Sometimes I feel guilty about how often I complain about the difficulties I faced during the first few months of John’s life. I was horribly sleep-deprived, depressed and anxious, and could barely look at my sweet baby boy as I … Continue reading
We are just two days shy of beginning the official Christmas season, but my house has been looking a lot like Christmas for about a month now. As we do every year, Andrew, John, and I decorated the house for … Continue reading
I think most modern women have a bit of a crazy feminist inside them. It’s hard to live in today’s world, and not have one. Even for a woman who considers herself very conservative politically and morally, sometimes it’s nearly … Continue reading
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about passion. I’ve read several books, as well as countless articles, about the need to feed your passion. It’s been made clear to me that because I am a mother, it is paramount that … Continue reading
Several weeks ago, a fellow Catholic mom shared a YouTube video with me featuring a conversation between Matt Fradd (the host) and Timothy Gordon (the guest). As the show unfolded, it became clear that Gordon did not believe that married … Continue reading
You are looking at the newest (probably) homeowners in the fine city of Stephens City, VA. That’s right! We bought a house! And it was one of the most exhilarating and exhausting days of my life. It ranks right up there with my wedding day and the births of both of my children, and I’m sure it’s going to have the same kind of lasting impact in my life. We’re still a few weeks from actually calling our new house home, but Andrew and I are both so excited to start making memories with our children there.
We came to Stephens City by accident, when an apartment became available just a few weeks before I was due to give birth to Felicity and Andrew was supposed to start his new job. It wasn’t in the city we’d hoped for, but with time ticking away and limited availability for housing, we agreed to lease an apartment that ended up being conveniently located near our church, parks, pool, mall, job, and the friends we would make in the coming year. When we decided to start looking for a house, we knew that we wouldn’t find a location as convenient as Stephens City. We knew what town we wanted to live in; it just remained to find the right house.
It took about three weeks, but we found it. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a neighborhood that was part of my regular jogging route, it was perfect. The house was a walk-able distance from our current apartment, meaning that commutes wouldn’t change at all. Our new home is a split-level with three upstairs bedrooms, as well as a fourth bedroom on the lower level. The house needs some work, but everything we’ll need upon moving in is already ready to go. In the long-term, we can add an additional bedroom and bathroom on the bottom floor, which will be wonderful as our family expands in the future. There’s a deck that comes off the dining area, which overlooks a decently-sized backyard with space for a future play gym. The house has everything we need right now, as well as potential for more in the future.
We’re still a few weeks away from moving in, but slowly our belongings are making their way home. I know more about loans, financing, and down payments than I ever wanted to, and though I’m definitely not fluent in real estate lingo, I know more than I did before beginning this process. And looking for houses with two children? Difficult, but not impossible. John considered house hunting to be an adventure, and I think he was just as excited about visiting a new house as he was for an afternoon spent at the playground. He was even more excited when we were able to tell him that one of those houses was ours.
Andrew and I have been married for just over four years, and we’ve lived in three apartments already. We’ve moved twice, called three places home, and this will be our fourth time going through the packing and unpacking process as a couple. The only comfort is that this will be the last time for a very long time. We will finally have a home that is really ours. John has lived in three homes at this point, but this house will be the home that he most remembers. This will be the only home that Felicity will have any memory of. This will be their childhood home, the place where so many memories will be made. And we just can’t wait to get started.
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!
A few weeks ago, I found myself swinging at the local park with Felicity on my lap. John was playing on the jungle gym with some other children, completely absorbed with his games. It was a beautiful 75 degree day, … Continue reading
I don’t think I realized how much a gift it is to stay at home and raise your children until I had the chance to do it myself. My mother stayed at home with my siblings and me while my … Continue reading
I can’t say for sure where I first learned about natural family planning (NFP). I imagine it was probably while I was in high school. I definitely knew that contraception was a big no-no by that point, but I can’t … Continue reading
People often comment on the state of my apartment when they come to visit, whether they are friends, family, or the occasional maintenance man. Evidence of my children can be found all around our apartment- play mats, high chairs, bins … Continue reading