A few months ago, a friend sent me a message and said “your house needs to be featured in a magazine. I have contacted the Ocala Magazine and they would like to speak to you.”
I love how the OM represents our community. They spotlight local businesses and people who are doing really good things.
I am extremely proud of our accomplishment. This old house has definitely been a project. That’s an understatement but it’s also part of our story. A story that has evolved into so much more than I would have ever expected. However a story about it? I’m not so sure.
I contacted the editor and gave her a little back story on our home. It looked something like this:
Good afternoon Lisa,
A friend requested I contact you about the possibility of our home/family being featured in the At Home With section of the Ocala Magazine.
We live in the historic district of Ocala and purchased our home in September of 2015.
Why would you want to feature us?
Our home was a drug infested boarding house upon our purchase. It was often visited by the OPD and the neighbors were more than elated that we would be restoring and living in the 1903 home.
We are a multi generational household. My husband and I own the home. My Mom lives in the attached mother in law apartment and our daughter, her husband and our 1 year old grandson live here as well.
This house is more than a restoration project although it definitely was that. We completely gutted the interior and did our best to update but honor the integrity of a 1903 historic home. I have attached a picture of our family as well as a before and after of the exterior of our home.
This old house is so much more to us than a house. It’s a home. My Dad recently passed away, in this home. Our daughter was married, in this home. Our grandson was born, in this home. We have lived a lot of life in the past 2 years of living here. We feel as if this home was a gift. It was a gift to be able to restore it to it’s beauty. It was a gift to my parents to live some of their best days here. It’s a gift as we watch a little boy grow here. We laugh, we cry and we love this old house.
We love living in the historic district of our town. We frequent the downtown area, the farmers market and the restaurants on the square. It is a pleasure to live in Ocala.
I hope that you have a fantastic day and enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
After a few back and forth emails and photos that I took with my phone (I’m classy like that), an appointment was made for the Editor and her photographer to come over.
The house isn’t done! There are holes in the ceiling and doors with no trim. There are things to be hung on the walls and I honestly didn’t think it was ready. However I would probably never think it was ready.
So we did it anyways.
The magazine is being delivered today. The online version is available and since last night was just “one of those nights” when sleep was difficult, I found the online version and read it.
I’m so proud of my little family. I’m proud of Steve and I. I’m grateful for a community that appreciates the saving and restoration of the old homes and not just the building of new ones. I’m thankful for friends who think we are magazine worthy.
Being featured in a magazine is flattering. Being called out on our accomplishments is not necessary but confirmation that we did the right thing almost three years ago when we bought this dump is priceless.
I have included the link to the magazine if you would like to see.
Have a fantastic day