Stairway to Heaven

Although it has been consuming almost all of my time for over a week, I haven’t mentioned much, the fact that we are moving this week.

I am busy losing my mind packing and tripping over my kids and garbage and boxes cleaning, so please bear with me as I struggle to make it through the next several days.

I am so excited about this move. We have been stuffed into living in an apartment for the past 3 years (2 here, 1 in Maryland) after having lived in our own home for many years before that. As spacious as this apartment is, it has several drawbacks:

  • No storage space
  • Though we have a huge closet, it also serves as the laundry room (yes, the washer and dryer hookups are in our bedroom closet. I can’t even begin to count the ways that that has stunk. Ok – I will: lint blowing all over our clothes… moisture in our bedroom… heat from the dryer…)
  • That closet also serves as a pass-through to the master bathroom
  • We are all on one level
  • We are on the second floor

We are now moving into a 2-level home and I think what I am most excited about it this:

We are going to have {squeeeeeee} stairs!!


Even the home we owned before living in an apartment was a one story home. Although I grew up in a 2 story home, I have not, in my married and parenting life, had that. And I have fantasized about what it is like to live in a space that is separated.

[Apparently, apartment living can make you a bit loopy]

One of my dear Wisconsin friends lived in a one-story home like ours and she told me how her two oldest kids would eat their breakfast in the basement so that they could pretend they lived in a two-story home like they’d seen in the movies and on tv.

I think I can totally relate.

Living in a home with 4 kids and having everyone right there, all of the time? Rough.

I don’t care how many safety gates we have to stick on those babies.


  1. flickrlovr says

    I’ve always lived in a one-story apartment/small house, so I used to wonder and wish for those magical stairs too! (Okay, I still pine for them.)

    Maybe you can enjoy them for the both of us.
    Hang in there this week-I’m sure it’s totally crazy, but keep breathing and remember to take care of yourself too!

  2. theinspiredroom says

    This post cracks me up. First of all, congrats on the move, that is so exciting. We’ll be right behind you in moving, looks like we are for sure going to put our house up for sale in the next few weeks. But I’ll save that story for another time. Regarding the stairs, when my family moved out to Portland when I was a kid, I wanted stairs in the worst way. That is what I was most excited about. Congratulations and best wishes as you spread out in your new home!


  3. i never thought that much about having stairs verses not having stairs. i’ve moved 17 times in my life and had stairs in 9 of those homes. we are moving back to the states in november to a house with stairs. we always wanted to have a pool…that was our big thing! we had a pool in junior high for the first time then again in the next house as well. my last two years of high school i had to live without a swimming pool…horror of all horrors! in the 17 years i’ve been married we’ve never had a swimming pool. the new house doesn’t have one, but i am thinking it might be something we do after we get there!

  4. Beth (A Mom's Life) says

    Congratulations on the new home and the stairs!

    And good luck with the packing, cleaning and all the stuff that goes along with a move.

    Can’t wait to hear all about the new home!

  5. I’m so happy for you about the new place, and the stairs. I like stairs too (unless of course you have a cast on your foot . . . that’s not so fun). Hope all goes well for you.

  6. oh totally! we have friends that live in one story houses and when they come visit, their kids would just go up and down our stairs the entire night.

    heck, it keeps them occupied…

  7. Grew up without stairs and have spent my entire adult life with stairs. There was always the worry of a little one tumbling down BUT stairs are great exercise! You will burn extra calories :)

  8. My god! That looks like something out of Gone with the Wind. One word: Swiffer.

    Check it out. You have won an award.

  9. Karla, the kids will love the stairs. I am glad you are going to have more room to move around. I am glad now at my age that we didn’t have a house with stairs because being on one floor is good for this grandmother. Enjoy your new home! Do the children have to change schools?

  10. Bless you as you move into your new home!

  11. So excited for you about your move to your new home. We are hoping to move to a 2 story house but are wait for God to sell our 1 story house first.

    Good luck with all the packing! :o)

  12. Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique says

    Congratulations on STAIRS AND for speaking at BlogHer!!

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