Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Bit About Our New (old) House.

i think i've been searching for this house in my heart since i was a little girl. when jonathan and i started talking about an older home and the character and history of a house that has lived many lives, we searched for the right real estate agent first. one that understood our vision, goal, lifestyle, interests, even down to the details of how we want to raise our kids. we found Chris Hanson who specializes in historic Newburgh homes. he understood our rather "quirky" list of must haves, and really understood our even longer list of must - not haves. we searched for a while having been let down a few times in the process by houses that we got our hopes up in and then the door on those shut. until we drove up to number 13. when pulling up to this house both jonathan and i received a peace about it before we even stepped foot in the front door. and then once we got in the front door we soon saw that it had everything. our house was built in the early 1900's. having had a few homeowners, i only know about the most recent ones. they lived in the house for 21 years, raised their kids there, and grew their family in the back yard. we are going to the town to get the deeds on the house to find out about the origins of the home, so for now it's a bit of a mystery. a big, beautiful, charming mystery. we are in the process now of restoring it. but our vision is to keep as much of the original details as we can. 

if you want to find out more about Chris Hanson, who is by far the most interesting and friendly real estate agent, you can check out his web site here.

if you want to find out more about historic Newburgh and the restoration of this beautiful city that i love so much, you can find it here.

Chris's neighbor and friend is Door Sixteen. you can read even more about Newburgh over at her blog.

jonathan has been pulling staples out of the hardwood floors after ripping out the carpet upstairs. then we have to take the wallpaper down. we've already met so many of our neighbors. graycen was out playing with about six kids the other day when we were over there working. she tells me she loves it there already. dune and lars were just sort of following all the big kids around and loving every bit of it. we are planting our roots here and we are proud and excited to do so. 

Friday, October 21, 2011


one of my closest friends in the universe is getting married next June. she was in town from L.A. for one of her friends wedding's and we met in Albany on Wednessday to try on bridesmaids dresses with my other friends who are also in the her wedding and who are also my other very very close friends. basically, it was the most fabulous day filled with laughing, crying, eating, laughing, more crying, hugging hello, hugging goodbye, laughing, crying, laughing. it was so awesome. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As For Me And My House.

this is a great house. this house is going to be incredible on Christmas morning. the trees are going to bloom wildly in the spring. it's covered in gold in the fall. and in the summer we will fish on the lake that the yard leads down to. there is a dock with Adirondack chairs facing the water, a yard that can easily host parties and possibly one day a wedding. it has the perfect stair case to take prom pictures on, and the basement has a separate room with a sink that is screaming, 'Darkroom'. it's our dream house. the glass knobs, the exposed radiators, the wood burning fireplace, original woodwork throughout, and the black and white tile in the bathroom all made me fall in love with this house. it's set in a quiet neighborhood with kids running independently, and the yard has perfectly mature trees for tire swings. it's been quite a journey. along the way, God has closed so many other doors leading us through the front door of this house. and today we sign and it becomes ours. i want to grow old with jonathan in this house, rocking in rocking chairs, reading books near the front windows looking out the glass paines talking about the feet that have walked on our floors of this home. i want to bathe grand babies one day in the vintage sinks, and i want to catch the boys star gazing on the roof, and watch graycen ice skate on the lake. i want this house to be another member of this family. and today we take the first step. 

And as for me and my house, we will the serve the Lord. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Day With Dune.

what an unbelievably magical day i spent with my Dune. we drank fresh juices and split a sweet potato biscuit, walked around old houses, ate vegan chocolates, and shared a maple seltzer. we were feeling so wild we drove the whole way home with the windows down, listening to Josh Garrels, and i was thanking God for all of it. 
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