By Celina Trujillo
“I know who owns that,” I said in reference to a picture of a house on a real estate website that my husband was browsing…as if I really knew Erin Nieto and not just from online as the Househunting Mom. I immediately recognized her house from the pictures in her blog series on Chambanamoms.com. Being just weeks before we made The Decision, we were not seriously searching for a new home at the time, just casually browsing.
Fast forward to about a year later. With an academic year of homeschooling under my belt, I knew just what it was like to be home A LOT. Then the Househunting Mom’s house seemed like a perfect home. But it was sold right? After we mourned the loss of a home we had never even seen with our own eyes, a more specific internet search revealed it to us again. Within a week’s time, we contacted our realtor, toured the house, made an offer and the Nietos accepted!
So if you were following her every post like I was, I hope you’ll enjoy these updates about The Househunting Mom’s house.
It is clear from this post, that this place was host to many social events of the Nietos. It is so easy to be hospitable here as it offers an extremely relaxing rural atmosphere. We’ve enjoyed having friends over for Bible studies, dinners, bonfires, and more. We’ve also hosted two children in crisis through a local program of Safe Families.
Our children love having people over as well. Because neighborhood children are scarce, organized playdates have been our M.O. The backyard is a favorite hangout and we even camped out there with a bunch a family friends for my boys’ birthdays. My kids do occasionally have the organic, free range play experience that was characteristic of decades past when the grandkids of the neighbors come over to play.
The neighbors are just as amazing as Erin described. When we first came to tour the house, my son quickly made himself at home, marking his territory by peeing on a tree, just as I was talking to our potential neighbors. I was mortified! They brushed it off jokingly yet sincerely and then they befriended our little chatterbox as we continued to tour inside. Now they are constantly looking out for us and taking care of us with sweet goodies, yard work help and just being a listening ear.
Cat lovers out there will be happy to know that we’ve adopted The Mongrels as our own. My oldest son named them Ribby, Moppet and Tabitha Twitchit and has taken responsibility of caring for them daily. This winter they reclaimed the garage as their space, in a Moses basket that we accidentally left in there soon after we moved. It’s a good thing they’re cute.
Thank you, Erin the Househunting Mom, for sharing your heart about this home on Chambanamoms.com. I think I love this place as much as you did.
And thank you, Chambanamoms.com! Now you’ve not only hooked me up with a van, but also a house! What’s next? A yacht? A vacation?
Celina Trujillo has lived in Urbana since 1998, when she started attending the University of Illinois. Three degrees and one job later, she recently decided to put it all on hold to start homeschooling and homemaking full-time. Her blog, Squawks of a Mama Bird, records the learning process of this unexpected new adventure for her family.