Well it has been far too long since we last wrote, sorry about that! As most of you know, we spent the first part of the summer visiting family, making moving plans, and just enjoying the land of the free! It has been really good to be home. Ben and I are now settled into our new place and absolutely loving it. It would be hard not to love it though after three years in university accommodation! Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to show you our new place and mention some of my favorite details.
It was pretty fun moving into a place and getting to unpack all of our belongings for the first time in three years. It felt like we were getting married all over again! I have to say though, one of the things that God really changed in me while we were in Cambridge was my attachment to “stuff.” I love stuff. I love to decorate and entertain, and keep every special memento which means that it is very easy to accumulate. There were times when Cambridge was really hard because we had so little, and yet the simplicity of life there changed me. I loved having space. I loved having empty drawers and cabinets that weren’t packed to the brim. So as we moved into our new place, there were moments when I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we had.
I counted eight spatulas. Eight. I have certainly never cooked with an octopus so it just seemed a tad excessive. There was a point when I was unpacking our kitchen that I became overwhelmed as I was running out drawers and cabinets (granted, we don’t have many at all), and I just kept thinking, “what am I going to do with all this?” I had never even used some of it. So after we had opened every box, I started really looking at things and making “keep” and “give away” piles. I had so looked forward to moving home, but I did not look forward to feeling like we were already bursting at the seams. So we took about four boxes of stuff to goodwill and now I feel like we can breathe. We have space. Not every shelf is taken and not every drawer is filled. It feels good.
So here is just a quick glance into our new home…