One of the big events in a marriage is the purchase of a first home. For Julianne and me, this event took place on June 30, 1999, exactly 20 years ago today. It was, ironically, just a couple of weeks away from our 20th anniversary as well.
Why did it take 20 years? Well, a lot happened in our first 20 years of marriage…college, more college, new jobs, four and a half years in Japan, job searches, months of separation due to jobs, etc. And, of course, the births of five children, etc.
I was actually working at Lexmark in 1999 when we got approved for our home in Lexington. It was our fourth residence in Kentucky, counting our rental homes in Frankfort, Nicholasville and Lexington.
The stories this house could tell. All of the life events that took place. All of the joys, challenges, fun, etc. When we moved in, the house was a crowded place with 5 children. But, little by little, they all found their way to their own lives and left Julianne as empty nesters. But, the grandchildren came along and the house enjoyed more celebrations and messes (from the Masso-Destructo Unit — aka grandkidz). Today, there are only three others in our cul-de-sac that were here when we moved in back in 1999. Good neighbors still abound!
As the years passed, we have added new paneling, redone the deck, added a room from the garage, remodeled the living room, remodeled the kitchen, added new windows, remodeled the main bathroom, added a half-bathroom, remodeled the upstairs bathroom and more. Like us, the house has changed but has kept us protected through winter ice storms, massive rain storms and the day to day weather ups and downs.
This has always been a place of refuge for our children and family and is most certainly our home. We both love this place.
Yes, our house has been a very, very, very fine house for two decades. Thank you.