The Cross House

Get ready. Get set. GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today, I received an email:

“All work is okay to proceed under the HTF grant, the state tax credit program, and the state preservation law.”

I know, huh?

Huh?

But this in M O N U M E N T A L news. Huge. Big. Exciting. Thrilling. A make-my-eyes-tear-up kinda news.

You see, waaaaaaaaay back in February, I did a post about the Cross House being the recipient of a Kansas Heritage Grant. A big grant.

Whoee!

But…but…this proved not to be the full story. Not quite. Not really. And the real story caused me to age by several years, as I posted in June.

Now, fast forward all the way to today, November 17, 2015.

Now, at last, at last, all the i’s have been dotted, and all the t’s crossed, and at last, at last, the countdown reached ZERO.

BLASTOFF!

Houston, we be happy in Emporia. Elated. Ecstatic. JOYFUL.

My first call was to Groh & Sons Roofing, to let them know that we could proceed with the desperately needed roofing and relining of the built-in gutters. I am breathless with anticipation.

My second call was to Scott Hoeffer, to let him know that we could proceed with the restoration of the forty — forty! — stained glass windows in the Cross House. The urgent need for this was exemplified by the sudden and unexpected destruction of a stained-glass window last week.

So, me happy.

It is of huge significance that, without the help of Mi’Chielle Cooper, none of this would have happened.

I am blessed to have brilliant people in my life.

 

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Mi’Chielle. Me. May, 2015. Courtesy Grace Jones.

 

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