My husband and I have owned 3 homes since being married. 2 of those homes were great investments. The other one, not so much. In our 16 years of marriage, we have learned a lot about home ownership. There are major ups and then there are major downs. The home that we are currently living in has been a renovating dream. I mean, there have been a few hiccups, but nothing major. The house itself feels like such a blessing to us. The size, the neighborhood and the design was everything we were looking for in a home. This house makes it easy for us to create memories with our kids and family. We are creating more than just a box with walls. We are creating history and relationships.
Decorating for the holidays is my jam! And this house is a synch to decorate. We have two trees, one for the kids and one for the adults. We also have two mantels, which makes it fun to create two separate looks. Christmas is all about making memories. I’ve collected holiday decor for the last 16 years. When we break open the Christmas boxes, it’s like walking down memory lane. The kids squeal when they open their own box and unwrap all of their handmade ornaments from school.
I remember our first Christmas with both the kids. They are 14 months apart, so essentially they were both babies at the time. We didn’t have a lot of money, so instead of going to a tree lot, we opted to cut our own tree down (with a permit). I, of course, had high expectations of which tree we should get. I saw the most perfect tree sitting on the side of a steep hill that was located across a river, no joke. So, my amazing husband crossed the river, climbed the hill, sawed our tree down, carried it back over and through the river. It was magical…for me…not him. The tree looked perfect in our home! We filled it with as much love as we could afford. All of a sudden our house became an actual home. It was a place where we felt safe and cozy.
A not so fun memory was during our first year of marriage. We were fast asleep on Christmas Eve in our first home. All of a sudden we heard someone violently trying to open the front door. We then heard him sticking a credit card through the lock to open the door. After we had called the police and he proceeded to keep picking the lock, Shane pounded on the door and scared the guy off. By the time the police arrived, he had disappeared. It was one of those moments that stuck with me for a few years. I had the hardest time staying anywhere by myself, but forgave and forgot eventually.
Homeownership can really be scary, but so rewarding. This is why I appreciate how committed Esurance is to simplifying the entire process of homeowners insurance. Even if you never have to file a claim, just knowing that you’re covered can give the greatest peace of mind. A huge selling point for Esurance is that they have an easy to use app (and website) where you can pay your bills, file a claim, or talk to someone about your policy. I encourage you to visit esurance.com and consider for your homeowners insurance.
Do you own a home? What are some tips that you can give to new homeowners or ME??
This blog post is sponsored by Esurance. All opinions are my own.
Photography: Hailey Wilson for Simply Grove
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