it genuinely is a game-changer to our lives as we get to wash and dry our clothes in our very own space. Not only that, but there is a dishwasher in the kitchen! Yahoo! No more scrubbing out sippy cups! So help me, I am determined to never take these appliances for granted.
|Dance PARDY in the living room!|
All in all, our new home is AWESOME. We just adore it, and are eagerly and slooowly making it our own. As we hang pictures and fit all our belongings into their new spaces, we're grounding ourselves into new habits and routines that will soon become "normal". But, for right now, it's fun exploring all the new crevices of our castle. We proudly hang our "P" on our door, marking our territory (pun intended) for all to see where we reside.
The closets are filled with clothes. The cabinets hold our dishes. And as these early days fly by, we're doing our best to fill the rooms with prayers and laughter. These walls await many memories we're about to make. Thank you, Lord, for providing our new home.