It really was love at first sight. I saw it online one day and knew that this house would be my house. When I traveled across the country to see her, as soon as I drove up to the curb, I knew that it wouldn't be long until I called her home. I hadn't even set foot inside yet.
When I finally did set foot inside, it just gave me all the more reason to make her mine.
The house wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I saw all the potential. And then I worked hard and tirelessly until most of that potential came to fruition. I am pretty sure all the hours I put in painting alone would make me a professional painter. Not sure what all the hours I spent removing wallpaper, installing fixtures and making repairs makes me qualified for, but it does qualify this house to be considered one of the family.
But alas, we are a military family, and that means this home was only a temporary part of our lives. And I know this sounds super cheesy but it will always have a permanent home in my heart.
It's a little weird to say goodbye to the place where we usually said hello, but I suppose it's fitting to start here. I will remember your old fashioned doorbell ring forever.
Goodbye living room
So strange to be saying goodbye to the windows that made me say "Hello beautiful," when I found you online. You were the very first room we painted when we walked into our new house. You took four straight twelve-hour days of painting and even then I found myself doing touch ups months after we had "finished." Your room was the warmest in the winter and the coolest in the summer.
I will miss your gorgeous built in shelves and antique lighting fixtures most of all.
Goodbye dining/crafty room
I am sad that I waited until the last possible minute to take down your wallpaper, you turned out so beautiful and tranquil.
You are a great creaky hallway with lots of doors and crevices. Which were a bit of a pain to paint, but I loved waking up every morning and coming out into this part of the house. And I love the fact that you are decorated with a charming window that was originally in the attic.
You taught me so many useful things.
We spent many hours here. Cooking, laughing, eating, entertaining, doing homework, cleaning and just plain living. You were definitely the most used room in the house.
You were a lovely first home to me and my family. I will miss you, probably more than a sane person should, but I love you just the same.