35 Years on the Block

Same kitchen circa late 80's

Same kitchen circa late 80’s

1979. We were 29 and had a 7 month old baby. Time to move from our one-bedroom apartment in Chicago where we enjoyed many happy times for 4 years. The baby was outgrowing the dining room and our hearts were drawn to living in Evanston.

In this pre-internet era, we searched by the newspaper and after a few false starts, settled on 2 places as the final candidates. Both seemed to fit our needs and the price was comparable. We chose the other place but someone beat us to it.

Saturday, April 28 1979, our friends helped us settle our truck load of stuff into the first floor apartment. I wonder what we still have of that original load…. The 26-year-old owner lived upstairs, we invited him to dinner soon. We thought we would stay through another child then move on. Didn’t.

Fast forward a couple of years…we’re still there and the landlord moves out. Our friends take the upstairs apartment. A year or two later (we’re still there) he decides to sell. Both families scrambled and prayed and wished and hoped and bought the building together. The dads smoked a cigar together after the closing to celebrate!

A few more years and two more babies…we’re still there. Our friends move on and we buy their half. We’re the landlords now. A stream of tenants pass through, we liked them all.

Nine years ago our last tenant moved out and we stretched out and started living in both halves to accommodate our growing family and comings and goings of our now adult children.

All our children settled in their own places  and once again, we have (lovely) tenants  upstairs. We’re still here, back in the place we started in on the first floor and giving thanks every day.

Hard to imagine how the trajectory of our lives would have been different if we had taken the other place 35 years ago. I guess that’s true about a lot of things.

Oh the memories this home holds!  We stopped talking about our “next house” a long time ago. We had no idea we would still be here at this season of our lives but can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Here’s to 35 years on the block! Clink Clink!

Hope for the Best,



6 Responses to “35 Years on the Block”

  1. 1 Carol Early Cooney May 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    And the block is much improved with your presence! We have only been here – OMG!!! – 29 YEARS! How did that happen! Well, at least we were blessed to be here with you.

  2. 3 Laura Doo May 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Those are special words for me today. Just wanted to let you know 🙂 Thanks Tish!

  3. 5 Marty Boller May 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    what great memories of one great family….God has been very good!

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