Friday, October 17—Selling the Dream House in the Woods

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Today, Friday, we said good-bye to my/our dream house in the woods, Dunnhill, in Norfork, Arkansas.  I spent almost 2 years designing it before deploying to Iraq in 2003.  And then, upon return, a fabulous builder, Dennis Charbonneau (recently deceased via a motorcycle accident), constructed it over a 10-month period.  We moved in on May 13, 2004, on a rain day.  With almost 5,000 square feet under roof, ceilings as high as 19 1/2 feet, and located in the woods, we loved living in it—we couldn’t see the street from the house because of all the trees; just yesterday as we were readying for the move, almost a dozen deer and 16 turkeys visited the feeders.  We spent many hours watching deer, turkeys, butterflies, hummingbirds, pileated woodpeckers, goldfinches, tufted titmice, chickadees, and other birds, a fox, a bobcat, armadillos, coons, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wild creatures while sitting in the house, or on the patio, or on the front, tree-top high deck.  140404 RE 028And watching the deer and squirrels during recovery from cancer surgery in December 2010 and January 2011 was comforting.  We experienced a lot of sadness and many joys while living in the house.  Kay’s mother and my father and brother passed away, and I suffered through cancer and a mild heart attack.  But, on the joyous side, both daughters married, the son engaged, the older grandson off to college, two grandkids born, and another on the way—many memories for 10 years and 5 months.  Throughout the entire time, God richly blessed and protected us.  We said good-bye without any tears, and now, it is time for a new beginning!

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