Truth On The Struggle Of Restoration & The Beauty Of The Process


Hey ya’ll!

If you thought this was gonna be one of those dreamy, Pinterest “viola! everything’s amazing in a week” farmhouse blogs…you’re probably going to be pretty disappointed here. But if you like real life, then come have a sit down next to us because we’ve got more than enough of that to go around!

Newsflash! As much as we all love them, life isn’t mostly a Southern Living magazine and this definitely isn’t a not reality HGTV series.

Also, those things, lovely and amazing as they are, aren’t our reality, and portraying that it is wouldn’t accurately reflect our vision for documenting and writing about our journey!

We wanted to document our lives in a way that shows the truth, the REAL days, the work, the struggle, and the true reality behind the few and far more picturesque moments that happen here and there.

To bring you up to speed, things have been both a mixture of crazy busy remodeling days, and slower days of just enjoying settling into our new place, sitting out on the front porch in our missed-matched rockers and paint chippy wicker furniture we bought an auction for $35, and school days still in our pj’s together.



I have to admit, remodeling an old house isn’t for the faint of heart. The work is never done. Nor is it anything like what you see on HGTV. I keep asking my husband Anthony, “WHEN is the crew gonna show up?!” Alas, they never do because well, we ARE the crew!

img_6365To be completely honest, farmhouse renovations are coming along even more slowly than I had imagined they would for several reasons.

Mostly because in the midst of it all, we still have to live life! Still, I can’t help but think that endless days just to focus on remodeling would be amazing and we would have come so far already.

Alas, full-time work, school for both the kids and I, activities, and LIFE happens in between the few days a week we have just to dedicate to the house that seem to fly by far too quickly, and come around again far less than we would like.


In it all, like most seasons in life if we stop to take note, the process is teaching us important lessons that we probably wouldn’t learn if we had unlimited amounts of resources and time…or Chip & Joanna Gaines to just come in do the work for us!

Once again, life is giving us the ever important lessons found in patience, hard work, and learning to let ourselves enjoy the process of the present journey rather than hanging our happiness on some imagined future destination!






img_5606.jpgAnd so, in between the juggling act of the house work, job work, school, family, and all of life’s other priorities, are the small accomplishments and sweet moments that make life all that it is; all that it should be like Sunday lunch around our unfinished table with faces we love, sweet welcomes from new neighbors, birthday wishes come true, and tiny corners of rooms transformed!





img_6743I’m starting to understand that the work won’t be finished anytime soon, and since the house is over 100 years old, it’ll likely never end. But that’s okay! The character that is built into our old 1873 farmhouse from long ago, is building lessons of character in us that will last.

Sometimes in my most impatient, frustrated, and impatient moments, I find myself laying on the one couch we have in the one functional living space we have put together at present, wondering if it isn’t really us that’s re-building this old house, but this old house that is building us.

As much as we might have been a gift of restoration to this old place, the lessons we are learning here could very well the new gifts it is offering right back to us.

The deep gifts aren’t really in the end result, they are found in the process.

Because everything beautiful and rich and full of deep character in life, took years and years of slow and steady time to forge.

There is so much beauty to be discovered in the process of restoration.





About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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One Response to Truth On The Struggle Of Restoration & The Beauty Of The Process

  1. Danielle April 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    This progression from your first days in the RV (your life’s statement that things, a manicured lawn and all that, was not y’all’s goal) to a huge home, Victorian no less, seems like you came full circle. You are back to accumulating possessions (well manicured possessions), mowing the lawn, not having the freedom from stuff that your blog preached. You are not the first family I’ve seen that has travelled with little kids and then shifted gears to stability in a stick built. My husband wanted us to rid ourselves of all earthly possessions and live in a school bus. He read countless blogs, like yours and was completely sold. But I’ve had the benefit of seeing all y’all return to a huge home after downsizing. I know the freedom of “no stuff” is not sustainable with a growing family. And the walkabout y’all took, that stretched you, taught you, gave you life experiences, has brought you back to most everyone’s dream. The dream of stability, sureness, roots, memories in the same place, a home for grandchildren to come to, neighbors that know you, a hospitable home to be welcoming and ministering to others in. I’m there. My husband is getting there but his wanderlust and fantasy of RV living still abides. I’m thankful that you documented your life journey, and others like you did the same. I’ve shown hubby the culmination of everyone who returns to stick builts. The RV brought you to the current Victorian residence by way of nomadic travelling, and I’m confident your grateful for the experience and wouldn’t change it. But a transparent, no propaganda summation blog about the complete 360, would be gold.

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