Thursday, March 19, 2009

Little House on Jefferson Street

One year ago yesterday, it was monsooning in Dallas/Fort Worth and a huge moving truck was packing up our little house on Jefferson Street. It had to have been the worst possible day to move. Jackson was in child care at our church, I was holed up in the neighborhood McDonald's doing some work, and Curtis was overseeing the packing process. I had never seen it rain like that. Of all days!

There was too much flooding around town and between Irving and Houston to make the drive out of town. All the hotels were booked up because of cancelled flights at DFW airport. We said emotional goodbyes to Janelle and everyone in the church offices that day and headed for Sunni's house. They were sweet to take in our little displaced family on an emotional, stressful, and wet day. She would have been justified in never talking to me again after we brought our nasty, wet dog into their house who had literally been sitting in the downpour for twelve hours.

We spent the night there and the next morning, Jackson, Beckham and I set out for Houston. Curtis stayed behind so oversee phase two of the move. It was a gorgeous, blue day if I remember correctly. Hours later, we met up with him a mile from the house and then pulled up in our new driveway together. It was the end of one wonderful chapter and the beginning of another.

Today I feel grateful and sad. I'm grateful for the life we have here and the incredible things God has done for us in the last 12 months. But I'm sad too. I miss my North Texas friends so much. It's been October since we visited and that was really, really brief. We are planning on visiting in April, but I would need a week to get to see everyone long enough to feel like I was all caught up. I'm not sure what the point of this is. I'm just feeling sentimental today. And I guess I want to say to my friends in DFW, I miss y'all so much! Every single day.

*I detailed the reasons for our move in this post last year if anyone wasn't around back then and is curious.

Here are some pictures of our house on Jefferson Street. This was the first home we owned. It was where we brought our first child home from the hospital. It's what we poured our blood, sweat, tears, and money into for 6 months before we ever moved in. We had a nice little life there, just one block away from our church. God has been so gracious to us.











48 comments:

bethany said...

I totally know how it is to long for your first home. I still feel that way about our house in Springville, UT and we moved almost three years ago!! There's just something about that first place you buy together and the memories there....

Taylor said...

this was so sweet.

::Taylor

R said...

aDORable!!! i've always wanted a house like that. i love it!! what a sweet retrospective.

ThirtysomethingMom said...

This is a precious post. It is bitter sweet to remember those important dates on this timeline that we call life. Precious memories.

Have a blessed day.

HisTreasuredPossession said...

the house with the Red door?! So pretty. So cute!!

Longmeadow Mama said...

Ah, yes, the red door! I remember your posts about that!
Nothing like your first house. And yours was adorable.
Kelli

debra said...

Love the photos! It looks like The Heights in Houston. I love it around there.

Amy said...

OHHH!!! Christmas lights!! Look how precious that house was!! It is really something special when you bring your new baby to their new home for the first time!! Baby girl will add that "stamp" to that new home of yours.

Patty said...

What a sweet post. We have been in our home for 14 months now and it is hard to move and leave behind friend and family and a church home. I know you will have so much fun going back in April to visit and this time you are bringing a precious little girl!
Love,
Patty

Smith Family said...

Amanda!!! What a beautiful little tribute to your Little House on Jefferson Street. I wanted to cry. I know a thing or two about that first house... the one you bring your baby home to for the first time. It is so special and will forever be in your heart! The memories are just irreplaceable! We love and miss you guys.
~The Smiths

Dionna said...

Love the seasonal pictures. A first home is always special.

The B's said...

I am so sentimental like that too! :) I LOVE that house! It is too cute! :) I'm so glad you that you are living close to your mom especially with AnnaBeth now. I miss my mom not living close to us.

Lauren said...

Your old house was SO cute! And I LOVE the red door--it did double the charm factor!

Moose Mama said...

Awww, what a sweet house. I'm sorry you are missing your friends. These are hard situations, Amanda, knowing you must leave, wanting to leave, wanting to stay. sigh.

Melana

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

What a cute house!

I read the posts you linked and almost cried. God is good to have given you such good friends.

Amber said...

honey...we miss you soo much too! you almost made me cry! we are so happy for yall that you are in Houston but boy do we miss you up here! love you friend!

Holly said...

What a wonderful beginning you all have! I love sweet times of thinking back. Even more, and I have said it to you before, the times together with these dear friends will be ever sweeter!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Love,
Holly

Emmy said...

That is the most precious house! : )

Toknowhim said...

What a cute house, and it looks adorable with Christmas lights as well... I am sure you are deeply missed as well...

Mommy said...

That is a cute little house you moved out of!

I know how it feels to move away from friends and family! I don't know how far Houston is from DFW but I hope you get to visit soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Ohtobebeautiful said...

I feel the same way about our old place. Its hard to move away from a home with so many great memories, but then you move to the new place and create a whole new set of memories. This was such a sweet post!

Debbie said...

I'm feeling you! We hit one year in our new place of ministry this week. We actually moved even farther north away from family so from time to time I start missing everyone. I even miss our small little home from our first ministry=) in a strange kind of way.

Thanks for posting. It's been an eventful year!

Lauren Kelly said...

Amanda, that house is absolutely precious!!!! {{hugs}} I pray April will come quick for you :o)

connorcolesmom said...

super cute house
I feel your "pain"
We moved 5 yrs ago from sweet friends and family
I still miss our first home and our wonderful neighborhood/neighbors
God is so faithful and blesses us so much
Thanks for sharing with us :)
Blessings
Kim

Heather said...

oh man, I am crying now! This was so sweet and I will be writing a similar post this year I am sure. I drove by our old house here in TN the other day and lost it. I just sat there, so many emotions and the day they were loading up the truck it was raining as well! Your house in DFW is super cute and I love seeing the Christmas lights on it! Such a sweet post!

The Barfuss Family said...

I can't believe it has already been a year!!! I for one am SO glad ya'll moved here. :)

Cheri-Beri said...

Almost 13 years ago we had our first little house built on Troy Place. I now live in another state, but my mom and I drove by the little house in January when I was visiting. Sweet memories.

Thanks for making me remember :-)

Bev Brandon said...

We moved from DFW area last summer after many years in same church, same school, same house...what a privilege to be called to a new place in house and heart. You've certainly honored your God well in losing everyday life with your darling friends. I bet you'll always have their love.

Marc and Charity said...

That house is so cute, I love the walkway in front! We've never had the priviledge to own a home but I'm sure I would feel the same way. I've cried everytime we have moved- even when it was just to another apartment complex! Ha. The worst cry was the day we moved out of our little flat above the Baptist Church in our first two years here. I cried moving in becaues I hated it and two years later I loved it! :)

Carolina Mama said...

Love this. First houses are so great. Great post and pics. :)

Tasha said...

Aww,that is such a cute house.It just has that cozy look.I too am missing some old friends today.

Jen said...

cute pictures! and on a completely unrelated note, i gave birth to our little girl, Eden, on Feb. 21st and am currently rockin' the "baby bangs"...what fun...

Yolanda said...

That is a darlin' home!

Becca said...

We miss ya'll too! Hope to see you soon!

annalee said...

what a great tribute to a great place. it sure does take time to make a new place feel like home in those ways:)

The Allens said...

We moved from DFW a year and a month ago...I understand...

balmingilead said...

Since I myself am the most crazy sentimental person in our family, I get what you are saying in this beautiful post.
I see why you loved that house - it not only has a darling, beckoning outside appeal...but it symbolizes also the home and family created on the inside.

Murrell Family said...

We were talking in the office this week that it had been a year since the move. You guys are missed very much! I drive by your house sometimes and wish that you were still there!

Lindsee Lou said...

Y'alls house was so cute. What a sweet little tribute! I pray huge blessing on y'all for the years to come in the city that is Houston. :)

Tara G. said...

I moved to Anchorage from Atlanta when we got married and immediately began rectifying the 70's color scheme and texture of the condo my husband owned. It was pretty bad- it's fun to think back to the work we did together. We're military and have moved plenty of times since then. We're up for our second move in 15 months this December (please, Lord, not the Pentagon!)...I haven't even gotten someone out to repair the damaged furniture yet!

Mitzi said...

Eventhough we were excited to move "home" to Georgia 3 years ago, we still miss our first home together in Ohio. We only lived there three years, so we have lived here just as long, but that's where we brought both our babies home and there is something about your first home that will always tug at your heart strings. Thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane with us.

Allison said...

Your old house was so precious! Everyone loves their 1st house. I miss mine too. :)

Fran said...

I absolutely adore your house Amanda. My hubs and I drive by our first house whenever we can. We don't live in memphis anymore, but when we are there playing baseball with the boys, we'll drive by and just smile.

I think as mommas we will always be sentimental about every crazy thing! :)

Hope your weekend is good!
Hugs,
Fran

Julie and Alberto Robles said...

Aww! I think of you every time I drive by, and sometimes go out of my way to drive by! We miss you terribly here, but we know that God's taking you where He needs you to be. Miss you, friend.

katiegfromtennessee said...

God has brought you through a lot Little Momma. Each place you have lived, and the people you have met along the way. I wish you could have met my big sis. She moved to Dallas about a yr before you moved to Houston. Ya'll are both sweetheart dolls:)

katiegfromtennessee

MamaCass said...

We miss y'all too! I have such good memories of our fun play dates. I can't believe it has been a year already. Great pictures of your sweet little home on Jefferson Street.

theweaver said...

It doesn't seem like a year's already gone by... I remember reading your posts on moving...

I was hoping that missing those you love would get easier after a year, but alas, it doesn't appear that way... there are moments when I am grieving my friends so badly it's paralyzing... but God is good and this is our home now... I just never realized it'd be so hard...

Ps... I read the post above too about being real... thank you.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Oh man, we miss y'all too! SO much! Can't wait 'til April. Can we do a Sonic lunch and pretend like y'all never left?