***This post was written a couple months ago, and was intended to come out soon after the release of Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part One. However, my world was turned upside down on June 3rd, and things are just beginning to feel somewhat right-side up again. On that fateful day back in June, my younger brother was in a near-fatal head on collision. He survived the crash, but has needed 10 surgeries, and had his right foot amputated as a result of the accident. We are all so grateful that he is still with us, that he did not suffer any brain damage, and that he will eventually walk again. This experience resonates deeply with our family, as we already lost a sibling/ daughter/ aunt just a few years ago in a weather-related car accident. It has felt like being struck by lightning twice. Once again, I am amazed by the fragility of our existence. Our lives here on this beautiful rock are so fleeting. By the same token, I am in awe of human courage and resilience, and our ability to find light amid the darkness. My brother has been an inspiration to all that know him; he remains positive, full of humour and grace, and is determined to walk again. This post is dedicated to him…he helped a lot with many of the renovations done to our old house, including adding the runner to our stairs. I am super excited for the day when he will walk through the front door of our new place. Love you brother!***
Hello again. I’d like to share these pics of the work we did and improvements we made to our upstairs. Now that we are just days away from moving to our new house, I’m feeling awfully sentimental looking at the images of the kid’s former bedrooms. We moved here when Lily was only 5 years old, and Liam was barely a year old. In the 9 years living here, so much has transpired. Our kiddies have grown into mature, responsible, kind of annoying, yet amazing people. I can hardly believe it is time to say good-bye. In the time we have lived here, I believe we have accomplished my original goal for our gothic revival cottage home: revival. I feel as though we have managed to breathe a little more life into its old bones — take a look, and let me know if you agree!