I know this move was the right thing for our family. It has been proven to us over + over but that didn't stop me from taking a few minutes to myself and escaping to the comfort of that place one last time. I armed myself with my camera and swore I would capture everything I loved most. The front door. The charming built in hutch in the dining room. The bathroom tile. The wainscoting + hardwood floor. The pendant light above the sink. The tile in the kitchen. The green french door leading to the basement. The brick. My Lily of the Valley patch out front.
The house echoed. And my heart broke. As tears trickled down my face a movie played in my mind. I saw myself consoling a colicky Oliver in the front room. I saw Audrey dancing around in her tutu. I saw Easton shooting hoops in the backyard. I saw Owen drawing at the kitchen table. I saw Abby making friendship bracelets while watching Soul Surfer. I know that the cozy brick house was merely the set of all those happy everyday moments. We'll still have those moments. The characters are the same, it's just the location that's changed.