Happy Anniversary Old House!

Dear Old House,

One year ago we moved in.

We made you our new address.

We had been tearing you apart and lovingly been putting you back together since September 22, 2015. 

This picture is of our many friends who came and checked you out the first day you belonged to us. 

Notice the face masks and gloves?

You had been neglected and unloved for so long.

You were super stinky and I was a little scared and embarrassed to let people see your current state.


Today marks a huge day!

You are so much more than walls and floors.

You are a safe haven for Mom and Dad. They never have to move again. You gave them purpose and sometimes jobs they didn’t want. You allow them to rest when they need to. You allow them a place to work on projects. You have a basement for goodness sake for an old guy to display his treasures, to watch old videos and reminisce about “the good old days.”

For this I am grateful. 

You have allowed a young couple to begin their life in your rooms upstairs. Your big old footprint creates an environment where they can feel safe and secure to raise their newborn son. Your space creates solitude and privacy where many families can live under one room while allowing no one to get on each other’s nerves. 

For this I am grateful.

What exactly have you done for us, the owners?

You have given us many long days and nights of back breaking work. You have costs us much money and created many nights of restless sleep as I dream about wall decor and paint colors. 

You have already in your short one year hosted a wedding of giant proportions, wedding and baby showers, birthday parties and many nights of dominoes.

Your front porch is one of my favorite places. Ever. 

You have checked off a huge line item from our bucket list and will one day be part of our retirement portfolio. 

You have allowed us to show off a little of our skill.

You have given us a place to call home that feels like we should have always been here.

We thank God for the abilities that we still have after almost two years of renovations. You, my friend, the big old house were a little of a pain at times. 

But most of all…….

We are grateful that you found us. 

Happy one year anniversary old house. 

Here’s to many more! 

About abandonedocala

Christ Follower 💜 Wife 💜 Mom 💜 Grandmom (BB is my name). 💜Rescued and Restored a 114 year old farmhouse. Isaiah 54:7
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