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Finding a Perfect Childhood Home for our Daughter

Saturday we made a big change – we moved from an area we’d lived for 2 years into a new home. While only 3 miles down the road, it’s a pretty big difference from where we’ve been living.

We moved into our current home in El Paso a little over 2 years ago. At first, it seemed like the worst decision ever. We’d been living in a cramped hotel room for 9 days, desperate to find a home that wasn’t in need of a visit by Health and Human Services, and had pets and an 18 month old that needed their own space. The homes were gone the day they listed due to an influx of military reporting to Ft. Bliss at the same time my husband was stationed. The landlord offered a property we’d seen quickly the week before and decided it was too big – and we took it.

If Health and Human Services had visited that home – they’d have been appalled. It took us a month to get it clean – and that included weekly carpet cleaning the entire month of July.

As we move out, I am pretty amazed at what we managed to turn it into. A cozy little home with a lovely backyard. Bella’s only known this home – we wanted something to move to that she would feel just as comfortable in. The perfect home for childhood memories.

We also looked for a neighborhood that was family friendly. Our current one is all families with older children (middle school and up). I dreamed of sitting out on the porch in the evenings watching Bella play with the children on our block. I wanted a room to set up for homeschool, backyard, a front porch… the list went on and on.

So when we stumbled on our current home, we fell in love. It had everything (EVERYTHING) we wanted.

It was on a cul-de-sac.

It’s bright, clean, and beautiful.

It has a big backyard with places to play and dig.

It has a homeschool room.

So we told ourselves that with our seemingly endless life drama, the chances of us getting it were slim to none. Just being realistic, our life streak has been pretty rough lately.

Then we got it.

But the best part?

When we were moving in, the mom right across the street came over to welcome us, then invite Bella to one of her daughter’s birthday party next week, and said, “My other daughter is just Bella’s age, they’ll get along so well.”

THEN I FELL OVER.

A little girl Bella’s age that she can play with. Right across the street? Perfect. Just perfect.

We are so thankful for a fresh start and a chance to have her make some awesome childhood memories.

Photo credit: istockphotos.com

Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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