It's Day 3 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, and I'm writing a goodbye letter to our house in a series of memories since we will be moving in April.
I went to this website to help me reconstruct, in photos, the building process.
Basement framework goes up
Now it starts taking shape
Having fun in the basement
It's a house!
Stairs! These stairs became a place where we staged many a photo!
Back of the house
Windows go in!
By the end of September 2004, our house took shape. We've built two houses from the ground up during our marriage; the process is much like marriage itself. You choose a foundation from which to build - for us it was a faith in God, commitment to family, and a promise that nothing could separate us. Then you build a framework of trust, optimism, and fun. After the framework, all the internal systems go in; for a house, that means plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and insulation. For a marriage, it's the daily routines, careers, education, cooking meals, taking care of health, and family commitments; these can challenge marriage, but when done together and in sync, are the ordinary moments that make a life. Next, you complete the drywall, interior and exterior finishes, and driveways and walkways. I see that as the finishing touches on a marriage - the friends and family who enter and exit, the small things you do for each other, the long conversations, and the things you learn about your spouse.
And last, but most exciting, you complete the house. Of course, that's when those two cute little girls come into the home. For us, that was in the first house we built; the first came within the first year of finishing the house. In this house, both girls moved out. Full circle. It's appropriate, then, that our next house wasn't built or bought move-in ready. We completely gutted it (much like "The Property Brothers"), and started all over. I'm sure I could find a metaphor in that...