Tuesday, July 26, 2011

coming home...

Last week I shared part 1 of our home's  story;  

part 2 gets even more interesting.

Girls, this really is a  true story

I couldn't make this up

It is a tale of yard sales....our favorite kind, right?

this is our house circa 1912

The  next photo that we have 

taken in the 40's


the gable end gingerbread had been  removed.

We looked everywhere for it:

in the chicken coop,

in the barn stalls,

in the loft of the barn

but there was no gingerbread to be found.

This is where it gets really good

Shortly after beginning the exterior makeover

we were having a yard sale of our own

My Mr. was talking to our neighbor, Arlene,

(my favorite go-to  junque' lady),

about how we really wished we

had the original gingerbread .

Or any gingerbread.

She said" I have some gingerbread that I bought

at a yard/barn sale down the road a few years ago.

Would you be interested in it?"

Heck ya, we'd be interested.

You have to understand 

that there are only a few old houses here

and most of them are plain farm houses 

without much architectural features.

We don't have salvage yards 

so when someone says they have gingerbread...

you'd better jump at it.

We headed on down to her place

(ran is more like it!)

She had 3 gable end pieces...

How much?

"$300.00 for all 3 pieces..."

or here's a better deal  yet

how about $100.00 


some of your  junk that you're trying to sell."


We took it home


couldn't wait to put it up!

Here's My Mr. is heading up the ladder with it.

Yes, I know it's dark

we're impatient like that

You are not going to believe this,


The nail holes in the gingerbread  


the nail holes on the house

are matching up!


Dig out the old photos...

You guessed it

It is the original  gingerbread!

The barn where Arlene found these

burned to the ground

shortly after Arlene bought them!

Now, doesn't that just give you goosebumps?!

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The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Now that is an amazing story!

Gracie's Cottage said...

Chills? Goosebumps? Hair standing on the back of my neck? Youbetcha! And the fact that the barn burned down? Double chills! Some things are meant to be. Bet your house is happy to have her parts back too. Great story!


Faye said...

You have got to be kidding!!! Isn't that just the best when something like this happens! I am so happy for you that you found the exact same pieces that were original...way too cool!!! Happy WW!

from me to thee......... said...

the gingerbread, was meant for you and to go back home....what an awesome story!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow that is amazing and so wonderful! Seems like God just saved it for you knowing you would want it! Great post! Love the pictures...just beautiful.

Angela said...

oh I am so proud Your"Lady" got some of her original jewelry back. How perfect that it turned out that way. Is it possible for me to be so in love with a house I have never seen in person? I so love your house, like I haven't told you that how many times already? Love hearing the history of it and how you came about adopting it as your own. Love her!!!Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing her in all her glory.
Thru Nanas window

Pamela Gordon said...

What an amazing story. Unbelievable! But true. That gingerbread is so beautiful and just adds the 'icing to the cake'! How wonderful that your neighbour had it after all those years! Great story. Hugs, Pamela

Sandra said...

WOW! Now that's more than a coincidence!

   [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] Show IPA
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

I'd say that cover's it!!!!

Looks fabulous! Your house is gorgeous even without the gingerbread!

NanaDiana said...

I visit but rarely comment due to time constraints. But, I do believe that pieces come home to roost. We had a friend here that restored an old "mini-mansion". She yard saled it and thrift saled it to put the rooms together. One of the sets she found was an old black leather couch and two chairs-another place she found two lamps. The man (who lived in the house as a boy) came one day and asked if he could see the house. She invited him in. He hit the living room and turned as white as a sheet. Where did you get these..he wanted to know? She told him and he said that it was his Mother's set and she had always arranged it exactly that way...and my friend had a grand piano in the same spot his mother had her own set. The lamps? True? Could they be the same lamps? They were! He showed her where one had been mended that he had broken as a child playing in the room he wasn't supposed to be in.

I loved this story and I love your old house-I am an old house kinda gal...or maybe I am just an old gal!;>) Hugs-Diana

Theresa said...

What a cool story! This is why we love old stuff, whether its a house or a great ironstone platter, it all has a story. Thanks for sharing this, I loved it! t. xoxoxo

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Yes I did get goosebumps. You and your home were meant to be reunited with that piece of gingerbread. No wonder it fit perfectly. I am thrilled for you.

Lady Butterbug said...

Wow I love this story!!! God has a plan:)

Rebecca said...

A total God-thing. My little find last Saturday was small in comparison...but finding the lace I prayed to find was a God-thing too. He gives us the desires of our heart...

LOVELY...goosebumps for sure!


~Candis said...

I so love it when God orchestrates little blessing like that......that's a cool story! I will have to drive by your house now so I can see it! lol

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

That's amazing!
I'm so happy for you.
I would've been so excited too.

ferne said...

Definitely meant to be!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

How wonderful. They belong together!

Diane said...

This is amazing Rene. I just knew it was going to be - so glad that it worked out that way. It really is an unusual piece of gingerbread, too. I'm looking forward to - the rest of the story. Diane

Vintage Begonia said...

The ginger bread made its way home!! Certain things just can't be explained.

The Feathered Nest said...

It was SO meant to BE!!!!! I love, LOVE this story.....the girl had her glory back....just beautiful, hugs and love, Dawn

Amanda said...

I swear there was eerie music playing from somewhere as I was reading this post! What a story! More and more you are making me pine for an old Victorian home! Thank you for another incredibly entertaining share!
Best Wishes and Blessings,


What a way cool awesome story, the home looks beautiful. Hugs Mary

Amy Kinser said...

How awesome is that! I love that you found the original pieces. Meant to be, for certain.

Blessings to you and your hubby.

margits bastelstube said...

hi rene,
your hause, your home is very, very beautiul. old AND new!

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Wonderful story!

FrauHummel said...

Thank you very much for your lovely words! I realy like your blog and will come back often! And: Your house is just great, i would like to live there! ;o)))
Kind regards from switzerland,

... and sorry about my bad english...!!

BB said...

Wow! I love stories like that. Your house is beautiful.

ThereseMarie said...

Ooh, chills and thrills!!! It was all meant to come together just like that, so that you could truly appreciate the treasure in your hands! Thanks for sharing that awesome story of fate, destiny, and beauty!

Crystal said...

That is so unreal!!!! I guess it was meant to be! It's beautiful....I still can't believe it's the same piece!!!

craftymarta said...

Rene, lately, I don't know if is related to be older, things seem to come full circle. Maybe is because we are in the hunt and business of the old, or because life is like that. I love to hear stories like yours. I can just imagine your husband surprise. Blessings, Marta.

kpaints said...

That gives me more than goosebumps, I've got tears in my eyes! That is just unbelievable! What a catch! Lucky you and I sure hope you are still hugging Arlene.....everytime you see her!

A Southern Rose said...

Wow! What a blessing to find the original gingerbread! It's beautiful and now it's back where it belonged. I love your blog. I come here all of the time. It is so inspiring to see your transformation of you home. Everything is so beautiful.

Lee Laurie

My Country Heaven Cottage said...

How wonderful for you ... Don't you just love it when it comes back home!!!! Your home is beautiful by the way! I enjoyed your post! :)

okcamp said...

I'd say it was meant to be. How nice that the trim and house are reunited.

glenda... said...

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events,
that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner.
I love this...you have a beautiful home..and family.
And a wonderful provenance in all the pictures you have of it's history..would'nt those pix make a great collage to decorate and display in the house.

deb mills said...

holy cow...i do have goosebumps! what an amazing story. only our God could do something that utterly cool. how wonderful to get your lady all back together in her original finery.

Lady Pamela said...

Absolutely an amazing story. You could not have made it up. Only God can make things happen like that! I am so glad the pieces are coming back together where they belong. *Hugs*

Junebug said...

Isn't it wonderful how we get unexpected gifts in our lives! Your house, I mean home is beautiful!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow how awesome!! Your home i=s just so beautiful!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a wonderful story!!!

Passionate for White said...

LOVE stories like this!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Awesome Story of the Gingerbread trim.... I actually had to go back & read Part 1 since I have missed a few W.W.'s Your Home is Incredible, truly a Home of Love~

Connie said...

What a wonderful story. I'm so thrilled for your finding the trim that belonged to your house. What was the chance of that ever happening? God granted your wish.

Congratulations. Love your blog and enjoy following.

podso said...

Goosebumps for sure. What an amazing story! its just like how a dog who goes missing eventually finds his way home. So happy for you, and what a story you will have to pass down to the next generations!

FredaB said...

Sometimes life just falls into place. I wonder if someone removed your pieces when the house was empty and planned on selling them.
This was meant to be.



Honey at 2805 said...

Could this all be some kind of miracle?

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marga said...

Oh my gosh.........what a story! It's a miracle don't you think?
Love how it looks!
XXX Marga

Sherry said...

Oh, my gosh Rene' how awesome! I just love your house. I am so glad the gingerbread made it home! What a neat story. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!

Veronica said...

Oh my Word!!! That is sooooo amazing!!! What a fabulous story and a treasured find... quite unbelievable. You must have been thrilled to bits. I love the way its called gingerbread over there. so cute.


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love this story!! I always say, " What is meant to be, will be" And it was meant that the original gingerbread would come back to the house!!

Your home is gorgeous!!


Jessa Irene said...

Oh isn't that funny! I think it happens like that though, the neighbor behind us has one of our original windows from our sunroom in her enclosed porch we figured out one day. If she ever changes it out she offered to give it to us. Cute story, and congrats, ginger-breading is so beautiful!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow! What a wonderful story! You're living my dream, girl! And thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment.


Anonymous said...

Yes that did give me a chill..You were meant to have it and adorn your home with it once again..Can't wait to see your home finished outside..Have a great week..

Bohemian said...

Oh my, yes it does give me goosebumps... that trim was just waiting to be brought Home at the right time wasn't it! It is fabulous... as is your gorgeous Historic Home...

Thanks for stopping by with your sweet words & joining us on the last let of our Tranquility Tour...

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Missy @ Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Oh my gosh Rene'! I literally had the biggest goose bumps then I read your line about goose bumps! And the barn burning down after she got those...that is one crazy story!
I meant to tell you before but one day while browsing your blog, I noticed a frame. It was square with a circle inside it with carved roses on top. I had that exact one! It was plastic and peach with a not so pretty copy of a floral painting inside. I painted it cream, antiqued it and ended up putting a mirror tile in it. I LOVED it. I kind of regret selling it but it went to a nice woman that bought it for her cottage in Ireland. I hope you enjoy yours.
Have a blessed weekend!
PS I just realized I wasn't actually a follower before but I am now!

A Cottage Muse said...

Great story Rene!

Faded Charm said...

What are the odds? I LOVE this story and I did get goosebumps. Your house is so charming and I can't wait to see it all painted up in white:-)

Hope you are enjoying your summer.


Karen's Place said...

Kept just to be put back where it belonged on your home. Amazing story. Can wait to read more.

Paula said...

Dear Rene`, I have loved reading the amazing story about your beautiful home and the gingerbread trim again. I am so glad you shared it! Yes, it does give me goosebumps! God is so good to provide for our needs and desires! I am so happy you have your beautiful old home! It is a dream of mine to own an old home one day! I hope the painting is coming along well. That is a lot of work! Take good care sweetie! Love you, Paula

Kathy said...

Pretty amazing story !! So glad it came home to where it belongs, Its Beautiful !!!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

oh my...what an amazing story...i love that you found a little piece of your home in someone's barn...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


Karen said...

Wow amazing Rene, I guess it was just meant to come back home.

Adrienne said...

Do you think God saved it and hid it away just for you? Wouldn't surprise me! He loves to give us the desires of our hearts. Just when and where we least expect it!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh yea, that's a God thing, for sure!!! Loved hearing this part of the tale, thanks for sharing with us Rene, loving your transformation,
xo Debra

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Privet and Holly said...

Hopping over from
Homemaker on a dime.
This DOES give me
goose bumps! LOVE
it. Seriously love
it. We live in an
1892 Victorian once
and there is something
so wonderful about
living in that kind
of history. Your house
is just beautiful.
xx Suzanne

Patti's Artful Design said...

What a wonderfully, amazing story to document as renovations move on...are we ever really done?:)! Thanks for stopping by Rene!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

erin said...

oh my goodness! what a great story, it gave me goosebumps! the gingerbread, back home again. you have a beautiful home.

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

Yes...I have goosebumps. I love it when G-d does above what we could ask or think! I love your house

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I love that story, and I find the string of events quite amazing. Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.