A New House to Call a Home

We had given up all hope of the house we fell in love with becoming ours. Then last week the solicitor rang. I didn’t answer the phone. I didn’t want to hear it. She rang three times.

So I called her back and she said “Everyone is ready to exchange today. Shall we do it?”

And so last Tuesday we exchanged. And then on Friday we completed.

After not believing it would happen, it actually all happened rather fast.

We’d seen the house seven months before. We’d put an offer in immediately.

As soon as I walked in, I knew it had to be our home. I hadn’t got any further than the entrance hall. Tony later told me he looked at my face right there and knew the same.

But for seven months we felt like it was slipping away from us. Our lives became more complicated, those involved in our chain experienced their own personal dramas. It felt like we would never all be ready at the same time, within the time frames our multinational bank had determined for us.

Then something changed. Suddenly, without us daring to believe it, the shattered fragments of a broken London property deal began to pull towards each other to make a whole. And they did, on Friday.

new house red door

“Congratulations” the solicitor said down the phone. “You can pick up the keys.”

And so we took the children in the car to our new home.

new house unpacking boxes

It is the first place that we will call ours as a family of four. It is within these walls that our babies will grow, that they will one day be able to reach the door handles, and that we will etch marks into the wood to measure them as they get taller. It is under this roof that they will put on their first school uniforms, that they will blow out their birthday candles, that we will stick their drawings to the wall. It is here that they will wake in the night from dreams that haunt them, but find comfort in the arms of their mother. It is here that they will spend rainy afternoons, it is in this garden that their sunflowers will bloom and my lillies will return every year. It is here that we will come to find each other after the worst days and seek out each other after the best ones too. It is here that we will laugh as well as cry and where we will smile as well as worry and despair.

New house living room

It is here that we will grow.

This little house, far away from many people we love, but close to others we love too, it is ours.

We will make it our home.

27 Comments on A New House to Call a Home

  1. Karen
    June 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Wishing you all a very long and happy time in this new home xx

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Karen, that’s so lovely of you x

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  2. Amber
    June 29, 2015 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    A house! You have a house!! Wait – you have a HOME!

    Oh huge, HUGE congratulations!

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Amber. I still can’t believe it x

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  3. Notmyyearoff
    June 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness what a journey and a wait but yay!!! Huge congrats!! :) Very exciting next chapter!

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm (2 years ago)

      We are truly beyond excited! x

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  4. Suzanne
    June 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks beautiful Kiran! How incredibly exciting. I’m so happy that you fell in love and your wish came true. x x

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Suzanne, we really did fall in love x

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  5. Sarah MumofThree World
    June 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Fantastic! It’s amazing how quickly it came together in the end. You must feel so happy and relieved and your house is absolutely beautiful.

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Sarah, I still can’t believe the final whirlwind after all the months of dramas! x

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  6. Nomita | Ebabee
    June 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! So happy that you go it. Wishing you lots of love and laughter in your new home. x

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much! x

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  7. Wave to Mummy
    June 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations, what fabulous news! We’ve recently bought a house too but haven’t moved in as we are renovating it. It is so exciting the first night in isn’t it!

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Oooh, exciting! Hope you are in soon! x

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  8. Katie @mummydaddyme
    June 29, 2015 at 10:21 pm (2 years ago)

    OH HOW EXCITING KIRAN! It need capitals! Congratulations and wishing you all the happiness in the world in your new home. x

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much lovely xx

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  9. Katie heels and hooves
    June 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

    What a lovely post. I’m so pleased your chain finally completed and you are in your new home – congrats! We are waiting for a chain to complete at the moment and it’s so disappointing to see the weeks go by with no progress. Xx

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    • kiranchug
      June 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Katie and I really feel for you! We were chain free when we offered seven months ago so it’s been really stressful. I hope you see big progress soon x

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  10. Donna
    June 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so, so happy for you. I feel like a weight has been lifted for you – as well as it being the best present June could have brought you. Happy New Home Kiran. No-one deserves this more than you x

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  11. brummymummyof2
    June 30, 2015 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

    YES AT LAST!!! I am happy to think of you in your lovely new kitchen cooking and just being yourselves! AMAZING AND HAPPY TIMES!!!! xxxxxxxxxxx

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  12. Beth @ Twinderelmo
    June 30, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    Seven months? Wow! I remember reading all the posts about how you had found it and the problems afterwards. But happy new house! I ash you all a lifetime of happiness in your new home together xx

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  13. Sarah (@tamingtwins)
    June 30, 2015 at 6:58 am (2 years ago)

    Oh dear Kiran SO many congratulations! The best things are always worth the wait. Lots of love xx

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  14. Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    June 30, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations Kiran! Funny that after waiting so long it all happened so quickly! Wishing your family much happiness in your new home xxxxx

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  15. Lins @Boo & Maddie
    June 30, 2015 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so very very happy for you, especially given that it must have felt like it wasn’t going to happen for the longest time. Congratulations X

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  16. Alison
    June 30, 2015 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    HOORAY!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED and relieved for you. I felt v emotional reading this – such a big day for your family. *does little dance*

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  17. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    June 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so happy for you and so so glad it has all finally worked out. It looks like a really lovely home, can’t wait to see more of it xx

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