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Eight Years

A little over 8 years ago, on June 22nd, we closed on our house– our very first house.

We were excited twenty-four year olds. So excited, in fact, that I immediately got to work painting my office (an awful color) and the kitchen (also an awful color) before we moved in.

While this house has given us our fair share of headaches, like most homeowners undergo, it’ll always hold a special place in our lives because we experienced so many wonderful, and some not-so-wonderful, life moments while living here.

We got engaged while living in this house.

We got married.

  Brad worked toward and earned his Masters degree.

 We experienced my first pregnancy.

Pregnancy announcement

We brought our healthy baby boy home from the hospital to this house.

We endured career setbacks.

We experienced career advancements.

We paid off $125,000 of debt.

We sailed through 6 years of marriage.

We navigated the first two and a half years of parenting (a human) while living in this house.

And this house is the major reason why I started the blog 6 years ago.

Our plan was always to live here 5-10 years because we knew we’d ultimately outgrow its 1600 square feet. And we have.

We sold the house.

I’ll go ahead and knock out all the cliches.

It’s bittersweet. All good things must come to an end. Onward and upward!

Thanks for coming along for the ride these past six and half years.

I’ll share our next step on Friday.

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  1. It really is bittersweet! Can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds!!

  2. Congrats! How exciting for y’all! Looking forward to seeing what is in store for the next Two Twenty One home

  3. My husband and I sold our first house (his before he met me) six years ago and moved into our first house that we bought together. We upgraded to a house that we wanted both of our boys to have a place where they could bring friends over and have plenty of space for hanging out, both inside and out. I don’t miss our first house — it was on a busy main road — but I had the same bittersweet feelings about all of those firsts there. You’ll make even more firsts at the next one. We had our second child in this house and both of my boys have grown up so much here!

    Congrats on this next phase!

  4. How exciting! Congrats to you and your family! I can’t wait to read whats next!!!! 🙂

  5. How exciting…oh young and in love is so amazing! You have a beautiful family.
    I have enjoyed your blog for several months. Looking forward to seeing what is next for all of you.

  6. Dorinda Selke says:

    Chelsea that’s such fabulous news! So excited for you and your family. Can’t wait till Friday to hear more!!! Hugs, Dorinda

  7. Congratulations Chelsea! Can’t wait to see where you will land, hopefully still here in the Hoosier State! (fellow hoosier here-Greenfield:))

  8. Aaah this post was such a sweet 40,000 foot view of your last eight years! Congrats on all these accomplishments and on your next step – looking forward to the update on Friday!!

  9. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the new place!

  10. Congratulations! You will have many more chapters in your lives and you’ll have different memories in each one of them. We purchased our 1st house after we got married in our mid twenties, got a dog, had 2 children born in a barely 1200 sq ft. house. We moved up to a 2300 sq ft house and thought that was huge. Now we are in our 3rd house at 3555 sq ft. Our kids are teenagers now and we are looking forward to 5 more years in our house and then our youngest will be off to college. Then we will downsize to a 1 story but will still have more than enough room for our kids when they are adults and visit.

    1. You’ll probably have to have one heck of a garage sale! 😉 Brad and I are joking that we’ll never move again after the past few days so this new house better last us a while!

  11. I’m so happy for all of you. I will be looking forward to the future posts, hope you have found that new house of your dreams.

  12. Congrats!! Did it take long to sell? Can’t wait to see your new place!

    1. Thanks, Lori! We had two offers within the first 5 days of listing. And after the negotiating back and forth, we accepted an offer 7 days after listing.

  13. But the peonies! Did you sell the peonies?!

  14. Patricia Schroll says:

    Congratulations ? and looking forward to hear your next step. I thought you might say you sold your home for a larger home for a new addition to your family. What ever it is I’m sure we all will be happy for you and your family. Facebook friend!!

  15. Congratulations – so excited to see what the next step hold for you

  16. So excited for you guys, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!

  17. Congrats!! Tell me you are moving the peonies with you!! LOL

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