We now have a fireplace. We have never had one before, but it was a top item on the list of prerequisites when we started house hunting a year ago, followed closely by a garage.
As I sit by the fire tonight I look into the room and see my husband and two of my boys and I wonder to myself how I scored so well. Problems here and there? Yes. But the things that matter feel mostly in place, and I sit here toasty and warm and say a small prayer of thanks.