Ahhhh, is this real life? I can’t believe Our Gathered Cottage is a reality, not just an Instagram username! A year and a half ago my husband Curt and I purchased our first home, a darling 1953 cape cod in Baltimore, Maryland. Since moving in we have not stopped fixing up our home in hopes to have it somewhat ready when we started the process to adopt.
Here’s a few photos from the day we moved in our home –
A little over 6 months ago I finally took the plunge and started an Instagram account for our home, Our Nottingham Cottage. Within just a few weeks I started to meet the most wonderful people in the decor world that welcomed me with open arms. I had no idea what this adventure would bring, but here I am writing my first blog post ready to hit the ground running!Shortly after we moved in our home we were matched with the cutest blonde hair, blue eyed little boy we would soon name Henry. That was just the start of an incredible journey. Since last June we have adopted Henry, taken in 2 long term placements, and 4 emergency weekend placements. 13 months ago we picked up a tiny 3 day old baby girl from the hospital, she goes by “sissy” in our home thanks to the boys. In March we got a call for a 3 year old boy that was in desperate need of a place to sleep, even if it was for one night. We couldn’t imagine going from 2 to 3 so quickly but we said yes and goodness we are glad we did! We call him Finn and he is Henry’s best friend and such a light in our home. For the past 6 months being parents to 3 children has been so busy but it made this crazy dream of ours come true. In between the late night feedings, speech therapy, and weekly foster care visits; we kept on working on our home.
Here are a few photos of what our home looks like now –Until yesterday, you would have been reading this blog from Our Nottingham Cottage, so let me explain why I’ve changed my name and rebranded. One day Curt and I plan to move closer to family and as much as I love our Nottingham home, that cute name won’t apply (especially if we build our dream home). With that, I had a vision for this blog to include our foster and adoption journey – it’s the very reason we bought this home. If you follow me on Instagram you know I toyed around with a few names until landing on this one. I am a thrifter at heart, and with that am constantly gathering new and old things for our home and I truly feel like we have gathered our children through foster care and adoption. Our Gathered Cottage is a perfect description of our home no matter where it is. Thank you for visiting my blog today and I can’t wait to see where this goes!
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Until next time,
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