Hello from the Heartland

| 1/9/2012 3:16:22 PM

Mary Murray head shotHi, and welcome to my first post...I'm excited to be able to join the other blogs here at GRIT! Since I'm new, I'll start by telling you a bit about myself.

I was born and raised in the Midwest. Over the years we moved often; however, the fond memories I had of my grandmother's home in the country always stayed with me.  Her home was set on a grassy hillside bordered by a long row of fragrant lilacs and a creek running nearby. The woods on the hill provided endless chances for me to explore, and each night, the songs of the whippoorwills would sing us to sleep. Even though I spent most of my growing up years in the suburbs, her country home always held a special place in my heart.

Fast forward a few years, and I'm off to college. I traveled to the Rocky Mountains for five years, returned home after graduation, married my sweetheart, and we settled into our first home. It wasn't long, though, before our apartment felt small ... we needed to stretch our legs! That was the beginning of many Saturday mornings we'd pack a map, along with a picnic, and head out looking for a few acres of our own. My husband had grown up on a 100-acre farm, and I still had those warm memories of my grandmother's home, so it was decided that a farmhouse outside of a small, Mayberry-like town was what we wanted.

We finally found that home ... an 1864 farmhouse on 10 acres. Although it needed quite a bit of renovation, the mahogany, chestnut, and red oak woodwork sold us. It was filled with craftsmanship from another time ... a hand-carved banister, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 9-foot arched front doors with old glass.

So, we dug in our heels and began making changes. Carpet came up, flocked wallpaper came down, and plaster was repaired. As we continued to make this farmhouse our own, we named it Windy Meadows Farm, and welcomed a sweet girl and boy to our family.

Our farm is what's commonly called a hobby farm, and our 10 acres were originally part of a 1000-acre land grant for Revolutionary War service. We're so fortunate to be surrounded by family-owned farms that have been handed down from generation-to-generation. With room for kids to roam, space for gardens and animals, it's now our turn to call this house our home.

1/13/2012 3:50:54 PM

Oooo, I love old houses (ours was built in the late 1800s too), gardening, and Sunday dinners (eating them especially)...and I've become pretty adept at chasing children. Looking forward to reading more from you, Mary. Welcome to the GRIT community.

Jen Licon-Conner
1/12/2012 2:47:32 PM

Great to "hear your voice" again, Mary...best of luck! :)

1/11/2012 11:47:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome...it's much appreciated! -Mary

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