Friday, July 2, 2010

Goodbye House

So if you know me or listen to me Tweet, you know we are moving from Indiana to Vermont next week.

Right now I am taking a break from packing.  It is really sad as I watch the warm comfy place we have called home for 7 years become just a shell of a house.  It's bare walls and countless nail holes are just a sad reminder of what it once was.

This is the house we brought our babies home in.

Chase took his first steps here and Charlie took his over there.

That hallway was the scene of the tragedy that ended in our first trip to the ER for stitches.

The bathroom was home to my sore bottom for many, many days as I sat on the floor to potty train three boys in it.

That mark on the wall has a funny story behind it.

I know the corners of this house like I know my back hand. Every inch is filled with memories. Both happy and sad.

This is the corner I cried in when I miscarried our fourth baby.

That corner over there is where I was sitting when I heard my Grandmother passed away.

If these walls could talk...it would be really loud in here.

If memories could be seen with our eyes I imagine they would be spilling out of the windows and flooding the streets.

You know, the ones we walked countless nights with strollers and learned to ride bikes on.

If these walls could talk they would have so many stories to tell.

As I pack up the boxes in each room, I imagine myself packing the memories as well.  That's the great part about memories.  You can take them with you.  They don't cling to the walls of this house.  The cling to the walls of our hearts.

And nothing, not even a billion big ugly sad tears can wash them away.

Good bye house. Thank you for being our home. For protecting us on stormy nights and holding the laughter and tears every so tightly in your four walls.

I hope and pray you bless the next family who lives here the way you have blessed us.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for making my cry! Man, I am going to miss you my BFF!!!

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  2. Oh, my friend. It is tough because that home has been the backdrop for so many of your memories. But, luckily, you get to take your memory makers with you. :)

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  3. What a beautiful post. Im looking forward to your arrival. Dying to hear about all your new adventures & discoveries here. Good luck!

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  4. I just moved to New England from the Midwest too...my husband got transferred. So we left our hometown of St. Louis for the Boston area. I wrote a very similar post to this one back in April.

    http://www.adventuresinparenting.me/2010/04/15/goodbye-sweet-home/

    Just wanted to tell you to embrace it and make the most of the new adventure (and it sounds like you will). New England is AMAZING (other than this current record-setting heat wave). There is so much to see and do here. I really feel like I'm on vacation with the kids everyday.

    Best wishes for creating many more happy memories with your family in your new home!

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  5. If you need a new friend up there,send me a note,ive got a house in Vermont that we are planning to back an forth too from Tennessee,ive got a little house in both places,long story there,but ill be there in sept for the marriage of my step son,
    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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  6. I didn't know you were from IN...so am I. Why you moving? ok ok I know Indiana is pretty boring, right? Goodluck. Where are you from in Indiana? I'm from northern parts.

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  7. Oh Lord I'm crying and this happened to you two and a half years ago. This is what I get for following links on Twitter. ;). Great post because it so accurately describes what so many of us have felt. :) xo

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