who says you can’t go home?

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Lifestyle

Wondering why I’ve been pinning an insane amount of home decor stuff on my Pinterest lately?

Or maybe why I freaked the hell out when a tornado came close to my parents’ house?

Well, it’s because it isn’t my parents‘ house anymore. It’s our house. That’s right, my friends, Babyface and I have grown up, signed a million pieces of paper and become homeowners. And not just any house, we bought my childhood home from my parents in Southern Indiana. It’s an incredible house built on 10 acres of rolling hills. We are thrilled!

Honestly, this is probably the worst kept secret on the planet because it has been in the works for years. When my parents built the house and shaped the property over 20 years ago, they did it with the thought that it’d stay in the family. For the longest time, it didn’t seem like me or any of my siblings were in the right place to take over the Broken Plow (the name of the “estate”). But a few years ago, Babyface and I sat down and talked it through. It would require us moving away from our beloved Bloomington, but in the end, we decided the benefits of owning the place I considered “home” outweighed our love for B-town. We told my parents we were ready and the wheels started turning. We closed on the property in January (interest rates were so great, we went ahead and locked in). And my parents have been “renting” from us while they build their retirement cottage on an adjacent lot.

I’ll spare you from all the details, but honestly, it’s all been bit clandestine. It’s crazy how easily it has all fallen into place. The only hitch so far was that blasted tornado. The ink was barely dry on our mortgage when it hit. Babyface has been trapped in homeowner’s insurance hell for the past month as we work to get the roof, skylights, and gutters all replaced on the house and the roof replaced on the barn. Let’s ignore the fact that two of our dwellings got hit by tornadoes less than a year apart. And that we’ve had to do our first insurance claim on a house we don’t even live in. Oh well, at least we got a new roof out of it, right?

I bet you’re wondering about a few of the details aren’t you? Well, we’ll be moving in June, after my parents’ have finished building their new house and have moved. Both Craig and I will keep our jobs in Bloomington (it’s about a 75 minute drive). Obviously, commuting that much isn’t ideal, but we seem to have figured out a way to make it work. My employer has been really amazing and has granted me permission to work a combination of in-the-office and telecommuting. And Babyface’s schedule is so flexible, that he’ll only work the days I work in-the-office, so we can commute together.

As far as the actual property? Gosh, it’s amazing. A big house. Lots of bedrooms. A basement (which is necessary considering our history with tornadoes). A beautiful fish pond. A barn. A garden. A lake. A swingset built by my grandfather. An orchard. Hidden in the woods (hence the pictures of the house, you can’t see it from the road).

So there you have it. We’re moving! Yay! We’ll miss Bloomington—a ton—but moving back home to Kentuckiana definitely feels like the right choice for us.

29 Comments

  1. I think I’ve said this already, but congratulations!! Your childhood home is beautiful and you must be so excited to move into it!

    • Also, I haven’t heard Kentuckiana in a long time! I spent a lot of time in Austin and in Hanover/Madison and I remember hearing it all the time on the news stations there. And, of course, I used to live in Michiana :)

  2. Wow, congrats! That is beautiful! :)

  3. Congrats! Can’t wait to see pictures of the inside and surrounding areas. I love reading about Southern Indiana life. Makes me miss home and is kind of an escape from big city life!

  4. Congratulations! This is so big! Please please PLEASE give us a photo tour of the house and property!

  5. Congratulations!!

    That’s amazing news to be home owners in general, but when it’s your childhood home it’s doubly amazing. And it is beautiful too!

    I could definitely see my sister buying our childhood home from my dad in the future. She was always very attached to it and I think would be very sentimental if he ever decided to put it up for sale.

  6. Your confession posts are my favorite!

    I LOVE your shower curtain! Is that a weird thing for me to notice? But I love it.

    And I have to disagree with your feelings on showers. I’m obsessed with them, actually. During the winter I take about 3-4 a day and while I know it’s wasting more water than necessary, I don’t have to turn on the heat because a warm shower in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night keeps me toasty and relaxed!

    Love those black shoes. LOVE them.

  7. Congrats! I’m envious – we’ve been eyeing a little one acre property that would split the differece between both our commutes. Ahhh….no neighbors! Lovely place you have! Enjoy it!
    KT

  8. Bloomington will miss you but CONGRATULATIONS on becoming homeowners!!!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!

    The house sounds amazing! And that yard! WOW!

    We’ve been a home owner for just over a year now and I just love having a home to call our own. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of pics of the house!

  10. CONGRATULATIONS! You already know I’m so excited for you both, and this incredible development in your life. The commute might be a hard adjustment, but it’s great that you have the flexibility to telecommute at least part of the time!

    I can’t wait to see what you do with your new space to really make it your own — your style is so awesome, I can’t wait to see!

  11. Congratulations, Cass! I’m so happy for you, Babyface, and ohhhh, the space for Puppyface to gambol around!!

  12. Congrats! That’s so exciting!

  13. Congrats on purchasing your first house!! What an exciting step. My husband and I close on our first house here in Bloomington next week. It’s so stressful!! The house is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to read all about the new adventures you and your family will have!

  14. That is so wonderful- congrats!! When my grandmother sold her house years ago to move into assisted living, I wanted to buy it SO bad. But, I was only 22 and had no money. That house had so many amazing memories in it, as I’m sure your parents’ does for you. And now you get to make all new ones!

  15. Also, even prior to you buying your childhood home, I told my husband that I wanted a “homestead” and used your parents’ (now your!!) home as an example. I wanted plenty of room, lots of land, and the homey feeling that made our kids want to come spend weekends with us even as adults. That’s my goal. I don’t know if/when we’ll be able to achieve it, but that’s the kind of upbringing I want to give my kids.

  16. Congratulations! That’s awesome.

  17. We’ll be neighbors!! :-) I live in Memphis/Henryville :-) So cool! Your property looks amazing!! Congratulations!!!

  18. I LOOOOVE all the stuff you pinned. Your house is going to be the cutest! Congratulations! :D

    Good luck with the commute. I’m sure you’ll find ways to make it work! It takes me 75 minutes to get just about anywhere in the DC area, so at least you won’t have to battle with traffic.

  19. Congratulations. Good luck.

  20. Congratulations on your home purchase!!! You will have so much fun updating it to reflect both of your styles!

  21. Congrats girl! How exciting! The property sounds amazing. :)

  22. Wonderful news!!

  23. How flipping cool! I miss my childhood home.

  24. Yay! Congrats. Looking forward to seeing all your posts from the new place. :)

  25. ahhh I’m so excited for you!! Congratulations!! :D

  26. Congratulations! Your home is absolutely beautiful!

  27. Congratulations on your home! Its beautiful!

  28. Congratulations! What a beautiful place!

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