** I started writing this in December, but I never was able to bring myself to finish this entry. 2010 was a tough year. 2011 is a fresh year and as sad as it is to move on from some things, its truly a fresh start in many ways. — March 21, 2011 **
2010 is going to be remembered as very tough year. There were personal highs and very deep lows this year in our lives. This year will be the year of a new beginning with our house. We celebrated the house with some close friends on Saturday night to celebrate and thank them all for their support, love and help along the way as we have gone through the process of building. Without them, we couldn’t have completed the build. And that was a large, very good night for us to celebrate. It represents a big milestone in our lives. As part of that night, we asked each of them to bring a photo for our family and friends wall. Its one of the final touches we are adding to our house. We purchased a “tree of life” metal wall sculpture made by a local artist as the focal point of that wall and we are surrounding the tree with photos of all the people who are most special to us. The photos we adding at the party were just the beginning as we have lots more people to add to our wall. These strong relationships are so valued and needed for us to be healthy and their support in the last year has helped us pull through some difficult times. Continue reading 2010 year in review→
Earlier this week, we marked the three month mark for our home build. I spent much of the day sitting on the new screened porch – just enjoying the breeze. The day before, I attended my Granny’s funeral. The past month has been extremely emotional and trying as she has struggled and ultimately passed on. I have been fortunate in my life not to have lost many of my family members during my (soon to be) 30 years. So, while I was surrounded by an amazing new home that has moved from a dream, to paper, to being built, the time has been bittersweet.
It is very amazing how much has happened with the house in just three short months. The lot was cleared in early July and then footings were dug and poured on July 13 and 15. Since that time, we have an actual house on site. At the last draw (a couple weeks ago), we were an estimated 60% completed on the house. Today, I would personally estimate that we are closer to 70% complete.
Inside the house, we have finish carpentry going in – crown molding, baseboard, interior doors and door trim throughout in preparation for the painters to come in next week. Our cabinets have arrived from the factory and should be installed in the coming week. Outside, our front door has arrived and been installed. The siding around the front door (the very last section) has been completed and our shutters have been installed. On the outside, the only things I see left are finish electrical, steps and painting some of the trim around the porches.
I’m a little late on posting this, mostly because internet access is on short supply in my parents house. Its only wiffs of signal from the closest AT&T tower, but that only really works in the kitchen, it seems… But that’s an aside. We have lots to be thankful for this year.
We are thankful for:
Peyton – she is wonderful and sweet. We love her with everything we have!
Our health – we are all healthy and happy with no real issues to speak of
Work – both Jen and I have jobs that are doing well and are stable, despite the downturn in the economy
Family – we enjoy our wonderful families, and as much as we may complain from time to time about his or that, we both come from very good stock and we are surrounded by great examples of the character we should all strive for.
Friends – as much as our family is important, our surrogate family members are just as great and we love them dearly. We have a great circle of friends to live life with and we enjoy the times we have with them…