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...

Pushing the PAUSE button on our farmhouse build

This CANNOT be happening . . .   Such was my thought last Saturday when our builder arrived to do a first "stake out" of our new house. We gave him our plan, and he and Renaissance Man started measuring.     And when he said our original location wouldn't work, they moved over a few yards and reassessed.     The excavation guy was there, too, and all three juggled measurements. I'd stayed within the limits I was given. How could this be happening?   They said the house would fit best if I'd change the angle.   Absolutely not! There's a particular view I want when I walk out my front door.     Even the boys tried to help . . ... Keep Reading...