Today marks our third anniversary of living in the building! This past year has been an eventful one for sure! Looking back on my facebook memories from 2017 right before we moved I am immediately flooded with so many emotions that I felt as we were in our final stages of packing and saying good bye to our life in San Diego. I remember feeling sad to leave our friends and family, excited to start our renovating adventure and scared of the unknown.
I remember the moment at 1:30am when we arrived to our new gigantic home after driving for 36 hours straight and feeling a surge of energy and excitement! And then about 30 min later the pipes burst in the boiler room if any of y’all have been here since the beginning and remember that story!
I’m not going to lie and say our renovation journey has been all sunshine and rainbows. But we have made the best of if and absolutely love our life here in Indiana. Gosh we love Indiana so much! Our children are thriving, we have made some incredible friends and have a loving church community. This past year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. We’ve had some amazing highs and scary lows, from my parents retiring and moving to Indiana to Atom’s melanoma cancer diagnosis.
Our house renovation pages gained national and international attention which was incredible! I never thought in a million years I would have Insider and Atlas Obscura magazine among many others contacting me asking for interviews for feature stories about our renovation project.
I’m a numbers gal and love stats. In honor of our third anniversary of being Indiana residents and living in the mansion I wanted to give you some of the numbers for this blog in particular. I looked at the stats and it absolutely blows my mind! If you have a blog of your own through wordpress I would highly recommend looking at your stats. It’s super fascinating! In 2019 this blog had 81,103 total views. Pretty incredible! So far 4.5 months into 2020, we’ve had 60,392 views! WHAT?!? There are people from 147 countries who have viewed our blog in the past year alone. In total since I started the blog in early 2017, there have been 198,496 total views.
All of this is so incredibly humbling and I feel like I can’t quite put it into words how grateful and blessed we are. Never in our wildest dreams did we think our little (ok not so little) renovation project would gain international attention and we would have the most amazingly supportive followers/friends. I’ve said it before so I apologize if I sound like a broken record, but we really appreciate the love and support and at times it is what keeps this blog going. Y’all are like family to us! We read every single comment we get on all of our platforms. Even the ones that are trying to recruit us to join the Illuminati and become rich and famous. I read those and then delete/ban them but they’re funny when it happens.
Cheers to 3 years friends! Thanks for coming along for the ride and we hope you continue to follow along with us for many more to come! We are thankful for each and every one of you!