This morning marked the last time I’ll wake up in a house that we’ve called home for 29 years. In May 1986, with a toddler and two dogs, we moved to a house that’s witnessed the growth of our family.
We welcomed two more daughters and a puppy.
We celebrated life’s milestones…birthdays, holidays, graduations and a wedding. The fireplace and oak tree have been the backdrop for too many photos to count.
Bikes & skates, not tiaras.
But last night we slept on a mattress on the floor reminiscent of our life before this house became our home. The bed dismantled and the drawers removed from the dresser ready for the next stop in life’s adventure.
We’ll miss this old house.
For nearly thirty years, 1925 has been the number associated with home. Today we took another step toward a permanent move to the lake. We filled out the paperwork and paid for a post office box in downtown Ocklawaha.
In less than ten minutes the deed was complete. A box number assigned and two keys issued.
I’ve already completed the change of address information for the two magazines mailed to us each month. More address changes in the coming weeks. A new task will accompany bringing in the mail each day. Make a list of sender and update contact information. New address. Look for electronic options to reduce the number of items in the new post office box.
We’ll use the next couple of months to make sure the address change is complete, and I’m working on memorizing a new zip code.
The big move has officially begun! Twenty-eight years ago this month, we purchased our current house and then moved in the following June.
In those twenty-eight years, we’ve added a family room with a fireplace, a fourth bedroom, a third bathroom, an indoor laundry room, wood floors, a circular driveway, a covered back porch, and made the mistake of adding a pool which has since been filled in. We moved in with a toddler and a year later added daughter number two and then two and a half years later brought home daughter number three. If these walls could talk there would be tales to tell.
But now it’s time to move on to the next phase of life, and that means downsizing so we can officially move to the lake. This weekend we loaded the tower cabinets and light bridge from our bedroom and they now have a new home in our bedroom at the lake.
I think this move is going to be a series of baby steps. Lots of giveaways…so far a bed, patio chairs, wrought iron table and chairs, and a desk, as well as clothes, linens, and kitchen gadgets. Perhaps a yard sale. And I’m not sure we’ll drive to the lake without a load of furniture or clothes.
The goal: full time lake resident by the first of June.
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