Our First Place- Stone Cottage Rental

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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).

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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.

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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:).

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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).

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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.

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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.

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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.

Saying Goodbye to Adam - Our Minature Schnauzer

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:).

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

Our First Place - Stone Cottage Rental

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:).


Sharing Our First Place – Stone Cottage Rental with:

Stone Gable – The Scoop

 A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday

Karen’s Up on the Hill – Something to Talk About

 Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays

 Common Ground – Share Your Style

Anderson + Grant –  Your Turn to Shine

Imparting Grace – Grace at Home

 From My Front Porch to Yours – Treasure Hunt Thursday

 French Country Cottage _ Feathered Nest Friday

 Occasionally Crafty – The Handmade Hangout

Craftberry Bush – The Inspiration Gallery

The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday

 Thoughts from Alice – Sundays at Home

Finding Silver Pennies – Silver Pennies Sundays

 Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home

 Elizabeth & Co – Be Inspired


  1. Hi Tara,
    So nice to meet you here in blogland, this is my first time to visit with you. Really loved hearing your story, and seeing the home you started out in, God uses those humble beginings in great
    ways, cause we can attest to that fact too, but he is so good to give us our dreams so many times too. I am sure you have lots of wonderful memories there.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Hi Nellie
      Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comments about my stone cottage post! It is truly amazing how God works:) Have a great week and take care, Tara

  2. Tara, I love this walk down memory lane! I love looking at photos and seeing where people are from!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Something to Talk About!

    1. Karen thanks so much for stopping by! It does seem like forever ago since we lived in that little stone cottage! Thanks for hosting something to talk about! Have a great weekend! Tara

  3. Love this post. I lived in Fort Washington and drove by your house many times. I loved Hatboro and its stores, especially Santorian’s.

    1. Hi Nancy! So fun to meet someone who has lived near by! Hatboro really is a sweet little town and we miss living walking distance from it:). Have a great weekend and take care, Tara

  4. Hi Tara!

    I can see why you loved that little house so much! I also have a soft spot for old homes. There is just somethings that can’t be replicated in new construction. I am getting ready to start a new linkup party this Tuesday at 7pm CST with Refresh Living and we would love to have you join us! I really hope you can make it!

    until next week,


    1. Hi Cat! Thanks for coming to check out our old stone cottage:). Thank you so much for inviting me to your new link party! I will definitely be by to check it out tomorrow!!! Have a great week and take care Tara

  5. Such a sweet post Tara! Making memories and holding them close…the sweet things in life!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    1. Cindy, thank you for your sweet comments about our stone cottage! I love linking up with Amaze Me Monday, thank you so much for hosting the party:).

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