It was a warm August night.
I was coming from a meditation session at the little beach down the road from our place in the woods. We pulled up to a quaint house in a quaint neighborhood. The kind of neighborhood where lazy lawnmowers run before the week begins. Where you can smell the fresh cut grass as the sun sets and the fireflies light up — the epitome of a rural American summer.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Two blocks away from the beach, one block from the trail.
I stepped over the threshold of the front door and knew this was the place we were meant to live. Wood floors, kitchen nook, backyard with a bonfire pit.
Before we had degrees we sketched out our dream world. It involved a home with a heart in the gable and a lake behind us. We didn’t think that sketch would come to life one year later but it did.
In hindsight, of course it did. We worked our asses off for it. We compromised a lot for it. And we fought like hell to be here.
We’ve lived in the Moon Lodge for about 3 years. It’s brought us comfort, safety, and community. I haven’t felt this way since my childhood. Joel & I created this together, our little cottage by the lake. Birthday parties, engagements, holidays. The Moon Lodge held us through these moments.
Disagreements, doubts, and exhaustion. The Moon Lodge held us through these too. Maybe a little extra.
But then, we started to wriggle from her grasp.
The commute too long.
The winter too cold.
The home too…not us anymore.
We’re leaving the Moon Lodge next month. On to a new adventure.
The very things we fight for are the same things we grow away from.
The time has come to grow.
We’re moving away from the place that held us through our first years. This next month I’ll be full of nostalgia and reflection. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to our neighbors, our friends, and the community we’ve been part of yet we’re excited for this new adventure.
The Moon Lodge is not a physical place, it is within us. Housed in this life we’ve created together.
There’s a lot we’ve collected along the way that we’re ready to part with. For a local listing of what we’re selling, head here and have a piece of the Moon Lodge as part of your home.
Photos by Leigh Ann Cobb Photography