Happy Birthday, Brick City Love

Exactly 1 year ago today, I was lying in bed taking a nap and Rob was sitting in the living room of our apartment. We were anxiously wondering if today was the day. Would we actually close on this amazing wreck of a house we fell in love with?

Shopping for a house was easy and fun but the negotiation and closing part sucked (sorry for using that word, Mom). It sucked SO bad.

Last spring basically went like this –

We love this house! Lets put in an offer. Were they going to accept this offer? No? How about this one? Nope. Ok… This one? Were we going to get our financing? Who’s gonna give us the best rate? Yay we got financing! PSYCH!!! The house is in too bad of condition for the lender to do FHA, so you need to put down 20%. Oh? You don’t have $57,000 PLUS closing costs? Sorry! No house for you. Wait! Maybe this other lender can do it. (wait wait wait wait wait) OMG we got a loan! Can we finally close already?!??

So when the phone rang and woke me up from my nap exactly 1 year ago today, I was a very happy and relieved girl. We hopped in the car and raced over to the lawyers office.


Signed some papers and brought a really big check (although certainly nothing close to $57K).


Yay!!!! We bought a house!


This past year has been such a whirlwind and the spring was no exception. Spring 2010 was really, really hard. I’m sure most have thought BCL was all but abandoned, as the tumbleweeds have been rolling around here for the better part of 3 months. But it’s not.

Brick City Love is still alive – starting today.

Thank you Rob, for writing all those beautiful posts. They meant the world to me. You are an amazing man and there is so much love in my heart for you. So. Much.

Thank you readers, for being patient and sharing the journey. Your comments – especially the ones on Rob’s posts – have meant more than you could possibly know. I will keep blogging if you promise to keep reading and commenting. So tell your friends –


Happy 1st Birthday and here’s to making it to number 2.

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12 Responses to Happy Birthday, Brick City Love

  1. Tonia says:

    Congratulations, on your 1st year. You made it.

  2. Welcome back, and congratulations on your blog birthday! How did the end of the masters’ go?

  3. I’m so happy your back and in one piece. Missed ya around these parts and happy to see all your projects again.

  4. yay! it has been so amazing to see the transformation through your blog. so much inspiration to us design-challenged folks! looking forward to more posts 🙂

  5. i thought i’d be more specific – the orange radiators + inspiration post rocked my world. I hate my boring beige radiators so I was literally yelling to my husband when I saw that post, and hopefully sometime .. eventually… we will paint our radiators.

  6. I was so excited to see that Brick City Love had a new post on my RSS feed! Please keep blogging- I love reading. Glad you’re back.

  7. Jennifer says:

    YAY! Welcome back and Happy homebuying anniversary!!!

  8. Kate says:

    Yay! Congrats on hitting the one year mark! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  9. Woo hoo!!! I’m excited to see what the next year brings :).

  10. Thank goodness you’re back. Congrats on hitting the one year mark! Can’t wait to see you dig into more projects, I miss them mucho.

  11. Now I can say I kinda sorta know a smartie. Major congrats!

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