Thursday, April 29, 2010

tears coming and going

2002

we came a long way in the nearly a decade that we lived here (we moved in in 2001, but i couldn't locate any of those pix this morning). i cried my eyes out the first time we looked at the house. it was a 70s nightmare through and through, green countertops that on top of it were for freakishly short people and came up to about my knees (only a slight exaggeration). but we built on and we built a whole flock of little buildings in the garden. and we shared many a laugh and dinners and countless bottles of wine with friends. and now it's time to move on to the next chapter and i find myself crying as we leave too.

2010
the house (and my photography) have come a long way!
but, i have to dry my tears, pack the iMac in the car and locate the cat. see you sometime next week on the other side. :-)

27 comments:

Shokoofeh said...

I hope your new place bring lots and lots and lots of happiness and joy to you and your family. more than ever!

Love you!
xo

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

Good luck! Bye bye old house! <3

The Fragrant Muse said...

Geez. I'm getting emotional.
We've all come to know and love your home with it's lovely light, special corners, unique design and the (quite famous) blue room. Your home is where we've come to know and adore you and now we too, are leaving it behind as we travel with you to the new place.

Good luck with the move and all the excitement and weirdness that comes with living in a new home. It is going to be an amazingly wonderful new chapter in your life! Big Hug, Liz xo

inna said...

good luck with the move and new home!:)

sarahowens said...

Now I have tears too!
I wish you much happiness in the new place - I know you'll make it a wonderful home and fill it with beautiful memories too!

Sammi said...

Wow Julie, the difference is incredible!

How amazing!

You will love your new home, and all the changes you can make!

*hugs*

xxx

Our Little Finch Flock said...

I am just learning about you at the end of one of your life chapters. I will be excited to hear what your new journey brings to you! I wish you and your family all the best!

Elizabeth said...

I'm crying with you.

xoxo Elizabeth

Kaye Turner said...

me too x

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Dr. Seuss -

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

But I say -

Let the tears come..

good luck with it all!

Deb said...

The before and after pics are amazing. It'll be so much fun to see the changes in your new home unfold. Blessings on your transition from one home to the next.

Anne said...

Wow! What a difference those years make. And oh, little tiny Sabin! Best of luck, and looking forward to hearing about the start of your new life in the new house.

Jill C. said...

I know it's very difficult to leave the home that you created wonderful memories in. But, I know you will create wonderful new memories in your new home! Best Wishes!

Marilynne said...

You are good to your houses. This one certainly benefited from your time there. Just think what wonders you will create in the new place.

Cry only a little. Your future home is waiting.

Molly said...

Good luck with The Move my dear!

wholly jeanne said...

well, shoot. i saw you over at mrs. mediocrity's place, stopped by, and you're gone. i'm just gonna' make myself at home, poke around here, and wait on you to light somewhere.

kristina - no penny for them said...

oh my, you have turned that house into a right little beauty! which means your new place is damn lucky it was found by you and now has a very bright future ahead of itself...

good luck with the move. saying good-bye is so hard - hang in there - the smiles are just around the corner...

jill said...

oh, how a house becomes ours, after years of sweat and toil...but like you said, it's time to move forward and start creating new memories that will include my laughs as well! Good luck with your move!

Marinik said...

gosh i've missed so much here in the blogosphere... :( thanks to fb at least we see each other in that corner huh? dry your tears my dear, you'll always have the great memories from there and you'll make new ones in your new corner of the world, good luck :)
oh and i haven't forgotten, as soon as i'm on my way to greece i'm calling you :)

Lisa-Marie said...

What a beautiful house it has become.
You should remember that your hard work has given someone somewhere to live that has soul and happiness in it!

Sabin is so tiny in that first picture!

Barb said...

Wow. You really did make it beautiful. I can't wait to see what transformations are in store for your beautiful new house. I also cried when I left my last house. Good luck. See you on the other side!

Lynne said...
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Lynne said...

oh wow! What a change! Great to see the before and after. Really looking forward to seeing the transformation of the new place.
New beginnings always have an element of pain, but that's just to remind us it is worth the effort.

Bee said...

May you have an inspired combination of good luck and good fortune on your new journey. xx

discounderworld said...

Julie! Where have you gone? How long does it take for a person to connect the internet in your land? Am having withdrawls.....

Imelda said...

good luck on your new house! you DO take wonderful pictures!

Joanna Jenkins said...

You did such an amazing job with this gorgeous home and property that it is understandably hard to leave. Have a good cry, or two and go find the cat. We'll wait for you to get back.
xoxo