It Begins

Friday is the big day, when we take possession of the new house! Right now we're neck-deep in boxes (and six inches of snow) and eating pizza and take-out every night. But soon (so very, very sooooon) we will be official residents of the South.

Tommie Milacci Photography: 1919 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg VA 24503 EXTERIORS &emdash;

We're planning to document our transition here, with a focus on how life changes when you move from a major metropolitan area to a slower pace of life. And of course, what happens when living in a historic house that's more than 100 years old. (Plaster walls, anyone?)

Next week we'll post a full set of photos of "moving day," but in the meantime, I thought I'd start with some frequently asked questions that we've fielded from friends and family.

What?! I didn't know you were thinking about moving.

Not actually a question, but that's the most common reaction when we announced that we were relocating. And yes, it was a bit of a surprise -- even to us. Here's what happened:

Since the farm dream died (or went into hibernation) back in 2011, we had sporadically looked at farm land. We had also looked at historic homes. Then something marvelous happened. Bill found a listing for a historic home in southern Virginia that had almost 2 acres of land zoned as a "farmette". It was gorgeous and so we bought it.

That was kind of fast, wasn't it?

Yep! We found the house listing online in mid-December, and visited it for the first time over the Christmas holiday. By the first week in January, we decided to go for it (uproot your life, why not?!) and Bill got permission to relocate from him boss.

We put our current house on the market in mid-January and accepted an offer six days later. We simultaneously put an offer on the new house, which was accepted the next day.

Several weeks of home inspections and final wrangling concluded in mid-February and in late-February we signed the papers on both the old house and the new place. We rented back for a couple of weeks, and now -- in early March -- we're in the final stages of packing up. On March 7th we'll make the official transition!

Are you going to blog about it?

By now, you've probably figured out that the answer is yes. Now that we're going to be living farther away from friends and family, we think that blogging will help us stay in touch better. And we hope that the blog will function as a great way to track all the crazy plans we have for this house (more on that later). 

Are you excited? Or terrified?

Um, both. I've never lived in an old house before and everything about it makes me nervous. Plaster walls, creaky stairs, lead paint, and ghosts (just kidding!). On the other hand, it is gigantic with amazing porches on every side of the house, a big magnolia tree in the front, stables (!!) in the back, and super high ceilings that make every room look bright and airy. So I'd have to say that it's a equal mix of elation and trepidation. Check back with me next week (when we are still sitting in the midst of piles of boxes, just on other end) and we'll see where I've landed. 

Okay, one last picture before I end...can you imagine walking into this entryway every day? Me neither!!

Tommie Milacci Photography: 1919 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg VA 24503 &emdash;