OUR FOUNDER, MARK LYNN FERGUSON AT HIS HISTORIC FAMILY HOME, BUILT BY SILAS AND POLLY DEARING IN STEWARTSVILLE, VIRGINIA.
Aside from graffiti left by area hoodlums, this old house hasn’t seen signs of life for about sixty years.
When we finally rehab the house, it will become a construction zone, so I’d never bothered to spruce it up. I’d never even stayed inside it for more than a few minutes because there’s not a single clean spot to sit.
That made this moment so special. I lingered in the house for hours, adding some of my favorite ornaments and warm lights, and for the first time, I saw how inviting it must have been for my ancestors — and how cozy it will be again one day.
I truly loved bringing this house a little light and joy.
And I hope the holidays bring the same to your family home.