At the end of April we bought a home. After 11 years in the States we finally dared to share the American Dream. We are first-time homeowners and we are quite excited about it.
Purchasing the house turned out to be a process of many ups and downs – excitement and utter frustration. When we started looking for a new home last November, we found OUR house at the very first outing with our realtor (who is the best realtor in the world, if I may say so). However, the listing price was beyond our planned budget. Only a week later that price was considerably lowered and we made an offer. This was right before Thanksgiving, so we spent the long holiday weekend hoping and wishing – and then the house was pulled off the market. Speak about disappointment.
Although we knew that the house would eventually come back on the market, we had no idea when that would be – anything was possible in the range of two months up to two years. With heavy hearts we tried to say a silent goodbye to our dream home and continued our house hunt. 58 houses and almost six months later, the house came back on the market – we still hadn’t bought anything (although we had been close) – we still had our secret hopes for OUR house. And there it was – we made our offer, and several counter offers and sleepless nights later we were chosen as the future owners of this beautiful home. A dream had come true in a miraculous way.
Since the home is an older house it needed a lot of work, but we didn’t move in before the end of May. The downstairs bathroom was renovated; we ripped out the carpet downstairs to discover some beautiful honey colored hardwood floors in some of the rooms and restored them. My daughter and I painted the walls and got crazy with the colors – we chose bright and happy colors with names like “Carolina Parakeet”, “Bird of Paradise” and “Seafoam Pearl”. Now that we’ve almost conquered the chaos of moving, it looks so much more like our home.
We have an office now and I got the blissful luxury of my very own studio. From there I can enter the garden – it is another dream come true. The garden has a lot of lawn that I will eventually rip out, but it also has beautiful trees and a lovely shape with a well-sized patio. First, I planted the existing raised beds with all kinds of vegetables, and they’re coming along well. I set a few other plants in the ground and put out the bird feeders and bird baths, and already there are so many more feathered visitors than when we first moved in. There is a beautiful big Japanese maple in front of our home and it bursts into the most beautiful colors in fall.
I still feel like in a dream. I love this house with all its many oddities and this neighborhood with its older homes and lots of trees and wildlife. It’s our little piece of heaven and I hope that this home will be blessed with joy, laughter and happiness.