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Recalling Memories While Preparing to Move Into a New House

Updated on September 20, 2012

Our closing date has been set and the U-Haul has been rented. It is official! We are moving.

A friend called me today asking if I am getting nostalgic about the ‘old house’ or just so excited about the new one. I told her, “I guess both.” It made me wonder, “What I am going to miss the most about our house?”

In the midst of being knee deep in packing boxes and living with only the necessities, I have taken a moment to think about our current house. Living in a home for ten year, memories have been collected.

Top Memories of Our House

  • Engagement and building our home
  • Our children were born in our house
  • Memories throughout the house
  • Neighborhood/Friends

Engagement Memories

We got engaged in our neighborhood
We got engaged in our neighborhood | Source

We Are the Original Owners of our Home

Our neighborhood has a common, green space with a gazebo. This is where we got engaged. My husband chose this spot because we knew we would build our first home in this neighborhood and start our family there. Not a day goes by that I don’t drive by the gazebo and recall the cold and rainy night in December when everything changed.

Our family started in this house.

Our Family Grew Up in Our House

Our children were all born in our old house
Our children were all born in our old house | Source

Our Five Children Were Born in This House

When we married and moved into our home, I recall thinking, "What will we do with ‘all that space’?

When we moved in, my step daughter was an only child starting the fourth grade. Now, she is a sophomore in college and the oldest of six children. All of our children were born in this house. This is the house where they came home from the hospital, learned to sleep through the night, spit up on the floor, took their first steps and potty trained. From this house, they started their first days of preschool, Kindergarten and grade school.

Times have changed and so has our family.

Even Our Walls Are Full of Memories

Each child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle
Each child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle | Source

Memories Throughout the House

I drew each of the children when they were about six months old. We created a wall of these pencil drawings including the words, “Each child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle”.

Our children’s growth chart is in the kitchen. We picked a wall and marked their heights, including the name and date on each entry. The kids enjoy seeing if they have grown. Even more, our younger children like to see if they are taller than their older siblings at the same age.

We take our children’s first day of school pictures on the front steps and pictures after Easter mass on the back steps. Christmas morning, Santa sets gifts in front of our fireplace in our great room.

I can not take a step in our house without recalling some childhood milestone. Our house has memories scattered throughout.

First Day of School Pictures on the Front Porch

Our porch is where we take our first day of school pictures
Our porch is where we take our first day of school pictures

Our Neighbors Are Our Friends

We chose our neighborhood due to proximity to the city and work, a strong school system and our desire to start a family in the suburbs. Our neighbors did the same.

At first, our only bond was proximity. Overtime, real friendships emerged. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a friend walk by my house and wave. Our children run around the block and I know if they skin their knee, a friend’s door is nearby and they will walk them home. When cooler evenings return, so do fire pits. Fire pits have an open door policy. It is an informal gathering of neighbors who are now friends.

In our old house we are surrounded by friends.

We Have Fond Memories of Our Old House

We Will Miss Our Old House
We Will Miss Our Old House | Source

We Will Take Memories of Our Old Home

The new owners will paint our walls, cover our memories and begin making their own. Next year’s school pictures will be taken on a new front porch. Santa will need to load our new fireplace address in his GPS. Soon, this house will no longer be our home.

In the midst of my nostalgia, I have kids running around asking, “What day do we move?” The kids are excited.

The moment we set foot in our new home, my husband and I looked at each other and smiled. As we walked from room to room, we could picture our family in this new house. The children knew instantly which room would be theirs. I knew where the kids would do their homework while I prepared dinner. I could picture where our play gym will go in the back yard.

We felt at home.

When we leave our house, we cannot take our walls, our steps or our fireplace. But, we don't need to.

We found our new home.

We only need to take the memories of an amazing ten years.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Holy cow, Jimmy! That would be very memorable! That brought a smile to my face. Thanks, Jimmy!

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      James Paterson 4 years ago from Scotland

      It is always emotional when you move home, I don't think that I ever want to move away from the house I am in now, my youngest son came early and was born about 3ft away from where I am sitting now seconds before the ambulance got here.....jimmy

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Marlene! You are correct...they identified the correct rooms instantly. Our move is bitter sweet but we are anxious for what lies ahead. Thanks for the comments!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wow... such memories. That's one house I would find difficult to leave. I would cry all the way to the new house.

      I sold real estate for over twenty years. When showing property to people with children, I was amazed at how the children ran to a room and claimed it as theirs. In every case, they instantly and correctly identified their room. I am still amazed at how they do that. I enjoyed your story and wish you much love in your new home.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      That is a great idea, Janis. I fortunately know the family moving into my house. I know I will be able to get some starts easily as a result. I already took our iris bulbs (funny that we both picked the same one!). They have traveled with me multiple places and i love the way they look in the spring. Additionally, my family all have very mature gardens. I am sure when I am ready for more new perennials, they will be able to help. I am most anxious at the possibility of starting a vegetable garden at the new house!

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      Janis Goad 4 years ago

      Are you taking plant divisions from your old garden and your old friends to start your new garden? That is an amazing metaphor for continuance that continues to flower over time.

      I have some iris divisions my father's father planted near the stone wall at the cottage in Ontario, and my father took some to their retirement home in British Columbia. Now they bloom each spring in my garden in Kamloops, and I see them and visit with my grampa.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Goodlady, thanks for the happy tears! We love our house, but we are ready to love the new one, too! I am excited to see how quickly it will feel like we have 'always lived there'. Thanks for the kind words!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I'm crying with all those stories of your life in your home that you'll take with you. Nice tears. Wiping eyes. And thanks so much for sharing this moment with us. Wish I was a bug on the wall in your new home to see how everyone makes it theirs! Have a lot of fun.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Janis! I love your sentiment: Farewells are always beginnings. I love it!

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      Janis Goad 4 years ago

      Great hub, Karen. Farewells are always beginnings. Best wishes for your next chapter.