Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A piece of my Great Grandparent's house



I made a sign for our eating nook using a board taken from my Great Grandparent's house.

This is what the house looks like today.

But, in its day...

It housed a husband, a wife, and 7 children.
My Grandpa (my Mom's Dad) was one of those children.

Years later, my Mom lived down the holler in another little house...
with her Mom, Dad, and 9 siblings.


She tells stories of spending time at her Grandparent's house.
(She has the BEST memory of anyone I know!)


What it looks like today is what I always remember it looking like.
I have my own childhood memory of storing hay in it.

My children will always have the memory of stopping at it when we are riding our 4-wheelers on the land. 
They also hear stories from me, their Grandma, and their Great Aunts. 


This house (and the stories) are part of our heritage!

Something I want to preserve.



A board taken from the house and made into a sign is my way of doing so.

Click HERE to see how I created the sign, why I chose the word Gather, and where I hung it.

I also took a board from my Grandma and Grandpa's house and Hubby made it into a coat rack.
You can see it HERE.
(It was my very FIRST POST!)

42 comments:

  1. How neat! I love special things in my home that hold special memories.

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  2. I just love old structures like that that are still standing. Leaning a bit. But still standing!
    Brenda

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    1. Yes, it is leaning a little ;-) I am happy that it is still standing...so much history!

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  3. I love learning about old places..how special that it is still kind of standing. Its wonderful that you have stories and memories to go along with it. Look forward to the next post.

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I'm happy to have a piece of this history in my house.

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    2. What year was the house build in? Is the front door worth saving ?

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    3. That is a great question Teresa. I don't know what year it was built...I will ask. No, I don't think the door is worth saving. Nor the windows.

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  4. Oh, if those walls could talk, huh? What a wonderful idea to keep the family's history going...

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    1. Yes, I wish those walls could talk...

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  5. How lovely is that? Memories are such a blessing from the Lord.. Your idea to preserve a piece of your past is wonderful... xo

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    1. Thank you Faye. I wish I had the memory that my Mom has!

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  6. This is such a lovely post you wrote about times past. And how wonderful that you are preserving these memories to pass along to your family members. My best to you :)

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  7. That is such a wonderful way to preserve a bit of history! I love these old, old houses that makes you wonder how their lives were back in those days.

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    1. It is neat to wonder what their daily lives were. The goings on in that house and all older houses intrigue me.

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  8. What a great idea - have you considered grabbing some more wood and making something else, too? The photos are fabulous and it looks like it was a lovely home in its day!

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    1. We did get more boards, I just don't know what I'm going to do with them yet. The photos were taken with an iPhone (we were on our 4-wheelers).

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  9. Great story. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful piece of family history in your lives. Love how you brought it back to your home.

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    1. Thank you Malia. The older I get, the more I appreciate history ;-)

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  10. What a fun memory and idea... I have great memories of my grandparent's old home also... and regret that I don't have enough pictures of it ... and that it has been torn down. My kids love hearing stories about it. :) I'm going to pin this. :)

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    1. Thank you! My grandparent's house was torn down - I got a board from it. Many happy memories of their home and time spent there.

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  11. Your great grandparents home I bet was quite lovely in it day, and I love the wear and tear it shows later. It's great you have a coat rack and now a sign from it, keeping them grounded in your home and lifes. I enjoyed the history!

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  12. It's sad to so many old homesteads in such disrepair...I bet it was beautiful at one time. It's nice that you have salvaged a piece for your home.
    Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Marigene! Some old houses are repairable, many are not. They are all full of stories and history...

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  13. Oh my goodness...we love this story filled with rich family memories! So glad that all of the generations have been able to experience this property is some way.
    Vicki and Jennifer
    2 Bees in a Pod

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. It is a blessing that we do get to experience it...wish I would have realized that earlier in my life ;-)

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  14. Lori, this house is so beautiful! The fact that it's lasted so long is truly a blessing. What a treasure!

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    1. Let's just say...we carefully removed a few boards ;-)

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  15. What a very sweet story. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  16. Your pictures and story touched my heart. Such rich and treasured memories and a great deal of love must have come from this charming house. Your pictures makes me want to sit for hours and listen to all of the wonderful stories of life in this house. It is so wonderful you want to preserve it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  17. Love the story and the sign : ) Precious.

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  18. I love the sign you kept from a piece of wood from your greats home.
    Why is it standing like that still? Is anyone going to repair it or rebuild it? Who's is it now?
    Thanks for sharing.
    FABBY

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    1. Hi Fabby,
      The house is on the property that my Mom and her siblings own (the old home place). It is beyond repair...it hasn't been lived in for years. When I was little we stored hay in it.

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  19. oh...it makes me sort of sad. I think gather is the perfect word for that piece of home.

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  20. You will be taken back to those better days every time you look at your sweet sign. Love the word gather!
    It would be fun if you could get more of the wood and build a little garden fence. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. That house makes me so very sad... I so wish it could have been saved. The memories it held. I'm glad you have a piece of it with you.

    xo

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  22. A wonderful tribute to your great grandparents. Like you I cherish the things that were in the house where I grew up and a couple mementos from my grandparents. Thanks for sharing.

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