We are in Washington! We are absolutely in love with this place - the weather, the trees, but mostly, our house. We did the walk-through today to look for little things to fix before they hand over the keys on Friday - things like nail pops and drywall dents and stuff. It took almost 3 1/2 hours (my brother Jeff sat outside in the car with the kids the whole time, bless his soul!) but it was fun. I have to say that I have never felt a feeling quite like the feeling home-ownership inspires in me. Not to be cheesy or lame or anything, but I am SO proud of this place, and I don't even live in it yet. It's something I have never experienced before - loving this building because it's mine. It's OUR home, and we own it. It just makes me fill up with warmth and happiness when I think about living there and making our life in between those walls.
As we walked through the kitchen and were being shown how to work the stove and oven (which, by the way, was awesome), I had to fight back the tears. Excitement was literally overwhelming me. Then tonight we went to the mall and purchased a fridge, washer, and dryer. On the way home, I was once again almost brought to tears by a feeling of gratitude for how blessed I am. I have a beautiful family and a beautiful house, an incredible husband, and our whole lives ahead of us. I don't feel that I have earned all these things I have been given so abundantly, but I am certainly going to try harder to deserve them. I am so very blessed.