In 1989, Jed’s parents bought his mom’s childhood home from his grandparents, ensuring that he and his sisters would grow up in the same spaces that his mom and uncles had. The neighborhood is built of stories; the lawns mowed in the summer, the doorbells rung each halloween, the field behind the house where hours disappeared into fairy tales and boxcar children reenactments.
We’ve always loved this place. As long as I can remember, Jed and my dreaming about home has always somehow wound back around to, “something exactly like this…” What if our kids could grow up in the same spaces, creating their own memories intertwined with our stories? There is something beautiful to both of us in sharing spaces across generations, to building our stories upon the foundations of those who’ve led the way in front of us.
Over the last few years, we dreamed with Galen and Marie about next steps. When Galen first suggested turning the barn into a house for them, it was a stretch to imagine that even being possible. However, it has been the perfect collision of his lifetime of hobby architectural drawing and knack for visualizing what others can’t quite see. He chuckles every time someone remarks on how it “looks like a house,” because he’s always seen it.
When the project started, it was all a long way off. But time has a funny way of moving, and in July, we will be settling into the house on Cooper Avenue as home. We are excited and nervous. Our kids cannot wait to have room to run and grandparents next door, but saying goodbye to school and the only home they’ve known isn’t easy. We can’t wait for a space to call our own, and while intergenerational living makes total sense to us, we know that it may come with a few hiccups. So we’re heading into this next life step excited, and with our eyes wide open.
I've spent the last year documenting the memories and creating a visual record of the process of making home. The barn was filled with multiple generations worth of things, and stories. Here's the first part of this new story.
I hope you enjoy this journey of transformation with us!
Images from March-June 2016.
We had so much beautiful weather in the last month & we were out enjoying it as much as possible! I'm sure I should be more concerned about what's happening to our planet, but I'll take bare legs and park days in February and March any time!!
Each year I start wishing for Spring almost the minute that Christmas is over. We've had a lot of gray days this year & though it hasn't been very cold, winter can be hard. So I choose to fight against the dreariness with trips to the greenhouse and celebrate smiling kids full of love on the days the sun shines.
Last year one of my photography goals was to complete a 365 project. While not always easy, it was a great way to push myself to look for inspiration while documenting daily life.
This year I'm joining a talented group of photographers committing to posting our 10 favorite non-work images on the 10th of each month.
This adventure is called projectTEN.
Here in Burkholder land, we're back into the routine of school & work, but loved every second of Christmas break. This week we had one final Christmas present when our kiddos gained a new cousin more than 2 weeks early. Welcome to the world Jade, 2017 will be sweeter because you are here!