FINALLY! We are BEYOND excited to share our BIG NEWS with YOU!!!
The excitement is so NEW (we literally JUST signed closing papers), I almost don’t even know where to begin. Words. Which words….
As you may know, I grew up on a little apple farm not far from here, and I’ve always hoped to live on a similar small farm with my own family. Well, sometimes an adventure presents itself when you’re least expecting it.
Labor Day Weekend 2017: I told my husband I was 1000% happy where we are, and I didn’t even want to look at moving right now (we almost purchased some property last Christmas to build a new home, and ultimately felt it wasn’t the right time or situation). And then, he got the bug to look at real estate online (Sunday of Labor Day weekend). He found a very interesting property…literally a stone’s throw away from the property we almost purchased last Christmas…but this one had the DREAMIEST driveway that I’ve admired for years. We drove right out to see it and….LOVE. AT. FIRST. SIGHT.
I mean, I don’t know if you understand. I am a DRIVEWAY GIRL. For some reason, I’ve always been obsessed with country lanes and driveways, something like…oh, I don’t know…THIS ONE??????????? A little further up the driveway is this little nugget: (below)
Oh hi there, Mr. Gazebo, I LOVE YOU. And the trees are obscuring it in this shot, but THERE IS A WEATHERVANE ON TOP. I’m not yelling at you. I’m telling you in a very excited voice that there is a DARLING weathervane on top of this little cutie. And electrical already in place. Sure, he needs a little love, but OH THE POSSIBILITIES.
What’s that?? Oh, you want to see the HOUSE???? Ok…here she is!
Angels are singing. Do you hear it? Maybe it’s just me…we are already so in love with our new home. 🙂 We have big plans for this place. The main house was built in 1890 by an Oregon Trail Pioneer, and then additions were added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s. We’ll be renovating the entire inside before moving in (work will start next week and we hope it will be completed by April 2018!), a little work to the outside, a fresh paint color, new landscaping…ohhhhhh so. many. things.
Ryan and I sat on this front porch one sunny day in October, and he said, “I think this could be our forever home.” Tears.
The house has huge potential, but the PROPERTY. The property is what grabbed my heart and felt like home from day one. Wanna see some pics?
There are a couple cute little outbuildings with HUGE potential…I can’t even. I’m so excited.
Once we were hooked, we were wondering what our kids would think. Would they want to leave a neighborhood? We took them over and showed them and…THEY LOVED IT. Meant to be.
We were then excited to walk our parents around the property and share our vision with them…we were relieved to hear they didn’t think we were nuts…no matter how old you are, it’s always comforting to have your parent’s approval, right? 🙂 Here we are on that very special day: (below)
My dad (to my right in the hot rod t-shirt) has always been up for an adventure. I mean, he and my mom left their comfortable life in southern California (where they were close to ALL of their family) when we were little kids, and bought an apple farm in Oregon. Aaaaaaand they knew NOTHING about farming or apples at the time. Dream-followers, adventure-seekers, putting their trust in God. And that’s how we want to be.
Our word for this process from the beginning has been ADVENTURE. And today, on the day we signed the papers, my phone alerted me to a “memory” from August, just before this whole thing started. A pic I was compelled to take while on vacation: (below)
What a fun little “God-wink.”
As of today, the beautiful leaves are all off of the trees, it’s cloudy and cold, but we’re still in love with the place. Totally and completely.
Sooooo, you might be wondering. WHO is gonna do all of this renovation? So glad you asked. We are over the moon to have an amazing team in place for the renovation. My sweet friend, Jayme, and her talented husband, Nolan, at Fridley Custom Homes, have agreed to take on this project. I’ll be doing the interior design, but I’m no builder. We knew we had to have the BEST, and we feel so blessed to have the Fridleys on the project. They know us, they know our vision, and their expertise has already been so helpful.
JUST WAIT til you see the INSIDE. Keep your eye out for a post next week with tons of interior pics in the current “before” state. But until then, we’d love to know, are you coming along on this journey with us? We can’t wait to share the whole process…the “before”, the demo, the new surface selection, the ups, and downs, the “after”… just ALL OF IT! You in? Let the #renovationontheprairie BEGIN!!!!!
Trudi Varton - So jealous! My dream come true! You made it happen! So happy for you! It is darling now! Can’t wait to see what you do with it! All in God’s perfect time!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Trudi! We are so excited to see what God has in store for our little place in the world!
Edna - Congratulations!! What amazing news-can’t wait to see what you do with it!!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Edna! We are still pinching ourselves! 🙂
JoNell Ruddiman - Oh Janna and Ryan so excited to be on this “Adventure” with you and your family! I have a friend who has been drooling over this property for quite awhile! I will have to introduce her to your website!! Merry Christmas!
yellowprairieint - Jonell….you have to come visit in person! 🙂 Happy to have you along for the adventure!!
JoNell Ruddiman - oh my Janna and Ryan, I am beyond excited, cannot wait!
Marlene sullivan - I love older homes. Can’t wait to see what all you do and the decorating. Beautiful setting.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Marlene! Excited to see it unfold! 🙂
Debbie Moyer - Janna, We could not be more excited for your family:) Sad to loose our next door neighbors:( Looking forward to following your adventure. God Bless, D & B
yellowprairieint - We will miss living next to the BEST NEIGHBORS ON THE PLANET, but we treasure your friendship, and can’t wait to show you the new place in person sometime!! You two are treasures!!
Taunya Fermstad - I’m definitely in! Love everything you do and even though I don’t personally know you, I am so excited for you and know that it’s going to be amazing. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
yellowprairieint - Taunya, yay! So excited to have you on this fun journey!! Merry Christmas!
Nancy - Oh Janna, I’m so happy and excited for you and Ryan. Congratulations! YES, I WANT TO JOIN YOU ON THE ADVENTURE!!! YUP, SHOUTING😱. It’s going to be beautiful and I hope one day to visit you and see this beautiful property
God is good! Continue to trust His plan for your family. He will never fail you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Again, so happy for you. 🎄🎁👏🏼
yellowprairieint - Thank you sweet Nancy! Yes, you absolutely MUST come visit!! Merry Christmas, friend!
Debra Bartlett - I will pour over each photo with a joy in my heart for your family! CANNOT wait to see your plans and decorating. You are the first IG decorator I followed on IG. I scrutinize every pixel of your home. I will start praying now for perfect timing in selling your current home.
BLESS! Debbi Bartlett. Mabank, TX
yellowprairieint - Oh thank you Debbi! You are so sweet and we are so thankful for your prayers! We are happy to say that we have sold our current home, but we’re not moving quite yet. Thank you for following along!
Mandy - Love it! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the transformation!
yellowprairieint - Thank you!! Excited to have you along for the journey! 🙂
Sara Kuenzi - Congratulations! What an awesome home! I don’t personally know you either but can’t wait to follow along! 😊
yellowprairieint - Yay! So glad you’re here, Sara!!
Amber - So happy for you! Cannot wait to see it all step by step! Love your faith to do this. 🙂
yellowprairieint - Thank you Amber! We are excited to see what God has for us!
Marsha Wyatt - I am over the top happy for you Janna!I can’t wait to see how you transform your farmhouse. What a wonderful journey to take your family on, I will definitely be following along!
yellowprairieint - Yay, Marsha! It’s gonna be a fun adventure for sure!
Jess - So beautiful!! Congrats and have a wonderful time building your adventure dreams home 🙂
yellowprairieint - Thank you Jess!
MaryAnne Hergert - Oh!! This looks like a great adventure.Thank you for the invite to tag-a-long to see it happen.
yellowprairieint - We’re looking forward to having you along for the ride! 🙂
Robin Muik - I’m ALL IN !!!
yellowprairieint - Yay!!! Excited to have you along!
Barb Lea - Allbritton Family your new adventure looks like a gift from heaven. You were blessed with a creative ability and such a wonderful way to share it with others. Couldn’t be happier for you. Thank you for sharing. Fridley & Allbrittons perfect team Do your magic.
Happy New Year,
yellowprairieint - Awww!! Barb, thank you so much. It means so much coming from you!!! Big hugs to you!
Mindy - Oh my goodness, this is such good news and I can see exactly why you love this piece of heaven Janna! I am so joining you on following your new adventure!! Is the property still in the Salem area? Wow! So happy for you! 😊👍🏻🌟
yellowprairieint - Yes! And thank you…we’re pretty excited to have you following along! 🙂
Tiffany deSilva - Congratulations! Your new property is beautiful! I can’t wait to see each step of the renovation!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Tiffany!
Susan Prillman - Love, love the house, but you’re right…it’s the setting that steals your heart….and that drive! Congratulations! “He will make everything beautiful in its time.” Ecc 3:11
yellowprairieint - Love that! Merry Christmas, Susan!
Jenny - Um, yes! This is so exciting! What a beautiful piece of property you’ve found, I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Jenny! Merry Christmas!
Beverly Davenport - So Beautiful. Good luck and God Bless you and your family on this adventure.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Beverly! 🙂
Kari - Can’t wait to follow along on your adventure! Your new house reminds me of my current house that was built in 1790. It unfortunately lost its barn during the Great Depression but pieces of it still remain around town in houses built during that era and in our garage. Can’t wait to see the house unfold under your beautiful decorating guidance. Love your style which is so suited to an antique farmhouse!! Enjoy the ride and Merry Christmas!!
yellowprairieint - Your home sounds amazing, Kari! Excited to share this journey with you!
Diane walters - I’m on board for this “adventure”…can’t wait to see it all! You had me at the driveway…then that gazebo blew me away…but the house, o my…it’s a beauty just as it stands. I look to your next post!
Diane walters - I’m on board for this “adventure”…can’t wait to see it all! You had me at the driveway…then that gazebo blew me away…but the house, o my…it’s a beauty just as it stands. I look forward to your next post!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Diane! I’m happy to have another driveway girl along for the adventure! 🙂
Terrie Mentze - So very excited for you! Congratulations!
yellowprairieint - Thank you, sweet Terrie! Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂
Brandi - I’m so glad I found your Insta page. I look forward to following along on your adventure! God Bless you and your family.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Brandi! Merry Christmas!
Lyle - Congrats. Well deserved. You’re living my dream. Maybe one of these days.
Nancy Edmonds - CONGRATULATIONS! We’re so happy for you and your whole family.
We will enjoy seeing your great adventure on your wonderful blog.
We wish you the very best.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Nancy!!! Merry Christmas!
Rachel - What a dream! I know I have a new farmhouse but there is something about any old farm that thrills me. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see! How many acres? The outbuildings to 😍😍
yellowprairieint - Thank you Rachel! 6 acres of pasture land. 🙂 And your place is absolutely DREAMY!!!!!
Jana Botkin - Hi Janna, I’m happy for you and will subscribe to your blog to be able to follow your GIANT project! (I’m Cory Bergman’s aunt in Central Calif.)
yellowprairieint - Hi Aunt Jana! 🙂 Thanks for following along!! 🙂
Angie Jones - 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍
Nancy McNally - This is so exciting! So happy for you and your family! Please post lots of pictures!! Merry Christmas!!
yellowprairieint - You know I will! Excited to have you along, Nancy! 🙂
Brenda Hamilton - Jana,
So excited for you and your family. You and Jayme are my favorites on Instagram. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!!!
yellowprairieint - Aww! Thank you Brenda! Well, we are pretty excited to have Nolan & Jayme’s expertise on this huge renovation!
Wendi - I can’t wait to do this with you!!!!! 🤪💛
yellowprairieint - It’s gonna be a fun adventure! Glad to have you along, Wendi!
April Bernd - I am in LOVE with this home! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I love country lanes and trees and….sigh….it’s beautiful.
yellowprairieint - Yay! Another country lane/driveway fan! 🙂 Thanks for following along, April!
Jaimee - So perfect and beautiful. So excited to follow your amazing adventure. Congrats and blessings to you and your family.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Jaimee! I may need some farm advice along the way! 😉 Merry Christmas, friend.
Kathy - It’s awesome! I will live my dream vicariously through watching you!
yellowprairieint - It definitely is a dream come true. We are still pinching ourselves! 🙂
Donna Smith - So very happy for you cant wait to see all you do!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Donna! Merry Christmas!
Tanja - I cannot wait to see the after BECAUSE the before is breathtaking ♥️
yellowprairieint - Thank you, sweet Tanja! 🙂
Carmen - God blessed you and your new home!
I loved it! Is really amazing!
I will love the all process!
My husband and I (he is civil engineer)we love renovating properties!
Thanks for sharing your experience!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Carmen! So glad you’re along for the adventure!
Monica Geer - Excuse me while I follow and live vicariously through you!! Congratulations on living this dream come true!!
yellowprairieint - So excited to have you along, Monica! 🙂
Keely - Beautiful! I grew up in Oregon and this reminds me of all the beautiful farms in the valley. Gorgeous house and setting! Is that a pond on the property?!
yellowprairieint - There’s a pond next door. 🙂 We have a creek running through our property…is this really happening?? Ahhh! So excited!
Dee - So thrilled for you! The Lord’s leading, and timing!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Dee! Merry Christmas!
Pam Knapick - I am sooo excited to share in your journey but I am also sooo JEALOUS! I love your current house,especially decorated for Christmas. We will be tearing down our summer home at the end of the coming summer. Many of my dreams for this house come from your beautiful, cozy, serene aesthetics that you create. I think your style is so inviting. Thanks for the inspiration and will be following your makeover of the farm. Best wishes and Merry Christmas!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Pam! So happy you have you along on this adventure…it’s sure to be quite a journey! 🙂
Leighanne - Love old homes and am excited to see what you do with it!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Leighanne! 🙂
Bridgette H - Oh my gosh I am so excited for your family! What a beautiful adventure together, and sweet memories to be made in the future in your forever home! It is going to be soooo perfect, I just KNOW it!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Bridgette! 🙂 We can’t wait!!
Jane Austin - So happy for you!
yellowprairieint - Aww, thanks Jane! 🙂
Ellen V - I’ll certainly be following. Love your style; your personality is a plus. Good Luck but trusting God’s plan is all you need!
yellowprairieint - I love that, Ellen! We are certainly trusting God with the whole process! 🙂
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Tina - This is beautiful. Your not nuts. I get it. When you feel it, that’s when it’s home. God bless you on this journey. Can’t wait to watch it on the blog and will be sending good vibes your way ❤️ Congrats on the new adventure.
yellowprairieint - Thank you Tina! Excited to have you along!
Penny Johnson - Kevin, Jon and I just scrutinized each picture with your description and soooo enjoyed it! We can’t wait to see it progress!
Rachel L Landen - How cool! Is it in Salem?
yellowprairieint - Yes! 🙂
Pam Foster - Hi Honey!
I just sat here and read through your comments with your pictures of the Farm! I love all of it! So excited for you! Loved the photo of Ryan and Hayden and Kendall! and the family one too and of course all the beautiful scenes of COUNTRY!!!!
God Bless you all. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
yellowprairieint - Thank you Mom! We love you so much!
jae - hi how can i follow along to see how the reno is going or are you not posting that out public? not sure if i just missed seeing it somewhere. congratulations on the property!!😁😄
yellowprairieint - Hi there! We post daily updates on the renovation on Instagram stories…but look for a blog post soon showing an update!! 🙂 Thanks for following along!