So, about my break…

I moved a lot as a kid.

Sometimes just to a new house around the corner.
And sometimes to a new house in an entirely different town.

My Mom was a realtor and an avid house lover.
So we were always changing scenery as she discovered new homes that would be a fit for our family.
These frequent moves were rarely stressful or sad.
In my family, moving was an adventure.
An opportunity to explore a new frontier.
To create new memories.

We enjoyed moving.
Starting over.

Flash forward nearly 20 years, Ben and I are 6 years into our marriage and we have already moved 5 times—each time to accommodate the needs of our growing family and his business.

Needless to say, moving as an adult…as a mom…
Well, it hasn’t been quite as fun.
Or stress free.

Which is why after our last move, a little over a year ago, we decided we were staying put for a while. That was the plan.
But you know what happens when you try to make a plan

Like when you try to make a plan to take a nice relaxing break from blogging, and instead, your little bit of time off intended for rest and rejuvenation actually ends up being more of a time full of adventure, chaos and new frontiers.

All beautiful, exciting, heart-filled adventures…however, none of which were part of our plan.

So yes, you guessed it, I spent my time off moving to another home.
But this time it’s different.
Because this time…this precious, sweet little house is ours.
Like really ours.
To keep.
To nail holes in the walls and put hand prints in the cement.
To start a growth chart on the inside of the pantry door and build a tree house in the backyard.
To mow the lawn on the weekends and play catch in the cul-de-sac.

And for a gal who thought she enjoyed the excitement of moving to new places…
Well, now she’s settled down.
And she is quite pleased with the peace it has brought to her soul.

Before we unpacked,
before pictures were hung,
before our furniture had even arrived,
and before we had spent a single night in our beds…
Before anything…we set up our Christmas tree.
And then enjoyed our first family meal picnic style, sitting cross-legged on the family room floor.

I took a mental picture of that moment.
And I’m saving it for that day in the very distant future, when my bones ache and I’m wearing pajama-jeans and I’m holding hands with Ben as we watch reruns of Friends…and I look over at him and with a crackly voice I say “remember when…yep, those were the good ol’ days”.

Gosh, I suppose this means we’re growing up.

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    December 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Oh so glad you’re back!

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    December 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Congratulations! What a sweet little home…from what I can see 🙂 I know you’ll have so many great memories there!!

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    Kelly Ruiten
    December 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Congratulations to you and your adorable sweet and real family!

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Love the sweet home… It looks so cozy! Welcome back to blogging. Us mamas have missed you!

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Congrats on your new home! What a beautiful way to christen it!

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Congratulations!! Holy cow – that’s so awesome, you guys! And your tree is gorgeous by the way. Hope you’re loving every minute in your new home 🙂

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    December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    How wonderful! Congratulations! I am so glad to see this post from you also. I missed reading your posts. Merry Christmas!

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    December 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I was just thinking the other day, “I haven’t read a post from Ashley in a long time! I wonder what her cute little family is up to?” 🙂 Congratulations on buying a house! Such an exciting event!

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    [email protected]
    December 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Congratulations and good luck settling in momma! I know how hard it is to move with little ones!

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    Danyiel J
    December 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Awesome, and from the little details we can see it looks so sweet and adorable. I was a mover too and it has spilled over into a moving marriage and with the kids. I’m with you, it’s way different with kids. Being that my husband is in the Navy it’s not likely to end anytime soon.

    Oh, the memories you’ll make.

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    December 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations!!! Merry 1st Christmas in your new home 🙂

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    December 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats on the new house!!

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    December 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Congratulations! What an awesome new adventure!

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    Kasey McCoy
    December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Congrats on the new home. Moving can always be bitter sweet, but when you move to a new home where you know that, that is where the family roots will grow, it just makes everything that much more meaningful 🙂

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Congrats on the new home! Glad you’re back to blogging. Maybe now you can finish your love story, or at least give us another installment! 🙂

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    congratulations. owning a home is wonderful. my husband and i bought our first home a year ago, and it makes me feel so grown up 🙂

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    December 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations!!! We have moved every year since we have been together. 7 times in 8 years, can’t wait until we settle down too.

    xoxo, Misty

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    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
    December 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I’m so happy for you in your new home!!!

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    Laura Smith
    December 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Yayyy! So excited for you! We closed on our house last month too, and it’s such a great feeling to be able to call it yours! Congrats, and keep writing – I love your blog so much!

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    Carolyn Y
    December 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Many congratulations! Decorate your heart out {and make sure you post pictures 😉 }

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    December 19, 2012 at 2:37 am

    congrats!! so excited for your new home… and so glad your bloggy break is over. i have missed your posts!

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    McKenzie Guymon
    December 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

    How exciting! Congrats on the exciting, new purchase!

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    December 19, 2012 at 5:58 am

    So happy you are back! 🙂

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    December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Words cannot express my joy that you referenced pajama jeans in this post. Yessss!

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    December 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    This is really good news. You will have so much fun making the new house your own. Can’t wait to see more pictures and how you decorate. So glad you are back.

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    Andrea Worley
    December 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Congrats on the new home! We just moved too, and the second day we lived here we put up our tree too 🙂

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    Heidi L.
    December 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    oh, how EXCITING for you!! i’m yearning for the day we’re able to settle into our ‘forever home’ after many-a-moves as well.

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    December 22, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Congrats on the new house!

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    [email protected]
    December 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    We moved a lot when I was little, and I could really related to your post. But now you have your own home, which while the move part may have been more work, I bet there’s way more joy. Congrats!

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    Wendy Orme
    December 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Oh Ashley…I have missed you so much! Congratulations on your new home! We, too, moved over the past month and it has been such a stressful time. Boxes of STUFF are still everywhere and we had the old house to sell, but things have a way of working out. We’ll close on a cash deal next week! Then we can relax and make our new home really “OURS”. LOVE your blog! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    December 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations on your new home!

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