September 25, 2021
I need a wagon when I go to the prairie.
Sometimes, when I have more than one session in a row, I bring a wagon. I load my equipment and a large bucket of flowers in this borrowed wagon and aim for the West. Walking the path, I pull the wagon out of the parking lot and into the prairie. I don’t always need it, but when I do I love it.
Because, it makes a lovely sound.
I noticed one evening that when I wheel the wagon across the grassy area near the barn, it sounds romantically (and for a moment) like a covered wagon. It’s quiet and peaceful on the prairie, and all I can hear (aside from our modern day traffic on the highway) is the steady rumbling of the wheels.
I wonder to myself, How many different covered wagons carrying very different families from all parts of the East traveled that stretch of prairie? Who went to Fargo and Moorhead and beyond? Maybe some of those families never made it there. Breckinridge or Wahpeton, Barnseville or Rothsay, or even just as far as the Pelican River: it doesn’t matter. They ALL came through this part of the country.
They were ALL looking for a place to call Home.
As long as I can remember, I wanted to get married and to buy a house and to have babies. Not every little girls dreams about this, but MANY do. When Caleb and I got married, we never saw ourselves as being permanent anywhere for awhile. We rented.
For a really long time.
But, that dream of buying and owning our first home was never far from me.
In October 2020, in the midst of Covid, we purchased our very FIRST home! It still doesn’t seem real to me. This home has a terrific view of a pretty part of our city, it’s only been owned by a handful of people since it was built in the 1960s, and it has a terrific history.
My favorite part?
My kids LOVE their home. And, thanks to connections on social media, I have a picture not only of my own children sitting on the front step on move-in day, but of the first children to ever live in this house! I can’t wait to frame the two side-by-side!
I know Ryan and Maria understand that owning one’s own home isn’t a superficial desire.
It can seem that way sometimes, when you think of the fact that houses deteriorate and need maintenance, that property is always purchased and sold and not always kept in the family like so long ago, and that renovations and fads are always altering the way houses look. But, the desire to own one’s own place in this world, to have a piece of ground to live on and build on, it’s a desire that we all feel in one way, shape or form. Ryan and Maria understand that our desire for Home stems from a much deeper, spiritual place in our spirits that originates from the very Beginning.
Because, God created Home.
When Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden because of their sin, humanity has FOREVER been attempting to get back to it. And sometimes, Home seems so far away.
There are a lot of good businesses in this world, but there are very few that I admire as much as Ryan Hanson Homes. And no, this isn’t an advertising blog.
This IS a devoted plug.
Caleb and I know first-hand the love and care Ryan, Maria and their team put into the process of homebuying. They understand the stressors, the fears, and the anxieties that come with purchasing and selling. This duo knows how MUCH we need a safe place to live and to grow our families.
They LOVE you.
And my word, I’m getting a bit choked up about that.
When I spent time with their beautiful family on the hot, bright prairie the other night, I was reminded of how hard they work. It’s always a favorite part of my process to allow husband and wife to spend some portrait time together. I know that husbands and wives are often, at this stage of life, ships passing in the night, and it was my delight to prioritize portraits for this special couple.
Ryan and Maria work HARD for you. And my prayer is that they, too, will have moments to sit down in their home and enjoy the very idea of it.
Home is what we NEED.
Thank you, Ryan and Maria, for serving our community so faithfully and for giving your gorgeous boys one of the most IMPORTANT things in life: a safe Home to come home to.
You have blessed my family much more than you know.
“Home is the nicest word there is.” | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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