Thursday, March 27, 2014

PARSONAGE PEEK FROM THE PAST

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After my dearest found the golf balls I posted a few days ago from a Church we served in the past, I have been reminiscing about some of the parsonages we have lived in.  Before retiring we lived in the above parsonage for 27 years.

I've mentioned several times that what I miss most in our little retirement cottage is my big country kitchen and dinning room.  Now that Easter is approaching, I found this picture of our table on an Easter Sunday in Hughson.  A little card table in the corner for the grandchildren.  Not as many back in those days.

One of the things I loved was having a fireplace and a mantel to decorate for all the seasons.

The large window and ruffled valences let in a lot of light ...(which is important to me).  I want my kitchen bright and cherry.

Every home has it's charm.  The best thing about our little home now...I can have it sparkling clean from top to bottom in a couple hours.  Miss the dinning room, but do love my little kitchen.

Do you have a home that was or is your favorite?  

22 comments:

  1. Oh- I have a home that I dearly love and miss. Since leaving my childhood home I have never lived anywhere more than 6 years- most of them 2 year stints. But, I loved our big old houses in the historical section (2 of them). They were such wonderful spots and I just felt connected there. xo Diana

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    1. Sounds like the first 20 years of our ministry. 6 years here, 7 years there, another 6...etc. Then when we moved to Hughson...we stayed 27! That was truly a record. I love big old houses.

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  2. I have been in my current home for 34 years. I have never lived anywhere for a longer period of time. I bought it when I was 27 years old. It was easier to keep clean back then when I didn't have so much stuff and was younger to run up and down the three flights of stairs. At 60 it is messier and harder for me to keep up. I knew when I walked in the door that it was the house for me. I guess you can tell I love my house.

    But I still love the big old house I grew up in. Almost twice the size of the place I have now with a huge yard big enough to build two more houses on. A great place to play as a kid. I still dream about that house. I don't think anywhere will ever be as dear to me.

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    1. Wow, Kathy 34 years. I always wanted a two story home...but at 72...I don't think so. HaHa My knees wouldn't like it. I think its great that you love your home after so many years. It's part of you. Thanks for sharing. I'm loving these "home" stories from all of you.

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  3. It is a funny thing, when we moved into our house, I hated it, but I think that now I would be sad to leave! If I could choose any house in my wildest dreams it would be the house that my grandparents owned when I was a small child. But I would need to be very rich as it would need so much work and a lot of time and money to maintain that I would never really like to live there! It was in need of a lot of work 30 + years ago, so goodness knows what it is like now! xx

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    1. Isn't it funny how the house we remember as children seemed SO BIG...then when you back as adults it looks like it shrunk. House grow on you I think.. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  4. Hi Wanda, I've always thought a dining table by the fireplace would be so nice. I, too, love a house with lots of natural light. I have sweet memories of the home I grew up in. Just a small 2 bedroom brick home for a family of 5, but such treasured memories.
    Sending my love to you and yours this weekend. Always a joy to visit with you here.

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    1. It was my favorite thing about that home. It was an old house with old house problems..(plumbing..etc.) but years of love and ministry were done there.
      The memoires are what stay with us.. I grew up in a small 2 bedroom but have treasured memories there too. Thanks for sharing your story, Mildred.

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  5. We lived in our previous home for 41 years. It was the only house we lived in before moving here to Rocklin.
    I really liked that house and it had wonderful memories but now 7 years later in our single story home ....this is it. It's our Forever Home.
    We love the yard, the roominess and being close to family, building new traditions.
    I do wish I had the flair for decorating that you have though.
    Have a great weekend Wanda.( Don too)

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    1. OK so far you win the prize for the longest time in one home.
      I love the house you have now. It's the perfect "Bed and Breakfast" and I know by personal experience.
      Your home is spacious, but comfy, and you always have something going in the kitchen and the coffee pot ready to plug in.
      Your home as your flair...and it's perfect and your photos hanging are breathtaking.
      Love and Hugs

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  6. Love the table and chairs! I never had a mantel. Wish I did! Memories, oh how precious!

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    1. Hi Bonnie....Miss that table and those chairs. None of our kids wanted them, so I gave them to our neighbor down the street that has three little boys. I hope they have as memories with it as we did.

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  7. I've lived in rented apartments all my grown-up life. They each had their advantages and disadvantages. Not owning one's home means one can't make any major changes to the place itself though. In my first two apartments back in my youth I did not even own most of the furniture. There's still a lot one can do to make a place feel like home, just by adding one's own choice of textiles and decorations etc.

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    1. We've never owned a home either. Always lived in a parsonage by the church. When we retired wished we had bought so we could have built up some equity. Now we rent.

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  8. I'm still going through withdrawals from our last home... I will never live in a place I love as much as I loved that one.

    Wanda, your table was so lovely... and I know so much love was shared around it. Good memories.

    blessings ~ tanna

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    1. It was charming...I remember all the pictures. You, my dear friend, have the eye and ability to make any home a charming place.
      Downsizing for us was hard....but we truly love our little home now.

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  9. How fun to have a fireplace in the dining room! So cozy!

    Yes, I do have a favorite home. Over the years, it has become the one I live in now, but for a long time I pined for "the big house." I couldn't handle having that much to clean now!

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    1. It was really special. Very cozy.

      I only miss not having a dinning room....everything else about my little house I love.

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  10. I love this picture, Wanda. It looks very cozy and inviting. Yes, definitely more grandchildren to sit now but a smaller room to sit them in then it sounds like? Yes, fireplaces are great, aren't they? I've spent most of my life w/o one but love having one again, even if it is gas and apparently doesn't work in our little townhome rental.

    I have some fond memories of the house where the kids spent most of their time growing up but as that is were our family was cruelly broken up and went to foreclosure, it's full of hard memories too. So, instead, I will tell you about the favourite place I lived growing up and that was from 17-19 when we moved from house in Fulham to a fairly large flat in Earl's Court, all inner SW London. It was surprisingly quiet with a heavy metal door and windows that looked out to the back of some other apartment buildings (all former houses in the day). It had lovely crown molding on the ceiling edges and a wonderful white fireplace. It was very Edwardian, the building it self built in 1880. We came to find out later that Winston Churchill's daughter (can't recall which one--maybe Sarah) had lived in the same flat many decades earlier of all things. Funny, as when my mother took it over, it was being used by two high class call girl/escorts!!

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    1. Mmm....What a delightful story. I was hanging on every word. So sorry that some of our memories have to be hard and hurtful, but so glad you were able to share this special flat you lived in. I feel like I'm in a fantasy land reading about you living in SW London. Like out of a movie I've seen.
      And Sir Winston Churchill....Oh dahling...how fun is that!! What a colorful story...girl/escorts...TaTa.
      I'm thrilled you have come to visit me apart from CT. It's a pleasure to have you and I love your comments.

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  11. Aw, thank you. you are so sweet.

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  12. BTw, I left you comments spattering through about 12-18 months back just to catch up and having had the time. I like to know how my dear co-oppers are doing, esp you.

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