Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Remembering // Our First Home

Even though we've adjusted and moved on to another home in a town nearby, our first home will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was small and cozy and full of love...

Our First Home
August 16, 2004 - July 31, 2015

This is the house Scot lived in as a bachelor when we first met on eHarmony.
It's where we spent time together in person or on the phone during those fun months of dating.
It's the house we came home to after our wedding + honeymoon as a married couple.
It's where we started our new life as a blended family of three.
It's the place where Scot became a dad for the first time.
It's where we cried when Scot lost his job after 8 years at the bank.
Where Scot spent hours and hours working his ebay business in the garage.
Where he made phone calls and searched for jobs while being unemployed for 7 long months.
This is the place we were standing when we discovered our two surprise pregnancies.
It's where I laid around when I was on bed rest and where we recovered after every surgery we had.
Where I prayed and prayed over baby Connor growing in my belly, hoping he would be okay.
It's the first place we came to after we left the hospital with both of our babies.
Where we fed + changed + rocked little ones in the night.
It's where we grieved the deaths of our grandparents + father.
Where we made close friendships with neighbors and served them with visits + homecooked meals + free lawn care as often as we could.
It's where Brooklyn and Connor started crawling and took their first steps.
It's where we potty-trained the kids, where they had friends over and played day after day after day.
Playing in the sprinkler + kiddie pool in the summers, making snow angels in the winters.
It's where Jacob and Brooklyn took on their new roles as "big brother" + "big sister."
It's where we paced back and forth night after night when baby Connor cried endlessly in pain.
Where we cried out to God to help heal our baby boy.
It's the place we discovered major cracks in our foundation and felt utterly hopeless and heartbroken.
Three years of discouragement, isolation + darkness.
Three kids on our money-pinching way of life.
Where we humbled ourselves to ask for help and support from family and friends to get us through.
It's the place we were quarantined during our big scabies outbreak - cleaning + washing + disinfecting everything in sight, living in plastic for an entire month.
Where boo-boos were kissed, sick kids were nursed back to health.
It's where we made lunches and worked on homework + school projects.
It's where we baked goodies and decorated gingerbread houses at Christmas.
It's that little corner in the kitchen where the kids stood when they were sent to time-out.
It's the place we laughed and had petty arguments in.
It's the football hang-out + place we invited friends to.
The many birthdays + sleepovers with cousins and friends that took place on the family room floor.
It's the cooking + cleaning + those countless family dinners we had in the kitchen every night.
It's those favorite family movie + game nights on the weekends.
The many nights we moved kids in and out of bedrooms, so everyone could have their own much-needed space. 
It's where we grew + changed + molded into a family of five.
It's where we hugged + messed up + asked for forgiveness, thankful for new mercies the next day.
It's the place we laid our sleepy heads down at night and thanked God for a roof over our heads.
It's where we thought God had forgotten all about us, but the whole time He was showing us mercy, redemption + grace in one big, mighty way.

It's our first home. And those special years will never be forgotten.

Here's to creating many more fun memories at our new house for years and years to come!

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