I've got a brand new pair of roller skates, you've got a brand new key

That title is misleading. Actually I have the new key. Matt does as well. Neither of us own roller skates. I just like that song.

Those keys we have, by the way, are to our new apartment!

Finally. I am exiting the realm of college-student living where empty Natty Light boxes are considered lawn ornaments, hearing Kanye through the neighbor's window at 3 a.m. is expected, and street parking is a cruel joke created by Satan himself. I'm moving on to big kid land and actually creating a home.

Home is an interesting term. I think freshman year "home" was still where our parents lived. Then home became interchangable for where our parents lived but also our college town. Now I finally realized my home is going to be Lexington. It is going to be my baby's first home. The first home Matt and I share together. My first official home that I am going to build from scratch. I'll tell Matt to light the fire while I put the flowers in the vase that I bought today ...

I have this frame containing a crocheted piece that simply says "Home." It is not fancy. It is special only because of where it came from. But I decided it is going to be a staple in my home. Something that when my son or daughter is older I can tell them "This was in the first home you ever had."

The home we are building is a great foundation. The apartment is a good size with every luxury possible. I could weep with joy at the thought of a garbage disposal, dishwasher AND washer/dryer. I feel like royalty.
The best part has to be when you walk outside and take this little concrete path, you come out between a wall of trees and there is a beautiful expanse of a park. It's like walking into freakin' Narnia! I can't wait to go for walks along that path with my stroller.

While I plan and prepare and shop and clean to make my home one I will love, I am aware that home is simply another word for "wherever your family is." Here are a few thoughts for those of you pondering what home means to you:

"A house is made of walls and beams. A home is made of love and dreams."

"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." -Christian Morganstern

"Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." -Robert Frost

“One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening - the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life - and can never find again.  After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up.” -Lemony Snicket

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”   – Benjamin Franklin

"Our house is a very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard. Life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy cause of you ..." -CSNY

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