So...it's been a little bit and we have been crazy busy! If you've been following us on social media then you know we lost the matriarch of our family, my grandmother, on January 21st and that sent us all in to a sort of tailspin. It was completely unexpected. She was not sick and she had just had a checkup the very day she died and everything was all good. Except it wasn't.
I think she was just tired and ready to see my grandfather who passed in 2009. Either way, it sucked then and still sucks now. It's hard to not be able to pick up the phone and call her or hop in the car to go see her. The house that they shared is no longer theirs - it sold quickly - and it was devastating to see happen. But, life will always go on, whether we want it to or not. Granddaddy once told me that everything in life is a choice. Even the things that you think you have no control over, you still have a choice - and that is how you will react to it and then what actions you will take afterwards. I hope that my choices will honor them and their memory.
About four months later, after mom did the things she needed to do for the estate, we packed up all of our stuff and headed north to Missouri where my Aunt + Uncle (and several cousins) live - and the house hunt began. For nearly 6 months we went all over the state and even in to Kansas looking for the "right" house. I was worried we would never find it and have to settle for something that was available and ok.
Then we found this beauty in a little town about one and a half hours away from my Aunt + Uncle and we just knew it was perfect. Well, it's perfectly imperfect and I just love it!
It was built in the 1920's and has such amazing character - hardwood floors, large rooms, super tacky wallpaper, and two fireplaces, just to name a few.
Honestly, I can't wait until the spring so we can get to work on painting, adding trims, and doing a yard redo. It will be awesome to put our own stamp on the house and add to the extensive history that we are now a part of as the new owners of this awesome home.
I really wish grandmom and granddaddy could see this house. I know they would both think it's great!
What do you think? What is your favorite style or era of home?
Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Wedding Photos part of our family collection