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Friday, March 16, 2018

Exciting Old Photo Of Our Home


Many of your have seen this photo before.
This was taken on the day we
closed on buying our little home. 
We were so excited!
April 2014


This is how the front looked 
when we bought it. 




This was after building the porch railing
and planting flowers.


This was taken last 4th of July.

Okay . . . I'm boring you,
but look at this . . .


This is what I'm so excited about!


I received this in the mail.
I have been doing research on our home,
but until now it has all been documents.
This is the first time 
that I've received an actual photo.
Here it is in 1973 all jacked up
and ready to be moved to the spot 
it sits on today.

  • it was built in 1905.
  • it was the parsonage to the old United Church in Odessa, WA.  
  • in 1973 it was moved 45 miles to where it sits today. 

It is so exciting finding this photo 
and finding out about the history 
of our little home. 

Well, that's my post.
I just wanted to share this with you.

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)




73 comments:

  1. How fun! And you didn’t bore me at all. I love seeing the photos of your house as it has changed over time. You have made it into a brand new place! I didn’t know you lived in Moses Lake. That’s where Jeremy and Alicia are moving from. In fact Alicia is driving here with the boys from Moses Lake this afternoon to spend the weekend with us. That’s not far at all. Maybe we will actually meet someday.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. I was thinking the same thing . . . I was looking at campgrounds today north of the Spokane area it could be that one day we'll meet for a cuppa. It would be nice:)

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  2. That is so cool. They moved it??

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    1. I knew it had been moved here but to have this photo is truly exciting.

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  3. Connie, That is amazing. I love the porch as you have changed it. I have seen two houses in our town moved to other lots...so strange and lots of work. Blessings for a fun filled weekend, xoxo, Susie

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    1. I've been having fun learn some of the history of our little home. I really think it is sweet that it was a personage.

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  4. How great is that!! Not only learning a bit about the history of your house but receiving a photo of the moving of it.

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    1. I absolutely loved receiving this photo. It's a little treasure that I'm planning on framing and hanging on the wall.

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  5. What a difference you have made in the look of your home.
    How exciting to receive the picture of your house from so long ago.

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    1. We love this little house and finding bits an pieces from it's history are so exciting to us.

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  6. That is SOOO neat! I can't believe it and how wonderful for you to have that bit of history! AND to find out that you live in a blessed building. Have a happy weekend....your home looks beautiful!!!! xo Diana

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    1. I know, no wonder we are so happy here :) Can you imagine how many people knocked on that door needing to come in and share their problems and all the prayers that were prayed for them along with sermons planned and prayed over.

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  7. How exciting to find the picture - love your transformation! Happy weekend!

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    1. It is exciting and thank you so much.

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  8. Squee!!!! I love this story! I would love to research our home but wouldn't have a clue where to start. It was built in 1902, five years before Oklahoma became a state. Love what you have done to your sweet little home!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. The first place to start is your local courthouse in the public records depart. Good Luck :)

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  9. Hi Connie, Yes, how exciting to find that! I love how you fixed it up. So much more inviting and welcoming than when you bought it. You and Steve must have been able to see great possibilities! Nancy

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    1. Ha-Ha! I saw the possibilities and he saw the big shop, LOL.

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    1. I'm truly excited about it . . . that and any history about our little place :)

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  11. What a transformation the porch railing makes! My husband and I grew up in a mining town and in 1963 the entire town was moved about ten miles down the road. My husband's childhood home was one of the houses moved... it was something to see, all those buldings traveling ever so slowly day after day to their new spots!

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    1. Oh, that must have been and exciting time for the community. Do you have any photos?

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  12. Connie, that is so wonderful to have a picture of the actual moving. Recently on HGTV's Home Town, a couple had their grandmother's house moved to another area and then the show's hosts did a makeover of the old house. It was amazing when it was finished. It meant so much more to the couple than building or buying a brand new house with no history to it.

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    1. That's a sweet story . . . they will treasure their home so much more knowing that it has family history :)

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  13. Wow Connie, that really is an exciting treasure!

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  14. How cool. Your home has come a long way in more ways than one. Traveling 45 miles all those years ago and then the transformation from when you first bought it to what it is today

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    1. This little house could tell us some great stories, if walls could talk :)

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  15. The photo is a real treasure. So exciting to know more about the history of your home.

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  16. The renovations you have done to your home, Connie are beautiful. Love the porch you built. It looks pretty as a picture now. How wonderful for you to have your home's previous life...so very exciting.

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    1. It has been fun finding out all that I have about it. It being as old as it is and it being a church parsonage . . . well you just know that there has been a lot of history there :)

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  17. What a fun find! I love history like that! Thanks for sharing. =)

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    1. It has been exciting finding out about our little house. Not easy, but if you dig long enough there has to be records.

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  18. What a charming home, then and now. We live a house that was built in the 1920's and were gifted a few original pictures. It's always fun to peek back. I love living in a house with so much history. Sounds like you do, too!

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    1. There is sometime very special about. I know that you understand. It's not so easy to put into words, but it's like an old house has a personality. I think you have to own one to understand. I think it is wonderful that you have old photos of yours.

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  19. How exciting to live in a home with such a wonderful history. "If only walls could talk ..." I love the way you have her all dressed up for Independence Day!

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    1. Thank you. We love our little house . . . to us it is perfect :)

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  20. Connie, what a wonderful "find"! I do like the new porch railings, but I am simple amazed that it was built in the same year my mother was born. And I'm even more amazed that it was moved to the present location.

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    1. That is also the year that my mother was born. We feel very blessed with this little house, we couldn't ask for a more perfect home . . . we love it :) Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your sweet comment.

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  21. Wow that is so neat, they sure did move the house quite a few miles away, I wonder why they moved it so far.

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    1. I think that they wanted it moved, and were looking for someone that would buy it and move it. It just happened that the man that bought it was a stone mason and worked in construction and he owned land here (45 miles away). He passed away long before we bought the house, it would have been fun to hear his stories about it.

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  22. Connie, that photo is priceless! You have really turned it into a beautiful home. It's always so fun to find out more about your sweet abode!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I have been on a small mission to find out all that I could about our little house and this photo has been (so far) the crown in all the information that I've discovered.

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  23. Beautiful home you have and with a very rich history. What wonderful details.
    Dolly

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    1. Thank you . . . we love living in our little home sweet home and finding out about it's history is very exciting :)

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  24. How interesting and exciting for you. You certainly have a lovely home and looks like you have a lot of space to.
    We’ve been struck with the snow again, so won’t be moving from the top of our hill today, maybe even tomorrow

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    1. This time of year the weather is so unpredictable. Hopefully April will bring us warmer days and more sunshine :)

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  25. Oh Connie..this is marvelous! Aren't you thrilled to see the photo.....!!!! I love that you shared this story and photos of your home sweet home..warm hugs!!!

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    1. It is exciting. The more that I find out about our little home the more I love it :)

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  26. Hi Connie, I love this post. A parsonage comes close to home. Well, here is the short story ... My spouse is a missionary kid. Her dad was a missionary to Africa back (way back) in the 60s. I met her when the family had just moved back to USA and they were living in a church parsonage. Now that was a cozy home! Her mom had a way of turning a place that just felt real homey. You have done the same with your place. Crafty Home Cottage indeed! Thanks for sharing, Connie, and thank you, as always, for some of the best comments I get on my blog. Wishing you and yours a fine week ahead! Take care! John

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    1. We think that it is very sweet that it was a parsonage. Think of all the people that knock on our door in need of prayer and someone to listen and care. Think of how many people may have accepted the Lord right here in this little house. The more we learn about it's history the more we love it :)

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  27. Hi Connie :)) This is the first time I've seen the house photos and I am NOT bored by them at all! Home ownership is a dream for me and I love seeing other people's happiness and success! Your railing looks beautiful and I love the U.S. flag decor, how very proud! :))) It's neat to learn the history of one's home...I know my Alex will be doing similar research when we find out place to buy hopefully by next year. :)

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    1. Old homes have a lot of history and it is so much fun finding out about them. This photo has been the most exciting thing that we have come across so far. I wish you the very best in finding our perfect home. A comfortable home to call our very own :)

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  28. Not at all bored! Such an honor that you would share this history of your home. Yes, do frame the photo. Priceless to have that glimpse into its history. Now, you have made it into a charming little home for your family. As you work about the house, can you imagine the joyful songs and hymns that might have been sung as meals were prepared and clothes were ironed? Little ones tucked into bed with a prayer? What a treasure! Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

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    1. I love what you wrote, I hadn't even thought so much about the preacher's wife going about her daily chores, if she was like me I sing all day long sometimes. Thank you for the sweet thoughts; I am so glad you share them.

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  29. WOW Connie! How interesting! I love hearing history about old homes. I used to live in one of the first one hundred houses in Kokomo. I loved that house. I cannot imagine moving a house, can you?

    Cindy

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    1. It must be a huge undertaking and to finding someone that does it might be hard. That photo just makes our little house a little bit more special, it's fun finding out about it's history.
      Was that the home you sold before building your new one?

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  30. Wow pretty neat and if walls could talk right? love some history this is great! It went from a house to a home that you created beautiful!

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    1. I think that it has had many changes during it's live. Being a parsonage I'm sure that it was a cozy and loving home, then it was bought by the contractor that moved it here. He did a lot of changes, like building the fireplace. After that it became a rental and I'm sure that is when it started going downhill. We have owned it 4 years now and we love it more every year. It's our perfect little corner of the world to call home :)

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  31. O...how cool is this!! I'm so glad you finally got an olden photo of it.

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  32. That really is wonderful to have that old photo! Just amazing! Enjoy your afternoon. Hugs!

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    1. I love this old photo and plan on framing it :)

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  33. What an incredibly interesting find! How neat to know the history of your home, and I love what you have done to the house to make it look so cozy and inviting! The porch really adds such character! Happy Spring to you!

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    1. We love that front porch. It is shaded by trees in the morning and shaded by the house in the afternoon. So, it is always a sweet place to rest from our hot summers.

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  34. How cool! Your little home is a diamond!! Love how you decorated for July 4.

    Hugs
    Kay

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    1. Thank you, you are so sweet. I have two brothers that made their careers in the military, so we have always been a very patriotic family.

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  35. Oh Connie! How wonderful to have this old photo (though 1973 doesn't seem that long ago does it?)!!!!! But to see it in it's old glory is so neat to have for your history of your home. I meant to comment earlier but was sick.. and now just getting around to gong back to MANY blogs I wanted to comment on. I love that photo with the big building right next to it too. Today.. your home is just wonderful and cozy and homey. Thank you for sharing this. Of course, when we find something new and fun, we WANT to (have to) share it with our blogging friends! Hugs... Marilyn

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    1. I now want to go there and see if any of the people in that town have any memories or photos of our home. It could easily be in the background of wedding, and church social photos. It was built in 1905 so it was a parsonage for 45 years, sitting right next door to the church.

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  36. Oh, how lovely ... so nice to have that old photo.

    All the best Jan

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  37. That's pretty cool! You've done beautiful things with your home.

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