One night is all it took for our new house to feel like home.

Two nights is all it took to unpack the trailers and get all of our belongings in our home.

Three nights is all it took for me to fall in love.



I feel at home. A sense of peace has come over me. A peace I haven’t felt in a very long time. It will come as no suprise to many when I say I haven’t been in the best place mentally for the past couple of months. Suddenly many of the things I was stressed and worried about don’t seem as important.

I didn’t run Friday, I didn’t run Saturday, I completely skipped my long run of 16 miles and opted for a 6 mile stroller run with baby C. I didn’t have to push him – I wanted to bring him with me. We ran 6 picturesque miles on the portion of the W&OD I now live on. I don’t feel an ounce of regret or sadness over skipping my long run. Suddenly sub 3:10 isn’t as important to me as it was a week ago. I still want to run NYC Marathon but now I wonder if I even care about Marine Corps Marathon this year. Maybe things will change, but maybe they won’t.

The only room that is set up and unpacked is the living room/kitchen area. I love it. We love it.

The kids are acting crazy – giddy with excitement. I no longer dread taking them outside on our essentially tree-less street and worrying every moment that they might run out into the street and get hit. I look forward to being out in the garden, the play area, or the front driveway. This house is safer for them.

I don’t regret how I have felt the past couple of months……it has helped me grow. Helped me figure out what I want out of life and who I want on this journey with me.

I’m excited for what is left to come in 2012 and beyond!


What I’m wearing:

Old Navy Tank – Hand Me Down :)

Aventura Hat – Bought on The Clymb – click HERE for invite link


  1. I’m so glad you love your new place! I hope all of the unpacking goes well! I always hate unpacking more than packing.

  2. Welcome to your new place! So glad it feels like home already and that you feel happier already – how fantastic!!!

  3. <3 So glad for you. Hope the new place is all you wanted and more. xoxo

  4. I LOVE THIS! I have felt the same way over the last few months. Really thinking about WHY I want to run certain times. I was obsessed with times earlier this year and last year and was tracking all of my workouts. I love to run but there was something off about it all. Since running my last 26.2 without a watch, I unlocked some sort of freedom and I haven’t been tracking my workout since. I haven’t been consumed with the numbers, I have been doing the running solely for fun and because I feel alive while doing it. I just want to enjoy the Columbus Marathon, will the number on the clock at the finish line dictate whether I had a fun day or not? Hell no! :) So excited for you and your little family settling into your new home!!!! It sounds absolutely lovely!!!

  5. So glad to read this :) Seems like a lot of people I know are going through some intense personal growth right now…myself included. It isn’t always comfortable, but it really does lead us to some amazing places :) Yay for awesome new, kid-friendly homes!!!!

  6. I am so glad you are at peace, it’s a great feeling!

  7. We just moved halfway across the country 6 wks ago. I knew not a single person then, but now I already feel like I have found the place I want to raise our children forever. I felt exactly as you do right now and I can say it gets even better the more time you spend in your new home! The running has become more exciting too, new routes, hills for the first time, and lots of new reasons to get out and about every day! Congrats Dorothy!

  8. I LOVE to hear this for you! I read this with a huge smile for you, and just totally warmth in my heart for you… perspective is an interesting thing, isn’t it! xoxo

  9. I am excited for you- congrats on your new home. Big things are in store for you in 2012. You have already accomplished some amazing things. :-)

  10. What a great place to be both physically and mentally! Hope you’re able to rest and enjoy:-)

  11. I’ve been out of touch with blogging! Congratulations on your new home. Given that last episode with Mr. Crazy in the car, I’m glad you are in a new place!!

  12. I’m so happy for you, friend! What a wonderful feeling! I can’t wait to see the new place and catch up with you. Miss chatting! xoxo

  13. It is only the Lord that can offer us the type of peace that transcends our understanding!! (Philippians 4:7)

    Happy for you!

  14. So VERY true. Love that verse :) Thank you for the reminder!

  15. Thank you!!!! :) Sad we aren’t in the same Ragnar Van BUT so so excited to hang out soon :) :)

  16. Mr. Crazy confirmed in my head that I was more than ready to move!! 😉

  17. thank you Sarah :) :) :) xoxo

  18. Thank you Tasha :) :) I feel like this was the missing piece of the puzzle this year. Hope you have a great day!

  19. So happy for you Dorothy! Congrats on the new home!

  20. Thank you Sharon :) Hope you had a great Tuesday!

  21. Congrats on your move Brooke!! I think sometimes it takes moving to the right place to realize how OFF the other place was :) Hope you have a great week!

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