Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Below is a famous family picture of Marcus's great-grandfather, William Helstrom and his wife Marie and three of their eight children, one of whom would be Marcus's grandmother (not pictured). His great-grandfather built this house in 1914 (though other family records indicate it was earlier). His great-aunt, one of the kids in this picture, lived in it until this past summer when she and her husband moved into a nursing home.

...and here we are in front of it after yesterday's closing! We are very excited and it was very hard to lock the door and leave. :( I absolutely love my life up here in Deerfield, but being in our new home certainly made me want to stay.

Marcus's sister Missy and I started peeling the wallpaper. Just a bit, to see how easy or difficult it would be. Our nieces joined in and we got pretty far in a short amount of time! Who'd have thought it would be MORE pink underneath!!? Our niece Maddy was very confused as to why we would ever want to change it. ;) She kept saying, "This is going to my room!"

Thanks, Missy! Anytime you want to come over and keep peeling...your parents have keys! :)


Life with Ash and Ave said...

Yeah! Congrats! I can't wait to see it in person. I think you should keep that room pink...it is a sign since there are so many layers of it. :)

Uthpastorwife4life said...

Congratulations!!! I'm sure it is totally bittersweet! The excitement for the future, but the sadness of leaving the familiar and current. The house looks really cute!!!

Ange said...

Adge it's adorable!!! I love it and I love the history behind it. Congrats on being home owners. It's been good for us, so far, and it really feels like we're finally adults. lol
Where is it located? You mentioned leaving Deerfield but I didn't catch where the new house is located...though I didn't scroll at all. ;-)
Hope things are going well for you. Oh and facebook, woman! ;-)