Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New House: We Love It

So, we've been sleeping at our new house for 5 days now, and we totally love it. The place feels like home. First of all, I must give a shout out to all of the generous folks that helped us move in. Thank you to all of the friends at Michael's school. We were so blessed by all 12 of you! (Even some of his prior students and moms helped us!) And to the Hales and Welches and Heinleins and Jim and Phil and Micah, thanks so much! What a big undertaking. We are so grateful for each of you! 

I'm not sure what I'd do without my handyman husband. Since we've been here he has  installed a new gas stove, opened up two walls and put door frames and doors in, torn out a kitchen on the 2nd floor and hooked up our new W & D and utility sink, moved a ton of stuff, played records on our new record player, finished multiple crossword puzzles, and first thing in the morning he will fix a leaky faucet. He's incredible!

My mom got here yesterday and has organized my kitchen, played with Tegegne, hung curtains, done loads of laundry, etc, etc. Thanks dad for letting her sneak away to get snowed in with us. We totally appreciate her help and presence with us.

The neighborhood has far exceeded my expectations. Michael has met multiple neighbors; two Franks, one Dennis, one Donnie, one Marcus, and a Steve. Then there's Cathy (married to a Frank), "Aunt Linda", and Rebecca (who goes with Dennis). Frank offered to let us park in his driveway, because they don't own cars. We are now parking on the street. Isn't that nice?

And the house, wow. It's beautiful, original, and for being built in 1900 and quite large it's super cozy with the heat only on 65 and a freezing blizzard outside.

Tegegne is good. He was super excited to have Gramma Debby come. Tonight he didn't want to give me a kiss goodnight and he told Gramma Debby he didn't want to kiss me because he wishes we were still at the old house. He really does love it here, but will be glad when we are back into a routine and settled.
I posted this favorite fireplace with my favorite little guy (who is getting taller, btw.)
All original hardware, and fancy heat vents!

Four x eight foot original pocket doors.


  1. LOVE the fireplace and the door...AWESOME!

  2. ohmygoodness! ohmygoodness!! i really like how beautifully old this house is! PLEASE post more pictures when you have time...I'm dying to see!!! (yes, all of those exclamation points are necessary) :)

  3. it looks so wonderful. i can't wait to see what you do with it. glad you've met neighbors and are settling in. you guys are fabulous.

  4. This neighborhood doesn't know what they're in for with the Joneses and Taryn moving in!! I love you all so, so much and can't wait to come visit soon. I'm so glad Hensley has stayed put so you could move in and get settled. I can't wait to see and hold that little bundle.

  5. The house is gorgeous! Praying for you as Hensley's arrival nears. Can't wait to see all the new photos of the new house and new baby!
    So exciting!


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