A Sunday Walk {and a Cottage Update}

These are all historic homes in our neighborhood.  Aren’t these charming?  It is such a fun place to walk with Wynn in the stroller. 

The house prices are so reasonable here and there is a lot of pride of ownership.

The brick federalist style house below is one that we actually considered buying several years ago, before we decided to build the New Old House.   Isn’t that upstairs balcony a dream??  The house sits on a large 2 acre lot . . . too bad it was remodeled in the 1970s and only has 2 bedrooms despite being so large!

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I have exciting news to share with you on our own cottage hunt!! 

We are planning to submit an offer on a beach cottage in Michigan where we will be able to spend the summer months.  It is a fixer and I cannot wait to get my hands (and paint brush!) on it!  We were in Michigan (my hometown) over Memorial Weekend and had a great time house hunting.  We think we have found something that is close to the beach (!!!), very affordable, and full of potential (it was built about 1900).  I am so excited to share details and pictures with you!  We actually found 2 cottages that we could really see ourselves in and we have been praying over the right path to choose.  It will come as no surprise to my regular readers that the cottage we are submitting the offer on has this very. same. picture. window.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried, friends.

Love to all and updates soon!


  1. Oh my, you are sooooo blessed. I love all of those houses. The gingerbread, the upstairs balcony…aaaaaaah! Wonderful.

  2. ooo Is it in Manistee? or someplace else? Can’t wait to hear about it. Maybe now we’ll be able to meet up! Our cottage is in Leelanau, but I rarely get up there when I’m home 🙁

  3. So exciting, Erin! Gorgeous homes, and of course, we are not at all surprised at how God is making the beautiful picture window a recurring theme in homes that you love.

    And I love your new header with the changing photos.

  4. Eeeeeeee! A Michigan beach cottage is on my dream list! We peek at them everytime we go on our daytrips/weekend getaways over there 🙂 Congrats, friend.

  5. These homes are filled with Charm! So excited for you as a dream of having a cottage is coming true for you!

  6. How awesome! Now you can fill it with love and smile all the way. My family is from Michigan so I know how special the place can be.

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