Words of Welcome

May 23, 2012

Shortly after our closing five weeks ago, we invited a few local friends and some new neighbors over to bear witness to our impending endeavor. We gave everyone colored pencils and markers  to write messages to us on the walls. We figured we had to paint every inch of the place anyway and it would be fun to know that their well wishes were buried within. Some of the messages have been (and may still be) rendered into bits and pieces with wall demolishing. I’m one to believe in the whole phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes theme, so I still feel like those writings moved us forward with all of this. Most of them however are still hanging around, making us chuckle as we work and plan.

I took photos of the writings to preserve them. Here are several to scroll through so you can enjoy them as much as we have. I’ve transcribed some of the more difficult to read writings below their pictures.

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The house is waiting for a loving family.

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Welcome home, Sauers.

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The Sauers live here (written by Joel)

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Love is all you need.

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Neighbor Stan leaves his mark.

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And son, Calvin, leaves his. Sigh.

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True beauty is measured by the character within. Bryce Hieber (Drew’s friend)

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Those who love, hope. Bryce again.

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More from Bryce. There are actually about 30 more from Bryce…he had fun with the pencils.

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Winning makes you happy, losing makes you stronger. Drew S.

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It’s not a purse. It’s a satchel. Indiana Jones has one. Drew S. (Drew had fun with the pencils too.)

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Our first artwork above the fireplace.

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This screw was put in in 1895! And then right below it was this one…

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The fact was a lie.

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Caricature from Uncle Lee. Premonition?

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