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?


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.


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.


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.



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



  1. Merryl Mouse McRae on November 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Yahoooooo!!!!! So happy for you, Ross!

  2. Betsy on November 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    SOOOOOO happy for you !

  3. Barb Sanford on November 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    So happy for you and for the Cross House. Congratulations!

  4. Lady Cynthia Dschankilic on November 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Wonderful news!

  5. ken on November 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    So happy for you Ross. I look forward to each and every post.

  6. Marjorie on November 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah!!!!!!! We are off and running. Way to go Ross

  7. Seth Hoffman on October 14, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I know this was nearly a year ago, but I’m reading it for the first time and an very excited for you!

    • Ross on October 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I’m still excited!

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