Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

I am ready for 2009 to end and 2010 to start. If I had to give the year 2009 a name, it would be “Time to Move On” because sometimes you just have to leave things in the past and move forward with your life.

It has been a long year and everything about our lives has shifted to another phase.

Time to Move On: Limestone Lane House. I knew that when we bought the house at Limestone Lane, it would not be our forever home. We loved the neighborhood, the location and the idea of the house. It next door to the college where we me and on a safe culdesac. I will miss memories from that house more than anything and I’m actually getting a little teary-eyed just thinking about this. Limestone Lane represents our first house together as a married couple and our first baby’s home.

Backyard

We repaired, decorated, repainted and reconstructed many parts of the house. We painted all the rooms, opened up the kitchen, reconstructed the guest bathroom and even tried to resurface the pool. There has been a lot of laughing and a fair share of crying in that house. I also painted a mural in Peyton’s room that will be greatly missed. However, most of our memories were contained inside the house. We have a few memories outside because we never really enjoyed the backyard. There was no screened porch and no fence around the pool, so between mosquitos and a toddler, the house was not enjoyable outside. Also, this house was definitely not energy or water efficient. All of our bills were steep, no matter how many lights we turned off or how many times we turned the faucet off while brushing our teeth. The house symbolized more than what we could realistically do with it. It was time to move on.

Time to Move On: Building Our Dream. Since purchasing land in 2008, we hoped to start building before now. We listed our house twice and finally sold it in the fall of 2009. We were lucky. So the process started to build our dream home. It is a long road due to several factors: timing, planning, finances, decisions, and the Extreme Makeover Home Edition project. Okay, the last factor is a special circumstance that is definitely forgiven. I will personally 45631-Extreme Makeover Logo 2:Layout 1be involved with the EMHE project on a recycling standpoint and Philip will be helping friends in the catering tents. (More blogging to come soon!) We have met with Sterling Homes to build our house because we know them and are confident with their quality and dedication in building. Plus, they are involved in the Environments for Living Program that will make our house a certified green home. We couldn’t ask for anything more! However, until the EMHE project is complete, our house project is on hold. If you want to check it out, Extreme Horry is the website. As a part of the event, there will be an Extreme Food Drive to benefit food pantries in Horry County.

2010: A Year of Building. I believe that 2010 will be a year of building for our family. We will be building a home that is sustainable, green and hopefully, our forever home. We will be building into our family to make our love, faith and trust stronger. Hopefully, our family will expand too in this new home. We hope to build into our friendships with our new neighbors, which are old friends of ours. Building into our church will be another part of 2010 for us as we’d like to meet new friends and participate in church activities. 2010 will be a year of building for us and I’m looking forward to it. Let’s build!

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