At the beginning of every year, we make a list of all the projects we plan to tackle that year, and in 2020 (even though we had only been in our house for about 6 months) we made a pretty hefty project list. We came to a realization that we don’t want to be renovating this house for 10 years like we originally set out to do. We thought about the last decade and how at the beginning of 2010 we had no kids and now (fast-foward 11 years) we have 3! In another decade our oldest would be 20 going on 21, and maybe we didn’t want our daughters’ entire childhood to be set in a home under construction. Yes we love that they get a front-row seat to seeing their parents hard at work, but we want to create memories at home past the renovation stage.
Home is a feeling and I want them to feel that sense of comfort and calm and peace and solitude and safety and togetherness. So as both, a very scary and very exciting resolution, we decided to see if we could fast track our renovation to two years. Now we’re months into 2021, getting ready to unexpectedly say goodbye to this house and we can’t help but be so grateful that we listened to the feeling and pushed through a really big renovation in a crazy timeline. The house isn’t “done,” and we weren’t ever planning on being “done” with it, but we’re at a stopping point that we feel really at peace with, and honestly we’re excited that somebody else gets to love on it in their own way.
We put together a little montage video of renovating our modern cottage over the last 2 years and it makes me tear up seeing where we started and how far we’ve come. I see that there were so many memories–really happy memories here. Living in a construction zone is not easy, but to me it was all worth it, and almost feels meant to be as we approach the close of a chapter we will hold near and dear.
Last year, when we made that decision to fast track our renovation, I don’t think that was a decision we made all on our own. I think Someone a lot greater, who knew a lot more what we would need this year had a hand in guiding us.
Enjoy the video! And don’t ever forget to document the messy parts of life–I’ll cherish these forever.
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