House Love....

I'm a bit of an online house stalker.  I love looking through design sites and drooling over amazing homes that I find.  Every so often I may even like one of them enough to share in an "Amazing Home' or "House Love" post her on this little blog.  But this House Love post is near and dear to my heart.  It's my mom's house that she and my father bought before I was even born and that she just sold.

I spent most of my childhood living in France so I really only lived in this house during high school.  But as I said my parents bought this house before I was born....so my mom has owned it for over 40 years! And she has been there since I was in high school so this is the house that we've been going home to for over 20 years.  There are many wonderful memories in this house.  It's a house big enough that all the grandchildren could be there at the same time filling it with running children, crying babies and lots of happy screaming.  And best of all, my father's memory is strong in this house....so much of the art and furniture are pieces that my parents brought back from France and will always remind me of him.

She moves out this week into a small apartment in New Jersey very close to my sister and close to my father's family.  And she's bring that great farmhouse table with her, and a lot of her other amazing furniture and art with her.  And the kids are already planning sleepovers at their grandmother's new apartment.  So no doubt there will be lots of new memories created in a new home.  And much easier for my mom now that she won't have to take care of a 5 bedroom home by herself!  And another family with children has bought the house so hopefully it will continue to build memories of parents, children and eventually grandkids...a new era for this lovely house on Bellevue Terrace.

But it does feel a little bit like the end of an era for our family...I get a bit choked up when I think it...but Goodbye Bellevue Terrace!.