The house needs a lot more work than I remember it needing, it has been months since anyone has touched it. The yard is a bit overgrown (a bit is an understatement… there is a gazebo in there, under those hedges, if you look hard enough, you can almost see it). And the rooms are much smaller than I remember them to be, with dirty carpets, and missing closet doors. But together? Everything? The house? The home? It’s perfect. The moment I stepped out of the car, tired from sickness and over-working myself, and I hear Marlowe (for the first time ever) say: “happy.” Our shared dinner of veggie chips and sparkling water, in the backyard our of new home. A breeze blowing, the bees pollinating, the mosquitos stinging, and neither one of us wanting to get up, and leave that mostly overgrown stoop. The way we ran, and twirled, back and forth… and back and forth, through-out the entire house, because there’s space, and we can do that now. The way Marlowe sat in our brand new doorway, watching my father help us with yard-work “papa cut grass.” The way, that for the first time, in months, a cool breeze came in. It’s all perfect. The season is changing, everywhere.  No amount of words will ever describe how grateful I am for today– how grateful I am for my family, their love, their support, and their unconditional kindness. I will never find enough words to say thank you, for today, for the help with our new home, for everything. I am grateful.


  1. Congratulations! I'm so excited to see what you do with your new place. It's always interesting to see how a house stacks up to what you expected. That's so wonderful that your family is loving and supportive.

  2. Owning a home has given me the sense of security I feel like I've been missing all of my life. It also made me so grateful for my friends, who have helped tear out carpets and paint walls and thrift shop for perfect frames for my photo wall. I can't wait to see what you do with this!

    <3 Jessa

  3. congrats lady! so glad to see you and m so happy! also.. love your new blog design. i know i am late… been busy over here and i am catching up on you tonight! p.s. i emailed you awhile back. not sure if you got it. i am interested in another 3 month sponsorship if you have the same size available. let me know! 🙂 fromthehillathopewell.com

  4. Congrats! Hope the house and all the memories it will bring will fill your hearts with much happiness 🙂

  5. Congratulations girl! So happy for you and M!!! I have so much respect for you as the most amazing single mama ever! I just had my first babe, and it is difficult enough with two parent. My hat's off to you – big time! 🙂 You should be very, very proud of yourself! I am – and I don't even know you (except through this blog! 🙂 )


  6. How cute! I'm so happy for you two! 🙂 I look forward to seeing you make it your little sanctuary!

    xo Felicia

  7. Congrats Drea, nothing that a lick of paint won't sort out I'm sure.
    Looking forward to some great 'before' & 'after' pictures.
    Good luck with it all and Happy Home wishes from me and Stanley xoxo

  8. at first i thought marlowe was walking through a near by forest/park. what a garden that is! i hope you don't let yourself be to stressed, enjoy your new environment. i am happy for you.

  9. That was the hardest time for me, once the initial excitement was over it took awhile for me to feel like I was home.

    So happy for you to bloom here.

  10. Congrats! Now comes the fun part of making it your own. Step by step – no rush – it is simply yours.