Hi there! It’s a rare evening when the kids are all in bed early, the house is already picked up and I’ve found myself with some free time to write. Yay! Caveman and I are curled up on our couch (because we have one!). I hold a pen in my hand, and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂
People often ask how it is living in our new home. I usually grin and say “perfect.” Although it is true that nothing in life is perfect save Jesus, today I’ll let you in on just how much we are truly enjoying our Green House.
Many times friends and acquaintances guess that after living in the Shoebox for so long, this home would feel like a sprawling mansion. I can see how they would imagine that but it’s not true. Living here feels just right, like a broken-in pair of jeans that is neither too baggy or tight. The Shoebox felt just right to us for years; it was right for us up until the very end. In the last 6 months of living in our basement apartment I knew we had outgrown it. I felt the squeeze. Once we moved into The Green House it felt like we could breathe again. This place truly fits us perfectly.
At just around 1,000 sq. ft., this home is actually smaller than the one from which we downsized five years ago. We like it better; it serves our family easier. For six humans, 1,000 sq. ft. is still living quite small in American standards.
It is a joy to live here, even though much remains to be finished. There are doors to be squared and hung. Trim to be added. Closet doors to be reinstalled. A fence to be built. Organization of closets to be sorted out. Yet even with the lengthy to-do list I still find myself randomly squeaking with joy throughout each day. 🙂
As much as my nesting self would love the house to look completed, the house is totally, enjoyably livable. It doesn’t matter that the baseboard trim is missing—I get to live here! Here, where our entire family can eat a meal comfortably around a large table. Here, where Caveman and I have our own bedroom with a door. Here where the kids chase each other from their bedroom to the living room and back. Here where they have a large, beautiful dirt paradise in which to play and dig. Here, where this tree surprised us in the front yard with its fuchsia serenade:
We. Love. It. Here. If you’re afraid that I might burst into song at any minute, you have good reason. I often do. 😀 (Usually I belt this one out but not this prettily.)
Even with the enormous list of tasks to complete, this house is every bit the blessing we hoped and prayed it would be. For that there is no one to thank but the Almighty above, from whom all good things flow. We are so grateful to God for this gift.
I’ll stop the gushing there and leave you with some snaps of everyday life in the Green House so far:
Stay tuned for more glimpses as we work towards “finishing” areas around the house. 🙂