We have lived in this house for 11 years.
11. Wow. We were in our house before that for almost 8. That's a lot of time.
This was the house. We had looked and looked. Checked out various cities in every direction. Scanned by multiple listings and drove by countless homes. Not to mention the ones we actually stepped inside of. Nothing felt right.
I kept thinking we would know. But had begun to doubt that.
And then we drove by this one while looking at a different one in the area. There was this feeling, this strange 'I've been here before' feeling. And when we opened the front door to see the inside, I already knew this is where God wanted us. I didn't even need to look around.
Each time over the years I have questioned our decision to buy a too small house in a not so super fabulous area, I remind myself of that feeling. That knowing. That presence that said this is where God had picked out for us.
I was 29 years old. Allyson was 4. Dan was 33. We had one dog- Daisy Mae. Facebook didn't exist and 9/11 was still very raw and real and recent.
I was a different person. My family was smaller. My faith was still in it's infancy. My marriage was so hard, mainly because of me. And I was still praying and expecting babies.
I painted my bathroom purple. Light lilac purple.
And last week, I cracked open a new can of paint and I coated over what felt like the best decade of my life so far. The one full of babies and laughter and realizations and growth...........and although it was just paint in a bathroom that can be painted 100 more times, I was saying goodbye to that portion of my world.
And then somehow the most perfect selection and plan of brown paper bag brown and safari brown paint turned into dang near black..............
Yup. Things have sure changed. I turn 40 in just a few short weeks. F O R T Y. I have never ever been one to freak out over birthdays..........but I have spent my entire life looking forward to my thirties. And they have been awesome. But now, turning the corner to forty puts me into an area of my life I have never ever even thought of. I am now the one who can remember actors that the young moms haven't ever heard of, I will never hold a tiny baby inside my belly again, and more frequently than not the young baggers at the grocery call me 'mam'. (no I do not need help to the car, thank you very much).
A new area of my life. And a black bathroom.
I am certain that this next section of my life is going to be even better than the one we are leaving. And that just like my bathroom, I will probably like it even better than before.
Good bye lilac purple. Hello safari brown.