With the arrival of spring, a new season of change has also become very real for us on a personal level. After living in our home for 10 years, we decided it was time to move onto new adventures. A few years ago, Kevin and I bought a beautiful piece of property, just over an acre, settled in an old florida style oak hammock. We fell in love with the idea that you feel so far away from town, yet a mile down the road gets you to the stores and main highway. The houses nearby are secluded and the surroundings are peaceful. It was an oasis I could drive by, and even on the worst days, be reminded that one day I was going to make this haven my home. “Be patient, my heart. Not today. But, one day.”
At the time we purchased, there wasn’t much around except buzzing of cars from traffic using the street as one of the most popular cut throughs in town. Because this property was not in sought after areas of NSB (or anywhere close to the beach for that matter) we got a pretty awesome deal. Fast forward a few years and we have struck real estate gold. A new road is under construction to take most of the traffic away. The city is in final talks with the construction company that will be placing a beautiful fishing park with a kayak launch adjacent to the lake down the street. On the other side of the property, 12 acres of vacant land that was originally to be sold as a housing development will be turned into wooded trails. My personal favorite addition is the paved pedestrian trail that currently allows 4 miles of running, walking, biking, rollerblading, etc. It is part of a state wide project that will eventually run coast to coast. To say we are excited is an understatement.
We’ve tried to sell our current house many times, but went nowhere. This year, re-listing with possibly the greatest realtor ever, we had an offer within 5 weeks. Although fully aware of what it means to sell a home, when the initial papers were signed and the deal started moving forward, the reality began to sink it.
“We did it. We did? WE DID IT!!! Wait…what do we do now?”
While we wait for the details to be finished and final papers to be signed, I find myself looking nostalgically at pictures hanging on the wall, knowing they will soon go into boxes. I feel like I am in a strange emotional purgatory: somewhere between happiness for the future, yet sadness at the thought of leaving the first place we made a real home together. My thoughts go into rewind, often playing back the milestones and memories that were born here.
Our wedding. Christmas breakfast. Landscaping together. Crazy home projects. Electrocution during home projects. Baby showers. Bridal showers. Birthday parties. Great new friendships. Loss of friendships. Birth of family. Loss of family. 3 garbage disposals. Girl’s nights in. Henna nights with my sister. Traveling adventures. Homasassa foot. Girlcations. Guycations. Ornament parties. Bible studies. Church ministries. Turning 30. A broken foot. Cake making. Homemade beer. Being vegan. Eating bacon. Book series obsessions. TV series obsessions. WOB nights. The MAC takeover. Learning how to run. 4-wheeling. Waxing (eek!), Oyster parties. Corn-hole. Ragnar. Mud runs. Marathons. Game nights. Job changes. Finishing college. Starting college again. 4 dogs. 2 beta fish. One strange frog. Growing apart. Growing back together.
Living in our home has taught us what it means to take care of something. What it means to build a life together. What it means to compromise. What it means to love exactly where we are in life.
I am so very blessed for every season of life I’ve been given. Each experience has placed me where I am today – exactly where I should be in God’s perfect plan. While I look forward to my home in the trees, I am so thankful for all our memories of the precious time at Milton Avenue. Seasons change so quickly. Don’t forget to enjoy this one, right now. You are living the story of your life.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
What changes has the spring season brought to your life? Share your story here!