May 11, 2012

Home


Yesterday I took my big girl out for a Summer celebration lunch. She just finished her Freshman year of college (which is a post of its own) and we decided it was as good an excuse as any to sit at a sidewalk table on Main St. and watch the Village bustle. I rarely venture away from here for a meal out. After our lunch, we walked across the street to the bookstore, then down to the antique store and then to the pet shop.

We've been here 2 years this month and I still find myself in awe that I'm living a life that I once only dreamed about. Almost everything we want is right here in the Village: the library, the coffee shop, the dentist, the bakery, the farmer's market, yoga classes, the pie shop, restaurants, parks, the yarn shop. It's an amazing way to live.

When I think back to what we did to get where we are right now, I feel awed, proud, brave and surprised all at the same time. It wasn't easy. None of it was, but there is scarcely a day that goes by, that one of the 4 of us doesn't declare how much we love it here. It probably sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not. Both the girls want to live in the Village with their own families one day. I'm grateful we could give them this.

After a lifetime of nomadic living, I have planted my roots here. I feel them growing deeper when I sit on my back porch waving at neighbors and hearing the high school marching band practicing on a Thursday evening, when I hear the roar of the Little League crowd on a Saturday afternoon, when I walk down Main St. on a perfect Spring day remembering a time not so long ago, when I hoped and dreamed that this would be my life.

The wanderlust I have felt my entire life is gone now. There is no other place I would rather be. I'm home.

21 comments:

  1. oh my gosh jen
    what a beautiful
    perfect post
    for mother's day weekend!!
    hope your time with your family it glorious!!

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  2. It's great feeling isn't it! Lovely!

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  3. That sandwich looks amazing! Happy Mothers Day- you've got two awesome daughters!!!

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  4. And yet again, I feel compelled to request a real estate catalog!
    Give those gorgeous girls a hug from Mama T and enjoy your Mother's Day, JJ!

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  5. It sounds like a wonderful way to live. I am hoping that we will settle down soon in my dream cottage....

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  6. Beautimonious!!! I used to love hearing our marching band practicing, too.

    It was obvious when I visited you back in your Village rental that you are "home". It suits you to a T and I'm so proud of you for hunting down that joy.

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  7. Good for you! So wonderful to live somewhere you love!

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  8. It's a wonderful feeling to be exactly where you want to be. I think villages are a perfect way of life and vastly under rated.
    xo

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  9. I probably live in an area that is the complete opposite of you, but I too had a nomadic lifestyle this is my 16th home,we recently bought our cottage just over 2 months ago,on the edge of Glencoe, Scotland and so lucky forward to making this our dream home :-)

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  10. I am so envious! I have had 14 homes (and 3 apartments) in the years we have been married. I love where we live but have never felt completely connected...as you seem to be. I am so happy for you, Jen. Blessings and Happy Mother's Day! xo Diana

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  11. What a wonderful place to be. I have taken a moment to look around and be thankful and content with where I am at lately, too. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Patty

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  12. I am wishing for this feeling one day. I have been living in my house for two years and I'm still not feeling at home. It is scary to think about a big change for me, but your story is so inspiring. Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

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  13. wonderful. sounds like Mayberry.
    xo, Cheryl

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  14. How blessed you are to be living exactly where you want and need to be!

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  15. i love reading this :) i always want to come visit your village after posts like this! (and congrats to your girl on her first year!)

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  16. Happy Mothers day Jen- first year of college wow how time flies. After reading your beautiful post I realized that is where I grew up in a Village- We were actually called the Village of East Rochester- U r so lucky to experience that as an adult and I can't wait for u to share your experiences of village life as a Grandmother... it will be here before u know it.

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  17. I didn't realize I had been reading your blog long enough for you to have lived in The Village for 2 years. I remember when you were contemplating moving.

    We feel the same way about our little beach community and we never want to leave. It was a move that literally changed our lives.

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  18. Sounds perfect-hope you had a nice Mother's Day.

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  19. It makes me feel so happy for you to have all that you get to enjoy and appreciate. It sounds wonderful. Lovely that you all have the good sense to savor it regularly. :*)

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