The House

After several years of searching I finally found it yesterday. Our house. For the past five years my little family has lived in a three bedroom apartment in the middle of downtown. There were times when this was a great convenience. We enjoyed the parades going right by our front door and having the carnival be within walking distance however there were many drawbacks. We had to park a block and a half away so grocery shopping has been a pain especially since after hauling it that far we then had to carry them up the stairs. In the summer there would be rooftop parties outside the kids’  windows which would keep them awake after bedtime. There was no yard. We enjoy being outside especially in the winter. But for that to happen we needed to either walk to the park a few blocks away and be freezing and ready to go back in by the time we got there or drive across town to my parents’ house. All of that is about to be behind us.

Yesterday we got a house. It won’t be ready for us until June but that is not that far away. Its an older home which has some vines attempting to grow up the side, my daughter wants to keep them but I am not sure. The three season porch is probably where we will read and maybe even where I will write during the warmer months. That porch is right off of the living room with a set of French doors leading into the sitting area. While the living room is a bit smaller than what we have I can imagine leaving those doors open with a breeze coming in from the porch.

My youngest has requested that the dining room be his play room. I am still thinking about that. If I do not use it as a dining room I may set up an office for me in there.

The kitchen is spacious and I can imagine holiday preparations being made in there. We could all be in there to make cookies without bumping in to one another.

Up the the stairs are four bedrooms which really has my children excited because the boys will no longer have to share a room. My teen boy is already making plans to invite his friends over now that he won’t have a six year old in there bugging him.

The part that has my children the most excited is the yard. There is a huge space to play ball and run around. Requests for flowers have already been made. So far on that list we have tulips, inpatients, Venus flytrap (my youngest asked for this declaring it would keep zombies and monsters away from the house), and blue bells. Because winter is their favorite time of year they have already discussed where the snowforts would be.

Paint colors are being discussed and bedrooms have been decided upon. The two bathrooms seemed to impress my teenage daughter. That could be because there was plenty of space for her hair and makeup stuff.

Our New neighbor is deaf so we decided it is time to learn sign language. I don’t want to have to write on piece of paper anytime I want to talk to her. The kids are all eager to learn as well.

Packing begins today. As we get closer to the move in date I am sure I will get stresses but right now I am just happy. After we move in I will share more about it.


When was the last time you moved? Was it exciting or stressful?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to The House

  1. jeff7salter says:

    very important to keep the zombies at bay.
    Congrats on the new house.
    yeah, we’ve moved a lot. Suffice it to say that I’ve lived in 19 houses (or apartments) in MS, IL, GA, LA, IA, LA again, GA again (dorm), LA again, NM, Greenland (barracks), CA, LA again, and within LA (Covington, Baton Rouge, Jonesville, Bossier City), KY (first the farmhouse and finally the only place we ever built).
    As a kid, I grew up with a big yard and plenty of woods in three directions. Nothing better.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Congratulations on getting your new house! It sounds perfect for your family.
    We’ve been in this house for twenty-six years. When we first got married we moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom trailer, then to a townhouse condo, and then to an older house before we settled here. My mom still lives in the house I grew up in, and of course there was that BIG move from Japan to America when I was one. I don’t like moving and my hubby knows that our next move is going to involve lots of kicking and screaming!

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  3. Joselyn says:

    Congratulations on your new house! It sounds so exciting! and a lot of work. Hoping everything goes well for you.


  4. Sounds WONDERFUL, Angie! I am happy for you.
    As for the vines, I loved mine, but found that bugs, esp ants, used them as a way into the house.


    • I think the vines might be dead and need to be pried off. A house down the street has the same sort of vines and theirs are green while the ones on our house are Brown abd brittle looking.


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