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Shuffled Some Numbers Around

We moved some numbers around and to sum it up much like a camera only fits so much in the lens, we’ve found a new home. I’ll dismiss the mundane details of the insurmountable-at-times feat of moving four people from a nest they were well-burrowed in for over a decade.

We sold our Des Plaines home in two days. I will always remember walking through our Show Home and wondering just who lived here. We felt a bit like nomads. Our picture of the three of us pre-child-number-two was replaced with a random Vintage postcard from Venice. Kindergarten photographs were replaced with stock images. Cousins turned into framed strangers. But our house looked great. Part of me reveled in the absolute lack of clutter…clean cabinets for the Site Seeing Snoopers. Perfectly filed closets and silverware drawers. Every little nit was in place. While we unclenched ourselves from our home, we didn’t have any mental capacity to think about making our next house a home. There simply were too many details to attend to.

Our Zippy Trailer with the mess of our belongings was docked and loaded in some warehouse in some part of the city. To be honest I could have cared less if we ever saw it again. School registration papers were shoved in a manila envelope with a Sharpie warning, “IMPORTANT!!!” We felt a bit like the Engine that Could–one step at a time, we think we can we think we can we think we can. A goal we set four years ago was in the making and we shuffled some numbers around and made it happen. From 1031 to 113, new street, new town, new start.

Thanks Sister for the Wreath

Here is a peek inside, untouched, ready for us to make it our own:

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So Close, Far to Go

We drove around the streets of our hopeful New Town last weekend. We commented on how lovely the bungalows are with their solid historical architecture and stucco sides. We talked about how we could walk from our hopeful new house to the library, train station, and restaurants. It’s amazing how comparable our New Town is to Des Plaines. We can walk to the train, library, and restaurants from our house. We can even lace up our gym shoes and walk to school. We love our house. Every single room is specifically crafted with love. The thought of starting all over again in an old house is daunting. We know the solid bones of this house. This house is sturdy. There are no major problems with anything. Sure, it can use some organization in the basement…but structurally this house is very, very sound. All of the work from electrical to plumbing has been done right (or at least right enough!).

But we know that we want this–we want to be close to family, to see the kids grow up together. So we have to start to save. Save every extra penny…get those United Fund charts going again to see, just see, if we can make this possible.

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