House of {Unfinished} Dreams

Remember Anne’s (of Green Gables) House of Dreams? The one where she and Gilbert settle in and have all kinds of wonderful memories and she cries leaving it because she loved it so much?

We left our old home today for the last time. It’s not far from the new one, but we won’t probably ever drive by again since it’s on an off the beaten path street. We spent the past week moving things over and cleaning up. 2 years and 3 months is a long time for us to have lived somewhere, and it’s the only home Bella remembers.

We walked in today to meet the woman doing the move out inspection, and I leaned against the wall and looked around like I have so many times. So many memories.

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Glimpses {Link Up} Week 3

We moved! Finally! We’ve been loading up stuff all week and driving it over, but Saturday morning was the big move day.ย That night was the first night in our new home, and we spent the evening unpacking and setting up things to be comfortable. Thank goodness for our friends helping us. We had almost everything out in about 3 hours.

Now there’s just the mess left to clean. :/

No. I do not like cleaning when it’s a mess. I like cleaning things that are already clean. Because I am strange like that.

This photo of the old house being packed makes me twitchy inside. As does how blurry it is.

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Moving, Hoarders, and True Love

2013-09-17 10.33.11-2 * I misspelled the title so if you shared it before I caught it, well. Now you have friends asking what a “Hoader” is.

So I’ve added it up and in 10 1/2 years of marriage, I think I’ve moved 9 times. Some with Sam, some by myself when I would move to be with him or head home when he deployed.

9 times. And that’s not all – I moved a lot as a kid too. I’ve got this packing thing down. Sam told me I was a “packing freak” this morning after I did two rooms in two hours, but I prefer to think of myself as a “packing guru”. We’ve never had the military move us (for one reason or another) so each time I’ve done this pretty much on my own.

I love our new little house. I will also miss this one (howeverย not the swamp cooler that is currently blowing moist air on me). I’m ready to go though. We need a do-over here. It’s been a rough two years in El Paso. I figure, if we’re stuck here at least one more, we need a home we can love and figure out what’s next for us in. Somewhere easy and low maintenance with room for family, friends, and Bella’s childhood. This new house is it.

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Glimpses {Link Up} Week 2

So this week was exciting for us with a move to a new home, close by, starting tomorrow! We’re also trying to get ready for Sam to head back to work soon, a conference next week, and Kaden’s memorial service that so many of my never-met-but-dearly-loved friends are trying to come out for.

I’m also helping host a campaign for Wendy’s – I’d love for you to click through the link, and then if you want upload a 6 second video for a chance to win $6,000 (a winner a week!). I’m doing mine later today. Use the hashtags #6SecondsFlat and #dianawrote6.

Don’t forget to link up your own post below! Last week you all shared some really amazing posts.

glimpses2-5 We have a new (rented) home that we’re moving to starting tomorrow! Yes, we wanted to buy but Sam isn’t sure how long past another year we’ll be in El Paso so that was the end of that. Isn’t it lovely?

Processed with VSCOcam One of Bella’s chores each day is to make her bed. She often just tosses her comforter on and calls it a day, but this morning she did it with “no lumps” and pillows and was so proud she asked me to come see. Also? Where is my small child??

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There’s No Place Like {a New} Home

Today we went house hunting. We found a realtor and headed up about 20 minutes from here (have I mentioned El Paso is gigantic?) and saw a home we liked


it had “evaporated air” cooling.

Let me explain this for a second. Evaporated air is a fancy way of saying swamp cooler. Neither Sam and I knew anything about this when we moved here 2 years ago, and when we looked at homes initially we were told that it was the best way to go. Hands down, the dry air here and evaporated cooling were ideal together.

We hate it.

There might be some people out there who love it, but we abhor our swamp cooler. El Paso doesn’t have humidity often, but when it does it renders our swamp cooler useless. Like today. Our home is constantly – moist? You have to have something open (window, door) to get it to work right. It doesn’t cool the entire house no matter how we’ve rigged the vents, so our room is like a sauna while the kitchen is freezing. Freezing moist. This is all summer.

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