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Our “Old House”

on April 4, 2014

93 Casterton photoStephen likes to read this book we found at the library called The Old House. It features an anthropomorphic, run-down house that looks so shabby, no one wants to buy it. In fact, most people think it should be demolished. Obviously this makes the house feel very sad. Then one day a family stops by and thinks they might want to buy the house and fix it up. They do that and the house ends up very happy. Stephen really likes this book and he calls the house we are going to buy “our old house, just like in the book.” We did go over and fix it up a little last weekend, so we’ve reinforced the idea. Stephen is very excited to finally arrive at the moment when we can go over to the old house and walk in without having to wait for someone to let us in. And then we can stay there. Sometimes we drive past the house when we are out and about, and it always makes Stephen sad that we can’t go in. We have to tell him that soon, soon we will be able to go in whenever we want.

And that day will be coming very soon now. The house has finally passed all its inspections and we are clear to organize the closing! Hopefully we can get it done next week, then we can move in to our “old house” and stay there. We went past the house today actually, to spy on the work we hired a contractor to do for the inspection. While we were in the neighborhood, I got excited about how ideal the location will be. We went to lunch at one of the local restaurants and since we had driven down, we had to maneuver the car around the postage stamp-sized parking lot only to discover it was full. When we live in our old house, we will be able to walk to that restaurant. Here is a list of all the things we will be able to walk to from our house:

Restaurants: chinese take out, middle eastern dine-in or take out, pizza by the slice, italian dine-in, subs, mexican, “american” take-out, wally waffle, ice cream, coffee shop. at least.
Services: movie theater, the bank, drug store, library, pet supplies, veterinarian, laundromat, music lessons, tax preparer, grocery store (coming soon!).
Other conveniences: bus stop a block away, park with playground, bar with frequent live music. at least.

The only things not within walking distance are our church and our family physician. We could bike to visit Agnes at Glendale Cemetery or take the bus. That bus stop is very convenient. The line that goes past our street can take us downtown where we can go to street festivals or the minor league baseball games, or the main library branch, or restaurants downtown. That route also goes the other way, out toward Fairlawn where it stops in front of our favorite wine bar where we like to go on dates, the main Acme grocery store, a couple major shopping centers, more and more restaurants and fun services. The only limitation would be the bus schedule, which from what I can see, the bus stops along that route at least every thirty minutes or less. It drove by at least two or three times while we were eating lunch.

We are looking forward to hoofing around much more, and enjoying our great new neighborhood. We have even met our neighbors on both sides and they all seem very nice. There is a young family on one side with a little boy to play with Stephen, and a group of girls who are university students on the other side. Maybe babysitters? Or maybe they’re too busy. We’ll see!

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4 responses to “Our “Old House”

  1. Kathy Schwager says:

    I’m so happy that this is finally happening for all of you! It will be so nice to have all of those amenities near. I know that’s what we looked for when we moved to our current home. Setting up your own home again and establishing family routines will be good for all of you. It’s nice that Stephen is excited about the move. Prayers and love to you, Stephen and Jeremy.

    • judy says:

      we are so, so grateful to you and Michael. Without your help this would absolutely not be happening. we would still be several years out from being able to move into our own home. I cannot even tell you enough times how much we appreciate your help!

  2. JeneaSwainston says:

    So happy things are working out with the “HOME” ! Also glad you can see and appreciate what wonderful people my dear sister and her wonderful husband are and hence, why you have a great husband! I’m very fond of my sis and her family, if you couldn’t tell!

  3. Jonathan Nelson says:

    Please don’t forget one of your most valuable amenities.. I am only 1.5 miles down the road LOL. I am so happy for you and your family. I know you will love west Akron. You are also close to route 8 so only about 10 minutes from church too. May God bless you and keep you in your new home.

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