We Bought an Old Farmhouse!!

Stop. Did you see that title?? We bought a what?? That’s right. AN OLD FARMHOUSE!! Yippeeeee! You guys. We have been keeping this little secret of ours for several weeks now and I am just bursting at the seams to share the exciting news!! Look at her…

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You see, back on September 12th when we shared this picture on Instagram and Facebook, it took all I had to not let the cat out of the bag. Why does it have to be a cat in a bag? Who has a cat in a bag anyway?? Why not a ‘horse out of a barn’ or a ‘cow out of a pasture’. Wouldn’t that make more sense? I’m not sayin’. But I’m just sayin’… a cat out of a bag. Anyway, I digress.

Back to September 12th, that was the day we closed on the old farmhouse and the keys were in our hands. It was so surreal! This is something we have dreamed about for, well, a very long time! But have been taking actionable steps towards making a reality since January of this year! Nine months it took us to get to this day and finally standing in the backyard of our forever home. We couldn’t be happier!!

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I will save the story of how we found our farmhouse for another day. It was definitely fate! For now, I’ll just show you around a bit. Our old farmhouse sits on five shady acres, beautiful trees all around. I’m still learning how to take pictures of the house without all the limbs of the trees casting harsh shadows. On our fifth day in the house, we woke up to a cloudy morning and I thought that’d be a good time to try to snag some pictures of the outside of the house.

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The front half of the house was built in 1933 by the Cook family. A family who still farms the land nearby. I’m a stickler for the history of the home and we were fortunate enough to get to know the former owners, who shared many a story with us about the house, the farm, and the old barns. Yes, there are barns! We’ll get to that in a minute. The old farmhouse was in the Cook family until the early 90’s when it was sold to the Morton family. The MORTON family! No kin to the Morton’s in my family. But another sign this house was meant for us, nonetheless. There were lots of signs. Again. Another day!

As you come around the side of the house, you can see where the old part of the house (the 1933 part) stops and the addition begins! The Morton family did major renovations to the old farmhouse in the early 90’s and really made it livable to today’s standards. The new part of the house starts where this side door sits.

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There’s so much that we just love about this house. But I’m really trying to stay focused and keep this post from being 82 pages long. I will take one teensy moment to show you one of my favorite things about this old farmhouse… the character. The former owner was a super talented wood worker and harvested many of the beautiful trees when they came down for the new addition. With that wood, he made things like the steps you see here and that beautiful handrail! It’s everywhere! Beautiful cedar and other trees put to good use as part of the home. We love it!

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Another thing we love about our old farmhouse are all the windows!! As you round the corner to the back of the house, eight windows greet you in what was known in the Colonial days as the ‘keeping room’. A room typically off of the kitchen where families would gather as it was always the warmest room in the house. One, because the wood stove was nearby and two, all of the windows let the sunshine in. We have been fortunate enough to gaze through these windows, many ‘a mornin’ at the deer that graze in the backyard. They like to feast on the persimmons that fell from the tree the night before. It’s truly magical.

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 AND… those back porches! Yes, porches! Two of them! I like comparing the old farmhouse to the good ‘ol mullet of the 70’s. Business in the front. Party in the back!! Right?? I love that the house still has its modest 1933 style in the front. The traditional four room farmhouse popular in those days. But the back. The back of the old farmhouse won my heart! I can’t wait to get these porches decorated and suited up with seating so we can sit back with a glass of sweet tea and take in the beauty of our little farm.

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Our little corner of the country is pure heaven to us! And we feel so blessed to have not only found this old farm but to have had TWO WHOLE WEEKS together to get moved in and ‘somewhat’ settled. Back in July, we decided we would take two weeks off in September to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary. We didn’t have any concrete plans. We talked about Europe, Washington state, driving cross country. But in the end, His plan took us on a different adventure! We bought a farm!

Over the last two weeks, we took hundreds of pictures and shot over four hours of video! We will be working to edit that video and put together some blog posts to share with you our journey to finding our farmhouse, getting settled, and fixin’ her up! Y’all won’t believe what all we have accomplished in just 14 days!!

Oh yes, and no farm is complete without barns! Our little farm has TWO! I’ll work on getting some pictures to share with you soon!! In the mean time, THANK YOU for letting us share our story with you. This journey is going to be an exciting one! If you want to follow along, be sure to sign up for email alerts so you never miss a post. And while we expect to be blogging a lot more now that we have our little farm, you can always join us on Facebook and Instagram where we share our journey with you EVERDAY!

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As they say, we weren’t raised on a farm, but we got to one as fast as we could. And we couldn’t be more excited for the life we will have here and the memories that will be made. We have oh-so-much to share with you! This is only the beginning!!!

Until next time, let us remember..

Beauty Stems from Rusted Roots

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Comments

  1. Congratulations, a dream come true for you guys. What neck of the woods are you in. Looks like a beauty

    • Thank you, Ken! We are so excited to begin this next chapter in our story! And only ten minutes from the shop! We truly believe this little farm was meant for us! We couldn’t be happier!! 🙂

  2. So exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

  3. Betty Strickland says:

    so. happy for ya’ll It is a beautiful place! Can’t wait to see all you have done. Congrats!

    • Oh thank you Miss Betty!!! We have been like little elves workin’ workin’ workin’ trying to get everything into place. But as they say it’s a process!! We are trying to remember to pause and take it all in! 🙂

  4. Lila L. Lujan says:

    Love that your farm is “your forever home”. In today’s society so many people think of their first home purchase as their starter home. I have never felt that way…with the exception that in our current situation, we may not be living in this home into our elder years…but one can always dream. Glad your dream has come into reality and looking forward to watch your follow your path

    • Oh Lila, we’ve been chasing this ‘forever farm’ for quite some time!! This is our third home that we have owned. But hindsight taught us that without those other two homes we would have never known exactly what it was that we were searching for!! We feel so blessed to have found this little corner of the country!!! We’re excited to share the journey with all of you!! 🙂

  5. Congratulations on your new farmhouse purchase! What an exciting adventure and blessing! Looking forward to the posts you will be sharing about it so that I can live vicariously through you. :o)

    • I’m so excited to share more about the house too, Lucy!!! It’s a daily battle between sitting down at the computer to edit photos and write posts or continue working on the house to get ‘er all set up!!! It’s a fun time for sure!! Nothing like a blank slate to paint, decorate, and fix up!!! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your wonderful new home, may it give you many happy memeories!!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Judy!! Each and every day new memories are made. Some big. Some small. But all are oh-so-special. We are trying to remember to pause and take it all in! 🙂

  7. So exciting…. Not only a beautiful house but on a farm with barns!!!! This is the beginning to another chapter in your lives. It will be a fun journey to watch to see what you do with it. Everyone is so proud and happy for you both! This is proof hard work pays off and dreams do come true!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS !!!
    Love you both,
    Mom

    • You know like no one else, the journey we have taken to come to this day!! The ups. The downs. The feeling of defeat when we just couldn’t find what we were looking for. And then. Then, in His time, it all came together more perfectly than we could have ever imagined. Thank you for teaching us the faith and trust that got us to this day and for celebrating the joy we feel as we embark on this very special time!! We love you, Mama Rusted Roots!! 🙂

  8. Cheryl Frederick says:

    CONGRATULATIOS! So happy for you and I love this house!
    Can hardly wait for more pictures! Enjoy!

    • Oh thank you, Cheryl!!! I am working on a little video tour to show you all the inside of the house before we moved anything in!!! I can’t wait to get it on the blog so y’all can see the inside!! Old 1933 wooden floors, beadboard walls and ceilings, two original fireplaces. She’s a gem!! Can’t wait to show her off!!

  9. Congratulations, especially on the barns…oh the space!

    • Ah yes, the barns!! They were high on our wish list!! And lucky for us, we got TWO!! I’ll have to do a special post introducing you to the barns!! And believe it or not, there were some old treasures hiding inside as well!!!! Double win!! There was even an old chicken coop that was orginial to the property that had fallen in. Not to fret. We got the old barn door, the nesting box, and some of the tin from the roof!! So if we decide to rebuild, we can use some of the original pieces!!! We LOVE it!

  10. You have been blessed with a sweet farmhouse. I see sweet tea and a good book on that front porch. So many congrats to you.

    • Now you’re speaking my language!!! With Fall upon us here in North Carolina, we are so looking forward to quiet afternoons watching the leaves fall from the trees. Simple. Living. That’s the goal! 🙂 Thank you for your sweet message!

  11. Karen White says:

    Love love love it!! Congrats to you both. Its gorgeous would love to have a farmhouse on a few acres! Do you need a cleaner, gardener or farm hand…lol. Look forward to seeing all the photos and following your journey with this beauty! ? ?

    • Ha ha ha, Karen!!! Cleaner? Gardener? Farm hand? We’ll take all three!!! You’re hired!! We are so excited that all of you are excited! It’s like a grand ‘ol celebration here on the blog!! We can’t wait to share more pictures and videos with you soon!! 🙂

  12. Cindy Needham says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful. Love your little piece of Heaven. Congratulations…..

    • Awwww, thank you Cindy!!! It sure feels like Heaven to us! A friend pointed out to me that the bay window at the back of the house combined with the roofline looks like an arrow pointing to Heaven!!! Do you see it?!! I thought that was really neat!!! Thanks again for sharing in our excitement!!!! 🙂

  13. Karen White says:

    Oh my gosh, Im so sorry, I didn’t realise I had submitted 3 comments…oops and now that will be 4! Sorry

  14. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy being a farm family…farm life is truly the best life!

    • That’s what I hear, Angie!!! We can’t wait!! We have always longed for a simpler life. I feel like we have found it here! I know it will be work. But it’s a job we can’t wait to tackle. Here’s to the FARMER!! Ha ha!!! I think we have to earn that title!! 😉

  15. Congratulations Candace! I can’t get over those two porches! How fabulous! Can’t wait to see how you and Bill make this home your own.

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