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Where to begin?

I never meant to go this long between posts, but man has life been busy! Packing, moving, playing, growing. Supporting Husband as he starts his own business. Life is fuller now than It has been in what feels like a long time, and I’m loving (almost) every minute of it. Every morning, I wake up and can’t believe how lucky I am. I have a beautiful family, wonderful new friends, and a gorgeous new home. Sure, there are old friends I miss, and let me tell you, life married to a work-a-holic daddy isn’t always easy :), but I live a beautiful life. So while I’m swelling with gratitude, I’d like to just make a list of things I’m thankful for today –

1. My beautiful family – my loving, kind, empathetic boy and my supportive, devoted husband
2. This GORGEOUS house! I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to own my dream home at age 26. I never want to leave.
3. Our abundant garden. It feels SO great get my hands in the dirt and cook food that I’ve grown. It makes me feel grounded and connected to my source. We have more tomatoes and cucumbers than I know what to do with, though. I have already made four pints of pickles!
4. Wonderful friends. I finally feel as though I’m beginning to build a tribe.
5. My loving (and very mischievous) pets. I feel as though our relationship is fairly equal right now. I put up with Lily jumping the fence and chasing cats up trees, and they put up with too little attention from me.
6. Dance! The American Dance Festival is happening right now in Durham, so I’m getting to move more than ever, and it feels marvelous! I took four classes this week, and J has been happy to hang with Daddy each time!
7. An open schedule. This is something I’ve struggled with since deciding to become a stay-at-home mom, but I have to say, I’m beginning to feel comfortable with a self-structured life. What’s not to love? I am in control of my time and the way I live, and that feels like such a blessing.
8. Did I mention the house?

For those of you who don’t know, the house is blue with a white picket fence, a wrap-around, covered porch, and a gorgeous garden. We have about 1700 square feet, four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a living room, a music room, a dining room, and an awesome kitchen. It’s two stories and was built in 1928, so it’s full of charm. It’s on a quiet street in the Mordecai area (downtown neighborhood) of Raleigh, NC. We can walk downtown to parks and restaurants, and Husband has a 1.5 mile commute to work. It is perfect, and I still don’t quite believe I own it. This is the house Julian will remember as home. The house where he (and hopefully future sibling(s)) will grow up.

Julian is almost twenty-two months old. Before I know it, he will be two. TWO! I can’t believe how big he’s getting. He’s speaking in full paragraphs, and his personality is shining brighter each day. He is sensitive, empathetic, very talkative, confident, and rather shy. He never ceases to amaze me. His current interests include fire trucks, airplanes, helicopters, and dump trucks (I swear I don’t gender stereotype!). He calls quesadillas “pizza pancakes”, he loves to sing and dance, and he has a toy fire truck named “Sweetie”. If it’s possible, I love him more every day.

By the way, I hope I’ve done a good job advertising here, because now that we have a guest room, I’m going to need to fill it with guests. COME VISIT!

Sarah, these pictures are for you! 🙂 I will post more soon as rooms continue to come together.

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