Today, (December 8th) I’ve lived in my home with Dolly for three years.
I actually moved in on December 1st, 2014 but Dolly wasn’t ready to leave her Mum until the 7th so it didn’t really feel like ‘home’ until she joined me!
I remember when my Out of Area Care Co-ordinator, Janice, called me to say that they’d found a bungalow that I was eligible to move into and she asked if I wanted to go and check out the area with her. There were two bungalows on the Close empty, so we weren’t sure which it was but seeing that one was on the end and nearest to the local park I hoped it was the other one! While the bid was in for my home, she called me to tell me of another one that was available, but it wasn’t in a nice area. A little while later and I was sat on a bus with my Mum when Janice called and told me not to worry about this second home. I asked why; “because you got the one you wanted!”
I had the keys before my move-in date so that furniture could be delivered, the whole house be decorated, and the floors fitted. But it was such a relief to finally leave Hospital and move into, what we called it at the time, my ‘Forever Home.’ I didn’t, for one moment, imagine that I’d be sat here three years later engaged to the love of my life and talking about getting a house together!
To mark the three-year anniversary, here’s my top three favourite moments in my home in this past year:
1. The Halloween party – Ronnie and I hosted our first proper party in my home for Halloween and had lots of friends and family come along for drinks (our punch is now legendary!), photos and a ton of laughs! Plus, everyone got dressed up!
2. When Pixie moved in! – read about our latest member of the family here
3. Our first family Christmas! – this one is kind of cheating because it isn’t exactly Christmas yet but I like to think of the whole of December as Christmastime!