Today a dream I have held for over half my life came true. When I was 9 years old my Father purchased a 100 year old farm house in Horse Pasture, VA. My family along with my grandmother lived in that house while my Father restored, renovated and added on to it. For years there were constant sounds of hammers and saws and the smell of fresh wood and saw dust. My 9 year old self was so impressed by what Daddy with the help of a few of my Uncles were able to do. They took something old and worn down by years and years of memories and they gave it new life. A beautiful home where we made memories of our own.
I was 17 when we sold that house and moved into a brand new house. It was a nice comfortable home, but for me it lacked the charm and character of our old farm house. It was then, at 17 years old, that I started to dream. One day I would follow in my fathers footsteps and buy my own house to restore. In all my travels over the years my eyes would seek out older homes along the route and I would imagine what they might become…..if only it were mine.
2 months ago, a beautiful friend and customer of Green Living stopped by the shop to see me. She told me of a home in desperate need of renovation. The second she left the shop I called my husband and said we HAD to go see it. I wanted to go right then but had to contain myself until the following evening when we drove out to have a look. As we rounded the top of the long driveway and the house came into view my husband looked at me and said, “We are buying it!” We had not even gotton out of the car or seen the inside but I agreed. Yes, we are buying it!
Exactly 2 years and 2 days ago I lost my Dad after a 5 year battle with cancer. I feel his presence with me everyday and I know he is proud of what I am accomplishing in my life. I know we have his blessing as we begin our own journey of home restoration.
Today, this 1930s Colonial is officially ours! Our plan is to restore this home to its former glory and live here with our family for many years to come. We will take it one day at a time, one room at a time. Since we will be sharing this experience with some 6000 facebook fans we thought it best to keep the location private.
If you would like to follow along on this journey with us be sure to check our facebook page and blog for updates on our progress. In my next post we will tour the inside. Today the outside!
Let the tour begin!
If you would like to see the inside you can check it our HERE!