Finally Farmhouse update – and a 24-hour question

The bad news: The builder we chose for our Finally Farmhouse was diagnosed with cancer. We're broken hearted for him. If you pray, I hope you'll pray for Danny as he spends the foreseeable future focusing on his health.     The good news: We met with another builder this morning; someone Danny recommended. His name is Jeff.   I really liked him!   He immediately caught the vision we have for our home and, like Danny, he's very familiar with using reclaimed wood and salvaged pieces.   We have a lot of those!   He's willing to work with subs with whom we already have really good relationships — and and y'all, he's worked with my all-time favorite painter and has the same respect ... Keep Reading...

LOVE FOR THE GABLED FARMHOUSE

Show me a house with lots of steep-pitched gables, and I'll show you some old house love.     Condition is irrelevant.   I fall just as hard for the ones losing the battle. Maybe harder.     I have a friend who once told me she'd really wanted her custom-built home to have lots of gables—but her husband only saw their risk:  Too many intersecting angles/valleys; too many potential leaks.  And so she got her cookie-cutter house.   I don't want a cookie-cutter house.   I want a Folk Victorian Farmhouse. one-story (though my heart skips a beat over the two-story beauties) big front porch bay window 2/2 double hung windows corbeled chimney decorative ... Keep Reading...

SUCCESS: savor or share?

The problem:   Millions of kids around the world—OUR world—are growing up in orphanages, and they are not growing into successful adults. Please don't stop reading.     Most of them are failing by any social measure, and their children often end up in the same alternative care system that failed them.   At Hope Unlimited for Children, our graduates aren't failing. ... Keep Reading...