Saying Goodbye to One Home and Hello to the Next

October 24, 2017

What’s beautiful about each individuals definition of home is that we get to take it with us wherever we go. Today I’m excited to share a peek into Liz’s home. Liz is a wife, mother and the founder of the lifestyle blog, The Quick Journey. Her and her family of six recently said goodbye to this beautiful space after two years of calling it home. The way she has seamlessly transitioned from one space to another is reassuring beyond belief and makes me so excited for our new home in Brooklyn. Scroll through to read more about Liz, her family, how she defines home and why they left this particular space.

Liz, thank you so much for letting us into your space for a bit! I’m so excited to learn more about you, your family and how you define home. Tell me a little bit about your background, how you started your blog and what your days are like with four little ones?   

Hey, Hailey.  It all began when I married my high school sweetheart over 13 years ago.  We spent several years just being a couple before we had kiddos and during that time I was a public school teacher, but then our family grew fairly quickly, and I started my stay-at-home mom career.  When our oldest was preschool age, we decided to homeschool to help with expenses since our local preschool wasn’t free, and here we are today home educating all of our little ones. In the middle of all of this, I started a blog to connect with other mamas and share our journey, which led to Instagram.  Our days are slow and full.  Simple and sweet.  I thrive on routine and fresh air, so our days tend to resemble that trend.    

So I’m dying to know the details about this little home. When did you move in, how long were you here and where are you now? Give me the story!   

When we knew we were moving, the one style of home that I didn’t want was a ranch… and that’s what we ended up buying. Our main goal was to buy a home that would help us get out of debt, but still house our larger family, and this ranch did both of those things. We lived in the home for two years before moving on and in the process we feel like we brought the home back to life.  The kitchen space was a big selling point.  We spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and I needed a larger space so I could fit myself and my four kids in there during meal prep time.  Over the course of the first year we lived there, the kitchen went from an orangey/yellow space with no character to a bright, airy room that invites you in. We also took our 90’s oak filled fireplace and updated it with some simple shiplap and a raw mantle.  All of the floors were original, builder-grade carpet when we moved in and let me tell you… it was a dirty job hauling that stuff out.  We laid some variegated wood floors and I adored them during our time there.  On top of the renovated kitchen, one of my favorite features of this home is the natural light.  I fell in love with natural light in this home and I never knew how much I had needed it all of these years.  The kitchen and living room both have large picture windows that face the east and west, so light floods the space pretty much all day long.  I spent many moments on our sofa watching the light dance around as I sipped my early morning coffee.

After doing so much bouncing around this year as a family I’ve found that there are aspects of moving from place to place that are always challenging and to my surprise others that come relatively easy. What was the hardest part of the transition from the space we’re looking at here to the one you’re living in now?  

My husband and I were both born and raised in the same home each of our parents still live in today.  We both assumed that we would get married, build a house, and live there until we couldn’t walk any more, but there is something so exciting and adventurous about creating a home out of a new space.  Recently, we moved from our sweet ranch pictured here to a more traditional home.  For me, the hardest part about the transition is trying to love the bones of the home, while still making it my own.  Our ranch was a test run for me when it came to paint.  I covered the shades of mustard and blue from the previous owner with a crisp white and instantly knew I was a “white paint” girl.  Our current, traditional home has warm tones everywhere, which are lovely, but not my style and none of our current decor meshes the way I want it to with the current palette.  Paint is coming soon, so I know that will make a big impact and give me a nice, neutral base to build off of.

What was the easiest part of the transition?

The easiest part of the transition was moving into a community that was close to so many things were are a part of- church, family, homeschool life.  When we lived in our ranch home, we were forty minutes away from most of the things we were a part of, and with four little ones, I rarely found it in myself to load them up and make the trek to be involved in those things.  Now, we are only a few minutes from friends and I can’t wait to entertain!

Four kiddos – I’m already impressed that you’re balancing motherhood and interviewing with me! Tell me a little bit about the role home plays in motherhood these days? You homeschool your kiddos right?

We do homeschool.  Early on, I know that Mark and I both planned on sending our kids to public school, but plans changed along the way.  We love homeschooling so much and our daily rhythm is gentle and sweet.  There isn’t rushing around and we get to enjoy our mornings together.  Home is so important when you homeschool and are hunkered down in the house most of the day.  One of the reasons we homeschool is so we can be together, so except for rest time and bedtime, we are almost always in the same room together.  We get the chance to talk and work through life all day long, but we also need space to breathe here and there.  I like to sprinkle cozy spots throughout our home so kids can find some quiet.  Our bedroom has a chair in it the kids often find themselves in, and downstairs there is a pile of pillows for them to snuggle into.  Each of my children have their own habits when it comes to utilizing spaces in our home, and I love watching that unfold every time we find ourselves in a new place.   

What helps you establish a sense of home (material and nonmaterial)?

Home is all about memories and ownership for me.  We diffuse oils all day, every day while playing music and you can often find a pan of cookies baking in the oven.  I will sit and think about what I want my kids to remember about our time together when they get older, and those memories are some that I hope they cherish.  Mark and I also both try hard to let our kids be a part of the family, which means training them to help out and allowing them to invest in what we are doing- from putting a chair together to fixing breakfast for the family. Those are some more memories I hope they tuck away for safekeeping.  

Do you host a lot of visitors or entertain frequently?

Our ranch home made it difficult to entertain since the eating area wasn’t huge and our family filled most of it, but I’ve already been dreaming about outdoor gatherings in our current home.  I can’t wait to flex my hospitality muscles a bit in the future.

What activity do you enjoy at home over any other place?

Coffee.  Need I say more? Early morning coffee at home when the house it quiet and our kitty is purring next to me is my ultimate favorite “home” thing to enjoy.

After some time away from home what do you crave most about a space of your own?

The sounds and smells.  You learn exactly where to walk so that the wood floors don’t creak and when you hear the door squeak, you know exactly which kiddo has gotten out of bed. The simple rhythm is always what I miss the most.  

What’s the biggest difference between your past and present home?  

The size and style.  We are taking on quite a bit more square footage with this house, and I’m determined to keep it as simple and uncluttered as our ranch home.  It is easy to gain space and then gain “stuff” to fill the space.  My husband and I have both expressed a deep desire to maintain a more minimalist feel with this home, as well.  

What’s your definition of home?

Throughout my twenties, I built my life around accumulation and “things.” When we moved into this modest ranch, I learned so much about clutter- both inside and outside of the home. This house taught me that simplifying creates so much gratitude. Prior to our ranch, our houses had so much “visual noise” that I couldn’t see past it all and take note of the life happening around me.. Growth and awareness happened in this sweet ranch. I would sit and marvel at the light pouring through the windows. Or, the pitter-patter of little feet sneaking through the hall during bedtime. The windows would be flung open and blowing leaves would create music inside our quiet home. So while “home” is made up of walls and windows for some, home means so much more to me.

Follow along with Liz on thequickjourney.com, Instagram & Pinterest!

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