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Dean and I have moved a lot in over 20 years of marriage. We’ve lived in 11 homes in that time – the first 7 of which of which were apartments.

The gist is we’ve not always been great planners. We bought our first house when we already had two kids and a third on the way. Then a few years later the commute was too much for Dean (and the three vehicles we went through in five years), so we moved back to the city. But moving into the city means prices are higher than outside the city so we could only afford a wee little bungalow (1050 sq. ft.). But that wee little bungalow was so good for us in so many ways: we figured out how to work together, we launched Home Made Lovely and we spent a lot of time together as a family. Love grows best in little houses, as the song goes.

But alas we outgrew that house and bought the next bigger size we could afford at the time (1350 sq. ft.) in a beautiful neighborhood.  We loved that house and the yard and the neighbors. But it too became too small for us.

So, in late 2016 we bought our current house

It’s not huge, about 2000 sq. ft. plus a finished basement. But it’s open and there are four actual bedrooms upstairs. And more than one bathroom – which feels like a luxury with three teenagers!

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