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  1. Hey Ross I just wanted to share with you this beauty here in OKC, thought you might enjoy it and its history. Thanks for your blog it is such a bright spot in my day. I know I really don’t comment very much on your day to day stuff but i have spent a lot of time reading almost every single post and it has made this hellish year or two so much better(I’ve lost my mom to cancer and then have had some pretty rotten health myself I wanted to make it up there this summer with my daughter and boyfriend).

  2. Hey Ross I just wanted to share with you this beauty here in OKC, http://www.overholsermansion.org/home.html thought you might enjoy it and its history. Thanks for your blog it is such a bright spot in my day. I know I really don’t comment very much on your day to day stuff but i have spent a lot of time reading almost every single post and it has made this hellish year or two so much better(I’ve lost my mom to cancer and then have had some pretty rotten health myself I wanted to make it up there this summer with my daughter and boyfriend).

    • Thank you for this information. I live in Tulsa, Ok and this will be on my to do list next weekend!

      Sincerely,
      Eileen

  3. Your approach and mindset are on point in regards to the interview on youtube of your house. The little void you felt in your life that has gone away when you took on this wonderland/peacock wallpaper is mind-blowing. Some say you make your own destiny and others say it is destiny when things occur. Given the beautiful childhood story of your memories between you and your mother at the lumber yard and the peacock wallpaper. I think it was your destiny to be the true owner of this house. I like the fact that you went into it looking at it has just a house, of cause you did love the house. Lol, All in All, what an amazing story. May you find that special person that shares the same passion for making things beautiful. Great Sory, Thank you for sharing

  4. And in Emporia, Kansas, at 526 Union Street, there’s a castle. It might not be what kings and queens might have lived in but, when I was 7 years old, it was the most magnificent structure I’d ever seen in my life with it stained-glass windows and winding staircase and creepy basement.

    Mr. Toms and Mrs. Toms were the owners. I loved them kept in touch with them for years and I just loved the place.

    I hope it turns out as beautiful as it was when I lived there

  5. Greetings. I just found this site and have visited every page. I arrived here driven by those longings and yearnings pertaining to history, rebirth and resurrection that you describe. After reading a couple of your pages such as radiators and water table, which included some dollar figures… I wonder, have you considered sharing some more of the financial ride on which this house has taken you? Oh, and share a couple more photos of the staircase? Pretty please?

  6. Wow, just found you from the website Farmhouse Vernacular. I am so impressed and will love following along on your adventure. I myself just love a good project and you have one big project! There is always something so exciting about bringing something back to life.

    I’m going to start with your very first post and read through, thanks so much for sharing! I so admire your spirit and energy, I’m truly envious of both!

  7. I used to live in Emporia and I love the Cross House. This was my dream home! I would drive by it and think, oh love this house, it’s soooo my house. I recall it went up for sale in the 90’s and it was listed at $60,000 and I almost died as I wanted it so much but knew I could not even afford that amount on a fully restored functional home let alone one that needed such repair. I wanted to win the lottery!!! just so I could have this house and restore it. I saw the newly painted side and some work being done, and simply loved the home grateful someone was fixing it.
    I live in Virginia now and have since 2001 and I often think of this home sitting off of 6th Street and hope she is well. So needless to say I was looking at Youtube and I watch a few restored homes and this home came up in my feed and I said, wow I love this home, it reminds me of the one in Emporia that I love. So I click and sit back and I never knew the name of the home and have never been inside, but when she said Emporia, Kansas. I shouted that’s my home!! I called my daughter in and we watched the video and I found your blog.
    Thank you for restoring my favorite Home and sharing this with us!! My heart is overjoyed!

  8. Your blog is fantastic! Your passion, humor and lack of self preservation truly shows through. 🙂
    Thank you for all your blood, sweat and tears in this restoration.
    If I ever get back to Kansas I‘ll hit you up for a tour. Looking forward to more.

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