Saying Goodbye…

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I’ve been dreading this blog post for over a year but the time has come to write it and I’m holding back the tears. Last night we took some family photos for the last time in front of the place we called home for 3 1/2 years.

My husband and I built and designed this home together 4 years ago. We saved every penny we had to make this home a reality and we poured blood, sweat and tears into it. I love this home. It’s where we grew our businesses and started new ones, where we brought home a naughty pup that we named Dasher boy, where we started our family and had two precious babies that have filled this home with love and life. We have created countless memories here that I will truly cherish forever. My heart hurts at the thought of leaving this home behind.

In April of last year Drew and I were driving around in a nearby city that we knew we eventually wanted to settle down and end up in. We had no intentions of moving then, we were just driving around dreaming. We stumbled upon a new development and found a vacant lot that had the most unbelievable view of our Utah mountains that we had ever seen. And the best part was the view would never be blocked by another home because it was up on a bluff. So we put an offer in on that lot since we knew if we didn’t act fast somebody else would buy it.

It was ours in a matter of weeks and we decided we would just hold onto it for a few years until we decided we were ready to build again.

Well a few weeks later we got a little excited about that view so we called up an architect to go over elevations and a few other architectural details about a possible future home there.

When that happened we decided to put our home on the market to just put some feelers out there. To our shock we had two offers in under a week. The first offer we had to be out in 30 days. I was about 30 days until my delivery date with Jackson so there was no way we could pull that off. We declined it. However, the second offer was one that we couldn’t say no to. A wonderful family from Seattle was looking to move to Utah in the summer of 2017 (this was all happening summer of 2016). Long story short, the buyers let us rent the home back from them for a year until they needed to make their big move to Utah.

It was the perfect scenario and everything fell into place so we accepted the offer and felt really good about it. It didn’t quite feel real because September 2017 felt so far away. It felt like I would never need to move out of this home and when it did roll around our new home would be completed. The night we signed the contracts I thought about how it would feel to move out of our home but I instantly locked that thought away and didn’t dig it out again until the beginning of this week. The thought of moving out made me so sad so I never let myself go there and think about it.

So here we are now. September 2017 came way too fast and we are packing boxes getting ready to move out Saturday. Every time I think about it I want to burst into tears. I’m not ready to say goodbye to this home that has been so good to our little family. This is more than a home to me, It’s a living thing with a spirit and it has such a good one. The new owners are so lucky they get to call this wonderful place home. I know that in 20 years when I drive past it I will still get tears in my eyes. While we are excited about the new house we are building (that will have a lot of similarities to this one) we are just so sad to say goodbye to this one.

If you are all long time followers, most know we had plans to move and build but I haven’t really talked about it much until now. For all those who have asked, we got a late start on the new build (I think having two babies under two helped contribute to the delay ;). We spent a little over a year scheming up these new home plans making sure every detail was perfect so we were delayed on construction but things are finally underway. We’ll be moving in with my parents and Duke (their lab) until May when construction has completed.

I’ll be sharing more details with you all about the new build but this post is getting too long so I’ll save that for a different day. I just had to give this home a proper goodbye post.

I also don’t want to end this post without mentioning Houston. It makes my heart physically ache for everyone who has had to leave their home, or who has lost their home due to the damage of the hurricane and rain fall. Homes are so much more than just rock, brick and walls. It’s the place that we live, grow, love, learn, laugh, become, create memories. Homes hold everything dear to us so the thought of loosing that is unthinkable. Please, if you haven’t yet take time to donate something to them. Even a small donation can make a big impact. The Red Cross is a great one or The National Diaper Bank donates diapers to babies in need which is so amazing. Today (8/31) 100% of the profits from any purchase of Rachel Parcell Collection will be donated to the Red Cross to help families in need. Sending so many prayers their way.

xo, Rach

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98 Comments

  1. It honestly breaks my heart to that you are leaving this house. Your kitchen, living room, bedroom.. closet are an absolute dream. The decor is my absolute fave BUT I am excited to follow along on another interior decor journey. Congrats!

  2. All the feels! You are moving into my parents’ neighborhood. You will love it, I promise! Everyone is so welcoming and wonderful. Here’s to new beginnings!

  3. How exciting!!! I believe you have mentioned that your sister lives across the street from you. Will you be moving far away from your family? You guys are all so cute and love your sister bond!!!

  4. Thank you so much for the Houston love! I live in one of the few dry areas of the city and I got my RP order today! Houstonians are an interesting bunch- the oil companies bring people from far and wide to this city for work. A lot of people aren’t from here and that works towards making our community very open minded. It also means people are friendly and community ties are strong because extended families are far away for many people. When I see the devastation I’m overwhelmed, but I know the people of this city will rebound faster than expected!

  5. Beautiful family photos. Good luck and congrats on the new build- I’m sure it will be just beautiful to continue making new memories with your family!

  6. Perfect post for saying goodbye to home. You will create new memories and you will always have these memories to look back on! Can’t wait to see the new home! We are building our new home next summer and I love to see the inspiration from your current one! Thanks for sharing that with us:) cheers to new memories!

  7. What a beautiful home! I can only imagine how it must feel to leave something you designed to fit you perfectly. I’m glad you guys are getting your dream home! Also, thank you for using your platform to mention Houston. I’ll definitely be making another donation! :)

    xx, Tomi
    http://goodtomicha.com

  8. God always finds a way to bring everything together at such perfect timing! Congratulations on your move and new adventures for your family! Change is hard but it is beautiful too!

  9. This was the sweetest post. I’ve been following your blog since 2012 and remember when you were choosing finishes for it! I lived in my last house for almost 10 years. Even though I was excited to live in a new place that was going to be a better fit for my future family, I cried walking through the empty house with my husband the night we turned in our keys and left for good. So I totally understand your sadness at leaving! But good news is you can look forward to creating even more memories in the new build!!
    xo,
    Rena // The Style Gospel

  10. Hi rach ! You have an incredibile house, with so memories ! It’s your house and nevere will became someone. You are changing because of the view, but this is incredible. Luky new owners, hope your future house will be great! Can’t wait to see it!

  11. Thank you for your kind words at the end. My parents lost their home in the flood and they just finished renovating it from last years flood. They just can’t catch a break. So I appreciate your words and for helping out. I hope they can get their home back in a speedy manner. Also, your home is just beautiful. I wouldn’t want to leave it either :)

  12. Wow, I seriously can’t believe I’ve been following you this long. I remember when y’all were cleaning the place up and about to move in. I’ve see you become a mother and it’s just crazy how time flies. I can’t wait to see the new memories being made in your new home! And thank you for your donation in the wake up Harvey! My family, neighbors, and Houston family thank you for your generosity & donating. It has been a very emotional week! #HoustonStrong

  13. Thank you for supporting the relief efforts in Houston. I live in Houston and your contributions will help so many people, thank you. I look forward to following the journey of building your new home.

  14. Great Post..Congratulations on you and your family’s new adventure.
    I love your clothing line. And we in Houston really appreciate your prayers and donations.

  15. What a real and emotionally raw post. My husband and I have gone through a very similar situation and leaviyour home is heartbreaking. I love how your wrote how a home holds all you love. So true and never really thought of it that way. It is so enormously generous of you to donate 100% of profits to help people in need. I haven’t seen anyone else do that. Just proof how beautiful you guys are inside and out. Thank you so much for being an amazing inspiration

  16. What a bittersweet post. I am so happy for your family on this new adventure. You should be so proud of what you have accomplished and what you plan on accomplishing! Best wishes on your move and build! ❤️

  17. Rachel, thank you so much for thinking about us here in Houston. It’s been very difficult to see my city suffer through this devastation, but Texas is strong and we will rise from this. Congratulations on your future home and may the Lord bless you and your beautiful family.

  18. You said it beautifully. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for your sweet family. You will treasure all those wonderful moments at the house but will make many more memories at the next one too.
    Best of luck to you!

  19. No matter what anyone says, moving is always so hard. Especially from such a beautiful home with so many memories. We moved to Utah from Houston actually, so it is sad to see our old house and ward flooding. But we moved here for a reason and I know we’re blessed with the safety we have. I also want you to know that you don’t ever need to feel bad (from people’s lame comments on Instagram or wherever) about posting things like this, that are so special to you. You have a cute family and it’s fun to see the pictures and things you post!

  20. You should donate to Samaritan’s Purse… the Red Cross will not disclose how much of your donation they keep & how much goes to those in need. Samaritanspurse.org

  21. Ugh, your home, er-MANSION, is absolutely stunning. More than anything I could ever hope to dream of setting foot into!! No wonder it’s hard to leave. But I’m sure your new one will be just as insane!

  22. I literally have tears in my own eyes reading this blog post-you influence and encourage so many momma’s [… and hoping to be momma’s] on the daily: I grew up in RSF in San Diego amongst many followers; your blog has prompted me to seek a deeper knowledge of the Lord! Thank you for being you and sharing so much- I imagine it’s hard, and utterly uncomfortable at times; I properly appreciate your sacrifice and openness.

    Love and light,
    Karissa L’Italien

  23. Congratulations on the new move and wow what a story! We are getting ready to move from our home which we have been in for 4 years and it’s tough to leave all those memories And firsts that were created under that roof. I feel ya Rach!! 😭Beautiful pictures and such a sweet post!! I Can’t wait for decorating!!

  24. Oh Rach, I know the feeling of leaving a home you’ve worked years on… it’s so hard. I couldn’t ride by out last house for about a year and a half without tearing up or getting a sick feeling in my stomach. You’re so right that a home is so much more than a place to live… it somehow becomes part of your identity. Thank you for sharing your life, home and family with us. Your are such an inspiration in the way you navigate through life and make everything
    you touch beautiful, it’s such a gift. I am beyond excited to watch your building process!!!

  25. Hi from Auckland, Rachel. Don’t underestimate the emotions you’ll experience as you say goodbye to your home. I went through that two years ago (only moved 5 minutes away but it felt like another world). You’re right about houses being living things. They really are. You’re doing the right thing, acknowledging your feelings and the sadness at leaving. Be gentle with yourself – it’s a big deal!

  26. Rachel,

    I love this post! Had me in tears, your family is wonderful. I love this house you live in now, I just know the new one is better!

    -s

  27. My favorite post yet. Your home style has always been my dream and I look forward to seeing what you’ve done with the new one!

    Thank you from Texas for your support! 💖

  28. Aww you literally poured your heart out, every journey is beautiful and you will obviously always miss this beautiful house. But i am so sure you will quickly settle in the new one with many more blessings around. Love S!

  29. Congrats on this new beginning, Rach! I love these kind of blog posts, about life updates. It’s so cool to see how your family has grown over the years. I started following your blog even before you had Isla! I’ve moved a lot in my life, and it’s always hard to leave the place you love. But, there’s also that excitement of new things to come. I’m wishing you and your family the best of luck in this new endeavor! 😊

  30. Your home is absolutely stunning and I look forward to seeing your new house. Best of luck with your move and making more memories in your new home x

  31. Awe, that was so sweet and I had tests in my eyes thinking of your heartbreaking. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you at your new place! XO, V

  32. Awe, Rach, very well said. I wish you and your family the best of luck pursuing you dream of moving to the area you have been dreaming about. Thank you for mentioning Houston as well. So much destruction up and down the coast. My heart aches for everyone affected.

  33. This post made me so emotional. I’ve admired this beautiful house for so long and the way you and your family have grown and made memories in it. Also, thanks so much for mentioning Houston. I was fortunate enough not to be affected by the hurricane but many of my friends have lost their homes, their belongings, the memories they made with their families. It’s heartbreaking, so I appreciate what you said. Thanks from Houston.

  34. I have enjoyed your journey at this home so much. Stunningly beautiful and lovely decor. I know you will design a new gorgeous home filled with the same love you put into this one. Can’t wait to see how the new one comes together!

  35. Dear Rach,
    I absolutely agree that houses become living things and if you have the sensitivity to feel that way, moving to a new house always comes with an unbelievable bittersweet feeling.
    I love the good feelings of gratitude you have towards this house and wish the excitement for the new one turns things easier.
    I’m sure you’ll build a wonderful new home and fill it with great joy and love each and every day.

    A thousand kisses from the Azores,
    Inês

  36. Your home is amazing. I’m even sad you’re leaving it! But I’m looking forward to seeing the new home and all the memories you’ll make in it!

  37. I am so happy for you for your new chapter- also saying prayers for you to feel peaceful as you let go of the old. Your tears mean that your time in that home wasn’t precious and special and nothing can ever take that away! Love you!

  38. Such a beautiful post Rachel. I can’t imagine the Mama feels you are having leaving the first place your babies called home. You deserve every ounce of success you have and I can’t wait to see what this next adventure holds for you and your family. I love following along! Best of luck with the move!

  39. Love this! Congrats! Also, thank you for mentioning my great city Houston. Texas has gown through a lot these past 7 days and appreciate all the donations! ❤️

  40. What an exciting time for your family! I can understand the sadness but you’re stepping into a new chapter of your lives together and you will new and more amazing memories in your new home. AND it’ll be even more perfect because you’ll what to do differently this time!!

    Good luck with the move! And can’t wait to see your new home!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  41. Such a beautiful home you are leaving behind. I absolutely love the look of the front of it, and the style. I’m sure your next one will be just as beautiful. And what’s even better is that you are home wherever you are with your family. Excited for your build and to see the process!

    http://www.hazeldarling.com

  42. Aw, first of all your house is so beautiful! It is exactly what my husband and I show each other pictures of saying “someday”! But changes are good and exciting and some times I think it’s special to say goodbye to something before it’s too late. While all the memories are good, precious and perfect! Good luck with the new build! I can’t wait to see how the home turns out!

    Xo Angela
    http://www.onecontessa.com

  43. Congrats on the new journey. It’s also wonderful of you to think of Houston and to donate. I feel is my duty to point out that American Red Cross has had some recent controversy of whether they are genuinely helping victims in a disaster. Perhaps your local chapter is different, I hope so. However, I want to interest you on a recent article highlighting the Red Cross’ issues. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/30/547435136/red-cross-exec-doesn-t-know-what-portion-of-donations-will-go-directly-to-harvey?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

  44. Thank you for mentioning Houston. I am from Houston and still live here. It is devastating what has happened to our city and it brings me so much sadness to think about, but I am happy there are people like you who are able to make an affect and choose to lead your followers to helping us here in Houston. Thank you so much!

  45. Oh sweet Rachel! I am so happy for you and your new place with the beautiful view but I feel as If I know your current house like my own childhood home! All your beautiful photos and sharing your life with your fans and readers we’ve seen your family grow there and I think it breaks all of our hearts a little along with yours too!

  46. What color are your windows and the doors on the back I’m needing a color for shutters and my rock is similar to yours! Thank you so much love your blog your home is gorgeous

  47. Beautifully written, Rach! I’m seriously tearing for you. I’m the exact same way; my home is my everything! The thought of moving from a place that we built from the ground up, worked so hard to get and ultimately, where we grew our family is very upsetting. However, something must have called you to this new lot and the timing // result of the sale of your current home sounds quite ordained. Can’t wait to see the new place, gf! It sounds as though it’ll be perfect for you and your family.

    Xx, Amanda

  48. Wow this house is gorgeous! I can’t believe you are selling it (well, sold it already)
    That’s a lot of work put into something you are giving up! It’s huge too! Is the new house going to be bigger? You definitely made this home unique !
    God luck with the new build!

    Anna

  49. Awh! I’m getting teary-eyed! Being in real estate myself, I can completely relate to how you are feeling. I watch so many families like this- so bittersweet!

  50. Long time follower, wishing you and your beautiful all of the best! Looking forward to seeing your transition and the new build! Making me well up as I read your words on Houston- so true. Thanks for sharing as always!

  51. Dear Rachel,
    Thank you so much for your initiative and kind comments about Houston. As somebody mentioned, some of us were really lucky nothing happened to our homes but for many thousands the story is not the same, not only in the greater Houston area but also other places in Texas and Lousianna. Please continue to spread the word, this is just the beginning of a long recovery and we need all the help and prayers people can provide. God bless and congratulations on your new adventure!

  52. Rachel this post is so heartfelt! I love your home but can only imagine how gorgeous the next one will be! My friend and I are doing a dinner benefit at my home and will donate all the proceeds to the Food Bank of Houston! At such early age you rock girl! Beautiful inside and out!

  53. Oh Rach!! I know exactly how you feel!! I just recently bought a gorgeous home and was so excited to move into it a few months ago but when it was time to pack up my old condo where I had raised my almost 7 year daughter in, I also became so emotional because we were also leaving such a lovely and comforting home. The good thing is our new home is about 1 mile away so we still drive by to see our old house and drive around our old lake. Moving is hard and emotional but so it growing up and taking chances but we do it because on the other side God had something much better in store with a much better view! ;)

  54. Entendió tu sentimiento es muy triste cuando dejas una casa que amas mucho, pero sin darte cuenta ya estarás en tu nueva casa y tus hermosos bebes la llenaran de alegría y risas; y volverás hacer recuerdos que atesoraras toda la vida.
    Te mando un gran abrazo y a toda tu familia bendiciones.
    Nunca escribo porque mi inglés es muy malo. Saludos desde Puebla, México

  55. Hi Rachel-
    I’ve been following your blog for over a year now; it’s inspiring! Aw, Godspeed on this transition! Your family is so so beautiful. Blessings, Erin

  56. Regardless of the amount of time I’ve spent in a home, I always find it hard to say goodbye, even when moving to a bigger or nicer place. My husband and I have only rented so far, so I can imagine those emotions would only be multiplied when it’s a home you’ve owned and had your kids in. Looking forward to seeing what you make of your new home! Good luck with the move!

    Kristi Beth | Be Loverly

  57. You have built such a beautiful home and life. It’s rare I take the time to comment on blogs these days anymore, but I had to here. Rach, this was a beautifully written post, a lovely tribute to this home that has seen so much in just a few short years. I think it goes without saying that every home you life in, you make gorgeous and this house was no exception-it’s stunning. I can only image what you have in store for the next house. I’m sure it won’t lack any details. After living with family for months, it will feel that much more special to move into your own home again. Wishing you nothing but the best in the next house and I pray you make more beautiful memories there. Thank you for sharing your home and life with us, As an Interior Designer, you have given me ideas. :)

  58. You have built such a beautiful home and life. It’s rare I take the time to comment on blogs these days anymore, but I had to here. Rach, this was a beautifully written post, a lovely tribute to this home that has seen so much in just a few short years. I think it goes without saying that every home you life in, you make gorgeous and this house was no exception-it’s stunning. I can only image what you have in store for the next house. I’m sure it won’t lack any details. After living with family for months, it will feel that much more special to move into your own home again. Wishing you nothing but the best in the next house and I pray you make more beautiful memories there. Thank you for sharing your home and life with us, As an Interior Designer, you have given me ideas. :) I think it was fitting to mention your heart for Houston as well and what a home truly is, thank you for donating to the cause.

  59. Thank you Rachel for sharing your heart on how you feel about saying good bye to your house. And for thinking about us here in Houston. By the grace of God my house was not flooded but over 100,000 homes were :( It is beyond heartbreaking and surreal to know so many people are hurting. Again, thank you for bringing much needed attention to the many followers you have, even if it’s for someone to stop and just say a prayer for Houston. 💕

  60. Loved your post Rachel! We sure love you and Drew and I’m glad we were able to buy your beautiful home. You know you can anyways come back anytime. I’m going to miss you guys though! You and Drew are so great and we loved getting to know you both. Glad we made this crazy arrangement work for all of us. We are excited to get settled and start this new chapter. Love those little babies and Dasher too! You’ll have to come back soon and I’ll cook you guys dinner! 💕

  61. Thank you for sharing this! What a wonderful home your husband and you built and what a lucky new family to build new memories in the gorgeous.home!
    Your new home will have years and years of memories! I can’t wait to see the progress! You are such a wonderful person!

    Xoxo
    Taisha