New Home and Welcome Wagon Stories

I couldn’t bring myself to snap any pictures of our empty home in Madison. Turns out T5’s first Tennis class at our new YMCA in Dekalb was 10 a.m. ON MOVING DAY!! Being the crazy mommy that I am, I decided he could not miss it. What if his new bestest friend is in the class and they didn’t connect because T5 wasn’t there the first day, the whole class bonded without him and he never got his big break at becoming buddies with some mysterious boy in his Preschool Tennis class??? WHAT IF??? So, he and I rolled out of bed at the crack of dawn, ditched Ben and the girls sleeping on various inflatable beds, and the monster moving truck, and headed on down to our town so as not to miss THE class. It was a bit of crazy morning, and wouldn’t you know, I didn’t remember to snap any pictures as we snuck out the door that morning. Forgive me??

Later that morning, we caught up with Ben and the girls at the new place. Our pastor friend, Brad, in town, had graciously arranged some help for us, and he wasn’t kidding. I pulled up to the house to find a steady stream of men with tools and drop clothes, and a mom with her two kids, laden with crock pots, chips, and soda.

Later on in the morning, we hit a snag. The box spring for our queen size bed would not fit up the very narrow stairs to the bedroom on the second story. We kind of resolved ourselves to sleeping on the floor, and kept on working. Later that night, sitting around the table with another new friend who had kindly brought us dinner, we heard a knock on the door. It was one of the guys who had helped us move in earlier that day. He had gone home, designed a box spring he could build in pieces to get up the stairs, and then he went out and got all the supplies, cut all the wood, and brought it over!! We slept that night on a hand-crafted box spring- frame designed for storage under the bed, and rounded corners in case the kids ran into it!

Needless to say, the Welcome Wagon here was amazing. We were so humbled and honored and blown away!

Well, I couldn’t end the post without showing you a bit of what we’ll call home for the next 4 months! It’s small, but homey and cute. I took these pictures in the early morning, so please excuse the sleeping children! ๐Ÿ™‚


Here we have the view from the front door.


And looking at said door.


Study/Homeschooling Room! We are putting up a white board (actually, the inexpensive shower board version) that covers one side of the room!


Computer station and early risers getting their fill of Nick Jr. at 7:30 a.m!


There is one very tiny bathroom downstairs we will all share.ย  It kinda feels like an airplane bathroom in all honesty, but hey – it works!


Hallway with laundry, etc. Too much information?


Kitchen! Have I mentioned how much I love the colors?


More kitchen! The table conveniently traps the girls next to the window, which should really help with their desire to constantly be getting up to “go get something.”


Fuzzy picture of a very lived in bedroom. T5 and L3 share this room, which was used as the master before – hence the lovely green wall paper and beautiful chandelier in this room.


H6’s room with the monkeys. Isn’t she a cute sleeper?


The monkey!!! Isn’t he CUTE???

And lastย  but not least, THE closet! Yes, THE, ONE AND ONLY, closet upstairs. Honestly, this closet has given me more cause for thought than you might expect. Can you imagine building a home for a family, and probably generously providing for their storage needs with a small walk in? This home was built right after the Great Depression. I imagine even a large family had only a fraction of the amount of STUFF most of us cram into our homes today. I like it. I like the closet. I like the natural limiting factor it builds into life. And, without further ado…


And there you have it. Hasn’t the Lord been so good to us? Thank you for all your prayers, encouragement, and love. All I can say now is – NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – HERE WE COME!!!!

7 thoughts on “New Home and Welcome Wagon Stories

  1. NinjaPrincess says:

    Congrats on your move!! It must be wonderful to all be back under the same roof again. On a downer note, I must admit that I find monkeys unnaturally creepy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. susq says:

    Hey Jess,
    I ate all the candy you stashed away in the bag in about one day. Arg. So much for my weight loss in the new year plan ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Jannah’s been asking to see the “kids” every time we get her coat on. Last night we went to see some friends and she she said questioning, “Him?” “Ibby?” and on and on. She already misses them!

    Your new home looks very sweet and really works well with your furniture!! I think the colors are great, too, and look like something you’d choose. Good thing we’ve got a common like of those earthy colors–it’ll make painting our new commune much easier!! Miss you guys already!

  3. steph carlson says:

    Hey! Love all the photos. The handles in the kitchen would drive me BATTY! How funny. I do love the colors on the walls! Great choices.
    Small closets are wonderfully limiting. We lived in a one bedroom place with two tiny closets and I can’t imagine having three kids and one closet! Have fun being creative.
    When Jen lived in Russia they had a large walk-in closet but built a loft space on top for one of their kids (= not enough bedrooms!
    hugs dear,

  4. Congrats on the move. That same thing happened to us with the box spring when we moved into our house in Milwaukee. I didn’t know that people could hand craft box springs…we bought a split queen box spring. (Yes, they do make such things.)

    Praying for friendships for you, Ben, and the kids… community, a church, etc, etc, etc.

  5. ness says:

    I’m so glad to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how things were going. It seems like a very nice little house…I like how easy a little house is to clean!

    Seriously…an early morning tennis class? You are crazy.

    I love it.

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