Sunday, May 3, 2015

Starting to Move

We are so excited to have gotten the keys to our new home on Friday, May 1, 2015!  While it is a bittersweet and somewhat difficult move, we have worked hard to move past the discouragement and difficult circumstances surrounding the loss of our home in Stokesdale and embrace our new life in Winston-Salem. 

This new life comes with some things that are entirely different than what we have been accustomed to.  Whereas our home in Stokesdale was built just for us, and we were the first to ever live in it, our new home is over 80 years old and has many, many occupants.  Along with the age of the home comes so many adorable and custom features-built-in china cabinets in the dining room, original hardwood floors, arched doorways, antique doorknobs, and so much more.

I am so very blessed to have china from my husband's mother's family.  While I also have a set of china that was my grandmother's that I received as a wedding gift, I feel the china from my mother-in-law is much more in keeping with the time period and design of our home, so I have chosen to make that a focal point in our dining room.  It is the first time in many years we have been able to display any of our fine china and I am honored to have a piece of my mother-in-law in our home.

We do have a bit of a challenge with the kitchen in our new home.  The space (both counter, floor and cabinet) in our new kitchen is about 1/2 (maybe less) than that of our old house.  That being said, there are some wonderfully unique features in our new kitchen.  Since we have a full dining room, we have decided to use the "eat-in" area of the kitchen for a "coffee nook"-an area where we will have our coffee pot, mugs, varieties of coffee and tea and other accessories that would normally take up precious counter space.

The last area we worked on this weekend was the living room.  I love the built-in bookcase next to the fireplace (which sadly is non-functioning) as well as the beautiful light from the large windows.  We have started to add some books and pictures to the bookcase and I have been working on the design for the mantle.  We have lots of options for pictures and accessories, so it is still a work in progress, but I am hopeful to have it completed in the next couple of weeks.

We also met some sweet neighbors today while the girls were playing outside.  So excited to find out that our neighbor, Darlene, has 3 grandchildren that are the same ages as our 3 children!  We are looking forward to building meaningful relationships with our neighbors and hopefully shine the light of Christ in our neighborhood.

I look forward to sharing more of our moving journey with you in the coming days and weeks.