Home. Aside from family, there is nothing more important to me. When we first moved to the Village more than five years ago (what?!), I had such dreams of owning an old cottage. I just knew I would love it. I had no idea just how much.
I've owned 5 homes but none has wormed their way into my heart like this one. None of the others made me never want to leave. None of the others made me feel free to totally make it my own. None of the others has given me such joy in every corner.
Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of things that need to be done around here. Bathrooms and a kitchen that need to be renovated. HVAC and a roof that need to be replaced. Ceilings that need to be scraped and painted. Flooring that needs to be replaced. This house has already sucked up more of our money than I could have imagined. And it's been worth every penny.
When I think back on what it looked like when we bought it and how far it has come, I'm amazed. The mother of one of Emma's friends also knew the family that lived here before us so when she recently told us that we have maximized the houses charm, I thought that was such a compliment. I hope this house inspires in others the joy, creativity, coziness and peace, that it inspires in us.
This past week we had company and there is something about cleaning up and righting my home after company leaves, that has me rediscovering all that I love. I could focus on all those projects that still need to be done, and believe me I am always dreaming of some improvement or another, but I find that it makes me a lot happier to focus on how far we've come.