An Anniversary of Sorts

Seven years ago this week, we packed up our little family and moved to the Oregon Coast. We had no idea at the time what our future held, but we were excited and keen to begin. This little farm house has come such a long way in 7 years. 



I’m not sure who took this photo and that’s not our car!


This photo was on the brochure for the house, so it’s a bit dark and grainy from being scanned multiple times. But I think you get the idea of what the house was in 2005. Potential! And so much work. 


And this is our house today:


When we are finally finished (are we ever really finished) I’ll put up a few pictures of the process… but until then, I thought you’d like to see how it all began!

9 Responses to An Anniversary of Sorts

  • I don’t think we are ever really finished, are we?! 🙂

    a labor of love, I like to call it…

    • Wende says:

      No, no we are not. Lord help us, we have to repaint the inside of the house due to last year’s construction debacle, and I fear that will never be done either.

  • Julia says:

    Amazing transformation…just beautiful! Curious as to why you moved to Oregon? My husband and I have often thought of packing up and moving the three of us to another state (California and Oregon are on our list) some day. If only it were as easy as it sounds!

    • Wende says:

      It’s on its way… there is still so much to be done. The back yard is a jungle… next year! Hee.

      In 2005 I was finishing up the academic portion of my graduate degree and IZ and were celebrating 15 years together. We really didn’t want to continue renting and the area of California we were living in was far too expensive for a first home purchase. So, we did some research and on President’s Day weekend we drove to visit for a few days and fell in love! We put an offer on a house that weekend and moved up when my courses were finished in June! We’ve been here ever since.

  • Margaret says:

    It is 1000% improved!! Yah, you all!

    • Wende says:

      Well, those photos are carefully cropped, you know. Hah! Sadness, yesterday I had to dig up the cherry tree in the front yard and take it back to the nursery. It had developed gummosis and that’s just not something you can fix. So, we’re back to having a hole in the front yard. Sigh.

  • beautiful!!!
    we painted the inside of our house this year ….
    it was nearly like moving out: taking all the pictures down, packing up the closets, moving all the furniture out – sheesh! i want to redo the floors, the kitchen, add a garage space, another bathroom ….. maybe in another 10 years – ha!

    • Wende says:

      We are waiting for a lawsuit to conclude before we can finish the projects started in the house… it’s horrifying how much more work it is when you live in a space, than if you haven’t occupied it yet. All I know, is if I ever move into a fixer again, I’m going to press to have as much of it finished before I move in as possible!

  • CitricSugar says:

    All homes are a work in progress. Yours is lovely and obviously more loved than it had been. 🙂

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