5.31.2012

two fourty four lake.


There are very few things I'm hesitant to share on the internet...I'm not worried about sharing my full name, lots of photos, travel schedules, really embarrassing stories and most identifying details. But one of the few things I've kept mum are outside photos of my home. As a girl who lives alone in a smaller town...posting an easily recognizable home photo felt like too much to share with strangers...or weird exes who still read this blog. (It happens. Seriously. It's one of the few things that makes blogging creepy for me.)

Speaking of exes, a few years ago my at-the-time boyfriend lived next door to my dream home. I'd drive past and ogle this big, beautiful white house on the corner of Lake St. and 3rd Avenue...just trying to get a peek inside. Most of the windows were blocked by trees or curtains. One little side window on the second floor allowed a teeny glimpse: cream walls, white moulding and twinkly lights lining the rooms year round.

Someday I'll live in a house like that, I thought.

And then I did, in that very same twinkly light apartment I once drooled over...until this morning when I somewhat tearfully returned my keys.


It's positively insane that 365 days ago I sprawled on these empty floors...new key in hand...scheming about what the next year would bring. Just a few days after moving in, I left for Paris. I came home with a fiance and a ring on my finger. Several months later, I flew to California to celebrate New Years...and returned to this apartment wearing a wedding ring and with a husband by my side.

From girlfriend to fiance to wife of five months. All within a year's lease.

Four days from now, I fly to the Middle East to start a new life with my husband. No more rings in my future (although I do have a birthday coming up + would welcome another sparkler) and no more major relationship changes or curveballs. Just changes of geography, culture and perspective.

Living in this home was literally a dream come true, and my 22 year-old self would be jazzed that 25 year-old-me actually lived here. While it's hard to say goodbye to this big, white dream home that deeply ingrained itself in my heart...there are new dreams to chase. Dreams that 22-year-old me never thought possible.

Dreams that are bigger than twinkly lights and white baseboards.

Keep on keepin' on, beautiful 100-year-old house. May many more stories be written within your walls.

31 comments:

  1. Safe travels!! Can't wait to hear all about your travel/adventure in the Middle East.

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  2. What a gorgeous place! Can't wait to hear about your new adventure.

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  3. Oh! I remember your post about moving in!It true dream come true :) I've always wanted to live in an old style home and I admire that you did it all on your own! Have a safe flight and enjoy every last moment you have with your loved ones! this next year will be full of new and exciting changes for you!

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  4. It's a gorgeous house, but I'm sure you'll have many more beautiful adventures to come! Have a safe flight!
    <3 Kiersten

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  5. Wow. I remember reading your blog back before you moved into the lovely space.

    I completely understand/agree about not posting pictures of the outside of your home!

    And, Bethany, now that I see the outside that space is exactly the sort of place this young self dreams of maybe one day living in.

    It's funny how life can unfold so quickly and differently then we ever imagined. Praying for safe travels as you begin a new adventure!

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  6. Beautiful! How lucky you are to have experienced a little taste of that dream home. :) I think you're right though, now you'll be living off with your dream man and everything is evolving. I wish you safe and happy travels Bethany!

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  7. Hi! I'm new to your blog and really enjoying it. But I'm curious... why are you moving to Kuwait? I feel like I missed the memo!

    At any rate - happy travels & I'm sure you'll have lots and lots of adventure to share with us. I'm excited for you - or, at least, as excited as a complete stranger can be for another complete stranger without being creepy and weird.

    Ha.
    Maggie B.
    www.magslifetoday.blogspot.com

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  8. Gosh, I wish my 100-year-old-house looked this good! Mine's a craphole, to be sure. Good thing we're only renting ;)

    Best of luck with your move. It's scary, but this is going to be such an amazing experience for you!!!

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  9. You have been on my mind as you move. Moving is such a big thing and your courage to move across the world truly inspires me.

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  10. This is exactly how I feel when I leave my living places. Such beautiful words to mark the passing, I will remember this post next time I move on. Thank you :)

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  11. ....and diapers in your parking lot. and cigarette butts on your lawn. (a little levity never hurt!- keep on keeping on my bish! i'm gonna miss you, but not really, because you'll still tweet me, right???)

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  12. what a beautiful post Bethany. You're smart not to have posted a photo of your home until now.
    I still remember you moving into this sweet little apartment, holy- lot's HAS happened to you in just one year. Thinking of you as you move onto bigger adventures! xox

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  13. Beautifully written, Bethany. Lovely home for a lovely gal. Best wishes.

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  14. Always loved that house. Pray for safe travels and happy trails.

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  15. Isn't it amazing what can happen in one small year? Holy cow...

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  16. Such a pretty house! I love the moments when I realize a younger version of me would be really jazzed about my current life. Can't wait to hear about all your adventures this next year!

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  17. beautiful place! have a safe flight/move

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  18. That post with that picture was the first time I read your blog and fell in love. What a whirlwind year! Bon voyage!!

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  19. Ah, this post made me teary for you. What a gorgeous place to call home this past year. And what an incredible year it's been!

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  20. Oh Bethany that place is GORGEOUS ! I want the whole place yes yes yes I do ! Damn it's freaking cute lol .... You are an amazzzzzing writer ... i think you should write a book :)

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  21. this is beautiful. the post and the house. if i was anywhere near there, i'd come and take over that lease for you to make sure the place was treated with love :)

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  22. I'm with Kayla. I got teary reading this. What a year you've had, in and away from that beautiful house. And what a year you're about to have! No doubt it will be filled to the brim with adventures and love.

    I'm looking forward to sending you some mail in Kuwait!
    xo

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  23. Wow, I love that house! So gorgeous! I can't wait to hear all about this next phase of life.

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  24. Wow, what a beautiful house. I would love a balcony like that to sit on while reading a good book and a nice glass of Riesling! Wishing you safe travels and much happiness in the years ahead.

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  25. I pray that in four years when I'm 25, I can say that 21-year-old me has accomplished a dream like that. I truly admire you, Bethany. It's bound to be another great year :]

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  26. I share your sentiments. I know what it's like to leave a house that you wished to live in, then actually lived in! Oh but I can't wait to read about all your adventures in the Middle East!

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  27. Just found your blog, I'm hooked! And this house, is gorgeous! It seems that this past year has really been a wonderful one for you. I wish you the best of luck while you embark on a new journey!

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  28. Oh, what a gorgeous house. Best of luck in the Middle East. I bet you'll find your own little niche over there and what an adventure!

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  29. gosh - it's such a miracle the way dreams come true. I know how hard it is to let go of a place you love. But, I always try to remind myself "giving away is making room" ... with belongings and with life.

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  30. I just stumbled upon your blog via pinterest, and when I read this post, it touched my heart... I'm soon to move out with my boyfriend and this story is so so beautiful, thank you :)

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