• Judi

    I’ll be there. Always.

  • Shayla Dvorak

    it’s pretty freaking fantastic and wonderful that you have a flourishing blog (and following) after 12 years! i’m impressed. and following along. and wishing you a wonderful move as you venture into the next chapter!

  • meg

    Congratulations on 12 years, and thank you for inviting all of us along for the ride. Best wishes.

  • tiffany

    beautifully written

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.dearing Robin Dearing

    Best wishes as your life and this website continue to grow and change. Here’s to the future.

  • issascrazyworld

    Congrats on the move and happy 12th birthday to your blog. Did you get it a big girl bra?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483184920 Zoe Kingson

    Good luck!! You deserve happiness.

  • http://twitter.com/schmutzie Elan Morgan

    I’ll keep hanging around :)

  • HeatherArmstrong

    It’s the new place, yes. Southern exposure. I’m so excited about the light.

  • http://twitter.com/miguelina Roxanna Sarmiento

    To new beginnings!

  • HeatherArmstrong

    A training bra. It is MY website after all.

  • issascrazyworld

    Bwahahaha. I ALMOST said that.

  • http://allconsuming.com.au/ allconsuming

    I haven’t checked in on you for over a month due to catastrophic(!) back injuries, surgeries, staph infections and various other incidents that have befallen my family. (side note: 2013 – pull.up.you.socks) You’re far from my thoughts so reading this as my first post catching up on your world? The perfect place to start. You’re so right about the house just being things. We live with my mother and every day I dream of our own place until I kick myself in the head and realise – live it, breath it, realise IT is happening now and my kids don’t care where we live so long as we have each other and I don’t get sick again so they have to endure dad lunches.

    I end my posts with ‘onward’ as it really is my mantra. It seems fitting here. Onward!

  • Celeste

    You haven’t lived in your current house for long enough to have an attachment to it. Seems like as soon as you moved in you and your husband separated. I know it was probably longer but that’s what it seems like from this point of view. I hope you and the girls find a wonderful new home and make many wonderful memories. Has the ex found a great new place for when he has the girls?

  • http://www.facebook.com/legaljill Jill Harris Crawford

    You are a constant source of inspiration to me. You live your life fearlessly! And invite your readers along for the journey. God Bless you and your girls in your new home!

  • Katherine Bull

    I actually Googled “why is my poop green?” after my 5 yo daughter pooped green. It was the result of eating Cheetos. Congrats on the new chapter in your life!

  • Jordan

    I can totally relate to onwards and upwards. Fantastic approach and one that at times is so hard. Look forward to all the new adventures of the new place and new aspects of life. I can feel the strength in your words and it is inspiring! Way to go Dooce! Been reading for about 8 years and look forward to another 8!

  • Leanne Tapper

    I’ve been following your amazing blog for about 10 years and I’ll continue to do so (if you’ll have me)! Good luck with the move and with creating new, happy memories in the next abode!

  • Christa

    Wonderful post.
    I left my home in the UK seven months ago to come and live in SLC (and ye gods, beautiful, but enuff of the frickin’ snow already). I thought it would break my heart to leave behind the house my (now adult) children had grown up in…not to mention the years I spent decorating and mosaicing it.
    I have never looked back.
    The cost of shipping things over here made me re-evaluate everything I owned. So much stuff. It was cathartic to narrow it down to what was really important. Decades of photo albums, artworks and paintings, my art making materials, were just about all that I really valued.
    My change of life, direction and even country, came as the result of the demise of a very long term relationship (27 years). I am sad we are no longer a ‘family’, but the future is so so bright, as I’m positive yours will be.
    I wish you well in your new home and in the new chapter of your life. x

  • http://twitter.com/MosaicTutoring Cory Zacker

    Onward and upward. Wishing you joy and peace in your new home, Heather. And congratulations on 12 years.

  • Hanni

    Love following your blog, Heather. I’ll be reading along as long as you’re writing!!! Many congrats on your new place, and also on moving full steam ahead…

  • HeatherArmstrong

    Thank you for sharing that. It gives me hope. And welcome to snowy SLC!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390927921 Kristin K. Ausk

    12 yrs. wow! congratulations! looking forward to seeing posts about the new house. my dad recently lost his house, the house I spent the last years of my teens and early 20s. i thought i would be more devastated by it but it’s like you said, just things. Just walls, carpet, tile. I’m letting it go. Heres to the past good memories and the future great ones!

  • http://blog.shanparker.com shanparker

    And I’ve been following along nearly the entire time! Good luck, I know you loved that house very much.

  • Sarah

    Are you staying in the same general area?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bobbitt.Bunch Carmilla Bobbitt

    Change is not always a bad thing. I like how you are looking at it as just another phase. Life is ever evolving for all of us. I look forward to seeing pictures of the decorating of your new home. If my home only looked as Chic as yours…

  • http://www.yourfridayafternoondistraction.com/ Joanne Zeis

    If the rest of your new place is as beautiful as that one room, you’ve made a great choice. Fire up the hug mug, put your feet up, and celebrate your new (smaller) family and home. AFTER you’ve moved in, of course. Otherwise the previous owners will be a little shocked.

  • Diane Cayton-Hakey

    Such a lovely post today. We are in the process of selling a house and buying a house. I’ve cried over leaving some of the homes we have owned, puberty or no puberty. At first I would miss them, probably because each one was in a different state and not only did the house get left behind, but the friends. You are right. They are only locations, it’s the memories built there that are important. I wish you much happiness in your new home with the girls and making new memories, Heather. xox

  • Melissa

    I did the whole packing up the dogs and leaving thing when we showed our house to sell last year. It sucked and I didn’t have all the people you had! I feel ya’! PS Those new floors make me swoon.

  • HeatherArmstrong

    Mostly. My main goal was to keep Leta in the same school and I succeeded there.

  • Beth

    Great news about the move. I’m happy and relieved for you.

    Congrats on 12 years. Excited to see where the next twelve will take you.

  • http://twitter.com/MuckianAround Michael G Muckian

    Lovely sentiment in your post and a beautiful porch! I would buy the house for that room alone. Enjoy.

  • Fluffy Cat

    I had the experience of living with a partner, and then he moved out, and it still felt like “our” place even though he was no longer in my life. Finally moving into a new house gave me a sense of closure even though the relationship had long past. I hope the new place works out well for you!

  • Megan Schultz

    This website has become my “home base” on the internet. Know that.

  • http://nanettefayephotography.wordpress.com/ Nanette

    Brilliantly written with humor and Grace! Best of luck to you and your girls in your new home.

  • Aga

    Hugs and hearts and warm (Southern) light. You don’t know it, but you’ve been one of my best friends for the past 8 years. You’ve given me courage, you’ve inspired me to validate my experience, to OWN being the human being I am. Thank you for that. Please stick around forever, I need you.

  • JaneC

    I look forward to following you on this ride. Moving is always *such* fun. And while those multi-pane windows are lovely, I don’t envy whoever has to clean little fingerprints and dog snool off them all. :-)

  • Susan

    We got your back. Looking forward to new memories.

  • http://twitter.com/makfan Michael Mathews

    I was wondering if this might be in the works. It is tough, but I think you have the right perspective. The kids and your family are what matters. The rest is just stuff. It’s nice to have some things that are meaningful and/or that you find pretty and/or peaceful, but you can make any place a nice home if you have the right mindset.

  • Evelyn

    Oh, how deeply I hear this post, the lull of packing memories in carefully padded containers, and sifting through what needed to follow and what needed to go. I too left a decade long marriage (what is with that decade transition stuff), and also left a beautiful home with my teenage son to start a new adventure – with gratitude, in awe of my life and all it has given me, and in wonder. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/dailysnark Mo

    Can’t wait to hear about the next phase. Good luck!

  • =^..^=

    Home is wherever the girls are. And the dogs. Oh, and dont forget Tyrant. That’s all you really need, no ?

  • superdoo

    You moved into Southern Exposure? Well I don’t think any of us expected that to happen. ;) Best of luck in your new digs.

  • http://twitter.com/twirlyShells Shelly

    Love you, Heather <3

  • Eve

    I enjoy your blog so much. I am sorry if you are feeling lonely now; I feel like we are right there with you. Good luck moving in all that snow! I can’t imagine how that even works.

  • Kimberly

    What a lovely love letter. Its made me feel melancholic for your old posts, as well. You are the valedictorian of blogs, as far as I am concerned. Happy Birthday, Dooce! Thanks for a great childhood, can’t wait to sneak out, smoke some weed and get the neighbor kids to drink caffeine!

  • http://www.tokenblogger.com ɯoɔ˙ɹǝƃƃolquǝʞoʇ

    I’m glad you finally found a place you like. I’ve been thinking about you.

  • melisa ann

    On to newer and greater things! I marvel at your strength Heather! I’m sure you’ll have awesome new memories to share with your kids anywhere you set up home. And congratulations on turning 12! Yippeee~!

  • http://twitter.com/clmama34 Jo

    Best of luck to you, Heather. Have been following since before Leta and will continue to do so!

  • kit @ DIYdiva.net

    Okay first I just fell over and fucking died because of how awesome the floor in that sun room is, but I’m going to write this comment posthumously because it needs to be said… I don’t have two kids and an what I imagine is an emotionally draining divorce under my belt, but I did spend two years living in a garage while I built my dream home with my own to hands (and my boyfriend.) My now ex-boyfriend because the relationship failed. And for a minute (or six months) I was a little whatthefuckjusthappenedtothelifeIwasplanningtoliveinthishouse, but I moved on. I bought a 150 year old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere by myself, and it literally changed my life. Saved me. Taught me all kinds of things about myself that I would never have known otherwise. And the scariest part to me now, is that I almost didn’t make that decision. I almost couldn’t let go of that house and that life that I planned. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have all of this awesome in my life a year later. So seriously? I think it’s really fantastic that you’re embarking on this new house and new adventure… you and your girls. Can’t wait to see what awesome things come from it.