Once upon a time, Zach and I lived in our sweet little sage house in Barrington, Rhode Island. Things were good. Things were better than good, actually, because we’d just bought our house, Zach had a job that he LOVED at Curt Schilling’s game studio, and I was extremely pregnant and just two weeks away from meeting our baby girl.
This would be a boring story if that were the end, right?
All of a sudden, Curt Schilling’s game studio collapsed. Very publicly. We’d just bought the house, we were about to have a baby, it was Stress City.
That’s putting it lightly, actually. I put it much more heavily in my Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade story, which has been reprinted here.
Anyway, life changed (as it does), and we moved on (as we do). On to Seattle, in fact. Or, more specifically, to Issaquah. And we love Issaquah. Capital L LOVE Issaquah. My friend Abbie visited recently, and told me that Issaquah reminds her of Stars Hollow (from Gilmore Girls). I totally agree. I love the vibe, and I love the people. I love living in this gorgeous, quirky, artsy city. The real estate prices are a liiiiittle frightening (for a growing family with one game developer parent and one writer/stay-at-home-parent), and that’s where Renton comes in.
We’re buying a house in Renton.
This house, specifically. I am over the MOON about it. I love this house. I love the space, the potential, the gorgeous fenced-in backyard that my kids can play in, the tri-level coolness that will let us all spread out when we need to. I can’t wait to move into this house.
That’s Zach and the kids, exploring our new space. Have I mentioned that I am over the MOON about this? I can’t wait to see what will bloom this spring. I can’t wait to plant my vegetable garden. I can’t wait to move in!
That sweet little purple crocus is totally a good sign.
Issaquah, I will always love you. I’ll attend your fabulous wine walks and St. Michael and All Angels and I’ll spend too much time shopping in Gilman Village. Renton, here we come. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!