Death by Gingerbread House

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I know ’tis the season for such shenanigans, but we haven’t made a gingerbread house in years, and the following story is why. I wrote this December 11, 2005. It still haunts me. Enjoy: Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, all due to the intense and relentless desire of our son to make a gingerbread house. …

The House Checklist

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People often ask me here, “So, are you in Orlando for awhile?” And I answer, “Yes” warily, like I’m putting all my chips on red and crossing my fingers. The reason is that I have never been in a place I thought I might stay. It’s hard to imagine that we could be here for 10 years or more. To …

What I’ve Learned About Orlando

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After just over a year in Orlando, I’ve learned a bit about my new surroundings: 1. There are not many palm trees. I thought I was moving to a tropical location, but it’s populated by pine trees (especially our area, aptly named Isle of Pines) and deciduous trees. I could believe I’m in northern Minnesota, unless I’m at the beach …

Feeling at Home

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It was just over 13 months ago that I wrote this post about the nebulous feeling of home. I did not know then how long it would take for this house to feel like home. I remember the first time our place overseas felt like home. We had been in the States for a summer, and when we returned overseas, …

Settled

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One of the most frequent questions I get here is, “So do you feel settled?” Honestly, I’m not sure what being settled means. Does it mean we aren’t eating off lawn furniture anymore? That everything’s up on the walls? That it feels like home? When people see our house, they are usually a little amazed that it does look settled. …

One Week

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One week ago we had just pulled up to our new home in Orlando. Over the course of seven days, we’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes, painted the dining room, living room, hallways, kitchen, and office, and stripped and refinished a coffee table (it was previously traffic sign yellow – not the antique yellow I had requested). We have organized …

Colors!

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I love color, especially on my walls. To me, white walls are just a canvas – they must have color. Apparently, the previous owners of our house were kindred spirits in this regard, although the argument could and will be made that they took it a little too far. When we first walked into our living room, we could see …

Our Future in Signs

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Signs can tell us where we are. They tell us something of the culture we’re inhabiting. They provide boundaries, assurance, that we are in familiar territory. So I’ve been paying attention to the signs around me as we have a week here in Orlando. I want to set up my mental map. I want to understand this future home of …