October 30, 2012

Living the Dream

Okay, I was so excited about sharing my news today that I tortured a few Facebook friends with a little tease.  I hope they will be as excited for me about my happy news, I'm insanely excited about it! 

For the last 6 years or so I have been dreaming about moving to South Haven.  To be near my family, to live in that sleepy little town where life has slowed down, to be so near to the beach.  We moved back to Grand Rapids from Texas last year, which was awesome but not quite where I wanted to be.  We started our search in earnest in June, hunting for a home in our budget.  A little while ago I posted a picture of my dream home, it was perfect in such a quaint setting.  I thought about that place day and night.  But alas, it was not meant to be.

A few weeks ago I customer that I had talked to at a show this summer asked if we were still looking for a house.  Her husband had one that she thought we might want to look at.  And so we did. Funny story, her husband was my science teacher in high school. Such a small world!

It's a huge 1910 farmhouse that has been thoroughly updated, inside and out with just enough of it's original charm..  It's 5 minutes from Rosanne's house.  (My beloved aunt and partner in beady crime.)  It's 5 minutes from my Grandma and other aunt.  It's 5 minutes from my Dad's where my younger sister and brother still live at home.  Are you seeing how perfect this place is positioned?  And it happens to be less than 10 minutes from downtown South Haven and most importantly - the beach!

We pick up the keys on Thursday.  I'm going out of mind I'm so excited.  Yes, that is a photo of the house above.

It's a big ol' house in the middle of nowhere. I will be a country girl, which is kind of funny because I'm certainly not one.  The theme of Green Acres has been running though my head.  This is the view from what will be my studio.  The girls have a whole level of the house to themselves.  Room to spread out.  Room to roam around inside and out.  We have already started planning Thanksgiving at our new home.

Yep, cloud nine - that's where you will find me this week.

So I've been thinking that a sale to celebrate such good news would be good.  And would also help give us a little cushion for those unexpected expenses that happen when you move, like having a propane tank filled - yes, it's that kind of country living and all the other little things that are needed when you are making your new house a home.  So if you are a Humblebeads fan and would like to show a little support, I have an awesome sale that will go out in our newsletter later tonight.  Make sure you are signed up here.  This sale will only be for newsletter subscribers, so don't miss out.  We won't be offering another % off sale for a few months. 

This will be the scene 10 minutes from our home. I'm so thankful, so happy, so, so, so - you can just imagine.  How does it feel to have your dreams come true?  It feels a little like heaven has been handed to you in a picnic basket: a bit of surprise, something homey and requires a little work to enjoy.

34 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

I knew what the big news was and had to sit on my hands not to type something revealing on FB! I am so very over the moon for you and your family. This house looks like a beautiful place to set down roots and grow. So happy for you all! And even though I just purchased my retreat goodies, I know there are some things I am missing. (How can that be?) So I will be one of the first to get in on this special sale. After all, you cannot have too many Humblebeads. Hugs to you, my friend. Enjoy the day! Erin

Katie said...

I knew this news, but I didn't realize THIS was the big news you were referring to :) Thanks for messing with my head all day (LOL). Congrats on the great move to a GREAT area that will be SO full of inspiration that you won't know what to do with yourself! And just think...how awesome will it be to have Rosanne so close to help when you need her?? :)

Marcia DeCoster said...

Heather that is fantastic! What a wonderful story, and to be so near so much family, in such a beautiful space which I know you will make lovely. Congratulations, you deserve cloud nine!

Gaea said...

Whooo hooo! Congrats!

SueBeads said...

WOW! The house is awesome, and so wonderful that your girls will have room and you'll be close to family! My boyfriend is in the "country" and uses propane to heat his water - make sure you don't run out! LOL! Country living can be challenging but wonderful too!

Meadowland Designs said...

So happy for you & your family Heather! It looks like you will have a wonderful place to call home & I hope that your life doesn't get too hectic as you prepare to move again.

Now I'm off to check my email for the sale! Thank you so much!

~Catherine

a2susan said...

Wonderful news! A house that is a home, surrounded by family, what could be better. Congratulations to all of you!

Beaditi said...

I guessed this - you left enough clues on FB :)

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to the Humblebeads Family !

Nothing better than being on a beach, in a countryside setting with your loved ones close by...

All the VERY BEST,
Kaushambi

Alicia said...

Heather, I am so incredibly happy when people find a way to live their dreams! and even more when those people are friends, even virtual friends.
Congratulations! There is nothing like being close to the one you love - my family is across the Ocean and there are days when I miss them... a lot...
That's one of my dreams too - being close to the beach and in a warmer area, the cold here up North gets to me every year more and more.
Very, very happy for you!
Alicia

quickcer said...

I'm so happy for you. God has so blessed your family. It is a dream of so many people to live where they grew up, surrounded by people they love. To top that all off, you have a place that will inspire your craft. Woo Hoo--life is good!!

YaY! Jewelry said...

This is fabulous!!!!! Very happy for you! Great to be by the people you love and cherish that feed your creative spirit. It is beautiful like you and your work!

Cassi Renee said...

Lucky! We live in northern IL and have taken the ferry across a couple of times, leaving or coming into Grand Haven. Such a great town, and such a great beach! Congratulations!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

So excited for you Heather!!! How wonderful to have found a place that feels like home. Wishing you a lifetime of happy memories.

Off the Beadin' Path said...

You know what they say about location, it can make such a difference! Great news, Heather! Very happy for you, looks like a spacious home, the kind I long for! Hopefully you will show us lots of interior pictures!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Very happy for you and your family. Dreams and goals are wonderful. You are living the beady dream!

Melissa Meman said...

COngrats, Heather!!!

Kashmira said...

Ooops! I thought Katie knew when I spilled the beans in the car on our way back to GR on Sunday.

The house looks wonderful! And this just strengthens my belief in dreams :)

Elisabeth said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Julie said...

Congrats! The house looks divine and being close to family is so very important! Hope you'll share pics as you get settled.

char said...

Congratulations!! May you be blessed with many many years of happiness in your new home.

Lorelei said...

INcredible news!! Congrats Heather! Enjoy the move!

SummersStudio said...

Congrats, Heather. Having uprooted and moved recently to what is/has become a dream come true, I can truly appreciate how exciting this is. I am so happy that you can be even closer to your family. And the setting, well, swoon. Best of luck with the move.

The Dutch Girl said...

Oh Heather, how happy I am for you. I have been to South Haven, it is a lovely place. And after 16 years of Amsterdam, a few of Olympia, and some other random places, I can honestly tell you country living is where it's at!

Good luck with the move!

Hanneke

Cece Cormier said...

How exciting for you. Hope it is everything you dreamed and more.

Becky Pancake said...

I,m happy for you. Country life is swell.

Sara Oehler said...

That is awesome! The house looks beautiful!

sandi m said...

Congratulations Heather. What a perfect dream come through ~ it looks beautiful. How fun it will be to set up a new studio and never have to move it again. I even see a little bead retreat in your yard! And all the inspiration around you .... leaves, snow, flowers, sunshine, litle creatures.
Have fun moving and creating new memories!

Barbara Lewis said...

A big congratulations, Heather! This is major! It's hard to be in flux, especially with living arrangements. Been there and wouldn't want to visit that place again! I know this will be the home of some exciting creative expressions! All the best!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Congratulations Heather! Your excitement is palpable!! Take a deep breath, settle in and make it your own!

Chrizette said...

Oh,you lucky girl! I am so jealous. I have always dreamed of living in a big farm house in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately it is not in the cards for me :)
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Kathy Lindemer said...

I am happy for you!

Joan Miller Porcelain said...

Congrats! I wish you many happy years in your new home.

Here Bead Dragons said...

Congrats on your new home. Your picture of the lighthouse is exceptionally well balanced. You should consider entering it into a contest (Costco or your county/state fair comes to mind). Again, congrats.

Here Bead Dragons said...

Congrats on your new home. Your picture of the lighthouse is exceptionally well balanced. You should consider entering it into a contest (Costco or your county/state fair comes to mind). Again, congrats.

~cryssT