I don’t remember how it started but as far back as I can remember I have been a list writer, a goal setter, a journaler.

I would always have a little note book and would write things down, from what I have to do today to what I want for the future. I have literally hundreds of journals boxed up and on my shelves.
14494705_10154771082259384_1528121361836871405_nWhen I was 15 years old I went to a friend’s house who lived in the country and lived on a five acre ranch and I thought WOW… someday I want that!

I went home and wrote in my journal that by the time I am 30 years old (which seemed really old at 15) I want to have a FIVE acre ranch.

In 1993 Joe and I had Jordon and decided we wanted to get out into the country to raise our son. We started looking for a home on a little bit of land near his mom in Loomis. We looked for about a year and were getting frustrated, when I came across a classified ad in the good ole fashioned newspaper… remember those?

It said:
Bank Repo. Fixer on 5 Acres. Seller Financing.

I called the agent, got the address and raced out to the house. It was way out Sierra College and I came across a small wooden sign at the end of a dirt road.

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As I traveled down the dirt road I came around the corner and saw this HUGE Oak tree with a tree house and I fell in love at first sight.

I drove up the driveway and saw this bright yellow house. I parked my car and walked around the house and peeked in the windows and saw14370413_10154771082339384_7500609791807886901_n a huge kitchen.

I called Joe and said … we are buying a house! He laughed and said no we aren’t. Well you can guess who won.

Even better was I had just received my shiny new real estate license in the mail. I got to write my very first contract on our new home. By the way… seller financing interest rate was 10% and we were happy to get it at that time.

Every year for the last 23 years I walk out and give that Old Oak Tree a big ole hug and thank her guarding our own little piece of heaven!

After telling my friend Lisa this story she made me this beautiful sign to post on the Oak tree. It means so much to me and is a great reminder of how important how big what sometimes seems like little things really are.

I would love to hear your favorite story about your home… Send me an email or give me a call.