I have a short and sweet home tour to share with you guys today. As you can see our love of old houses has been with us from the beginning. Jason and my first place was a 200 year old stone cottage in Hatboro. It sits on a very busy road just a few short blocks from the heart of the town and across the street from the YMCA which happens to be where I got my first job at 14 and I still work there one night a week coaching the girls gymnastics team. The Y now owns the cottage and the house and is turning the property into a summer camp. ( Just to clarify we lived in the little house on the right:). (The one window box still up on the right Jason made and hung 14 years ago).
We lived there for almost 2 years as newlyweds finishing up college. This was truly a fantastic first place. Although small it was perfect for the 2 of us. With the exception of a few outside pictures I shot this morning in the rain:) I don’t have too many pictures to show you. It had two rooms downstairs a living room with a fireplace and a kitchen. Upstairs had two bedrooms and a bath and a walk up attic. I loved the beam ceiling and the deep windowsills and despite living on a very busy street the stone walls kept everything quiet.
It also had an amazingly large backyard of a couple acres and a stream with an old spring house. Some of these pictures are really blurry because they are over 14 years old and we did not have a good camera:).
We learned how to entertain and host in this house and were constantly having our friends and family over. It was truly amazing how many people we could pack into that little house! It was a lot of fun!!! We had many many BBQ’s in this stone cottage where Jason perfected his grilling skills (we are still using that same grill if you can believe it).
I learned to really cook and bake here too. We didn’t have a lot of money but I found creative ways to decorate using my thrift store discount (my full time job at the time) and scouring yard sales and flea markets.
My mom taught me how to make curtains for all my windows (and she’s still helping me in this house:) and Jason began making furniture and collecting tools for the house he hoped to fix up some day.
We grew up a lot that first two years of marriage in this little stone cottage. We graduated college with dance and math degrees and we both got our first “real” jobs (me at our church’s thrift store and coaching gymnastics and Jason in IT). We dove into the world of puppy hood with 2 miniature schnauzers named Eric and Adam who we loved dearly for almost 13 years.
We also first became parents in this little cottage. God blessed us with two little lives. One we lost through miscarriage at just 12 weeks and one beautiful healthy little boy named Bennett (now 12 1/2) who was born the last month we lived here. It’s hard to believe that we would still be blessed in the future with three more precious little ones:).
I have so so many SWEET memories of living here. Jason and I spent many a night sitting in front of the fireplace in the winter or outside with a glass of wine or beer in our hammock planning our dreams, hopes and plans for our future together. (picture next to the stream of our stone cottage)
Dreams of a big old house with a lot of land, a few kids and dogs, lots of laughter and lots of fun sharing our life with friends and family:). It’s amazing to see where God has allowed us to go when I look back at where it all started:).