Good Bye House

We did it.  We sold our home.  We’ve moved out and a new, younger family has moved in.

Hennsley HouseLike a lot of families, we’ve moved around a bit.  This means that our children have no particular attachment to the physical space of our family home.  I know of some families that have never moved and really go through a lot of anxious moments when it comes time to sell the family home.

Snow Storm 2010 front of house

When we told our kids we were planning on downsizing, the two college-aged kids we have left were more concerned about losing their bedrooms than the house.

Christmas Stockings

That doesn’t mean we didn’t make a lot of memories in this house.  We have always had wonderful times at the holidays.

Homecoming 2007

And homecomings, proms, and other events have filled our home with fun and laughter and love.

Thanksgiving our kids

Our older children, who never lived in this home, contributed to our memories in this space.

But, it was time to move on.  My goal is to find a space to age in place.  Smaller house.  Fewer bathrooms (I hate cleaning bathrooms).  Smaller yard.  Lower expenses.

I say it is my goal because DSH is taking some time getting to the same place as me with regard to this decision.

He loves yard work.  So we will buy a new home and not a villa or a condo.  (Probably.  I have learned to never say never.)  But, I really want less time spent on yard work and more time spent on checking items off our bucket  lists.

We have moved all of our belongings into storage, and we are living with my sister in her small condo.  A good lesson in downsizing.

Good bye house.

Hello new life.

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