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About 18 months ago we moved from the mid west to the east coast for my husband’s job. It was a huge and exhausting move- at the time my kids were 5 and 2.5 years old and we moved in the middle of summer. When we got here it was hot, everyone was crabby and we were drowning in cardboard boxes in a new town where we knew not a single soul. The day after our movers left a neighbor from down the street came to introduce himself with his daughter and handed us the sweetest housewarming gift basket with kitchen utensils, a candle and dish towels. He also had plenty of recommendations for food, shopping and a church- I am so thankful they came down to say hello that day.
Our neighborhood is mostly new construction and our home is on the edge of the less developed part which means our closest neighbor on one side is 3 lots down. We’ve been enjoying all the open space over the last 18 months but I can not tell you how excited I was when I saw the builder smack a “SOLD” side up on the lot next door last fall. We are getting new neighbors!
Fast forward several months and their home is almost finished. Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to meet the new guys but based on the progress of their construction, they should be moving in over the next month or two. I want to make them feel as welcome as we did when we first got here so I’ve been working on a little housewarming gift for them.
Putting together the gift basket was simple when I thought about the things we needed when we moved in. Before the moving truck got here we had NOTHING. No toilet paper, no hand soap, no way to wipe down counters and no idea where to get food. I wanted our gift welcoming our new neighbors to be both beautiful and functional and that’s how I came up with…