A New Beginning

Saying goodbye to something that brings back memories is hard. My parents still drive by the house we lived in when I was little (in Pasadena) and reminisce. They remember how precious that time was, it feels like yesterday. Memories are amazing but they bring the deepest emotions, the good and the difficult.

I've danced this kitchen floor with my boys countless times...

We've fought many stick fights with Vitali in our back yard.

Read hundreds of books in our family room...

We've had the sweetest play dates in this home...

Some of our biggest a accomplishments have been celebrated here...

But now it's time to say goodbye to the home where we made these memories.

It's time to move on again, and it's not easy. Change can be exciting, moving forward and embracing dreams. But it also means leaving the things that bring the sweetest memories behind. We will miss our first home as a family. One thing I've learned in life is that home is where my family is. I could live in a tent and that would be home if my boys and husband were with me.

So you're probably wondering what crazy adventure we are embarking on? It's a good one. For over a year my sister and I and our husbands have dreamt with each other about living on a piece of land together. Dreams are good, but they only take you so far. Dreams are great for igniting passion and leading to that push to make it happen. So we're doing it—we're packing our bags and moving in with my sister and brother-in-law and my nieces and nephews for a year. It will take us about a year to save. We are making it happen, and let me tell you...it's gonna be a party! How could it not be? Seven kids and four adults in one house is a party waiting to happen.

I'm excited to be stretched and grow over this next year. It won't always be easy, but it will be a precious time. It's counter-cultural—and that's my favorite part. I like making people scratch their heads and ask questions. This next year will allow me to kiss and cuddle my nieces and nephews more, spend more time with my sister, and watch cousins bond like siblings.

Our ship is setting sail for our new beginning this week. I would love to hear from you, any ideas you have for living creatively with a lot of people in a small space. Also, I need ideas for cooking meals for an army every night.

Vitali and Elias couldn't be happier about this move. Vitali keeps asking, "are we moving to the cousin's tonight?"

P.S. If you're scratching your head and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and ask :)

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