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The Final Touches of a Career…

When I started the “Sears Kit Homes” group on Facebook in 2009 (thanks to Rachel for remembering!), I dragged 12 friends into the group just so it wouldn’t look so pitiful. As the years passed, the group grew in numbers and I was gobsmacked when we passed the “1,000 members” mark.

In Fall 2018, when Sears started circling the drain, interest in the old kit homes was renewed, and I was doing 3-4 interviews per week (with the media) and that’s when membership in the Facebook group exploded.

As of today, it has 3,234 members and is still growing by leaps and bounds.

Yesterday, I mentioned (within the group) that I didn’t have many books left, and when these went, that was the end of it. Within hours, I sold more than 50 books (several different titles) and stayed up last night until 2:30 getting them packaged and ready for Monday’s mail.

As I said in a prior blog, I’ll always love the old kit homes, and I’ll still spin my head around when a pretty one passes me by, but the days of staying up until the wee hours inscribing, signing and packaging books are behind me.

Soon, I’ll be packing up my house and moving to the Midwest. Perhaps once I’m settled, I’ll revisit the question but for now, I’m done.

There are still 18 books left in my basement. It’d be swell to sell those last few before I head out! (Hint, hint!)

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In 2011, I snapped this photo in Edwardsville, IL and it still takes my breath away. I was there to do an architectural survey, and I stumbled upon this view and it reminded me of why I love the Midwest. I'm seriously considering moving to Edwardsville when I get to the Midwest.

In 2011, I snapped this photo in Edwardsville, IL and it still takes my breath away. I was there to do an architectural survey, and I stumbled upon this view and it reminded me of why I love the Midwest. Edwardsville has become a beautiful community, filled with shops and history and bucolic beauty. It may be where I land.

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The group now has more than 3,000 members and is still growing.

The group now has more than 3,000 members and is still growing.

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Saturday night, I stayed up until 2:30 am, signing, inscribing and packaging books. I'm still not sure how I'll get these to the post office.

Saturday night, I stayed up until 2:30 am, signing, inscribing and packaging books. I'm still not sure how I'll get these to the post office.

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First printed in 2002, this book has taken me to many wonderful places. It's been a fun run, but for now - for the first time in 17 years - it will be out of print. It would take another book to explain the many blessings of this book but in short, it was published just as my mother died and my marriage of 24 years came to an end. This book (and the grace of God) not only saved me, but it transformed my life and gave me a purpose. Best of all, it introduced me to hundreds of wonderful people, some of whom became lifelong friends.

First printed in 2002, this book has taken me to many wonderful places. It's been a fun run, but for now - for the first time in 17 years - it will be out of print. It would take another book to explain the many blessings of this book but in short, it was published just as my mother died and my marriage of 24 years came to an end. This book (and the grace of God) not only saved me, but transformed my life and gave me a purpose. Best of all, it introduced me to hundreds of wonderful people, some of whom became lifelong friends.

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  1. February 3rd, 2019 at 10:22 | #1

    The Sears group on Facebook was started in early 2009 and that is when I joined.

    I still have a screenshot of my first post directed to you about homes in Tulsa.

  2. February 3rd, 2019 at 10:26 | #2

    I was hoping that you would chime in! And I knew that you’d remember. :D

  3. Melissa
    February 3rd, 2019 at 17:35 | #3

    I think there may be a Sears home for sale in Edwardsville right now!

  4. Sabina Pade
    February 3rd, 2019 at 18:11 | #4

    Thank you for the wonderful blog, and for the fantastic work you’ve done.

    We, your readers, are greatly in your debt.

    May life in the heartland be everything you’re hoping for, and more!

  5. Gemma
    February 4th, 2019 at 07:16 | #5

    Just in time for the Lunar New Year! My family and I are embarking on new roads, as well, too.

    Things change, and often for the better. I refer to 2019 as “The Year of Justice” for our family.

    May it be the same for you.

  6. Linda Freeman
    February 4th, 2019 at 11:58 | #6

    All of us assume that you’ll continue with this blog and your observations about Sears Kit Homes.

    No one builds castles anymore, but there are plenty of blogs that impart info pertaining to them.

  7. February 4th, 2019 at 18:41 | #7

    Hi Linda,

    I’ve got more than 1,000 blogs here with many photos, so I’ll keep this going for years, probably. The “new content” will probably not be as often and perhaps even more variable, but as we speak, I’m looking at a kit house in Illinois.

    Maybe I’ll have a blog devoted to my own little sweet thing!

  8. Maureen Steltz
    February 15th, 2019 at 15:13 | #8

    I loved receiving your book. I’m am just beginning to explore the homes in my town, Chippewa Falls, WI and hope to find a kit home or two.

    While happy to get your book, it was the letter enclosed that really touched me.

    I look forward to your next book.

    Having just lost my father-in-law on January 29th, I hope his experience was a joyful as your own. If you settle anywhere near Wisconsin, I hope we can meet one day.

    Be well and at peace in your new adventure!

  9. February 15th, 2019 at 16:18 | #9

    Thank you, Maureen.

    You’re the lone soul that even mentioned that letter. I sent out 60+ books in two days, and each one contained the letter.

    Thank you so much.

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