I can’t believe I’m typing this post.

Never, ever, ever, ever in a million years did I ever imagine that I would sit down in front of the computer with trembling fingers, a messy bun, yoga pants, a cup of coffee and share what I’m about to tell you.

It all seems a little surreal.

My fingers are shaking.

My heart is pounding.

I’m happy and excited and sad and wistful and thrilled and joyful and overwhelmed and nervous about the rollercoaster ride we are about to hop on.

The train has officially left the station.

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down for the news?

Can we still be friends if I tell you that….

….WE ARE MOVING.

I literally do not even know where to begin this post so I’ll go all Julie Andrews and start at the beginning.

It’s a really good place to start.

Last year we had some stuff happen with our extended family.  Stuff that was overwhelming.  Stuff that scared us.  Stuff that sat us down and had a talk and got all serious on us and told us that we might want to think about being closer to home.

Our family needed us to show up and be counted.

And suddenly, Kentucky was too far away.

So we started talking about moving.

What?  US MOVE?  That wasn’t in the plan.  Kentucky was our forever home.  We have a farmhouse and a gatehouse and a business and acres of land and countryside and stars and haybales and winding country roads.

And for five years I have written a blog about our farmhouse and all that goes with it.

I wasn’t sure if I was ready to give it all up.

I cried.

I sobbed.

I put on an apron and asked myself what Laura Ingalls would do if Carrie and Mary and Grace and Ma and Pa needed her.

And so, just like Laura, I’m coming home.

This is the home of my childhood.

This is where I grew up.

I have thrown open this backdoor more times that I can even count.

Remember when my mother sold it?

You can read all about moving and my wedding dress and dear Abby and a mirror here.

This is the house where I met my future husband who wasn’t even my boyfriend yet on the back porch.

This is the house where he first kissed me goodnight.

This is the house I stood in front of the bathroom mirror on my wedding day.

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

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

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

This is my home.

I thought it 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 six months ago when we talked about moving back to Texas and I randomly called up the new owners and asked them if they would sell it.

I did it on a whim. I had no idea what they’d say.  I had no idea if they’d even answer the phone.

It wasn’t on the market.

They 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 the phone, 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.

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?

SHE SAID YES.

And now a new chapter begins.

Here in these rooms where it all started.

Here are a few pictures I took this weekend of the house.

These are the befores.

This is the staircase I stood on and waited for Santa Claus to show up every Christmas morning.

This is the living room where I fought with my sisters and brothers and watched season after season of American Idol.

This is where my children had their first Christmas.

These are the floors where my oldest son took his first steps.

This is the dining room.

This is where I ate breakfast before school every morning.

This is where I celebrated almost every Thanksgiving dinner on the planet.

This is the downstairs bathroom.

This is where I put on my makeup before school.

This is where I stood in my wedding dress on my wedding day.

And this was my father’s office.

I can remember sitting in this room and pouring out my heart to him.  I’d tell him the troubles of the world and he’d put down his papers and push his glasses up on top of his nose and lend me a sympathetic ear and a funny story and all the cares of the day would melt away.

When I walk in here now and squint, I can almost see him smile.

His heart is in every corner of this room.

And now?

This room is where I’ll write my books and post my posts and share my stories and tell my tales and start a brand new chapter of my life.

I can’t believe it.

Truly.

I wish I could type the tears running down my face.  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.

We are finally home.

PS  There are so many questions I left unanswered on this post.

I get it.

I understand.

This was a lot to take in on a Monday morning.  I’ll be sharing way more of the house and all the befores and 2018 will be the year of makeovers.  I can’t wait to take you on the house renovation journey of a lifetime.

PPS  I know you are wondering about Thistlewood.  I’ll leave that story for another day.

PPPS  I took this picture in the driveway this morning.

These are one set of the twin’s tiny handprints.

Just waiting for us to return. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for terie terie

    What a wonderful journey that you are about to take! Living close to your family is a GOOD thing--- I know you have many exciting adventures waiting just around the next corner! TY for taking us all along with you!

    1. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

      Well, i certainly understandable that family comes first, Karianne. I do quite a lot for my Mom of almost 82, even though she is active... physically and mentally. However, I will miss Thistlewood! I showed pictures of Thistlewood to my Mom last evening and she said how lovely it is. I've always loved the pics of the green acreage and plentiful trees and bushes. It would certainly be my fantasy home! That being said, like everyone else, I too will enjoy ALL the forthcoming makeovers to come in your lovely "New" old home.. 😄 Your friend on the Eastern Shore of MD. Denise

  2. Image for Kelly Kelly

    As someone who dreams about being able to move back into their childhood home, my heart is so, so happy for you. It is already a beautiful house but I am so looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Congratulations! :) Best, Kelly

  3. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Will you stay in the 'farmhouse style' or has another style started to make you think "how would I do this...."? While I love the Kentucky Thistlewood home (and wish I were in the market for a home in Kentucky, because Rock Star, we.would.talk!) I too, am too many hours (12+) from my family, so I totally GET.IT. on the move back home. God Bless Each and Everyone of YOU...and may your dad and his spirit be found in every nook and cranny, every sunbeam through the window, every rainbow in the sky, and in every tear and smile, as you settle back into HOME.

  4. Image for Laura Dennis Laura Dennis

    The house is absolutely stunning. If you have to move, aren't you excited it is here? Looking forward to seeing everything you bring to the house and looking forward to seeing you at more family occasions!

  5. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    Darling KariAnne. . . bless you! Yes, this is a lot to take in on a Monday morning; I can just imagine what you've been going through! Bless you for your faithfulness to your families, for understanding what love requires, for making yourself available and vulnerable. What a good example you're setting for your kids and for all of us! Take care and let us know more as you're able. In the meantime, please let us know if there's any particular way we should pray for you.

  6. Image for Lynda Lynda

    Well, you know this was meant to be Karianne. God bless you and your family as you make this move. I am sure it is hard saying goodbye to Thistlewood but I can't wait to see what you do with the gorgeous house you are moving too.

  7. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Wow!!! That WAS a lot to take in on Monday morning....But what a gorgeous home! I just love that staircase. I'm sure you'll make it awesome like everything you touch. My only question is, since I'm a real estate agent and things like this interest me, did you have to overpay to get your home back or were they very fair with the price? Details, details.... ha!

  8. Image for Sherry Sherry

    I LOVE this house and am thanking God for allowing you to return to your childhood home. It makes me want to move in with you in the spare room.. LOL Did your husband buy another Pharmacy?

  9. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    In tears... of joy for you! As Dorothy says there is no place like home. We too called about our home on a whim and wish when we were considering moving back to our hometown. After 30 years, Bet I have you beat on that! But sweetheart my whim and yours were truly winks from God like you shared in your book. You were needed and God knew the hest place for your heart. I melted when you said that was your dad's office...oh sweet friend heart hugs. Enjoy but please hang a UK Wildcat flag somewhere there for e ok? Sobbing like a baby but promise so happy for you and your families. Best resin for moving... being closer to family.

  10. Image for Marty Oravetz Marty Oravetz

    Wow, that is quite the move and your childhood home is GORGEOUS. Can't wait to see you put your stamp on it.

  11. Image for Becky Becky

    Oh my! I'm sure this is one of those bittersweet moments. Leaving your gorgeous home in Kentucky but be able to go home again. You are blessed. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

  12. Image for Alice Genzlinger Alice Genzlinger

    Oh wow! Your story made my eyes well up with tears. Going Home. That makes my heart sing. Now when you sing "I'll be Home for Christmas" you will be there along with all of your memories past. Hope it will be all you want it to be.

  13. Image for Layla Layla

    My hearts filled with joy for you! What a blessing! I can’t wait to read all the new adventures you will have in your old/new home. Hugs!!!

  14. Image for Sharon Sharon

    If ever there was a sign, it was definitely when you called the owners. How very sweet to be able to move into your childhood home. It is simply stunning. Can't wait to follow you on this journey. Best of luck in your new adventure!

  15. Image for Sara D Sara D

    Wow that is big news!!! I am so excited for you and how wonderful that you were able to buy your family home back! Are you alluding to the news that Thistlewood is already sold? :(

  16. Image for Teresa George Teresa George

    Wow! Got to admit I will miss Thistlewood, but so very excited to see what you do with your new/old home! It's already so beautiful and spacious! Many blessings for your family on the move!

  17. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Life is like that-full of surprises! Glad you were able to get your childhood home back as I know you will make it amazing!

  18. Image for Aryn Aryn

    I often think about how sad I'll be when my parents sell the house I grew up in. To think of someone removing my mother's wallpaper border above the kitchen cabinets, or not having the rickety dining chairs in the darkest dining room on earth....it makes me so sad! All the things we've all fantasized about changing in that house (what if there was a big picture window here, what if this wall wasn't in the way) are all the things I want to remain unchanged forever. But then I look on Zillow at houses where we eventually want to live, and I think about all the things I would fix before a stitch of my belongings entered. It's funny what houses can do to us. Funnier still what change does to us. But I'm also a firm believer in "everything always works out in the end." Good luck on this new journey of yours. I can't wait to see your old house come together to be a home again!

  19. Image for Stephanie Wethington Stephanie Wethington

    I am so very excited for you!!! It is wonderful that you will move into your childhood home!! How amazing is that!!! I look forward to go with you on this journey and adventure!!! xo

  20. Image for Kristen Kristen

    OMGosh.........moving? Home.....wonderful news! The house is already amazing, I can't wait to see how much more amazing you make it. BTW, I decorated for fall with as much simplicity as my 10 year old would allow. Kristen

  21. Image for Debbie Debbie

    How amazing!!! So sad that you must leave Thistlewood but happy that you can live in your childhood home again. The Lord is truly amazing!!! Much happiness and blessings for your new adventure.

  22. Image for Theresa Theresa

    Welcome back to North Texas. I noticed the previous owners had your smocked curtains too. Good luck in move and all the tiny details that will involve. let me know if there is anything your Reader/friend in Prosper can do to help.

  23. Image for Monica @ The Writer Chic Monica @ The Writer Chic

    GIRL. Those of us who have been on this ride from the get-go....from the birth of blogs in 2007, the first Blissdom in Nashville, the mass chaos when Google Reader went kaput... those of us who've been on the WHOLE ride with you... Do you hear us, cheering you on, celebrating with you, LOVING every curve of this perfect FULL CIRCLE? Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!!

  24. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

    So glad your family is moving back. Loved reading your blog about it. Can't wait for you to get here and settled in.

  25. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Excited and praying for you and your fam, KariAnne. I'm sure there is SO much going on in your head right now. So much we don't know, but that's okay. The One that knows all... He knows what's going on and has you and yours in His hands. So comforting to know we have a good God, and that He already has this whole 'thing' completed!

  26. Image for Toni Toni

    Such an amazing story. I dare say with your "father's presence in that office" and your Father's enabling, I bet there will be another book come forth from that study! Congratulations and I agree, to move for the benefit of family is the best and noblest reason of all.....God just gave you the "frosting on the cake" for your heart and obedience and faithfulness. Many blessings in your new old home!

  27. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I am so glad you are going home again! Sigh, I won't have the occasional trips through Texas anymore, so that parts a bummer, But I bet your heart will be happy and so will your extended family. You don't need "good luck", because you have your faith. And just think of all the wonderful opportunities for DIY blog posts! I look forward to hearing more amazing things from you.

  28. Image for Brocanteuserose Brocanteuserose

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I'm so excited and teary for you at the same time. Thee tears are the good kind of tears though! Plus lots of internal squealing, and I can't believe it's, with some jumping up and down as well! :)

  29. Image for Sue Sondker Sue Sondker

    I can't imagine having such a beautiful home and all that went with it . Keep God first and He will direct your path. Please keep up Thistlewood posts. It means so much to me. Mama Sue

  30. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Wow, Karianne!! Indeed, this is definitely a post I never thought you'd write. I'm excited for you. What a joy that you were able to get the house you grew up in and now those memories can be combined with the ones you'll create with your own kids. You certainly grew up in a beautiful home and I can already imagine the wheels turning in your with decorating ideas for this old/new space.. I'll miss seeing the glimpses of your current kitchen but I'm looking forward to seeing how you transform your next one. I know it's going to be gorgeous and what a treasure trove of upcoming blog posts for us (smile).. Sending you and your family good wishes and good vibes. Good luck with the move, transition and everything that comes with this next great adventure.. xoxoxo

  31. Image for Julie Julie

    My thinking is a house is a house but the people in it make it a home! Enjoy your new "home!" We will enjoy seeing it through your eyes and heart!

  32. Image for Fabian Janssen Fabian Janssen

    Can't wait for your new/old stories about your new/old home! This couldn't happen to a better blogger/wife/mom/daughter/sister/friend than you my friend. You'll soar above this challenge and make me laugh/cry all the way. Bring on the packing boxes!

  33. Image for Missy Elam Mangum Missy Elam Mangum

    Okay, this is exciting and a bit overwhelming. We moved into our house on my 40th birthday (my husband forgot to hire movers so my elderly father and my brother schlepped things over while I tried to figure out how to get away with murder). AND I had just given birth to my youngest, plus I was working full time. Set an easy goal - unpack ONE box per day where everything in that box goes exactly where it belongs. It is achievable AND it gets things done without stress. Sometimes life lets you unpack two boxes in one day!! Congrats and I am wishing your family a smooth and wonderful transition!

  34. Image for Christina Christina

    I have long been interested in learning more about thistle wood. Will you be selling it. I live in LA and have been seeking a leap of faith for my family. Please contact me so we can chat.

  35. Image for Joyce Joyce

    Blown away with the news! I'll continue to follow your blog for all the adventures that are ahead for you and your family!!!

  36. Image for Lauren Lauren

    Oh my gosh, KariAnne!!!! I am SO excited for you! It's a drop-dead-gorgeous house to begin with but the history of your past with it makes it an absolute dream come true! Can't wait to see your new adventures ahead, friend. Alllllllll the love!

  37. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Your book suggested that this might be in the cards. I'll pray for you and your family- I feel like you are family. Sherry

  38. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Wow, feeling all the feels for you! Bittersweet, for sure, but looking at your old "new" home I'd say mostly sweet! Can't wait to see and hear more. So funny that you would post this today. My childhood best friend sent me a picture yesterday of a toy army vehicle and a piece of notebook paper with the year (1971) and my brother's name printed on it. An acquaintance of hers lives in my childhood home and her husband discovered the vehicle & note in their crawl space. I can't wait to surprise my brother with it this Christmas! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter!

  39. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    If one there's one thing life has taught me, it's never say never. No one really knows what's around the bend and those that embrace change are the lucky ones. And she said yes. So it was simply meant to be. I can't wait to cheer you on during your next adventure!! God bless, my dear friend! PS.. in the 'never say never category': I always said the weight I gained when my kids were young was from all the words I had to eat 😆.... unfortunately I said 'never' a lot.

  40. Image for Susan W. Susan W.

    Wow! What a wonderful opportunity. How long have you been at Thistlewood? You can now return to your memories and watch your kids make theirs in the same place. How awesome!

  41. Image for Eileen Eileen

    What a happy, mostly, story. Your childhood home is just stunning and this move was meant to be. All the best!!!

  42. Image for Deb Wostmann Deb Wostmann

    What's that old saying - "You can't go home again", but look that's just what you're doing. Memories ready made and new ones to be made. I'll follow your journey and cheer you on all the way Karianne and family!

  43. Image for tammy edwards tammy edwards

    how incredibly awesome for you. my heart and face are smiling away! God is always good, even when we can't see how.

  44. Image for Donna Donna

    Such exciting news on a Monday morning.! I can't wait to see how you decorate your childhood home . It is so fortunate that the previous owners were willing to sell . I think our homes are truly a part of our family and now you are reunited . Wishing you so many happy memories yet to be made in your 'new' home !

  45. Image for Kris Kris

    You are going from one gorgeous home to another. I can sympathize with you on entering the season where your extended family needs you more. It sounds like you are at peace with your move.

  46. Image for Rita Grisetti Rita Grisetti

    Welcome Home. You and your family are where God wants you to be. Things fall into place for a reason and each season of our lives we live for His purpose. God's got this friend. All the best!

  47. Image for Erin Erin

    I was taking break from watching CNN coverage all morning ... and this warmed my heart ... isn’t God good ... always Inspite of ... Best wishes on your next chapter. I can’t wait to hear more

  48. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    You have come full circle! Home again! How wonderful for you and your sweet family. It is already a beautiful "home" in the truest sense of the word, and bathed in precious memories. I cannot wait to see the gorgeous changes you have in store for it. Thank you for continuing to share your life with us, and may God continue to bless every step of your journey!!

  49. Image for Deb Kelley Deb Kelley

    KariAnne! First of all let me start by saying that the house is absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous! While I am sure life is overwhelming right now, to say the least, it is all a part of our awesome God's bigger plan for your life. I often tell my children, "Trust the plan, and the ONE who knows the plan." I CANNOT wait to hear about all the blessings and adventures you and your family are about to encounter. Be sure to journal along the way. It will make a great keepsake for your children to see how God showed up at the exact moment. While we don't know each other personally, I feel like giving you a big ((hug)) because I am thrilled to see how God is going to work in and thru you. Let the journey begin. Blessings~ Deb :-)

  50. Image for Judy Judy

    So happy and sad at the same time. The beauty of both these places. How lucky you are. What a remarkable life you have!

  51. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Oh my goodness!!! I am so excited for your family!! ❤️ Your “new” home is beautiful, but I can not wait to see how you make it your own! Love, hugs and hoorays for you and your family!

  52. Image for Jessica Graziano Jessica Graziano

    Wow how exciting!! It was meant to be. I really associate with your journey. Although mine is slightly different. My husband and I built our family in my childhood home. And this summer we moved. Just down the street. But regardless it was hard to walk out of those doors. Our family was growing and we had taken in my mother. And had added some rescue animals to our family. And simply started to out grow our home. We need more space and we knew it was best for our family. But leaving those walls that were my protection , my safe haven, the walls that watched every happy moment in my life happen. Well it's been emotional. As we prepare to sell it I can only hope that it's not the end of our story. As you have found it's not the end of yours. I'm so so happy for you. And can not wait to see how beautiful you make it. And hope I am privileged enough so see you make new amazing memories with your family in this home again. Bless you sweetheart.

  53. Image for Vicki C Vicki C

    What a wonderful home going- and bravery for calling and daring to ask if you could buy "your" home! Your blog will be the one to watch for sure. I am wondering what state you will be in? (As in United States, not "state of mind"! Lol! I imagine that would make me pretty ecstatic! Lol.

  54. Image for Pamela Pamela

    Amazing! Wonderful! Delightful! on so many levels. we made a big jump this summer...our biggest local change ever...SO much work. Im with you on it in prayer. We once had an former owner call back in the 70s and ask to resell to them and we were delighted to do so.

  55. Image for HB HB

    I'm excited to see you put your touch on this house. My concern.... aren't your boys near the end of high school? That has to be hard on them to leave their friends.

  56. Image for Juliet Juliet

    I actually cried reading your heartfelt post. How loverly you were able to go home again. it is the dream of so many to have that connection and we appreciate you sharing it with us. Congratulations on your new again home. i can't wait to see how the next chapter unfolds.

  57. Image for Dinelle Dinelle

    Oh I am so excited for you. To be able to move home, what a great feeling. I would love to live in my childhood home. What great timing, one never knows what is around the corner waiting for us.

  58. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Oh, my friend! What a beautiful new home! And more importantly, how incredible that you are truly coming home to those beautiful and precious memories. I may have cried reading this! A classmate of mine bought my parents' home and has always invited me back to visit. It brings me joy to see photos of the home I grew up on Facebook. My heart is so very happy and full for you!! And to write in your Dad's study! Whew! More happy tears! I can hear him cheering you on! Let the journey of more love, laughter and memories continue...and don't forget to speak to those sweet rooms each morning. Love from Kentucky!! ❤️

  59. Image for Sue Sue

    I sure am glad you told me to sit down! Shocker! But, I am truly happy for you. I would love to move back into my parents home! It is a big old house too, that has been well cared for and it is for sale!!! You have set my heart to dreaming and possibly some plotting. I cannot wait to travel along with you and your family on this new journey! Here we go!!!!!

  60. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    I know your family is thrilled to have you back but I'm even more thrilled to know you'll be closer to me! We can go to lunch together, shop together, garage sale together, dumpster dive together! It's going to be awesome!

  61. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    How exciting!! But somehow I get this feeling that all along you and your family were traveling the road to this. Your childhood home must be breathing a sigh of relief. You are finally coming home. The family celebrations you'll have!! Oh! MY!! Your dad must be smiling down at you. Super big hugs!!!!

  62. Image for Cindy Cindy

    You said you were moving when I saw you last...somehow I didn't want to believe it, but my friend...you are meant for greatness and amazing wonderful things and I have no doubt that this new chapter of coming home will be just that. I'll miss you. xoxo

  63. Image for Jillian Jillian

    Oh my! Is that a beautiful entry hall or what. Can't wait to see all the gorgeous decor you will do. I always feel when events fall into place the way this has for you that it is a gift and the right thing to do. Pretty new around here so now I can still look at the old and admire the new. Good luck!

  64. Image for DEbbie DEbbie

    OH KariAnne I am so excited for you and your family. PRay everything goes well with all the little details as well as the big ones. LOoking forward to going on this journey with you. MUch love to you, you are so ch a sweetheart.

  65. Image for Mary Hite Mary Hite

    Oh, Karianne! Are you moving back to McKinney, TX? I feel like my dear friend is moving closer! So excited for you!

  66. Image for Samantha Samantha

    WOW!! Oh, Karianne, that house... YOUR house.... needs NOTHING but you & your family!! How incredibly prefect! Congratulations. God. Is. ASTOUNDING!

  67. Image for Shelly@ConfettiStyle Shelly@ConfettiStyle

    Kari Ann, I'm jumping out our my pants with excitement for you. What an amazing home and amazing journey that is brining your back to such a special place. I am thrilled and can't wait to go on this decorating and life journey with you. It's going to be amazing to read, watch and see this next chapter of your story unfold. Congratulations to you and your happy home.

  68. Image for Sherrie Pfeiffer Sherrie Pfeiffer

    I am so happy for you! Yes, I'm sure there are many more stories to come, and we will be waiting to read them. Can you hear us cheering from the cyber bleachers? Congratulations!

  69. Image for Susan Hall Susan Hall

    OMG... I love Thistlewood and your new home is so beautiful. We never know where we will end up...but going home to be close to your family and friends will fill your heart with happiness!

  70. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    This is actually a post I never thought I would read! Omg! I'm so happy for you and your family! It is a beautiful home filled with many memories...and many more yet to be made. Cannot wait to hear more about your continuing adventures. You never know what lies ahead...whee...what a jump! ;)

  71. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    What a gorgeous house! You are going to have so much fun decorating this space that I hope it will make up for leaving behind the house you have worked on so hard and shared with everyone...and the fact that it is your childhood home! Well that tips the scales. My sister and her husband bought our childhood farm and home and then just had to put it on the market last year. It sold to a wonderful buyer, but, you know, it will always be home. Although I supervised the sale that emptied the house of my mother's belongings, I still pretend it is sitting there fully furnished with everything polished and shining and the fireplace burning when, in fact, it is not being lived in. The owner is running cattle on the property but has elected not to dwell in the house. I hope some day someone will, once again, fill that house with the same life and energy I know you will bring back to your childhood home. Best of luck and I'm looking forward to all of your projects!

  72. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    WHAT??? My new Kentucky friend who writes a blog that makes me laugh, cry, and get all inspired at the same time is MOVING?? We have lived 40 miles apart and never even met . . . :( But EXCITING, MUCH?? Your "new" house is amazing, and I totally understand! I can't wait to hear "the rest of the story!" Change is in the air! I'm moving in another direction, as well, but I'm not MOVING, moving - at least not that I know of! ;)

  73. Image for Shirley Shirley

    I never thought you would leave your farm , but family comes first. It will be hard moving children as old as yours. Hope all goes well.The fact that you got your family home back is surely a sign. I am a great believer in things are meant to be.....

  74. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    Wait, I'm still reading your book about moving to Kentucky! I feel like I've gotten to know you and all the crazy twists and turns and can so relate to your so close to amazing. Curled up with your book, your roast story had me laughing outloud! But this too is all part of His amazing work.... This IS amazing news to read this Monday morning! Oh, I'm so thrilled for you! God has wonderful things in-store for you in this new chapter. Embrace it withl all the red lipstick gusto your heart can hold! I'll be finishing your book this week and praying for you when you clean out this house and close that door. Sweet blessings and tea. :)

  75. Image for Sue Sue

    Is this April Fools day? Seriously, my jaw is on the floor. Thistlewood Farm is losing its family,and I'm just stunned. Your childhood home is beautiful and you will make it a showplace. Hope your kiddo are happy and on board with the move. Now I have to convince myself that I am happy for this move. Boo Hoo Whereever you go,I'll follow because you are my rock star.

  76. Image for Jennifer Worcester Jennifer Worcester

    I knew it! As I began to scroll with great hesitation, I just knew this was going to be your news! I can't imagine all the emotions you are feeling! We are currently packing up and moving from My husbands childhood home. We have sold it with intentions of building our dream house finally. But the sentimental side is tough! You will be happy though! How exciting to go back to your growing up house! And the fun that the makeovers will be! I'm so very happy for you! Can't wait to hear more about the plans for Thistlewood!

  77. Image for Anne Anne

    Sounds to me like all this was meant to be. Congratulations on getting your old home back - hope it gives you much more joy in the future. Sorry about Thistlewood though. So sad to leave such a wonderful place and all those memories. xoxoxo

  78. Image for Harriet Harriet

    I just started reading your post and really enjoy your warmth, humor and style. I am from Kentucky and excited that you are moving here! But where? Can you reveal that? Hope to meet you sometime!

  79. Image for Cynthia Lucarotti Cynthia Lucarotti

    How blessed you are to be able to take this new journey! THAT HOUSE!!!! OMGOODNESS is all I can say!!! Life appears quite wonderful for you right now!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  80. Image for Paula Jones Paula Jones

    Love you and your incredible, unfolding story. Glad to be a tiny ink dot in the story of your life -in the KY chapter. Looking forward to seeing the fabulous transition of this lovely home! May God continue to bless you and your family in TX.

  81. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Family is so important, and you are showing that in your move. To home! Will be praying for you. God is guiding!

  82. Image for Sherrie Mock Sherrie Mock

    Oh. Wow. I'm sure you are having so many mixed emotions… I can't even imagine. But at least you have this beautiful place that was your home to return to and perhaps that will make the journey a little bit easier. It is so important to be able to spend time with those that you love because life here on earth is often cut short, I know that first hand Because I lost my mom almost 4 years ago. And life has not been the same. So here's to new beginnings and happy endings God bless and Godspeed!

  83. Image for Terri Terri

    I am floored.. stunned ... like .... what ???? She is leaving Thistlewood ???? No way ... Let me read this again !!!! WOWOWOWOW... BUT I SOOOO GET IT .... Absolutely a God thing !!!! "So close to amazing"????? I think so.... Your family home ??? I feel like crying tears of joy with you !!! ..... so excited to hear the "Rest of the Story".........

  84. Image for Sandy Sandy

    The house is beautiful. So happy you are going home to something dear to you as you leave your wonderful life in Kentucky. Is it in North Texas? I lived in Denton for a few years. Anywhere near there?

  85. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I literally gasped out loud and put my hand over my mouth while reading "we are moving..." My assistant rushed in to see if I was OK. Of course, I am, and you will be, too. Now that you'll be back in Texas, maybe I'll be able to make some of your appearances. My prayers are with you and your family; your move; health of those here in Tx; business transitions; and nerves for the kids' new school, friends, etc.

  86. Image for Shonee Shonee

    What an exciting nerve wracking time, all rolled into one adventure! Excited to share in this new chapter of your life! Shonee www.hawthorneandmain.com

  87. Image for laura {not a trophy wife} laura {not a trophy wife}

    KariAnne You did it! You wrote a love letter to your past and your future in one sentence. Welcome home...... ps. It helps that your childhood home is amazing. My childhood home was dark hallways, narrow hollow doors and five siblings sharing one bathroom with uni-sex shampoo and a bar of generic soap! Can't wait to hear every detail along this next chapter.....

  88. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Wow! What an amazing journey for you and your family! The house is beautiful - so thankful the previous owner said yes and you and your family will have the opportunity to make it your new "forever home"!! What a blessing..... And I will be one of the many that will look forward to all of your posts about decorating, renovating, etc as you share the journey with us! Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  89. Image for CMS CMS

    I so get it! We lived in our dream house...a 1924 brick Tudor with clay tile roof, all original walnut woodwork, tile, and wood floors...and then my Gran moved to an assisted living apartment. And her house, the house I have had all 53 of my Christmases in, was on the market. A simple one story 1960's ranch. We bought it, painted woodwork, laid down wood floors and moved in. It's nearly half the size of our 'dream house' and we have never been happier. Bless you!

  90. Image for Sarah McGraw-Laputa Sarah McGraw-Laputa

    This is the first time I've anything by you or about you. I'm in love with your house and your story. Keep writing and taking pictures of your beautiful memory filled home.

  91. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I have vowed to never move again, but if my childhood farmhouse on the hill in southern Indiana ever goes on the market, I think I would change my mind in a heartbeat.

  92. Image for Eli Eli

    It is true; there's just no place like home. Your home is beautiful and Thistlewood Farms is equally so but going home is like being that little girl again in your heart and feeling warm inside for no apparent reason. Your story is one that brought tears to my eyes. I can imagine how exciting your new chapter will become. So happy that you are going home again.

  93. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    We are Texans and we are hot! Come on home and welcome back! I can't wait to see what you do to your old, new home! It's stunning as is! Looking forward to this new chapter of pictures. Congratulations!

  94. Image for Linda Linda

    When I read this part, I burst into tears. ""When I walk in here now and squint, I can almost see him smile."" What a blessing to sit where your father sat and do your writing. He will be right there watching every word you pin. So wonderful. God is so good! Blessings Linda

  95. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    As a fellow Texan, I can't wait ~ I hope it's McKinney?!? Such exciting news, even though it's a huge change. I know that God has his hand on this move, and all will be well. As an only child who had to sell my parents' home ~ I still have sadness and regrets about that ... I so wish I could do just what you are doing, and buy that Austin home back!!! The neighborhood is experiencing a rejuvenation AND two daughters, their hubbies and four kiddos each, live there! (A great place for an Airbnb, maybe? Or just wishful thinking!) Anxious to hear all the details as you move along with this new adventure ... Blessings to your sweet family!

  96. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    Truly AMAZING! Couldn't believe you meant actually MOVING. Your new/old home is beautiful. Can't wait to travel this journey "with" you. We'll all miss Thistlewood! God's timing is impeccable. Safe travels & God bless you all.

  97. Image for Suzy Suzy

    WOW! The house is beautiful! It is such a wonderful thing that you can go back. I am looking forward to your new chapters. Prayers and best wishes to you and your family. <3

  98. Image for Bonnie Witmyer Bonnie Witmyer

    Congratulations! This is just like closing a chapter and going on to the next one but then stopping and going back to a previous chapter to reread it because you enjoyed it so much! Even though your children will miss Kentucky and their friends and experiences there, they will love living closer to family especially when it's necessary to be there for everyone's sake. ❤ The fond memories of Thistlewood and all that you did, loved and enjoyed will eventually fade into the lovely memories you have of the fabulous home where you grew up. Luckily, it looks like there is plenty of space for a family and pets. I'm sure your head is swimming with what will go where in TX but the greater challenge will be packing, loading and leaving your current gorgeous house. You'll be walking into a lovely home that is full of past memories and ready to make new ones. And remember...there's no place like home! Hugs and happiness!

  99. Image for Sandi Sandi

    Wonderful news, perhaps scary, bittersweet, but the right move! Congratulations, it's a beautiful home with so many memories and many more to come! We're all happy for you!

  100. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, Your childhood home is beautiful, and your story of returning to it is a fairytale. Your twin daughters' tiny handprints in the weathered concrete is the beginning of their fairytale home. What a wonderful new chapter in your family's life story. What a wonderful chapter for Denton. Welcome home. Judith

  101. Image for Rosalie McCreary Rosalie McCreary

    Wow! That is an exciting leap of faith! I'm so very happy for you and your family. To be near family in times of need is so very important! We did that for our second daughter and her family and then our youngest moved her family from Alaska to Wisconsin so she could be with her sister during her time of need. We all love it here. I know that you are just beside yourself with joy and happiness and a little trepidation to be back home again. Welcome home again!!!! Looking forward to reading more of the new adventures. Your home is just beautiful! I also saw those fabulous drapes!!

  102. Image for Carol@BlueskyatHome Carol@BlueskyatHome

    KariAnne, I feel like part of your little tribe who knew before the world knew. Absolutely can't wait to see what you do with the home ~ house doesn't seem personal enough. And visit you and watch as you and the family settle in and reclaim your memories and make knew ones. I predict the twins will come down that beautiful staircase one day in their wedding dresses (hopefully not together) and you will smile and laugh and cry. Best wishes on this new jump journey. Hugs,

  103. Image for Pat Pat

    Moving back to your family is always a great choice, imho. We did just that 19 years ago and I am grateful everyday for that decision. Looking forward to your Texas stories! xo Pat

  104. Image for Kimberly Parker Kimberly Parker

    Welcome home. Still praying for her!! Just caught up with Daniele Lackie (Andler) today... let’s get together! We are happy to help support you and welcome you home. Much love ♥️

  105. Image for Mary Wells Mary Wells

    It's a beautiful home. I have followed you almost since the beginning of your journey with Thistlewood Farms. From being a military parent, I know how hard it is to move. Our last move was to be close to home, too. I'm looking forward to following you on your new journey.

  106. Image for Sandy Sandy

    While I was reading your post today, I kept telling myself, she's moving. Wow, what exciting news and a blessing to once again return to your home in Texas. Like all the other readers, I will be following your home's transitions. God bless you and your family.

  107. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    When you first mentioned you were moving my initial reaction was.....NNNNNNOOOOOO! You can't move. I know you there. But...when I saw that house....WOW...I can't wait. And your family needs you so you've got to go. My prayers are with you and your family during this transition and move. I look forward to your future posts. You got this...after all...you're a ROCK STAR!

  108. Image for SHIRLEY MECKLEY SHIRLEY MECKLEY

    Unbelievable. At first I thought this was going to be a sad story and the ending is wonderful. I can just imagine what this beautiful home will look like when you finish. Welcome home.

  109. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Wow, Holy canoli! I am stunned but thrilled for you!!! How blessed to get your childhood home back!!!! It was meant to be for sure. The house is just gorgeous, You will undoubtedly make it a show stopper and I can't wait to go along for the ride with you!!! God bless you and your beautiful family, Kari Anne. MORE wonderful, fabulous things are in store for you!

  110. Image for Jean McGee Jean McGee

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?? Now THAT was/is a S.U.R.P.R.I.S.E!!!!!!!!!! We also moved to be near family.....0nly we are the parents that moved to be closer to one of our children.For us it is called aging and alllllll that entails. The move was a complete GOD thing and we PRAISE HIM for it. HE is with you and your family and HE knows it allllllllllllllll. Trust HIM (and don't forget the choooooooooooooooooooooooooooocoooooooooooooooooolate). :) :) :) Jean McGee

  111. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    WOWSER!!! The house is beautiful, Little Miss Sunshine! How exciting to decorate it! I know your heart is torn is both directions. But family and home win out! I can't wait to see what each room draws out of your memory and creativity. May the Lord bless you and the family and may the whole move go smoothly! Will surely miss you being so close. Was hoping sometime to see you. May the blessings overflow! :D ❤

  112. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Awwww - all the feels! Kari Ann thank you for sharing this story. Time supporting your loved ones can never be regained - and being open to the best for all and just asking for what would make your heart sing in doing this proves what can happen when you say yes to possibility rather than feeling stuck by a circumstance. Cheers for you and yours coming home!!

  113. Image for Celeste @ Penultimate Home Celeste @ Penultimate Home

    Wow, if you have to leave Thistlewood, it couldn't be any better than to move to a "new" home that is already full of memories. It feels bittersweet to me too. I know you'll continue to inspire us with this beautiful home. God bless you all in your new place.

  114. Image for Cindy Hurley Cindy Hurley

    Well KariAnne, my dear friend... it appears you have Come full circle. You've been where God put you and you've made wonderful memories. Memories with your precious family and friends. Memories needed and completed. Now God is leading you back home. All is in place. He's made the way and He says he'll make our paths straight. Yes it will be abit melancholy but God's got big plans for you guys. Plans that need accomplishing. Though it will be difficult for you to say goodbye or the other way around, none of your friends would not want the best God has for you and yours. So with a sad heart for me and gladness for you, May all your dreams and wishes come true. may the road be straight and the wind at your back and safe travels to New memories. God bless you. You have been an inspiration to me. Love you all... We will see each other again....If not soon then in the great beyond with the ONE who leads us..

  115. Image for Sandy W. Sandy W.

    In spite of never getting to see the inside of the barn (😞), congratulations! Looking forward to see your transformation.

  116. Image for Linda Linda

    KariAnne-welcome home! Can’t wait to see how you make it your own. I dreamed of buying the home I grew up in, unfortunately last summer it was demolished and a patio type home was built. That corner will never be the same for me, but memories of crazy days with family can’t be taken away. Congrats on the next chapter of your awesome life.

  117. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Where you go, we will follow! I can’t wait to see this home with your family in it. I wish you all the best and a smooth transition to home. It can be hard for kids, but your kids are yours- so I’m sure they will adapt quickly!

  118. Image for Glenda Glenda

    I love your blog----I love Thistlewood. It will be so hard to leave but your childhood home is a beautiful house with such big rooms; it will be so exciting to see you work your magic on it. You have a lovely family, I'm sure you have brought the kids in on the decision. Looking forward to following you on this new chapter.

  119. Image for Jennifer Ross Jennifer Ross

    All I can say is wow. I’m sad about Thistlewood, but truly understand the need to be closer to family and home. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading about your new adventures, and seeing what your creative self does with your new old house!

  120. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Wow! I'll be praying your move goes peacefully, and your family readjusts smoothly! Looking forward to hearing more about it in your posts with the days yet lived ahead! Take care!

  121. Image for Lisa Lisa

    KariAnne, how wonderful and exciting and also bittersweet for your family! That is CRAZY that the current owners of your house agreed to sell it to you! Amazing......filled with happy memories and a beauty of a house too. Best wishes to you and your family as you head to Texas and start a new chapter!

  122. Image for Allison Gotcher Witt Allison Gotcher Witt

    Your families are overjoyed, I'm sure. My most vivid memories of that house are your wedding and Christmas. It was always magical to me at Christmas. I know it will be again with you there! It will be a homecoming for you all to be in that house again. So happy for you!

  123. Image for Michelle Michelle

    This post is a shocker but we do what we have to do -- family is important. And how wonderful that you took that chance and called the owner of your childhood home. I'm sure you're experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. I'm anxious to see how the story unfolds as only you can tell it. Just know that you're wrapped in prayers and virtual hugs, sweet friend.

  124. Image for Rachel Rachel

    Sounds like "fate" to me. Yes, you are very sad to be leaving KY - but just look at how happy you sound "going home"....pretty sure if you were not meant to go, you would feel it. Hard to be a farm/garden gal heart-and-soul without feeling all of your environment. Congrats on your courage, wisdom, and new home! Can't wait to hear all about your making it the new country space!

  125. Image for Brenda Thompson Brenda Thompson

    Oh my, I would say God was so good to you regarding your old home. I'm so excited to hear how He moved in your life to get it back. It almost makes me want the same for my Mom's home on 5 acres we had to sell. Can't wait to hear about all your wonderful renovations you will be doing. The pictures of your childhood home made me drool over the beautiful wood floors and the tall ceilings. I wish you all the best. Seems like you are in God's perfect will!!

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

    Going back to "HOME SWEET HOME" -- how wonderful is this! You will just love being there! I am just so happy for you! God bless you all in this move! We will be praying for you, KariAnne! Blessings!

  127. Image for Michelle H Michelle H

    well....I just now am reading your book and learning about the first big move!! So, I guess you'll have a follow up book on this one!! LOL! I look forward to the "after" pics of your old, but new, home!!

  128. Image for Betsy Betsy

    We'll be right beside you Karianne........ the packing ,the getting settled, the new journey in life. There is no place better than family. xoxoxoxoxo

  129. Image for Bobbie Allgood Bobbie Allgood

    As I read through the comments I thought "How wonderful that Karianne has such a huge following of blog lovers who all support her." I wish you all the best as you wade into a wonderful new adventure.

  130. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I can't wait to see what you do with your new home! Or should I say old home? Whatever....I know it will be spectacular!

  131. Image for Liselotte Granström Nilsson Liselotte Granström Nilsson

    I´m so happy for you...you are doing exactly what I have wanted to do for years but it has not been a thing we have been able to do. I love our new house but I never will forget the old house. So many things happend there , happy things and also sad things, and my daughter was born there. The rest of the family lives in the old town and we live here , far away. It takes for ever every time we visit my old mother so I can´t see her as often as I would like to. Every day I think of the old place and maybe we could have it back. Now when you are having your fantastic move it sort of feels more like when we are moving back... Lots of love to you and your family from Sweden.

  132. Image for Shirley @Housepitality Designs Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    Good luck KariAnne....It truly must have been a very difficult decision, but a good decision for your family. I am a firm believer in the Great Plan of Life...things are meant to be...obviously, your Life's Journey has taken you back home.

  133. Image for LEONA NEEDHAM LEONA NEEDHAM

    So many mixed emotions in this post. To be able to return to a home filled with such good memories is an emotional rollercoaster when you leave a home you have labored on,nurtured and grown into. The photos of your soon to be home are beautiful, and yet I have no doubt you and your hubby will put your own spin on it. Just hope there is a Walmart, pizza place, and fabric store nearby. How fortunate for your children to grow into this house and have the same memories you have, and how fortunate your extended family is to have you and your family return.. I wish you and your family the best of what is yet to come.

  134. Image for Marley Marley

    Karianne! OMG I don't even know you and I have a big ol' lump in my throat and tears running down my cheeks and it's not even 9am! Sometimes life throws us "unexpecteds" and what results from the pain and unknown is where we were meant to be all along. I'm in that "unexpected" phase and am waiting to see the "why" on the other side of the hill;) So very happy for you and your sweet family. I've been following your journey and cannot wait to see what lies ahead. Your home is simply beautiful and I am sure you are comforted by the squeak of the floors, the smell in the air and the sounds of the pebbles on the driveway welcoming you HOME. xo Best, Marley

  135. Image for Tammy Tammy

    So happy for you and your family. To be close to home near the rest of the family is very important. It's hard to help when you are states away. How wonderful to purchase your childhood home. It is priceless and time to make even more memories. The home is beautiful before you even begin to put your own touches to it. It has great bones! Best of luck to you and your family. God Bless!

  136. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    I'm so very happy for you. I know this had to have been a tough decision to make. I know that you love your home in Kentucky and all of the wonderful memories that you have made there. I will be praying that you and your entire family make a happy adjustment being back home in Texas. I think it's so wonderful that you are going home to be close to your family in their time of need. I

  137. Image for Lynne Lynne

    That is an absolutely amazing story. I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to see your plans and decorating ideas for your new/old home. Family is everything and I hope the adjustment is as smooth as possible for all.

  138. Image for Rita B Rita B

    I love your Monday morning surprise!!! Blessings over your transition...your blank canvas awaits you💝!!!

  139. Image for Robin Robin

    That was the last thing I expected to read. I know that had to be a tough decision for your whole family. But so amazing how God made it a little easier by giving you your childhood home He must have great plans for your family and leaves you more assured your doing the right thing. Excited to see all you do with your new house. Love your blog and thanks for letting us in you and your families life

  140. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    Oh l love it! I felt your tears, and joy of his goodness! I'm so beyond thrilled for your family, KariAnne, this is his marvelous move, and l couldn't be happier for all of you!

  141. Image for Shelley Summerville Shelley Summerville

    Soooooo excited for you all! I found myself tearing up while reading this, and if I am being honest- so totally jealous of the house! Oh my word, it is so beautiful. I can only imagine what you will do with it after seeing how gorgeous Thistlewood Farms is. What's so funny is I'm almost to the end of your book and your journey with moving to Kentucky, and now you're heading off again. I can't wait to see all that God has planned for you and your family. Your obedience has blessed so many and it's a beautiful story to witness. Best of luck with everything- I'll be watching to see how this journey unfolds! You're honestly one of the few blogs I faithfully follow and I always look forward to seeing you in my inbox!

  142. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh my goodness! I am so excited for you. We came home last year, so I fully understand. It sounds as if the circumstances are the best for your homecoming, but having your childhood home to welcome you with open arms is amazing. I loved reading your story!

  143. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    You are so lucky to be able to move back into your family home. Family is the most important thing in one's life. Good luck in your move. God Bless. Marilyn

  144. Image for Sue Sue

    That is one of the most wonderful stories I've ever heard. What a beautiful home you have. Can't wait to see it after you put your touch on it. Warmest regards.

  145. Image for Lois@pineridge hills Lois@pineridge hills

    Dear Karianne...... Life has a way of jolting us just when things seem to be on a even keel......Think of all the memories of Thistlewood that you bring back "Home" with you......It's going to be a wonderful journey! I so look forward to the trip! So come girl! get your red lipstick on and your paint samples out....you've got a lot to share!

  146. Image for Terry Terry

    Oh I am so happy for you honey, there's truly no place like home! We will enjoy every moment of your journey along with you, prayers for His blessings on every step of the way!

  147. Image for Angie Angie

    That house is amazing without all the memories but with that history, you must be over the top excited to get to call it home, again! My heart was overjoyed just reading about all your memories and seeing the pictures of this fabulous house that is your home! Best of luck. Sounds like you have an exciting journey ahead and I look forward to reading more about it and seeing more pictures!

  148. Image for Sue Sue

    It makes me said that you're leaving your beautiful farmhouse when you thought you'd be there forever. But the home you grew up in looks amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing how you transform the family home!

  149. Image for Chris Chris

    Karianne, I love your new old home. Ah, ya made me cry too! I can relate I live in the same house I’ve been in since 7th grade. So when I read your story I knew exactly what you mean. Exciting times for you and your family. Wishing you the best in each and every day! Chris

  150. Image for Mary Mary

    What a very moving tale. Tragic family mishaps have prompted many a move closer to family and childhood homes. Good luck with blessing.

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