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Prayers for Rosemary - please and thank you!

I’m writing this from my rental home in Southeastern Virginia. I’ve encountered a myriad of new problems, and am taking a “spiritual retreat” from the world of real estate, old houses and kit homes.

In short, I’d be very grateful for your prayers.

As the Quakers say, please “hold me in the light of God’s love.”

With much gratitude,


  1. Virginia
    September 28th, 2017 at 09:42 | #1

    I stumbled onto this blog trying to find a house plan that matched my aunt’s home in rural Alabama.

    Intrigued by the topic of Sears homes, I started wandering around your blog. Such knowledge! Such humor! So well written and informative!

    Then I found threads leading to the Bad Thing. Then I saw this most recent post.

    My heart hurts for you. I have no experiential knowledge or pithy sayings to share with you.

    But I have been in dark places and I will testify that God’s love does reach that far.

    Hang on to that simple truth.

    My prayers are with you.

  2. Mary Eileen
    September 28th, 2017 at 11:57 | #2

    Praying for you!

  3. Gemma
    September 28th, 2017 at 13:49 | #3

    Everyday, several times a day, I remember you in prayer.

    May God show you what He wants of you.

  4. Anne
    September 28th, 2017 at 18:36 | #4

    I was looking up “sears kit home fireplace tile” when I came upon your website and blog.

    THANK YOU for your dedication to preserving this rich history! I happen to be the proud, newish owner of the Webster Groves, MO kit 126 house featured on your site and wanted to find out if the fireplace would have been all brick or if there had been craftsman-type tiles (not the gag-inducing bad kitchen back splash crap currently surrounding the fireplace)

    I am so so so sorry that yours and Teddy’s lives have been forever changed. I send my prayers and positive energy to you.

  5. October 4th, 2017 at 20:09 | #5

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts. I hope that you are able to resolve the new set of problems in the way that works best for you.

  6. Lori McDermott
    October 8th, 2017 at 15:22 | #6

    Praying for Rosemary (from Buffalo, New York).

  7. October 8th, 2017 at 17:55 | #7

    Thank you so much for your research and dedication to preserving this important history!

    This site is great and I’m so excited to renovate my own American Four Square!

    I hope you are doing better and have found the strength to continue this awesome work!

  8. Emily
    October 9th, 2017 at 14:35 | #8

    Every summer, I am blessed to stay in my grandmother’s summer cottage that she and my grandfather bought over 60 years ago.

    I’ve always known it was a Sears home because of its plywood walls and temporary structure. It is one house away from the ocean and has withstood more storms than I can remember.

    While all other houses on the street have suffered damage, this little cottage holds up to winds, waves, nor’easters, blizzards, and hurricanes.

    Reading through your blog today (I came looking to connect with the woman who wrote about the book featured in the Boston Globe this summer), I have discovered that you are much like this little Sears home that I love so much (despite the fact that there is no way to keep out spiders and other creepy-crawly things since the plywood walls don’t all connect as well as they used to).

    You have persevered and survived horrible storms that have destroyed others. You have managed to go beyond expectations and assumed durability, and you have found a way to thrive. You - like the little home I adore - provide solace and comfort to so many.

    I pray that you will be reminded that you are stitched together by the One who created the heavens and the universe.

    That while your husband’s behavior shocked you, it didn’t surprise our Savior Who saw that day before it ever was. Jesus knows sorrow, and Jesus can heal.

    Hold tightly to His hand, and remember that when you weep, He not only weeps with you, but He also dries your tears. You will be in my prayers. God bless you!

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