Family is what ultimately makes a house a home. I have spent years trying to make our home into a place that our family wants to be and I think we have succeeded. Although two of my four kids have moved out, we still have a houseful as it is rare that my kids don’t have a few friends over almost every day.
I remember seeing smiling faces sitting at the counter eating homemade grilled cheese and tomato soup as I washed dishes. I remember the comedy of watching them eat their broccoli so they could have a can of pop. They were pretty creative on the toppings they used to get the broccoli down, from chocolate syrup to barbeque sauce and almost anything imaginable in between. Even though I spent hours cleaning up the sand the kids tracked in from the beach, I couldn't help but smile every time I thought about how much fun they had playing outside. I remember all the “pets” they found on our property and how they had to make a home for them in our house.
We have been blessed with a wonderful home and even more wonderful memories. Memories that started way before we moved here, but the memories here are on the forefront of our minds as we prepare to sell this house.
We have had the opportunity to make this house “ours” from the ground up. We picked out the lot; we designed the floor plans and we were our own general contractors. We have been in our home for fourteen years now, but our kids are growing up and getting married and moving out. We simply don’t need as much space anymore.
Now, two are married, one is in college (but living at home) and one is in high school. Although our family is growing with a new “son” and “daughter”, our day to day lives don’t require the amount of space we currently have. So we are moving forward with putting our house on the market. We shall see what happens.