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October 11, 2016

Welp, here we are, a little over a week in and gosh does it feel good to be getting settled, knowing we aren't going anywhere for a long, long while. It has been so strange, this past year, wanting to be settled in our rental but knowing that come fall we would be moving into our 'forever home.' It was was such an odd thing. But now! Now, we're here unpacking boxes and putting our favorite things in their places and it. feels. good. When we were planning what new furniture, textiles and decor we would be needing to complete the space, we knew we wanted a really large, bold, beautiful rug for our main living area. We searched for what seemed like forever and finally landed on this beauty from ECARPETGALLERY (We looked on their sit nearly every day for 6 months or so) and we couldn't be happier with it. (It's the hand-knotted Royal Heriz Dark Copper Wool Rug, FYI :) If you are looking for the perfect rug but are at a loss for where to start, the rug blog from ecarpetgallery is a good place to get some inspo. I was talking to a friend recently who has been on the hunt for over a year - buying a large rug is a big decision so I totally get that. We wanted something that would work well with our couch and end chair that we wouldn't get sick of looking at day in and day out because of how our home is laid out. The living room, entry, kitchen area is all one big room and of course where we spend the majority of our time. This decision was a big one for us. 

On another note, I'm excited to start talking more about city living with kids and hear from other's who are right in the thick of city life with kids. I feel like there is so much to learn and navigate as a mother raising kids surrounded by so much good and bad. What do I tell my daughter about the man who just walked down our street not wearing any shoes? Or why those folks were shouting on the corner? Or why she can't touch anything on the ground in that little city park on the corner? I'm kind of like, what in the world are we doing here? But I'm also like, how amazing is this!? Let's walk to the playground! Ice cream shop! Donut shop! Library! To see daddy at work! There is so much good and i'm only just beginning to learn how to navigate it all. So far I've been as honest as I can be but am keeping in mind that she is only 3 and I do need to protect her heart from anything that might feel scary to her. She knows that some people are homeless and we talk about how that would make us feel and if there is anything we could do to help. It's so hard to know what to be open and honest about with her (and eventually our baby) while also wanting to maintain her sweet innocence and naiveness.  I'd love input from others in a similar living situation!

and P.S. As a bonus for you all in honor of our new home, ecarpetgallery is offering you 20% off your first purchase with the coupon code ECGBLOGOURCITYHOUSE . WhooHoo! Happy rug shopping!

11 COMMENTS:

  1. I love your home! It's so lovely...great job! I'm curious...is it loud living in the city?

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    1. Hey Kelsey! Thank you! We are loving our home too and it has been so cool seeing it come to fruition. It's actually not loud at all on our street. We are tucked on a mostly residential, one way street. You definitely hear things you wouldn't in the suburbs and can hear folks chattering on the street from time to time but at night it's mostly been really quiet.

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  2. I have a lot of thoughts on this but my experience is a little different as I've been in Chicago for a long time and only recently became a parent. I love city living! It's an amazing way to raise kids. It does, however, strip you of the privilege of how much you/your kids are exposed to in the world. All of my friends talk about the balance of addressing the broader range of experiences kids have in cities with also balancing shepherding their hearts. I will like to hear what other people say about this but it's definitely a complex question with no clear answers. We must all be smart about our surroundings but not live in fear. You will learn a lot from your neighbors who are born/raised there, too.

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    1. Yes, we are so brand new to actually living in the environment and have already been exposed to so much, which of course we knew would be the case. The long time residents who are our neighbors have been so, so welcoming and I'm really looking forward to having strong relationships with them. I think the situations us urban families face are extremely unique compared to others but I think they're all things that will ultimately help our children learn empathy, compassion and give them on overall broader world view.

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    2. It's wonderful you're ready to embrace it all! I think urban environments expose us to things that other people will eventually see, just later on. If that makes sense. It's the early exposure that I think makes us feel so cautious for children's sake.

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  3. When I think about answering a 3 year olds innocent questions about things like barefoot people and yelling/open arguments on the street, I don't think it's the time to have a deep discussion about humanities brokenness.
    I might say something like, "hmmm, I don't know? Maybe he forgot them!" Or, "well it sounds like they're having an argument."
    The point is, I think that the true value in all of these experiences is that YOU and your kids get to see all spectrums of the human experience, and you ACKNOWLEDGE them. You don't hustle by and cover their eyes, you don't move out of the neighborhood to try and pretend brokenness doesn't exsist, etc.
    But at age three you will probably not be having deep discussions nor would you want to saddle a child with the true, harsh realities of life.
    Just setting a precedent that "we can talk about anything" and "people may be different or we may not understand them, but we acknowledge that they're people just like us" is very powerful. Taking the time to confidently look a stranger in the eye and smile hello is a way of passing on humanity to another person. Setting this example for our kids of recognizing people who aren't the same as us as humans, just like us, well that is enough for me right now.

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    1. I adore this outlook and I think you're right. Just by being here we are exposing her to so much which will allow her to process what she see's and hears in her own way and of course we will talk about her observations as much and as openly as she wants but you are so right in that we don't need to make her aware of the brokenness. Not at her age. Thanks, Heather :)

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