Friday, April 25, 2008

Home Sweet ... Where is Our Home?


As a child we moved around a lot.  There weren't any real reasons, or non-reasons that I know of.  Just life taking hold of my young mother and propelling us to a new destination.  There was a brief period when we lived in one house for 6 years.  After that, never did we live in a home for longer than 2 years.  And never did I mind the moving.

My mother was selfless when we moved.  Being the oldest, I always had first dibs on the best bedroom in the house, or in some cases, the only bedroom.  With new homes came new schools and I became proficient at either making friends quickly or becoming invisible slowly.  Both worked.  For many reasons I had been enrolled in eight schools in twelve years.  Going to college, the same college for four, okay five, okay six years was certainly a record (come on, I did one year of Grad school, cut me some slack).

But moving gets into your blood.  I don't even mind the packing.  So, if you've been playing the game you may know that we had a near miss with moving in a big way to Colorado.  Ahh, but here we are, and that's good news.  Roots have begun to grow.  I see them.  Feel them taking shape beneath my toes, and the toes of my sweet babes.  

But I must admit excitement at going house shopping tomorrow.  Imagining our furniture and footprints in each room is such a sweet and comfy place for the mind.  Heaven for a wanderer like me.  But I'm ready to stop wandering, and watch the trees around me grow, bloom, and fill out.  I'm ready to make marks on the wall where my children stood at each milestone.

Maybe we'll find our dream home tomorrow.  Maybe not.  But the looking and imagining is almost the best part.  San Diego is my home, our home.  I doubt we will question that again.  The journey ahead is one I will watch form and take place, like the trees around me.  Slowly.  Purposefully.  Peacefully. 

26 comments:

Kristen said...

Oooo, house shopping! The BEST kind of shopping!

Hope you have lots of success, and make sure to keep us up to date on the details.

Can't wait to hear.

And, hey, who could blame you for wanting to stay in San Diego! It is so beautiful there! :-)

Cheri said...

You just want new house sex. I like new house sex. Something about feathering a new nest that makes me feel all in love . . .

Mary said...

I liked this post Jamie :)

We are going house hunting tomorrow too. Oh how I wish I could be doing it in San Diego though! What a beautiful place to make your "home".

Good Luck!!

Amy said...

Best of luck, Jamie! Hope you find your home soon. =)

Wendi said...

Good luck with the house shopping!
I LOVE to go shopping for houses. One of my best friends is a realtor and I go to check out houses for fun with her sometimes. I wish I was going "for real" and I wish it was in San Diego. What a paradise!

Amber M. said...

What a great post! We're a military family, so we also have moved a lot in the past 12 years. But now that the kids are growing, I share your feelings about letting roots grow. It will be very hard for us to leave our home in Omaha.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy househunting.

Lori said...

I love house hunting... I hope you find a new place to put down roots and watch your kids blossom and grow

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I hate packing but I secretly love moving. I love getting rid of the junk that I accumulate, I love moving into a blank canvas and making it my own, I love the unique memories that come with each place, and I love the adventure of meeting new people. I just really hate the packing and the cleaning.

I hope you find a fantastic place to live.

katydidnot said...

wow, you make shopping sound almost bearable. good luck, i hope you find the right one. (there's one for sale two houses down from me, just do ya know).

Misty said...

Best wishes for great success. But I still wanted you to move to Utah. (wink)

tommie said...

happy house hunting! Hope things went well.

LaskiGal said...

What a great post! I get so geeked about house hunting . . . in keeping with Cheri's comment, house hunting is orgasmic. EEEk. I said it.

Fill us in . . . .

dkuroiwa said...

I'm with everyone else when I say that, even though the whole actual "moving" process makes my tummy hurt, the looking for a new place is fun!! Good luck with that!!
Oh..and did you get the house in Boulder rented? 'Cause, I know people who know people who live in Boulder and/or want to live there.... :-D

debawriter said...

I moved a lot as a kid too, so can completely relate to what you wrote.

I fight wanting to move ALL THE TIME! but all in all, am glad to have finally stayed in one place for almost 10 years.

Good luck with the househunting! Did you find anything?

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

Angela said...

It is fun thinking of how you will decorate a new home

MamaGeek said...

Ooooh I get this and loved this! My hubby and I have relocated more times that I can even remember at this point (corporate relo's) and at some point along the way it started to become fun.

So@24 said...

I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately.

I'm considering buying a condo in LA and am both excited and absolutely terrified.

Good luck!

Amy said...

I love looking for houses! Good luck, I hope you find the PERFECT place!

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Lisa said...

I used to love house shopping but now that my husband is a realtor, it's not so much fun--he's too annoying about the whole thing :0

~ Denise said...

Good luck! I am sure you will find the perfect house for you and your family!

CC said...

How awesome! I wish I could go house shopping.... :) :) Take me take me!

Kari & Kijsa said...

love house shopping...the planning, the possibilities..the visions of memories to come!!
Have fun!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Lisa said...

I love looking at houses....although buying one is really stressful to me because it's such a HUGE commitment!! That being said, I hope you find the most terrific house. And San Diego sounds like a fab place to plant those roots....

Trish said...

I am glad you inherited the wanderlust but happy you are staying near the Gran. :-)