February 24, 2009

house...

conversation with 4 yr old who lives in a pretty big house::
her:  why do you live in such a small house?
me:  (thinking why do kids ask questions like this?)  because it is all the house we need, i guess.
me again:  why do you live in such a big house?
her:  well, i guess that we just wanted to build a big house.
me:  ok then, hmm.

i do live in a pretty small house...it's true....

so here is the story of why we live in a small house from the beginning...
once upon a time there was a little girl, me.  i had an aunt and uncle who lived on a farm and i loved to go there.  we would flood the mice out from under the grain bin and spend hours in the barn.  we could ride horses there...they had an old car that we could play in.  it was heaven to me.  i loved going there.  so i decided that if i couldn't live in a big city, which was my other dream, i would like to live on a  farm.  somewhere i could have animals and lots of room for my kids to run around.  
fast forward to 10 yrs. ago.  big d and i were on our way to put some money down on a piece of land out west.  we had our house plans picked out for a beautiful farm house and were excited to build the house of our dreams.  we would have just enough land for a horse and our dogs and maybe a few chickens or something.  we just happened to stop by my husband's uncle's work and he said, 'oh before you go out there come and at least look at this house out by me.'  ok...whatever.  we loved where he lived and had always just figured that it would be out of our price range.  we pull up to this house and oh wow.  can you say UGLY?  it is a boise cascade home...i don't know if you know what that is but it's kind of like a manufactured home.  which isn't that bad...BUT this one had been neglected in a BIG way.  the pasture started 10' from the back door.  it needed everything new.  it hadn't been painted since it was planted here in 1969...i'm serious.  there was the original carpet in parts of the house and the bedroom had been pieced together with carpet remnants.  the bathroom was disgusting, the roof needed to be replaced, the laundry room was in the kitchen and there was 5 inches of mouse poop on top of the cupboard underneath the counter top...i could go on and on.  wow...maybe not, uncle robert.  so he then took us to a house up the street. one of my favorite houses.  the sweet people took us on a tour and gave us the run down of what they had done to their house.  built on and redone everything from scratch.  well...maybe we could do it.  the one bonus to this house is that it has a big chunk of property.  more than enough for what we would want to have. needless to say we ended up here in this little house that is nothing that i ever would have wanted in a million zillion years.  we have redone virtually every inch of the property.  it has been more work and money then we would have ever thought.  but you know, i wouldn't trade this house because i wouldn't have what i have...
this is the view out of my sewing room window into my backyard...notice that red building in the back?  that is a granary from the 1800's that a little man gave to us for taking it down before it got demolished when he sold his place....we could never have put that on our 1/2 acre out west. and those little wooden buildings?  they house my husband's birds.  we have raised turkeys, pheasants, chukkars, quail, rolling pigeons, chickens, ducks and dove in those little pens.
we couldn't have had these either..
these are the ladies...
this is the big guy.  these are our fallow deer and they have been so much fun to have.  we definately wouldn't have had the room for those.:)  we are moving a little cabin in this spring and someday i get to have a greenhouse in the back.  i also have the gardens of my dreams.
don't get me wrong...somedays i would love to have a nice big new house or just a new house period.  i would love to have a nice big master bedroom and not have to share a bathroom with my kids.  it would be awesome to have a family room that wasn't in my kitchen.  but you know, on the days when i am feeling that way all i have to do is walk around my place for a little bit and i remember right away why i live in this small house!

7 comments:

Tanya said...

marci...i have to tell you that i am jealous of what you do have everytime i drive by, or see the pics you have on here! you are one talented little lady!

Mindy said...

Love grows best in little houses. :) I can't wait to see your house!

Mels said...

I can't believe I have never seen your back yard or all your animals. I am also very jealous!! I remember thinking that your house had the coolest landscaping in the front yard. You guys have done an amazing job!

Ashley Willoughby said...

I love your house! Many of us are dealing with the consequences of building "nice new big" houses. I would KILL for your yard. If that was my daughter that asked you that...I am going to kick her little fanny!

Marci said...

mind---i love that saying!! you are welcome ANY time you want to come out!!!!

the rest of you thank you so much for the compliments!!:)

The Mad-Hatter said...

the yard looks so nice in that picture, very 'Fall' and pretty! i love it! our house is very cozy, i definitely miss it.

The Mad-Hatter said...

P.S. that little girl.... starts with a L and ends in exi..... i can see her saying that haha funny little kid

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