How long have you been here?

This last week, I celebrated a milestone. (And by celebrated, I mean I noticed it in my Facebook memories, shared it with friends, and then moved on.) That milestone was 10 years living in the Nashville area.

That also means, this blog is quickly nearing 10 years, and, of course, my wedding Anniversary approaches.

There have been a lot of changes here in Nashville over the last 10 years. I recently was talking with someone and when I told them I’d lived here 10 years, they looked at me with shock.  I’m officially someone who catches themselves saying, “Oh you weren’t here when that happened? Well let me tell you about it…”

I’ve moved three times in the last 10 years (not counting the move from Texas.) There are areas I still could drive in my sleep. There are areas I hardly recognize. When I moved here, Nashville was, “A big city with a small town feel.” Today, its just a big city. Becoming the “It City” changed more than just the skyline.

Nonetheless, I’ve built a solid group of friends, all of which are people I know in my heart I could call if I needed them and they would be there. These are friendships that will always be there, even if we all were to move away. Through social media, texts, etc. we will keep up with one another. And that is something that is so precious to me, I couldn’t thank this city enough for it.

I have no idea what the next 10 years will bring. Will I still live here? Will I become so jaded I leave? Who knows… But I do know I look forward to finding out.

I love my front porch

20160926_112647-01Two years ago, when we moved into our house, we quickly found our favorite thing to do every day: start the day with coffee on the front porch. I remember the first night in our new home, I got up and went to Panera for bagels and coffee. We enjoyed them on our porch, and the tradition began.

Summer and winter puts a damper on our front porch time, but spring and fall are perfect. It just sets my mood and day off right when I sip coffee with my husband and we watch the cars pass. We plot out our day. Maybe we will look at Facebook and Twitter until our phones are dead. Or like today, I’ll grab my laptop and get a little work done.

I love my front porch. I had no idea how much I would love it when we bought our house, but its become one of my top five features… if not my absolute favorite.

We need to paint the railings, which is on the to do list this week. I’d love to install a ceiling fan, so maybe we could use it a little more in the summer. And we should probably reseal the concrete soon. But its all part of being a homeowner, and taking care of what you have. Taking care of your home.

I love the memories we’ve already made on our front porch… and I look forward to years of more memories. One cup of coffee at a time.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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