This Old House

I thought I would re-share this post as a reminder of the importance of accepting things as they are, finding beauty in the imperfect, releasing worry, and living in the moment. 🙂

Have a joyful day!

fourth generation farmgirl

When I think of old houses or antiques, I’m reminded of the Japanese philosophy called wabi-sabi.  Loosely translated, it’s the art of finding beauty in imperfection, revering authenticity above all.  It celebrates cracks and scratches and all other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind.

Some of the things that I love best about an old house are the creaky, uneven floors, the lack of right angles, wavy glass windows, hand-planed woodwork, and hints of the lives of those who lived there long ago.  It’s this character, charm, and history that attracted me to the idea of restoring a 200-hundred-year-old house that’s been in my family for over 100 years–my family’s homeplace.  I relish the sense of continuity; I literally follow in the same footsteps as my ancestors as I walk through this house and around the farm.

As one can imagine, caring for and maintaining our home…

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