Comments (429)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Nathanie Etinoffe
Thank you for sharing this story. I really thought geese were demanding birds that begged for my popcorn with their loud noises they made and if I wasn't attentive I could have lost my bag of popcorn by them snatching it away. Your geese taught me they're also loving pets.
2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany Stabler
Good video
1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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.

1 Like    

Related Stories

Features Houzz TV: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat
One of the most beloved actors of the 20th century traded fame for farm implements on this California ranch. His daughter shows us around
Full Story
My Houzz My Houzz: An 18th-Century Cottage on a Tiny English Island
Once a place for a miller to store his cart, this tiny building is now a cozy home, redesigned using reclaimed materials
Full Story
Houzz Tours Houzz TV: See How Early Settlers Lived in This Restored Pilgrim House
Passionate restoration and preservation efforts give a 1665 home an honored place in the present
Full Story
Houzz Tours Houzz Tour: Redo Shines Light on 19th-Century Newport Beauty
The renovated Rhode Island home boasts gorgeous woodwork, an appealing wraparound porch and a newly spacious kitchen
Full Story
Houzz Tours My Houzz: Farmhouse Style in a Virginia Bed-and-Breakfast
A country home includes gorgeous grounds, whimsical spaces, a barn as a wedding venue and chandeliers throughout
Full Story
Homes Around the World Houzz Tour: Historic Manor House Regains Its Country Style
A neglected 11th-century property is restored to its former glory as a traditional family home
Full Story
Features The Good House: An Experience to Remember
A home that enriches us is more than something we own. It invites meaningful experiences and connections
Full Story
Traditional Homes My Houzz: Classic East Coast Style in Maryland
Collected vintage finds, clean furnishings and European touches are highlights of a couple's bright and airy 1923 house
Full Story
Homes Around the World My Houzz: An ‘Olde’ Blacksmith’s Cottage Lives On in Style
A chic renovation transforms this 19th-century mountain cottage from dark and dank to light and delightful
Full Story