Goodbye, Florida Avenue


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It’s been quiet on Dream|a|Latte this week, but we’ve made up for that with the crazy and chaotic in our own lives! I haven’t even had a moment to sit down and collect my thoughts, much less take the time to invite you all into what’s going on- but now seems like a good time to document this past week!

"Where did everything go?" -Emery, all confused.

“Where did everything go?” -Emery, all confused.

This week marked the last one in our little townhome of four years! It’s definitely bittersweet. I’ve been exhausted with work and packing (I may have too many things), and so I haven’t had time for much other than that at all.  With everything I did this week, I found myself thinking that it’s “the last time” I’ll be doing it here! And then trying to soften that blow by reminding myself that new firsts are around the corner. I still remember finding our little home, how it was a direct gift from God…

… Ernest and I were looking for apartments a couple months before our wedding in the Denver area in our realistic price range. Most of them were small, older, dirty looking… but that’s what we kept finding, so I was mentally preparing myself to settle for these types of places. After all, what can I expect from our first apartment, and it’s not so bad when you’re freshly married and still puppy lovin’, right? I figured it’s life!

Well, I was in the dentist’s office getting my teeth whitened as a little gift from my mom, and Ernest was in the waiting room continuing to look at apartments for us. Right as I finished, he excitedly rushed me out, saying we need to leave right away to check out this one townhome that looks amazing! He showed me the pictures and it was a DEFINITE step up from what we were currently looking at. We get there, and we knew it was the place. It was valued doubled than the prices we were looking at, but because it was in foreclosure, we got it for half the price! It came as-is, with a bit of cleaning and painting to do, and other minor mishaps, but nothing compared to what we thought we’d have to settle for. That doesn’t just happen!! I remember that pleasant feeling of settling into being content with the little we had, but then God exceeding those expectations with a big something extra.

Our bedroom, with a homemade ladder to my little reading nook =]

Our bedroom, with a homemade ladder to my little reading nook =]

It’s been such a good home for us! I’m going to miss the grey and purple walls that Ernest and my brothers messily painted up =P. The big windows… the built in shelves that fit my books and crafts and pictures… the little reading nook Ernest made for me in the bedroom. The fireplace in the wintertime, and the [idea] of having a balcony in the summer (we hardly used it!)

I’m going to miss having friends crammed in it all hanging out together, even though the room was awkwardly shaped anyway. Having family spend the night, from my sister and dad living with us for a short while, to my lovely cousins maximizing sleeping space during their Colorado visits! And I’m going to miss it just being a place where Ernest and I have grown individually and together. A place that has housed laugher and tears, yelling and comfort, and that has been our temporary place of peace and rest for each other. God really is a giver of all good things, down to the details, and my heart is so full seeing how He’s taken care of us, and trusting him to continue to!

Our last meal, of course, Made a hectic day of moving a little bearable.

Our last meal, of course, Made a hectic day of moving a little bearable.

It’s scary but exciting looking into the unknown and not exactly knowing what is next. So far we’re keeping an eye out for homes, even though it’s a terrible market for buying. We’re also looking for a coffee shop location with an apartment over it of some sort, even though this is also rare. But neither of these are impossible, so we’ll keep taking steps and seeing what doors open! We’re currently planning to stay the summer with our family while we continue looking, and building our coffee shop concept. After all, entrepreneurship takes a little risk and sacrifice, right? Not to mention we’ll be adding onto the adventures these next three weeks while traveling Northern Europe!!! 

I may be posting a tad less these next couple weeks, if that’s ok with you =] I’m looking forward to exploring these beautiful countries, trying out coffee shops, and spending time with Ernest, but I still can’t wait to share our adventures at least once a week! I will probably post daily pictures on Instagram, if you’d like to follow me on that. However, I already am planning to share lots of pictures on the gorgeous countries we’ll visit, so stay tuned!

 

Goodbye, Florida Avenue. Onto the adventures that await!

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