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Finally Home

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Some people believe in a higher power that influences our lives. Some believe in karma. Some believe in random chance. I'm not sure what I believe some days, but I think things happen they way there are supposed to. I haven't always made the best choices in life, but all the ups and downs fell into place. If my life hadn't fallen apart at one point, I never would have moved to Seattle. If I hadn't moved to Seattle, I wouldn't have met my husband. If he hadn't lost his job, we wouldn't have moved to Savannah. If we didn't move to Savannah, we wouldn't have the house we do now.

How we found the house is even more boggling. When we decided to start house shopping, we drove through neighborhoods to see what was available. In one subdistrict, my husband spotted a house on a hill and said, "If I could choose any on this block, I'd pick that one. But there's no way it will go for sale." We looked at 5 or 6 houses with realtors, then narrowed our choices down to our top two. We were getting ready to make a bid on one, then something inexplicable happened. The house my husband spotted as the one he'd most want went up for sale. To be honest, I wasn't as keen on it as my husband, but we decided to set up an appointment to take a look.

We took a walk inside, and it was 'the one'. It had a lot of the features of other houses we liked, but it was all combined into one. We put a bid on it the same day it first went on sale. I got to learn about offers, counteroffers, loans, appraisers, and all the other fun stuff that goes with buying a house. We eventually came to an agreement on the offer, and we were on our way to home ownership.

We met the owners at the closing, and discovered the strangest twist to this whole saga. My husband is British from a very small town near Birmingham. When people ask where he is from, he usually just says Birmingham because few people would recognize his hometown. When we met the owners, though, the conversation went something like this:

Mr. Owner: "Hi, I'm P."
Husband: "Hello, I'm D." (Hand shaking goes on.)
Mr. Owner: "I detect a bit of an accent there. Are you from the UK?"
Husband: "Yes, I'm originally from Birmingham."
Mr. Owner: "I am from the UK, too, not too far from Birmingham. From Dudley."
Me (extremely surprised and blurt out): "Actually, D is also from Dudley! He just usually says Birmingham because that's most recognizable!"

Everyone in the room had dropped jaws. It was a stunning revelation. It might be a small world, but this was just the weirdest of coincidences. Everything seemed to line up as though we were supposed to have this.

When the cats moved in, the reaction was mixed. The black cat was scared and tried to hide. I think she was afraid that we were going to drop her off and disappear on vacation, like we usually did after a car ride. The fluffy one instantly loved it and purred from room to room. After we started moving stuff in, the black cat seemed to realize, "Oh...we're all staying! Ok, this sunny spot is mine. Purr, purr!" It's been a love affair with the windows ever since.


We're still getting acquainted with our new home. Today we made our first home improvement, which was replacing incandescent bulbs with high efficiency CFCs and LEDs. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. As I'm chopping vegetables, I think to myself, "Wow! I can't believe this is my kitchen!"

Some of you asked for photos. Here is one of the realtor's photos:

Hubs and I have both been so busy, we haven't had much time to relax or enjoy it, though. The kitchen and bathroom are the only rooms that are put together - all the others have boxes all over them in various levels of disarray. I don't have my clothes fully put away into drawers. We won't be able to replace furniture for a few months, so we'll continue to eat on our fancy fold up table and patio chairs. I won't be showcased in Martha Stewart Living anytime soon.

We exchanged phone numbers with the previous owners at closing. I hope that we'll meet up with them again - they seemed like nice people, and we had a lot of things in common. I told them they are welcome to come by at any time - they know where we live! I've already met a few of our new neighbors, welcoming us to the neighborhood. For the first time since my husband and I moved here almost 3 years ago, I feel like I'm finally home.
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    What a terrific story and a fabulous kitchen!!!! Do I see marble counter tops? I am so very happy for you and your husband. I love that your cats are happy too!

    I hope you post more pictures as yo uget settled in. I would love to see the outside if you are willing to share!
    1846 days ago
    LOVE all that counterspace! Congrats again. :)
    1847 days ago
    emoticon That kitchen looks fantastic. You really got the winner with it.

    That the owner was from the same small town as your husband is really a coincidence. Small world. emoticon
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    1847 days ago
    Welcome to your new home. I hope it serves you well in the years to go. And try and take that moving in with some peace and calm. It can be a bit crazy. We just bought our condo in December and moved December 28th. Been a crazy few months, but things are quite liveable in our home now and I also love our kitchen. Doesn't look as big as yours appears in the photo, but do like ours.
    1847 days ago
    Got to love home ownership. It feels like you have roots. Love the kitchen.
    1847 days ago
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    Very happy for you. Hang tough and go for a bike ride soon.
    1847 days ago
    Welcome home! I'm looking forward to hearing about and seeing the great recipes that come out of that kitchen!

    I sometimes wonder if I didn't just marry my DH BECAUSE of his house, lol! It's still a rambling wreck, but it gets better every year and we love it here. I have a great karmic story about meeting DH too, I'll have to blog it someday.
    1847 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2013 10:31:26 AM
    Your cats did basically the same thing that my kitty did when we moved to our house. I'd never realized just how pent-up she was in our apartment until I saw her rolling around in sheer ecstasy in our living room. Are they enjoying all the boxes around the house?

    I am so jealous of your kitchen! Not that my kitchen is bad or insufficient... it's just that yours is a space for a serious cook.

    We're getting our garden set up, too. We just bought a big load of lumber for a second garden bed, a pea trellis, and a potato box. Are you planning on lots of gardening or are you going to take it easy since you just moved? And fyi... I wouldn't buy a special composter. It's so easy to build a bin out of boards or just stakes and chicken wire. You get a lot more worms and other decomposing critters in your compost that way (and it's cheap).
    1847 days ago
    TRIANGLE-WOMAN: I did start looking at a composter yesterday! It's almost time to start gardening here in the South!
    1847 days ago
    Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing. Your happiness and contentment shines through.

    I moved MANY times in during 20+ years my husband was in the Army and I offered this blessing to each home we lived in. Each has it's share of love and light in my mind's eye!!

    God bless the corners of this house,
    And bless each door that opens wide
    To stranger as to kin,
    And bless each crystal window pane
    That lets the starlight in,
    And bless the rooftree overhead
    And every sturdy wall.
    The peace of man, the peace of God,
    The peace of love on all

    p.s. maybe you will have time for that worm bin now!!
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    Comment edited on: 2/24/2013 7:57:36 AM
    Very nice...and congrats again on finding the place just right for you and DH.

    There's no place like home!
    1847 days ago
    I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason.

    "Someday everything will make perfect sense.
    So, for now, laugh at the confusion,
    smile through the tears
    and keep reminding yourself that

    (got that off the internet, but certainly is fitting). I have it framed in a little frame here on my desk. It's amazing where our lives take us through the years.

    Your story certainly showed that things happen for a reason, didn't it? And I love your kitchen in your new house too...
    1848 days ago
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