Iím quite excited at this time with my mortgage nearing its end. I followed the progress of my home from the stage of digging the foundation. Casey and I took walks to the house and I took pictures of her standing in the same spot on the porch through many stages of construction. Sadly, I havenít been able to locate all these pictures. It would have made an awesome picture history keepsake.
The year we moved in my niece Sioux, who was living with us at the time, graduated from high school at Xitíolacw Community School. She was on her year end grad trip to Mexico when we actually made our move in June 1998. She didnít make the many trips to the house with Casey and me, so she didnít know where she was going when she got back from her trip. It was quite exciting for us to show her our house when she got home.
In the first year of settling in, we went through the usual challenges, and through the years my girls have changed bedrooms several time, so it seemed like settling in went on and on. I chose my room and stayed put, but now I have the challenge of sorting through the stuff Iíve gathered with plans of getting rid of some of it.
Also in the first year, my brother and several friends came and helped put in fence posts, which got only that far, the actual fence never got finished. Fence posts are enough to show our boundaries as the neighbourhood grew around us.
We are still struggling to have a decent lawn in the front, and never had enough time and resources to do much with the backyard. But itís ours!
We have shared our home with many family members and friends over the years. They stayed anywhere from a few weeks to several months at a time. Along with left over belongings we gathered many loving memories. We had a houseful through the flood of 2003. We had a houseful through the threat of flood at Meager. Itís just what you do for family. There is always room and time for more memories to be made.
My first grandson barely made it out of the house before he was born at the Pemberton Clinic. He arrived while I was away at meetings in the lower mainland, so it was his second day before I got to meet him. Itís always a pleasure when he and his brothers and parents come to visits, but visits are far and few between.
We have made some changes to our home over the years, upgrading and improving the dťcor as weíve grown into our house. Now that it will be our home officially there will probably more changes in the works. Maybe I will finish the fencing and get some trees planted in the back yard. I always wanted to plant a few fruit trees, but never got to it.
I am on the verge of entering empty nest syndrome, as Casey makes her plans to go back to school at the University of Victoria in the fall. I am so proud of my daughter through all her growth. She has done so much to make any mother proud, and I most certainly am proud. I have fully supported her and will continue to she grows into a fine young woman before my eyes.
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