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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A final push towards Home & a HUGE thank you...

We move into the house tomorrow. To actually say those words out loud is pretty unreal; especially since the barn won't be finished, and the kitchen will be in the middle of being painted, but for the most part the farmhouse will be done. It has been a long and arduous journey, but the constant reminder that it is always for the love of a house made us push forward. This has not been fun, even though my sister keeps telling me I'm having the time of my life, I am not. I do however believe that living in the house will be the time of our lives!! We feel like we have been walking in a thick fog for the last six months, one foot in front of the other without really being able to 'see' where we were going, just knowing the goal was to make a home.

Now... we're going home! We have been "homeless" for a year and three months. Dan and I are tenders so we have greatly missed having a home to tend. The thought of having a neat and tidy home again filled with all of our antiques and treasures instead of moving boxes, and having a home we love instead of a rent house is a bit overwhelming at the moment.

I want to thank you all for following us on this journey. I especially want to thank those of you who leave us comments and emails along the way. I can not tell you what they have meant to me... some times there were days when I was beaten down and didn't know which way to turn, and then I would read a comment that encouraged me to continue the fight! You truly lifted my spirits on so many days when I all I wanted to do was give up. Your comments always reminded me to keep my eye on the end goal, wisdom that I so often needed to hear. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry and your presence in my life has been a huge gift to me. I can not imagine what this journey would have been like without your constant interest, support and understanding.

thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...

I plan to take a wee bit of time off from the blog to slowly unpack, and to soak in the new house and our new surroundings. I think I just need to be quiet for a little while and just "listen." This is a favorite house quote from Under the Tuscan Sun that sums up what I am feeling right now...

"The new life might shape itself to the contours of the house, which already is at home in the landscape, and to the rhythms around it."

It is Spring here in New England. The trees have just started to leaf out, there are flowers blooming, and it all seems a huge metaphor as we too start our new life in our new house. To my family, old friends, and new friends... I thank you so much for your constant encouragement and support. I wish you Happy, and I will see you soon!


  1. I have been there. I have done that. I remember and feel the emotional bruises left from the trials and tribulation of renovating.

    The good news is that there is something so medicinal and healing in unpacking those moving boxes and surrounding yourself with the things you hold dear. It gets even better when you are living your life in your home surrounded by those you love.

  2. Congratulations! can't wait to see you settled in and pictures!!!

  3. Congratulations on the move and I just know that this journey to getting to this date will all be worth it once you are settled in.

    I will miss your posts while you are unpacking but look forward to the day you start showing us peeks into the finished home, the barn as it progresses and the beautiful countryside around it.

  4. Just having a little cry.... you know that I know - you Know !I unpacked another box yesterday and thought WHY DID I DO THAT?? I have no place to put anything! Please don't leave us until it's "done" give us a tease along the way. Will miss you!

  5. What?! No more posts?!

    Naw...enjoy your unpacking and settling and tending. Why, the sheep are having babies, bulbs are blooming, baby ducks are following mama...and Joan and coolio are settling in to a beautiful home in a beautiful corner of the world.

    All is good!

  6. What a perfect time of the year to move into your home! Spring is all about "new". I continue to wish you both all the happiness. On those days when unpacking becomes overwhelming, sit back and listen to your home...while enjoying some wine. We will all be here ready to read all about your "new" home.

  7. Joan,

    Best of luck with unpacking and settling into your farmhouse. Watching the transformation of your house has been a very enjoyable time. (I know it wasn't so enjoyable for you!) I'll miss your posts and will look forward to your blogging return.

  8. Thinking of you. Enjoy this time. xo Julia

  9. Joan, What a lovely way to say "until next time and thank you" to your readers. I hope everything goes so smoothly for you and Dan during your move in and "tending" time. I plan to answer your last email eventually, but one thing has stayed with me since you last wrote - Bobby McAlpine has also been one of my favorite architects for many years!

    Have so much fun in the coming weeks!!

  10. Congratulations! How exciting! Enjoy moving in and unpacking and decorating. :)

  11. Ahhhhhhhhhh, how great the feeling! Enjoy this time and please when you are up to it some photos, yes we want photos!

  12. ...may God rest His eye upon your house...and fill your home with love...laney

  13. I have enjoyed the journey.. best of luck to you!

  14. Your post brings great excitement, but tinged with a little selfishness too Joan - I'll miss your lovely posts. Thank you so much for allowing me to peek into your journal, for sharing the good (& occasional not so goods!) of your amazing journey, it's been an honour. Enjoy the pleasure the next couple of weeks will bring you & Dan & looking forward to seeing you settled in.
    Millie ^_^

  15. I came late to your journey. I can not wait to see the finished home. I am positive it will be lovey.


  16. Congratulations! You and Granny were moving in the same day! I am so happy for ya'll. Love you, Jenny


    I'm so happy for you...I love this post...just lovely. Take your time...we'll still be here. Cannot wait until you begin sharing again.

    :) Sally

  18. Enjoy your 'soaking'! You so deserve it. I will soon too get to 'soak' in 4 weeks time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! A-M xx

  19. I am so HAPPY for you! And anxiously await your next post to fill us in on your wonderful new home!

  20. How exciting, Joan.
    So, how is it going?
    Can't wait to find out, but for now enjoy all of your hard work.


  21. Found you via The Little Big House. NH/VT are favorite places. How lucky you are to live there. What a great renovation (and a huge undertaking). It looks beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. WOW! Isn't it the most amazing feeling knowing that the goal you've worked toward is so close!

    Congratulations to both of you.

  23. Congratulations and hope you're settling in well. Can't wait to see it all!

  24. Congrats. I can't wait to see your photos!!
    Good Luck settling in.


  25. Hi Joan,

    Just checking in on your blog because I love it and miss your "adventure" so much! I hope you and your hubby are feeling settled and excited about your "new" house. The rewards for all the hard work and frustration are these days of decorating and relaxing. I am sure that you still have much unpacking and work to do. However, I hope you both are finding time to enjoy. Just wanted to say Hi and that I miss you.

    Margaret, Virginia Beach


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