52 Photos Week 36 - Religion
I started going to the First Baptist Church of Momence when I was 6 years old. It was such a beautiful church, full of gorgeous wood and wonderful hiding places for a curious young child. As I grew a little older, I started going to Vacation Bible School, and shared a picture last week of a group of us sitting in the sanctuary. During VBS, we would often run in and out of the parsonage to get kool-aide and snacks, and it soon became another one of my favorite places to be.
When I became the historian of the church I found that the parsonage was originally built in 1914. When I was living in California, the parsonage had been moved from it's original location to about five or six blocks away.
My husband (Mike) and I met and married. That was when I found out that his sister owned the parsonage, it was a rental, and that her and her husband were trying to sell it. Mike hated the house when he looked at it, but all I could see was the house through the eyes of a child. My grandma even make the comment "you think you are really going to live in this house?"
So, we bought the house, and after 20 years of Mike remodeling, it was finally complete. And I know this is a long story, but I have to tell you - when he took one of the pieces of wood off from around the window, on the back side of it were the words "Hess Lumber". That was a business that was owned by my husband's 2nd great grandfather. When I researched that, I found that we owned a "Sears" house that was built by his 2nd great grandfather's company.
We both love our house now.