Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Preparing to Say Goodbye

How do you say the place you call home?  To the first home you ever owned?

I've made so many wonderful memories here with family and friends over the past 10 years.  Ferndale Road began with just Halley and me in June of 2002, and over the years it has witnessed the blossoming of a full-fledged family.  From the day I brought Jeff "home" to meet Halley in June of 2004 {the very day he flicked her sweet, floppy ear and despite that I fell in love with him anyway} to the day we welcomed home Hudson in March of 2010 to the best day of our lives when Reid Louis graced us with his birth in June of 2011.

We brought our first born son home to Ferndale Road.  We designed and furnished his nursery with such enthusiasm and energy.  We labored over every detail because love really is in the details.

How do you say goodbye to a home that always made you feel safe, secure and happy? As much as I love to travel, I'm always happy to return THIS home.

I know it's just brick and mortar and the memories {and photos} will always be with us and that we'll make plenty of new memories in our next home, but there's still a part of me that grieves.

I guess goodbyes are always hard.  Anyone who knows me really well, knows that I prefer "hellos" over "goodbyes" any day.  I'm one of those awful people who would rather sneak away than have to say goodbye.  Hellos are happy, joyous, renewing. Goodbyes are difficult, sorrowful, alone.  Yet our lives are defined by the transitions we make.  No great thing happens without change.  If only that knowledge made saying goodbye easier.

I will always have fond memories of Ferndale Road and all the beauty and life that has blossomed in this home.  I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to be its steward.  And I pray that the next owner will love it as we have loved it, care for it as we have cared for it and will thrive and blossom as we have.

All that being said, I'm a believer in ripping the band-aid off, so please, God, let our home sell fast!

Jeff and his yard...the envy of all our neighbors!

As of three hours ago, the sign is in the yard!



Grandma DeeDee said...

Good Luck! Good Luck!! Good Luck!!! Just think of all the fun you'll have meeting new neighbors and making the new place you're own little slice of heaven on earth. I know the two of you will find the perfect place for your family to grow and thrive in. By the way - the pictures are great. Again, Good Luck. Hugs and Kisses.

hope said...

May God continue to bless you and your family, I'm so proud of you. Nana