House on Hazel Mill


“House has no value, and is deemed unsafe.”

1350 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. About half an acre of land. $40,000.


In 1963, this home was purchased by Barney and Imogene for $6,000 which I suppose is roughly the same as $40,000 is in today’s time.

Built in 1920, several of the rooms and five porches were added on throughout the years. The kitchen was moved from one side of the house to the other, and there were at least five rooms beneath the house that were used for storage and other things.


The back yard was large and at one time housed a barn, an outhouse, a large garden full of vegetables and sunflowers, a storage building that covered a sink hole, two occupied dog houses, and a wooden porch swing.

There were lots of fights, tears, terrors, and fears that occurred on the inside, perhaps that’s why it looked like that house that is mentioned in stories, the one legends are born from. The house with the yard you don’t want your ball to roll into.

There were lessons learned, hearty meals consumed, tinselled trees covered in lights, a hand laid creek stone path.

Little girls running through water sprinklers, daffodils, rose bushes,and dogs.

Long talks. True love. Safe haven.

To me, my grandparents house is invaluable. I was practically raised within these walls. Moving around all over the county, this was the one constant home throughout my life.

It was demolished last week, and a piece of my heart went down with it.

My grandparents haven’t lived there for a few years, but I would often drive by just to steal a glimpse of what used to be. In March, I jumped out and picked a handful of daffodils my grandmother had planted. They lie pressed in a heavy book on the shelf in my living room.

To say this house had no value stings. I doubt that I’ll often drive past the place where my grandparents home perished, but when I do, I’ll remember them and the love and safety they offered me at the times I needed it most.


10 Months, double digits!

My sweet girl, 

You are 10 months old today! I can’t believe that you are two months away from being a year old. I seriously cannot wrap my mind around these last several months. You have went from being totally dependent on me to being a curiously adventurous little dare devil.

In our opinion, you are a genius. Up to this point you say “Mama,” “Dada,” “Hi,” “Gu,” (for Gus). You sign “more” and “all done.” You are the baby of a thousand faces, and you keep up rolling with your plethora of expressions. You crawl all over the place, and you pull up on whatever is still. You even cruise a little bit too.

You took your first big trip this past month. We took a five hour flight across the country, and you did an amazing job. You didn’t fuss once on any of the plane rides. I was super impressed!

You are still in size 3 diapers, you eat fruits, veggies, cereal, and yogurt. I give you coconut milk every now and then, and you like it a lot too. You are still nursing about four times a day too. You wear 6-12 month shirts, 9-12 month pants, and your feet are small like Mama’s so you typically wear 6-12  month shoes, but most shoes are too big for you.

You likes:

Snuggles with Mama

Playing with Dada


Crawling on the grass

Swinging at the park

Being outside in general

Gus’ fur

Visits with the grandparents and uncles


Nap time, most of the time


When you can’t play with dangerous things like cords and plastic bags

Being sat down with out fair warning


You are undoubtedly a bright and beautiful spot in our lives. We love you so much more each and every day. Keep growing, learning, and shining our sweet little girl. We are so proud to be your parents!