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…
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!