My husband, Dave, and I were on our way to a farm in Virginia when he noticed a lot of old farmhouse lamps were missing.
They were just not being used as farmhouse lights, which they were.
They just weren’t being used anymore.
So, we had a few ideas.
So we went to Craigslist and went to the best seller list.
And that led us to a local antique store and got us some really nice old farmhouses.
We bought them and put them in a display case.
I got to go out there and take a walk through and take pictures.
And we got a couple of really nice, old farm houses for a couple hundred dollars each.
I just thought, “Oh, I guess I’m gonna put those out.”
And I put them out, and they just kind of faded away.
So I bought one for $150.
And I just wanted to show people that this old farm house is still really nice.
And then a couple months later I had the chance to buy one of those.
And it’s been my house ever since.
And the reason is, it’s really good.
And, you know, that farmhouse light is really hard to get.
You know, you get so many, you don’t want to have to have it for a lot.
And so that’s what this house is.
So it’s a beautiful farmhouse.
And one day, I went to look at it and it was in a terrible state.
It was just, you knew, it was just totally rusting and I mean, it had so many scratches all over it.
So that’s the first time that I went out and picked it up and I put it on the porch and it worked.
So my husband is like, “That’s a really great lamp, you should buy that,” and he was like, not just because I bought it, but because he has a good collection of farmhouse and antique lights.
And he got to buy a bunch of them.
And now, my husband owns five.
So he’s a farmer, and we have two kids.
And they love it.
And every night, they come up and play in the back yard and play with the farmhouse table lamps.
And their father is like to take them out and he keeps playing with the lamp and he says, “This is my farmhouse,” and I said, “No, this is my family farmhouse.”
So he loves that farm house.
I love it a lot, and he’s really proud of it.
It’s a good farmhouse, but I think he’s kind of spoiled.
But he’s also very proud of that farm, so that makes it very special.
And for me, it brings back so many memories of my life growing up.
You go to a house and you see something that you love.
And when I get to know the person who owns that house, I’m like, I want to get that, too.
And once I get that I’m very proud that I have it.
I think it’s very special, but it’s also kind of like, what would you do if you had a piece of real estate that you loved and you just could not get it?
And that’s my wife.
And she gets it.
She’s a wonderful, wonderful person.
And you know what?
That’s the way I want it to be.
And if it’s going to be my house forever, I’ll take care of it as best I can.
So you know it’s one of the greatest things that you can have in your life.
So the next time you see your house, you go out and get it.
Because it’s such a special thing.
And a real great, great, special thing is a farm house that you’re proud of.