The boxes have been packed. Most of the furniture is out of the house. I’ve scheduled shut-off dates for the cable, utilities, and electrical. And now it’s time to say goodbye.
Before I do that, though, I thought it might be fun to look back and remember some of what we’ve experienced while living in this house.
- We learned at age 22 what being a homeowner meant.
- Travis and I shared wedding anniversaries 1, 2 and 3.
- We made major decorating decisions and furniture purchases for the first time in either of our lives.
- We brought Roxy home in 2009 after we rescued her.
- We learned how to disagree with one another and to compromise.
- I prepared and hosted my first Christmas dinner in 2010.
- We tackled major renovations both inside and out of our home.
- We spent four days snowed in our house in 2011.
- We lost power for a week in April 2011 when tornadoes tore through our area. We were extremely fortunate to only be without electricity.
- I fell in love with Travis’ entire family, but especially his parents.
- I learned how to cook.
- Travis finished school in 2012. (He actually graduated on my birthday.)
- I watched my career grow and improve for years only to be cut short when I was laid off earlier this year.
- This is the only driveway Travis’ truck has called home.
- I went to the mall about 2.8 million times, at least. We only live 10 minutes away.
- We both celebrated our 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th birthdays.
- We learned to budget.
- Three bridesmaid dresses were added to my collection. (All from brides I met while living in Chattanooga.)
- Travis learned what living in a bigger city was really like.
- We spent about three weeks of our lives sitting in traffic (see above).
- We learned that an hour between us and our family really was a hinderance.
- We took some pretty awesome vacations: Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, St. Augustine, the Bahamas and a few others closer to home like my family’s annual trip to the mountains.
- We shared our first-ever white Christmas together in 2010.
- We helped family and friends welcome new little additions.
- We watched friends move away only to come back home.
- We said goodbye to all of my Chattanooga friends after we all left the news business.
We hope to make as many memories in our new home, which will be closer to our families. We’re trading “city life” for a slower pace. Now, we’ll be 10 minutes to our parents instead of the mall. (Don’t worry, the mall is less than an hour away.)
We’re scheduled to close on our first home tomorrow. I’m not sure what walking out the door the last time will feel like, but I hope I can look back and remember all the good times we’ve had in this house while looking forward to what’s ahead for us.