Moving to Vermont and Finding Our Way Home

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Moving to Vermont and Finding Our Way Home

It seems like a lifetime ago when Dave and I packed up our Boston condo and headed to Vermont. Back in 2006, we were brave and carefree. We had quit our jobs in the city and moved north for a better life. I was raised in Vermont, so I was familiar with the pros and cons of living here.

Before actually moving to Vermont, how I envisioned our life here was a bit of a fantasy. I thought we would live in the country in a renovated farmhouse with a rambling old barn and lots of land. Dave and I would rid ourselves of life’s hectic pace and somehow not worry about money. Yes, we did end up living in a cute little farmhouse for a few years, but the experience turned out to be stressful and isolating. We weren’t cut out to be homeowners in the middle of nowhere and commute 30-45 minutes each way to work.

During that time, we had also lost a baby when I was five months pregnant, and I was in a terrifying bus crash a few months later. Life seemed really hard, and I remember questioning whether we had made a terrible mistake leaving Boston.

But things eventually got much better. We ended up selling our farmhouse and moving into a tiny rental in Burlington – a community we love – and became parents. Last month, we finally purchased a small house in a vibrant, close-knit Burlington neighborhood where Phoebe can grow up and make lifelong friends. I can walk to the office, and Dave can work from home.

Since we moved into our new house two weeks ago, I find myself reflecting on the past six-and-a-half years in Vermont. Life here isn’t exactly the romantic, carefree existence I imagined.  It has taken several years to find our way, but it feels like we’re finally home.

Barns, Burlington, Chittenden County
  • Baydog
    Posted at 04:06h, 01 June Reply

    Perfect! Now it’s time to plan a long Jersey Shore weekend.

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 13:00h, 01 June Reply

      Oh, definitely! Hope all is well. Happy summer!

    • Baydog
      Posted at 20:31h, 01 June Reply

      All is. And to you too!

  • Sheilagh
    Posted at 17:43h, 02 June Reply

    Congratulations on your new home, I hope you will all be very happy there xx

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 23:57h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you! We are thrilled to be in our new home. It is right where we belong!

  • Larry
    Posted at 20:31h, 02 June Reply

    I’ve often thought about giving up what I have in Connecticut to live in a cabin out in the North Country somewhere.I guess sometimes reality doesn’t live up to our dreams.I’m happy to here that your family more comfortable now.Thanks for the post-it gave me something to think about.

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 00:02h, 03 June Reply

      Thanks, Larry. Real life is definitely different than the fantasy of living here. We went through a lot to figure out where we wanted to be, and it took longer than expected. Many years ago, someone said to me: Wherever you go, there you are.” Very true!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:22h, 10 June Reply

    Glad to know you’ve found the “it” you were looking for. My little family has also pulled up stakes from Watertown, MA to live in the Burlington area, only a few months in. We are renting until we find that balance of ‘close country’… it’s a needle in a haystack. My boys are in school here now so that is the difficult aspect, to uproot them as little as possible. We’ve been in limbo for a long time, for various reasons – and I’m really looking forward to finding that sense of permanance & security!

    Thanks also for showing us places for weekend visits, we are happily starting to explore our new state 🙂

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 16:59h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Finding the right spot really takes time, but it will happen! We’ve been in Vermont for 6-1/2 years, and I feel like we’re just starting to find our place after many false starts. Best of luck to you and your family, and thanks for saying hello!

  • Scott
    Posted at 16:47h, 18 June Reply

    Glad you’ve (mostly) worked it out, and kudos for having the guts to go after your dream. Its often said the grass is always greener on the other side, but I suppose only the perspective of time will allow that to be determined. At least you’ve been on both sides of that fence, so to speak. Good for you!

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 14:22h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Scott! I feel like we’ve been on a long and winding road over the past few years, but things have finally come together. Happy summer to you.

  • The Furry Gnome
    Posted at 03:25h, 19 June Reply

    Glad to hear you’re settling in, and sorry to hear about your challenges. We were through Vermont last fall for a short vacation (we live straight west of you about ten hours, south of Georgian Bay). Found it beautiful. And we gave up our condo too, moving to the country the day I retired. Loving it and would never go back now.

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 14:23h, 21 June Reply

      Sounds wonderful! Good for you. Thanks for saying hello!

  • Tamika
    Posted at 16:05h, 19 June Reply

    Wishing you and your family all the best. Thank you for making such a wonderful blog.

    • Erica Houskeeper
      Posted at 14:23h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Tamika. Always enjoy hearing from you.Have a wonderful summer!

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