In another life the first 3 small homes were not named. Never really entered her mind. Children were busy being named.
When moving South and business venture exploded, there were several homes that she named.
Maplebrook - a farm with an old home on it was purchased. Home torn down and a long modern ranch was built. A swimming pool was put in while she was awaiting the birth of her youngest daughter. There was a great article in the city paper about her family and home. In her husbands earlier years he had been part of a rodeo. This farm was a dream with several quarter horses and cattle in the fields. Home eventually sold and family moved to an upscale city neighborhood. This home was a stone English Tudor. A beauty that sat empty for 5 years. No one wanted to tackle the remodeling. When she found it she was on a high and dreamed about all the possibilities. It was named Gray Gables. She was pleased with an article in Southern Living magazine about this home.
Living in this upscale home, much the world had to offer and older children in private schools was the saddest time of her life. It began to surface in her mind that for 20 years she had been living a charade
She found out in years to come that her soul needed simplicity and nature. Something she forgot somewhere along the way. She finally found herself.
When she ventured out on her own she found her over 100 year old farm house and once again remodeled a home. The original name was Oak Field. She continued with this name and when she returns to the land surrounding that home she may name it Oak Field Cottage.
This home also has been featured in local papers.
So my grandchildren this is a little bit of grandma's journey with homes. Will skip a number of others that she transformed.
Now in her city cottage which she named Sylvan Place because of the community it is located in.
A thought that her creating days were over and she had landed to live out her days in the middle of the city - Ugh - Wonders never cease. So will see what the year 2009 brings to your grandma.
Sharing this early morning from One Woman on her Journey Through this Life