Today is all about a story.

My favorite kind of tale.

You know.

The one where you think you know where the plot line is going and you have an idea of the ending and suddenly in the middle there’s a twist that you didn’t imagine and the ending kind of gets re-written and it ends up even better than you thought.

Kind of like a Christmas miracle and a Hallmark movie all rolled into one.

Life is funny like that.

You think you know the script.

You think you know the ending.

And right before they roll the credits?

Something amazing shows up.

This is the home of my childhood.

This is where I grew up.

I have walked up these brick steps more times than I can even count.

This is what the house looked like the day we bought it back from the family that my mother had sold it to after my father passed away. You can read all about moving and my wedding dress and Dear Abby and a mirror here.

This is the house where my future husband who wasn’t even my boyfriend yet picked me up for our first date.

This is the house where he first kissed me goodnight.

This is the house where I brought my children home from the hospital.

This is the house where my children stamped their tiny hand prints in the driveway when my mother and father had a new driveway poured.

This is the house where we all gathered to celebrate my father’s life and legacy after he passed away.

This is the house where I’ve laughed and cried and loved and giggled and shared more joy than a person should be allowed in a lifetime.

This is my home.

There was a time when I thought this home was lost forever. I thought I’d never walk the halls again. I thought I’d never celebrate another Christmas or Thanksgiving or birthday or family breakfast here.

Until.

Until one day we moved back home to Texas and I randomly called up the new family that owned the house and asked them if they would sell it back to us. I called them on a whim. I had no idea what they’d say.  I had no idea if they’d even answer the phone.

The house wasn’t even on the market.

The family didn’t really know me and as far as I knew they weren’t planning on selling it.

But I stepped out on faith and dialed the phone.

When the current owner answered, I explained who I was and told her my story and told her we might be moving back and that I had been in a relationship with that house since add-a-bead necklaces were a thing. Would she?  Could she? Might she be interested in selling it?

And to my surprise.

To my joy.

To my almost fainting on the phone at that moment….

….she said yes.

It’s been almost six years since we moved back into the house and there have been dozens of changes–new paint colors, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new laundry room, new air conditioners, new hot water heater, new electrical and plumbing and a new roof.

But one thing hasn’t changed.

The heart and soul of this house beats so strongly throughout our family.

And so?

I thought it deserved its own chapter. This is the part of the story where you think you know where the plot line is going, but there’s a twist.

And the twist is so much more amazing than even I could have ever even imagined.

Remember this village?

Remember how I discovered the tiny houses created by a local artist who makes these incredible creations from bits and scraps and pieces that someone else might have overlooked?

Each house is full of personality.

Each house is unique and special and amazing and one-of-a-kind and I brought them home and set them up in the back entryway on my husband’s grandmother’s vintage dresser and together those houses make up this amazing vintage village.

And now?

Guess what?

THE VILLAGE HAS A NEW HOUSE.

It fits right in. Just go to the house with the house with the thatched roof and turn right.

Yep.

The Woods have officially moved in to town.

It’s my very own version of a Hallmark movie.

The artist that made these houses read my post and contacted me and we started talking and I asked her if there was any way she could make a house that looked like my house.

The house I love.

The house I grew up in.

The house I came back to.

She said she could and I sent her pictures and last week she brought this amazing, incredible, unique, one-of-a-kind house to my doorstep.

I still can’t believe it.

Truly.

I wish I could type the full-circle moment I felt when I held that house in my hand. I wish I could type my joy.  I wish could type the mix of emotions tiptoeing across my heart.

But I can’t.

So I’ll say it the only way I know how.

The village is complete.

My house is finally home. 🙂

PS I’ve gotten so many emails from all of you asking for the artist’s information. She gave me permission to give out her information to any one who is interested and she does ship. I don’t want to put it on here out of respect for her—but you can always email me at karianne@thistlewoodfarms.com and I’ll send it to you.

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Comments

  1. Image for Joan McCormick Joan McCormick

    What a lovely story. I so enjoy your blog, the lovely designs and decor you share...it's always a pleasure. Thank you

  2. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    I LOVE IT!!! What an amazing job your house maker did! 'Job well done' to her and 'you're the luckiest girl in town' to you. Your village is complete.

  3. Image for Joy Maier Joy Maier

    What a beautiful precious read this morning! I’m all teary eyed - definitely not the plot twist I thought! My heart kinda stood still for a moment…I thought you were going to say you were moving. I love that you gained a second residence instead! Merry Christmas my friend!

  4. Image for Sherry B. Sherry B.

    What a wonderful story and a Christmas miracle so to speak. I think in todays world we can all use a little miracle in our life right now. Blessings to you and your family during this holiday season, I so enjoy your blog.

  5. Image for Lee Stearns Lee Stearns

    I didn’t know WHAT to expect! Were you moving, planning a wedding, a grand baby…all things good! But your “ new addition” is so perfect for your village and your life story! I smell a Hallmark movie in the making! And if anyone can make that happen it’s YOU KariAnne! A force of nature for all things Hallmark stands for- kindness, family, wholesome, grateful, the list goes on! Thanks for blessing us every day! Enjoy your “ village” while your village of followers enjoy YOU!!

  6. Image for Nancy Bergan Nancy Bergan

    This is a hallmark movie plot, not about the guy you already lovingly have, you got the house! Merry Christmas sweet lady.

  7. Image for Nancy Biagioni Nancy Biagioni

    I live it. She is making a barn that we had on a farm from years ago. I was able to find a couple of pictures. I can't wait. Love your entire village.

  8. Image for Cheri Cheri

    Love this post, the story, the house, your house she made for you to go with the village. So perfect! My favorite part? You stepping out, in faith, calling the prior owner to share the home's history and asking if they'd sell it to you. We all need to breathe that in. Faith is risk, and you walked that out. Glad you did.

  9. Image for laura laura

    love. I also love the list of updates because it’s a huge investment to maintain a historical home! Having just sold a 90 year old Denver square You had me at electrical and water heaters! 🙃. Seriously love the house inside your home! Great gift idea! What a gift you gave this small biz owner and downtown McKinney. laura

  10. Image for Ange Ange

    What a lovely, faithful rendering of your beautiful home! She even included the bay window on the side and guttering down the front of the house.

  11. Image for Brenda Sanders Brenda Sanders

    I love your story! In fact I love to read your stories! I think this is the neatest think ever! It is so cute and looks great with all the other houses! Just adorable and I know that has to mean a lot to you! Merry Christmas!

  12. Image for Becky Becky

    Such a precious story. You and your family and the new village home (!) are truly home for Christmas. Merry Christmas❣️

  13. Image for Linda Linda

    The House that Came Home for Christmas...there's a children's book or movie there my dear! The house is darling, and so is the story behind it. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. Image for Diana Diana

    Karianne, I always love your stories, but this one is very special. Your new little house is perfect, much respect for the artist. It looks great in your village. It does seem the circle is now closed. Thank you for always putting out a terrific, heartwarming blog. I can't wait to see what you do next.

  15. Image for Donna K Donna K

    KariAnne, Do we have the name of this artist? Might she do other custom houses? Yours is precious in many ways!! May God continue to bless you as you bless all of us with your wisdom and wit and artistic skills!!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Donna, Yes! I'll send you her info! And anyone reading this comment can email me at karianne@thistlewoodfarms.com and I'll send it to you! Happy day! KariAnne

  16. Image for Sharon Sharon

    You are so blessed. My family house is now an empty lot because our local hospital eventually purchased it. But.....for some reason one of the outside metal laundry posts is still there and leaning on a big tree. When I drive past it so many wonderful memories flood my mind. My Mama lived in it for 89 years and it was the only home I knew until I married. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us!! Merry Christmas.

  17. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I've wanted some of those buildings since you first posted about them. Does the artist have a website for ordering? Your story touched my heart. I'm a Hallmark person through and through. I love the happy story lines. It helps get through some difficult times.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Yes! I'll send you her info! And anyone reading this comment can email me at karianne@thistlewoodfarms.com and I'll send it to you! Happy day! KariAnne

  18. Image for Crystal Crystal

    KariAnne your life, to me standing on the outside looking in, is like a Hallmark movie. They could make the most heart-warming movie about you and your husband, your love story, your children and your accomplishments. I bet one day they will. The beauty of getting to know you is the belief you have instilled in me that we can make it happen, we can have the happily-ever-afters, we can achieve our dreams and we can make our little slice of the world a better place. As you know those thoughts and beliefs did not come from my family or upbringing :(. Thank you for being a friend to all of us, letting us see what is possible, opening your life to us and shining your light and joy into our lives.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Yes! I'll send you her info! And anyone reading this comment can email me at karianne@thistlewoodfarms.com and I'll send it to you! Happy day! KariAnne

  19. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh how absolutely wonderful, KA!!!! And your sweet home looks quite happily situated right there, doesn't it? I love your home's story. And I love there was a sequel. ♥

  20. Image for Josee Josee

    It is a marvelous home to begin with, a great story that you were able return and how well you have taken care of it. You were the perfect person to take it back. you were truly blessed. I hope your family enjoys it for many years to come.

  21. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I knew this story, I knew she was making you a "your house" but for a moment I too thought you might say you were moving. So glad your not! Great house, great village house, great story!! Love your posts

  22. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I forgot you were having it made so, it was a big surprise to me. I couldn't even imagine what was going to happen but I love that cute replica of your home. I pray you have a very Merry Christmas.

  23. Image for Debbie Debbie

    You are such a good storyteller. You had me in suspense throughout the entire story. I wasn’t sure what direction you were going with it. I was thinking that lady that sold the house back to you and your family had contacted you about making you a replica house for your Christmas Village since she actually lived in the house. Either way, your dreams have been fulfilled. Your village is now completed! Merry Christmas 🎄 my friend.

  24. Image for Susan J Susan J

    That is The. Most. Adorable. Thing! And, it's your adorable and stately home for ever and ever to decorate everywhere you go! Even down to the house number! I love this!!

  25. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    You got it!!!! How happy I am for you and it looks perfectly settled. What a wonderful story, what a beautiful addition. Christmas can come now. The home is ready.

  26. Image for Katy Katy

    Your home has truly come full circle. I cried reading this. So absolutely tickled for you KariAnne! What a moment…happy ending for sure.

  27. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, what a precious story! I always love reading about how you were so blessed to be able to buy your childhood home! This was absolutely meant to be and I am so happy for you. Your home is so beautiful and your husband and family are precious! God has truly blessed you -- and I know that He will continue to bless you all! Your village is just so cute -- and so unique. How great to be able to add a replica of your gorgeous home! I know you will have a special spot in your home to put this village after Christmas so that you can enjoy it all year! I just know that each time you look at this special village, your heart skips a beat! You enjoy this lovely village! Thanks for always sharing with us, KariAnne! You are such a special gal and are loved by all of us! We thank God for you! You are truly a special gift -- and a blessing!

  28. Image for Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown

    KariAnne can you send me the artist information please. Would love to have her create the home I grew up in, my current home, and the home of my siblings, to create my own family village.

  29. Image for VALICIA LINN VALICIA LINN

    What a beautiful story..You have such a way with words that one day I feel we will find out you are actually a famous author.. Season's greetings and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  30. Image for Jan Jan

    You must realize how articulated you are pretty girl. What an inspiration you are to see what you have to say. Blessings are sent to you and your endeavors….🎄🎄

  31. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    Such a great story teller you are and love your little house!! That was a great idea to have your home made to fit in your village. Was meant to be for you and the artist. I'm interested to get the artist's information. Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2024!!

  32. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Another great story! Almost six years? Holy moly! So hard to believe! How fun to add your house to your collection!

  33. Image for Karen B. Karen B.

    I love it. This story is better than most Hallmark movies. Hallmark should give you a jingle! I love the way the house turned out. It's charming and captures the heart of your childhood home. Have a warm and wonderful Christmas. Karen B.

  34. Image for Rose Rose

    LOVE, LOVE,LOVE! How can I purchase a village? Can you share the artists info? Merry Christmas to you and your family 💚❤️🎄

  35. Image for Nancy Nancy

    You are an amazing story teller and I love your blog!! I too love houses and trees! I will contact you for info and send a picture of my village this year

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