Between the time change last weekend, our absent children, and this move, the last week has been disorienting and awkward, especially online. We’ve been restoring and repairing our home as we’ve been moving in, and at times, I’ve felt overwhelmed by how much we have left to do. In better moments, I’ve had great perspective, enjoying our progress and the excitement of our new space. While I’ll be showing more details as more things come together, I wanted to show a few bits of this week and our new home.
As you see, we painted every bit of our new home in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. Mark literally sprayed the place, even the dirty, tiled kitchen counters–a temporary solution, we know. But worth it. I hand-painted the trim and woodwork and doors (as mentioned previously), using an oil-based paint in the same color. We transformed a closet into a built-in bookshelf (with my father’s help), removed floor vents and replaced flooring (with Tim’s help), moved in our large furniture (with the help of friends), built a closet in our bedroom (with our friend Buck’s help), scrubbed and sealed our wood floors, ripped off unwanted cabinet doors and shelves in the kitchen, loaded and unloaded several boxes, and still ate delicious meals (thanks to my sister Kristen). While there is still much to be finished, we accomplished so much this week mostly because parents graciously kept the kids for us to work freely until our bodies ached and our clear-minded-ness transformed into delirium. Hillary Clinton said it takes a village to raise a child. I think the same could be said about moving. I’m so grateful for friends and family who give so generously to us. And thank you all for your patience here during this transition.