Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So long, house

It's been a very busy summer.

Not only was I busy hauling four kids to VBS/swim lessons/playdates/haircuts/music, but I worked in some trips to Home Depot then Lowes and Home Depot and Lowes and Home Depot. And Lowes.

And I sorted through every closet/drawer/cabinet/nook/cranny and donated three truck loads - for real, y'all, THREE FILLED TO ALMOST OVERFLOWING ALONG THE STREET PICKUP/SUV LOADS of unwanted STUFF to friends adopting and raising money via garage sales.

Then assembled, taped and filled about eleventy hundred boxes of all the stuff that we couldn't live without.

I sold some stuff on Craig's List. I tossed a lot of stuff in the trash.

Then I packed off my kids to their grandma's, and strange men came into my house and picked up every worldly possession we own and dollyed it out to their very big truck and drove away with it.

But before they did, ignoring the eye rolling and deep sighing of my unsentimental Navy brat husband, I sniffed and sobstifled and said goodbye to the home where I spent nine years raising four little humans.

Goodbye, kitchen where I prepared approximately 10,950 meals

all of the ugly pictures were taken on my iPhone


Goodbye, room where I spent hours holding/scolding/loving/nursing/snuggling/reading to my babies

All of the beautiful pictures were taken by my sweet friend Somer Padilla
all of the ugly pictures were taken by my sweet iPhone

Goodbye, room where I washed 5 jillion loads of laundry 



and never cleaned under the washer



Goodbye, room where I gladly exchanged M&Ms and matchbox cars for pees and poops


Goodbye, playroom where my babes spent hours imagining, creating, and fighting over approximately 643,567 toys






Goodbye, It's Almost Naptime HQ


Goodbye, fireplace Santa came down nine times


Goodbye, site of so many birthday/baptism/dinner parties



Goodbye, room where da magic happened



Goodbye stairs where eight little feet scurried down every morning




Goodbye,
windows by which I rocked my first sweet baby, entranced by his beautiful face, overwhelmed with fear and love, begging Jesus to make him sleep


Goodbye, what was once the most beautiful nursery...with a white picket fence, roses on the windows, netting draped over her pretty white crib...

Goodbye pretty tree I painted to guard my daughters while they slept


Goodbye, pretty house. You witnessed many blessings in the time we lived here. I pray that the next family loves you well. 

But the Dollahons are off...to...
what's your guess??

38 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful home you have. I can just imagine all the memories you've had in that house. What a lovely way to celebrate it, I just loved this post. I can't wait to see where you're going next.

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  3. gosh, we have been in this house 9 years and had all of our 5 kids since being in here... you are getting me all emotional and i am not the one moving! yet you got me to laugh hard out loud about your photography credits and never cleaning under the washing machine.

    my recent post: how to walk through the unknown

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  4. What a beautiful home. I love all the built ins - gorgeous! Good luck getting settled in your new place :)

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  5. My guess is Ethiopia. You've decided to move in next door to the orphanage and refuse to leave till they give you your daughter. ;)

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    1. That was my first thought, too! (Except you said strange men drove off in a truck not you dropped it off at a counter of snarling faces to ship it somewhere :)

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  6. No idea where y'all are heading, but I would've been willing to buy your house if I lived even remotely close. Lovely house, lovely memories.

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    1. Angie, we could hardly give that house away. We finally sold to an investor and lost lots of money on it. I don't get it.

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    2. Whoa! Me neither! Beautiful!!

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  7. NO fair!!! I want to know now!!! Beautiful home!!!$ can't wait to hear the rest!

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  8. Canada? I can't wait to read what adventure your on next. Simply beautiful post...reminded me of Goodnight Moon. :)

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  9. Are you movin' on up, to the east side? To a dee-luxe apartment in the sky? :) If I had to guess, I'd say you are downsizing to a more urban location, where you and your family will be serving as a lifestyle. Close?

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    1. Well, we downsized for sure, but only because the city we are in is way more expensive. I actually want a huge house to fill with kids. This ain't it.

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  10. Your hous was so beautiful! Yet I'm sure you'll find home along with those you love ... I can't imagine where?

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  11. Mean to leave us hangin'! :)

    And oh girl! I went through this just six months ago and my heart is hurting right along with ya. It's so hard to move. . .

    But Iowa isn't so bad--gonna come be my neighbor?? :)

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    1. Again, snow, right? I don't do snow. Tropical Houston has ruined me.

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  12. I like the tree you painted :)
    Oregon?

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    1. No, altho my SIL lived in Vancouver for a while. We are basically in the Portland of the South. Any clue?

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  13. Good luck on your move. Your house is BEAUTIFUL. And I loved that post. We want to move soon, badly, but man that makes me so nostalgic. We've been here for all 3 of our kiddos firsts. Loved it! Thank you M.

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  14. Hey. Are you selling the doll house bed? I have a friend that wants one.

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  15. Austin?
    Your house was lovely! We just moved from Houston to Aberdeen, Scotland and had to majorly downsize for much more money. Oh how I miss the affordable housing in Houston!

    I laughed out loud at your exchanging M&Ms for pees and poops:) Good luck with your move!

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  16. Once you said Portland of the South, I had to guess Austin, too :)

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  17. Holy crap that was a big house! Lol. Good luck on your next adventures.

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  18. Hoping you will be moving to northeast Oklahoma!

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  19. I can't believe the amount of cupboards and drawers. A house like that in the Seattle area would be way up there in $$$$. I don't think you are moving to the Northwest. I still miss our farm house. We've been in town for 13 years.

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  20. did you buy the THAT family house?

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  21. Portland of the South?! Are you moving to Charlestown, SC? :-) If so, you'd be up the road a bit from me!

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  22. This seriously made me cry and cry and cry. I have 4 kids and I had them in 4 years and 3 months, no twins. My oldest turns 6 on Sunday. We lost our house a year ago and the past year has been crazy with a ton of changes. My mom (age 41) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly March 2011 and we just packed up my dad as he decided to leave their house and move to phoenix (2 hours away). I have cried so much this week going through her house where nothing has been moved since she touched it (minus for me to clean) and seeing it all cleared out, all the memories, it is like losing her all over again. It has been SO hard!!! I get this, and cried and cried.

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  23. I already miss your house!!!! Such beautiful pictures and a lovely good-bye to it:)

    Had no idea you were moving!! I'm guessing you are staying in your local area though....

    Or, tell me I'm wrong and that you'll move to the midwest and we can be friends?? Come on, the snow isn't so bad!

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  24. I loved this post! I'm all nostalgic now.

    Random guess, but Asheville, North Carolina?

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  25. You said Portland of the South....are you coming to Austin!?

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  26. I'm a little envious of the playroom storage.

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  27. Awww, a sad, goodbye, indeed! Best wishes on your new adventure!

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