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Tiffany Stabler
Good video
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mitsybaby2

Houzz has all these stories about designer built homes that people just bought and paid for but nothing comes close to the labor of love that comes from creating your own place as exemplified in these pictures and this wonderful story.

Having grown up in the house my grandfather built (but died before I was born) I always felt a special affiliation with the homestead he created with his own hands. I was lucky though to have my mom tell me the whole story of his life, immigrating from the Ukraine, the foundation of the little one room hut they lived in until they built their house, sitting at the writing desk he built, etc. Throughout I've pondered that the greatest satisfaction in life came from homesteaders who created their places piece by piece in a lifetime and at the end of their lives got to look back and appreciate their creation. In the end, they had something that exemplified their life and their labours, which those who work at a job their whole lives never get to experience. It's like an artist's tapestry of their lives. Fortunately for this woman she got the opportunity through her mother's illness to experience that.

On another note, I recently read a story of 2 little children that escaped from their yard and ended up on a busy traffic highway walking along the edge of the road. The story was about how the 2 dogs that accompanied them (which were pyrenees dogs that I knew nothing about until having read this story) protected them by manoeuvring between them and the highway when they got too close, actually pushing them away from the road. What amazing beautiful animals.

Houzz, please give us more labour of love stories such as these.

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Lori DeBacker

Loved this article and am also a fan of Carl Larson. I have several of his prints on my walls at home as well as a guest room box bed built for me by my husband along with a smattering of Swedish folk art pieces.

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