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Eleven years. It’s the longest I’ve lived in any house. We moved around quite a bit while I was growing up and I always wanted my kids to have the comfort and security that comes from spending most of their childhood in the same home. When we first walked through this house with our realtor, I remember spotting the window seat in an upstairs bedroom and I could so vividly picture my daughter, who was only 9 months old at the time, spending hours there reading and gazing out the window. Now, that same room with the window seat is bearing witness to the highs and lows of life as a tween girl and I love knowing that she will always have memories of the sanctuary that it has provided.
But, there has been one side effect to living in a home for so long that I wasn’t quite expecting. We’re starting to update what we have already updated.
Most recently, I decided that it was time to freshen up the light above our kitchen table and I was so thrilled to find this beauty!
The light we had before had served its purpose well, illuminating this space where we went from having high chairs and booster seats to elementary aged kiddos tipping over the chairs and racing through on their way into the kitchen to now teens and tweens where we try to slow down and savor each meal knowing how different things will be around this table in just a few short years.
But, I was ready for something just a bit softer than the black and more in keeping with the style direction in which our home has been heading. I love the rusty tones and how much more easy this new one is on the eyes.
It just looks like it belongs here don’t you think?
It’s fascinating to me that as my kids have grown up in this home, so has every room. As our needs continue to change as a family (no one pushes trains all over the floors anymore or hangs necklaces off of the landing at the top of the stairs while pretending to be fishing) our house is changing too.
And just like the growing up years, there are times when the changes are slow and subtle and other times when it’s so drastic it shocks you.
I don’t know if we’ll be in this home forever (or at least until we can’t walk up the stairs anymore!) but I can’t even express how wonderful it is to have felt so settled somewhere. To have my kids experience what it feels like to really and truly be ‘home’. And to have this place be a peaceful haven where we all can come and regroup and re-energize before we head back out into the world.
And even though the fixtures and the paint colors and maybe even some flooring (we still have the original 1992 green carpet in the game room!) might change, we all know that it’s not really those things which make this home so special to us.
It’s the good moments and the hard moments and the everyday moments in between, all taking place within these walls and becoming cherished memories that bind us together as a family but also bind us, inextricably, to this place.
So, we’ll keep updating and helping our house to evolve just as we are evolving and changing as a family.
And I’ll be forever grateful that I finally got to experience living in a place that really and truly feels like home.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today dear friends,