I’m totally humming a little bit of Philip Phillips in my head right now. Because I’m thinking about home.
We have a contract on our house. This has been a long eight months. There were days when selling our house was all I could think about. Then there were days when I didn’t think about it at all.
There were days when I questioned whether or not we should keep trying to sell it because I do love it here. And then there were days when I felt like the walls were closing in.
But in a month, we’re scheduled to close on our first home. And I have a lump in my throat just thinking about it.
I’m thinking about the week after we moved in and our neighbor stopped by and said, “Wow. Y’all really don’t have any furniture. You’re just rattling around in here.”
I’m thinking about the stork in the front yard when we brought Hudson home from the hospital.
I’m thinking about Fiona’s little smushed face waiting for us in the front windows when we pull into the driveway.
I’ve lived in Columbia since the spring of 2004. I’ve lived here for eight years. That is the longest I have ever lived in one place. And these years have flown by.
When I moved here, it was just to attend grad school at the University of South Carolina. And I had “grand plans” to move to a huge city and be a big time event planner when I finished school.
But when I graduated and was offered a job at a law firm, I decided that I wasn’t ready to leave this great city that sometimes feels like a small town. And two months later I met my husband.
And eight years later, I’m still here. And I love it.
We love our church community. We love the local “flavor.” We love the boys’ preschool and we love our friends.
And in the next few months, we’ll be looking to settle down into a home that will take us to the next place in our lives. I know that God has a great sense of humor, so I can’t say for certain that we will “permanent Columbians.” (Although we’d love nothing more than that.)
I know that as long as Todd, Hudson, and Hayes are with me, I can go anywhere He sends us. Whether it’s down the road, across town, or across the world on a mission.
We’re very excited, and a little bit nervous, as we move forward and make plans for the years to come.
*This is the 8th day in my 31 Days of Back to Basics Blogging.