Saturday, July 13, 2013

Farewell Jackson Avenue!

This is definitely long overdue but better late than never, right?!?

It was a particularly warm and sunny Fall morning when we became homeowners for the third time!  I was eight months pregnant when we assumed ownership of our Jackson Avenue home.  It had just been fabulously remodeled and we were specifically excited about the granite counter tops, hardwood floors, zero carpet and extra living space for our growing family!  We have soooo many sweet and unforgettable memories from here.  It's where.....

*Jarrod spent many hours building the kids' first swing set by hand (it was his post football season project and I was super impressed by his carpentry skills!)

*We brought Owen home from the hospital

*We gave Owen his very first bath (Big sister was lots of help!)

*We hosted our first Thanksgiving (when Owen was just a month old!)

*Owen enjoyed his first dip in the backyard pool

*We trick-or-treated on the nearby streets with sweet friends

*Emma learned to play t ball (even before she was potty trained!)

*We hosted baby ducklings for a few weeks

*We installed and painted a brand new front door

*We celebrated many birthdays (including Owen's first birthday party)

*We hosted friends over for play dates

*We said bedtime prayers and enjoyed many, many sweet bedtime stories

*Roxie got sprayed by a skunk (eww!)

*Emma played countless hours of dress up :)

*We played numerous games of 'hide and seek'.  The kids could usually be found hiding in the bottom cabinet of a shelf in the living room :)

*We took first day of school photos on the front porch

*We could clearly hear the Yoemen band and football announcer from our backyard

*We made (and left) cookies for Santa

*Owen learned to crawl...then walk....then run :)

*Our families helped us put up a full privacy fence

*I had an itty bitty helper in the kitchen

*We waited for daddy to return home from work on the front steps almost every day

*We enjoyed a real snow day!

Our house was on the market for nearly 14 long months.  We prayed earnestly and specifically that we would receive a reasonable offer (quickly!) and that it would pass smoothly through an inspection.  It was certainly a huge test of faith and patience and a lesson that God's timing is always perfect.  On the afternoon of 2/13 I received the call from our realtor that we had an offer!!  I shed happy tears.  On the afternoon of 3/13 we closed!  Praise the Lord!  It was nice to be able to do it person and meet the new owners.

We left a little housewarming gift for the new owners.  We hope that they enjoy the house and make plenty of sweet memories just like we did :)

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