Friday, May 30, 2014
Seventeen years ago today Justin and I moved into this lovely place we call home. I remember the day clearly. We picked up the keys from the lawyer's office in the early afternoon, picked up the moving truck and headed back to our apartment to pack up our stuff. I had to work, so I left Justin and my dad to get everything in the truck and I met them at the house later that night.
It was 7:30pm when I arrived, and the first thing I remember is hearing the coyotes howling in the quarry behind our property, it was eerie and exciting. Then I stepped into our home, it was a moment I have never forgotten. It was my dream home, an old schoolhouse, and it really felt like home. It didn't take long to move everything in, we didn't have much, and once it was all in the house we settled in for the night.
The next morning, bright and early, my dad showed up to knock out a wall, we didn't waste any time making this place ours. While my dad and Justin worked, I unpacked, adding my touch here and there. The next week was spent settling in, and painting. The next weekend Justin's parents stopped by, his mom and I worked together in the gardens, and Justin and his dad worked around the house here and there. My first tomatoes were planted that weekend, and some herbs.
As the roots of those first plants took hold, so did our roots, and slowly they have made their way deep into this place we call home. So much of our lives is in this little piece of land. We are connected to it, and even though we thought about leaving a few times, we never did, the pull to stay was just too strong. And so over the last seventeen years we have made memories here, many good memories. There have been gatherings with friends, celebrations with family, quiet times only Justin and I, and eventually Reece joined us, and we welcomed him into the world and into our arms, right here.
This place is home, it has felt that way from the first moment we stepped into it all those years ago, and today, it is still home. A home full of memories, and so much time ahead to make more.