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This Is Where It All Begins

This Is Where It All Begins

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's In A Birthday?

June 4th.

This has always been a special day for me. Why wouldn't it be. It is my Birthday.
It has also turned out to be an interesting date as well.

When I was in college, my uncle died unexpectedly on that date. He was a great man, and is sorely missed by his wife and 5 kids.

Last year, on my Birthday, I was rushed to the hospital via ambulance after passing out at home in Ben's arms from a miscarriage (at 16 weeks) gone very wrong. I lost over 35% of my blood (and possibly more) in about 4 hours that day. I spent my Birthday in surgery, going back and forth in between consciousness, getting a CAT scan from passing out in the hospital and hitting my head, lying in a hospital bed, and mourning the loss of what could have been. It was a terrible day and is still hard for Ben and I to think about.

This year, yet again, June 4th will have great significance. For three reasons so far.

First of all, it is my Birthday, which means a good reason to celebrate...right. is the due date for our little bundle in my belly. It was confirmed again at the last ultrasound a month ago. I do not believe in any way, shape, or form, that this is a coincidence. Even though the odds are slim that he will actually be born on my Birthday, it is still so wonderful to me. It gives me a reason to look forward to a date that had potential to bring back horrible memories. A date that I had decided to erase from my mind. Now, it will be full of fun anticipation, or maybe even, an infant in our home. is the date we will close on our home in Utah!!!!!
That's right, we found a home this weekend that we absolutely love. We are already under contract. We are pretty excited about the tax credit. We didn't even really think about it or know about it when planning the trip. We didn't even realize the timing of it all, so it is a great perk. Another blessing.

We looked at 40 homes in two days. Yup, 40 homes! 25 the first day, and 15 the second day. By the end of the second day, my feet were so swollen that we literally couldn't see my ankles. Ben and I were exhausted, but so excited! We LOVE the house. It is perfect for us, and we knew it right when we got to it.

There are so many awesome things about it. It has the whole package. It is just the right size for our family. It has new carpet, new paint, and it looks just like new on the inside and outside. There is a nice, big yard. There is a park literally on the other side of the fence. (basically in our back yard) It is at the end of a very cute and well kept cul-de-sac. There is a path on the side of the house that goes forever. Perfect for the kids to ride their bikes away from the road. It is in the spot that we were really hoping to find a home in. We really like the area, ect. For our family, our taste and our phase of life, it is just right for us. We feel so blessed to be able to find a home in such a short amount of time. We didn't have a choice, because of the pregnancy being so far along. We did our best to prepare as much as possible before we left for Utah, and it paid off.
I am not going to write the area it is in, or the address, for safety reasons, but just ask if you want to know.

Our trip getting there was nuts. A random snow storm (in late April) slammed Colorado and Wyoming. We drove about 15mph in horrible weather, in the dark, for an hour or so before pulling off in Laramie. We ended up stuck in Laramie because of the freeway being closed. It didn't open until 2:00 the next afternoon. Luckily, our realtor and Ben's work were both very flexible, so it all worked out. We were pretty frustrated for a while there, but glad that we were safe.

My mom had the kids (who had so much fun they didn't even care to see us when we picked them up) and Ben and I stayed with some great friends. It was so nice to not worry about the kids and to spend time with good friends. We house hunted ALL day and then stayed up really late laughing our heads off and telling stories. Thank you Ben and Megan. We had a great time and we will miss you when you move.

We are absolutely exhausted today, but we are happy and so grateful for a successful weekend.

So, what's in a Birthday?

For me...a lot more than a Birthday.


Colleen said...

Congratulations Becky! How exciting, even if it was exhausting. Our trip out here was similar in haste. I am so happy for you guys, even if I am so sad to lose you to Utah!

runningfan said...

This is great news! I'm so glad that June 4th will be your happy ending in so many ways!

Katie Ladwig said...

Yeah!!!! Buying a house is so much fun. I can't wait to see it. Please, please, please let us know if you need help moving at all. We would love to help in any way we can.

shaina said...

I'm glad the snowy weekend turned into a success!!

Ben and Megan said...

Thank YOU for coming and staying with us! It was a wonderful surprise to look forward to and fun, fun times!

Adri said...

Congrats on your successful hunt! We are thrilled for you.

erin d. said...

Yay yay yay yay yaaay! I'd love to know where you are going to be living at! shoot me an email! :) Wow it is just around the corner for you isn't it?

Nayomee and Doug said...

Love the house! It sounds awesome. Congrats! We are excited for you guys, and hopefully we will get to see you more!!

The Seven Family said...

So excited for you to be closer. Congrats on the house it looks great! We'll have to come visit!

The Mitchells said...

Congratulations! How cool that the baby is due on your birthday after everything you went through last year. I was thinking about you today and am glad that things are going so well for you!

Mama Bear said...

Congrats on your new home! That is exciting. And I hope everything about your birthday this year is as magical as it should be.

kendra said...

congratulations! so excited for you. Where's your house? We are in Utah often. It'd be fun to catch up.

Darci and Ryan said...

So fun! Glad things went well on your house hunting adventures. I would love to know where you are going to be ending up-e-mail me and give me all the details. You are so close to so many exciting things. Happy for you guys.