When I walked in, and this was the first thing I saw, I knew I was home.

Yesterday we celebrated our third anniversary in our little house in Huntsville. When you’ve been a military family three years is a big deal. Instead of packing up and moving on we’re settling our bones in a little deeper and, literally, making ourselves at home.

When I look back at these pictures I’m right back to 2007. Sarah and I spent the summer traipsing around every reasonably priced three bedroom home in the neighborhood. I spent the evenings stalking for new “for sale” signs. We made three offers on three different houses that summer and none of them were right. I was getting desperate as Ephraim got bigger and bigger inside of me. I needed a house before that boy was born.

The day I found our home I was feeling a bit forlorn about the whole situation. I was driving my pregnant self aimlessly around our now-neighborhood, as I was prone to do, when I came across this beautifully landscaped house with a for sale sign propped against a side wall. I rang the bell (did I mention I was desperate?) and asked if it was for sale. The woman inside told me that it wasn’t yet but it would be soon. I begged to come in. The floors weren’t ready she said. I didn’t care. I couldn’t yet see the bedrooms. Fine by me.

I walked in and I knew it was right.

I could feel it in my bones.

I insisted Brent come see it that afternoon and by the evening we had made the sellers an offer they couldn’t refuse. Unfinished floors, mystery bedrooms and all.

But I knew I was home. Thankfully, blessedly, sometimes it just works that way.

lisaSeptember 2, 2010 - 12:59 pm

Love your kitchen and that great big PICTURE (in more ways than one 🙂 window. Great memories.

I’m dying over here waiting for your Q&A about your video…:)

LanSeptember 2, 2010 - 1:12 pm

I wish I got into photography before building our home 8 years ago…i would’ve insisted on wood flooring and large glass windows like your home.

sonjaSeptember 2, 2010 - 1:21 pm

Congrats on three years. Love it that you have a story with your house–it was meant to be yours. We have that too, and sometimes I get a teary when I think about how it was all in God’s plan how it worked out. Feels good, eh?

heatherSeptember 2, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Don’t u love seeing the before and after pics? Did u know huntsville was named one of the best cities to raise a family. I saw the article on yahoo. Now that I am into photography, I have been looking for wide windoes with great lighting and I will keep my walls light color. Thanks for sharing!

AmySeptember 2, 2010 - 11:09 pm

Wow–has it really been 3 years? I love that you’ve found your spot and get to stay there. Makes me incredibly sad that we don’t get to stay in our spot (for now), but such is life. I love, love, love your house and do believe it’s perfect for you!

JenniferSeptember 3, 2010 - 9:15 am

I’m with Amy – can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! I felt that way when I moved into my first house in Aromas.

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