Monday, December 30, 2013

Moving in, and moving on.

So i'm a bit behind with these posts. It's been a very busy month,

Home.  We are home.

The first week of Dec, the contractor got an occupancy permit that allowed us to move in before the house was  completely finished. We didn't actually move anything into the house. We just bought mattresses to sleep on and only spent the nights in the house. During the day we stayed in the camper until the construction crew was done working, usually around 6 pm.  We spent about a week living like this back and forth between the house and camper. It was a bit of a difficult transition, as it rained the entire week and the yard was a complete mud pit. It was always dark when the construction crew left and we had to try and remember to gather up school clothes, food and everything we needed so we didn't have to go back and forth in the dark.  We didn't have furniture or blinds on any of the windows, so we all hung out in the back bedroom. So for that first week we had kind of been living in our new home.

It's a strange feeling being here. Ever since the fire, my only goal has just been to get back home. Moving into the RV on our property helped a ton. Especially during the summer when i could be outside all day.  Once the cold weather hit, and i found myself stuck inside all the time, i began to feel lost again. The space was too small to pull out the crafts that typically keep me sane during the winter months. i was watching the house being built, literally right outside the door and i was ready to come home.  i didn't really know what that meant, i just knew the feeling.

So here we are, in this new house. It is becoming more familiar, but is still very new and very empty. At times it feels like we are back in the rental house, because of the room sizes and all the drywall. It's a strange deja vu feeling.  We only moved across the yard, but emotionally it still takes a huge amount of adjustment. That camper has been our home for the last 6-7 months.  But here we are, again trying to find home.  Our old house had very little drywall, it was almost entirely wood.  i wanted the wood paneling in the front room for this reason. It is the only wall in the house that isn't drywall, but it brings a little familiarity of my old house to this strange place.

This weekend, Kenan and his shopmate moved all the furniture and boxes from the glass shop. Right now we have a mismatch of furniture that was given to us, and boxes and boxes of clothing that were donated those first days and put into storage. It will be a long process of going through them all and sorting them out. i did this those first days after the fire, pulling out only what was immediately needed and putting the rest back into boxes, and sent back to Kenan's shop.  i am not looking forward to doing it again, almost one year later.  The kids have grown so much that most clothing items can just be donated back to the goodwill.

The kids are happy to be here. They are very much enjoying their new rooms and creating their space. This is the first time Sage has had her very own room.  She still sneaks into our bed each morning. :) 

i'm adding the little details that help make this place feel like home to me.  We started by decorating the windows with rainbow stars and snowflakes. We made lots of snowflakes, and hung them in the windows and from the wood trim across the kitchen ceiling. i brought in baskets of pine cones, and the stain glass dragonfly and butterfly (that were in the camper) to hang in my kitchen window.  

We are still moving things over, and slowly unpacking. Creating our spaces, and creating new memories.  We are getting there, each day a little closer. A little closer to home...closer to that feeling of home. 


When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. 
Sam Ewing

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rebuild 4 Reid fundraiser- Another local house fire.

So unbelievably sad!!!! Can't believe that this has happened to friends / neighbors in our little community again. We've known these folks for a good number of years and have been given produce and other help from Joe over the years.  The Reids' tragically lost their daughter, Lisa, in February in a car crash and dropped their home owners insurance to pay for her funeral, and then their home just burned to the ground on Thanksgiving Eve. They lost everything including their vehicles, which were parked near the home.

You can view the story below on our local news channel.

 Kenan will be unleashing his marble skills again over the next few weeks to raise as much $ as possible for them. i will share links to the auctions once they are posted. 

Here's the donation fund link, please donate if you can. These folks have lost so much.

This was taken from the Rebuild 4 Reid Fundraiser page. i do not know who took the photo. 

The dawn before Thanksgiving the house where Joe, Ella and their son Joel were that night suddenly caught fire. The house filled with smoke & moments later the whole back of the house was up in flames. This year has brought many hardships for the Reid family. Lisa , the eldest daughter died in a car wreck back in February. They have 3 grandchildren 11 year old grandson who lives in Floyd & 8 year old twin grandchildren from Roanoke. All made many memories in this home making it hard for them all. The Reid's walked out in nothing but their bed clothes and bare feet. The fire took both their vehicles & all personal items including all the late daughter's personal belongings that were to be passed down to her son at a later time. Their son Joel, was a 2003 graduate of Floyd Co. High. Please reach out to this family anything we can do for them will make a world of difference and give them a boost to rebuild a home for them. 

- See more at:

When we lost our home in Jan, the love and support we received was so incredibly important in keeping our spirits up. We were so incredibly lucky that we were all okay, that we had an amazing community rallying behind us and that we were insured! My heart truly breaks for this family.  i can't even imagine what they are going though. Please share the link and help spread their story!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Novica- Premium Gift Wrap Review and Giveaway!

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Disclosure: Novica provided me with a gift code to use and one to giveaway. In exchange for a blog post about their new Premium Gift wrap service. All opinions are my own.