if you’re a friend or follower around here, you know that this summer was a big one for us that pretty much wrapped in a move to our new home. welcoming something new usually always means saying goodbye to something, and that’s been happening to us this summer. today, we hand over the home we’ve known for 12 years to another family to love, take care of, and make new memories in. this is a love letter to house we’ve loved, taken care of, and created more memories than can be counted in.
dear rutland road,
it was an august day in 2007 that we found you. it was just me + mr. re-nest at the time, but the promise of babies meant that we were looking for our family home. we walked in, and on paper (and in person), you were everything i had been dreaming of. maple cabinets. granite countertops. white crown moulding. the perfect blend of hardwood floors and carpet.
but beyond these features, we walked around you and got a feel for you. i walked upstairs, looked to my right, walked into the first bedroom, and felt it in my gut: “this is the perfect baby’s room.” i didn’t even care at that point. i knew you were ours.
from there, we made you ours. we filled you with stuff. we created a backyard for fun and play. and, eventually we brought babies home. you became our babies’ first home, their first memories they will always hold of where they lived and loved for the first (many) years of their lives. i put a lot of holes in your walls to hang our family’s memories + photos to help tell our family’s story.
it was in your great room that our boys took their first steps, and on your stairs where they got their first taste of courage to scoot up and down on their own. it was on their bedroom floors that mr. + i slept so many nights to keep an eye on the boys when they were sick. it was where we experienced the pain of loss as we had to say goodbye to our beloved einstein.
we had a lot of great parties in you (all kid-themed, of course), we danced around in all of your rooms, and i tried so many new recipes in your great kitchen. (some were good and some were epic fails like that mexican casserole that one time.) on early sunday mornings, you wrapped me in quiet as i made my tea, wrote on my blog or meal planned, and tried to get a handle on all that life was throwing at me outside of your four walls.
it was you that inspired me to start this blog and to take the leap to create re-nest studio. i wanted to make you ours in a way that showed who we are without feeling cookie cutter, and i thought other people might feel the same way about the place they call home.
you will always be in our heart. always. it’s been so difficult to say goodbye to the place that holds so much of us. so many hours of sweat equity, and careful planning, and hard work, and love. in the words of “mary poppins,” you were practically perfect in every way.
p.s. as we say goodbye to this house, we are in *love* with our new home that’s just five minutes away! make sure to follow along as we start to put our stamp on the re-nest house vol. 2. pics, stories + how-tos will be shared here on the blog, on facebook, and on instagram!