When I was little, I dreamed of having a playhouse of my very own…a place to imagine, play, and explore.

So, when I was blessed with not one, but TWO little girls of my own, I dreamed for them to have a playhouse. What girl wouldn’t love a playhouse, right? πŸ™‚

We had a very small outdoor playhouse for our kiddos at our old house, and they LOVED it. Unfortunately, we were unable to take it with us when we moved. So, for the past 2 1/2 years we’ve been looking and praying for the perfect playhouse for our growing family.

A few weeks ago I saw an ad on Craigslist for what I thought would be the perfect playhouse. It was the right price (only $150), but it needed tons of work. Thank goodness for a brother who knew what he was talking about when he urged us to go for it…after all, he thought there was easily over $1,000 worth of materials in this little house.

We purchased it, and last weekend moved it from Indianola to our house. We are so very grateful to Dean, my brother Tony, Greg, Jerry, Allen, and Matt…your help was HUGE, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Dean graciously offered the use of his time and equipment to haul this thing home, and we now realize we could never have gotten it here without the equipment! Tony’s skills in driving a trailer were much appreciated as this thing was hauled all the way from Indianola:

Boy, do we ever have our work cut out for us! This cute little house is in need of lots of TLC, but we are so excited for its potential! We could have never built this sturdy and large of a structure from the ground up for $150, so we feel like it was worth the purchase. It’s actually not so little…it measures 12 foot long by 7 1/2 feet wide. It’s going to make one fun playhouse! Now the hard part comes with fixing it up! Have I mentioned how thankful I am for my brother who has offered to help do the big work that it needs?! He really is the BEST!! πŸ™‚

Here are a few more pictures…keep in mind this is the “before.” Hopefully in a few months we’ll have some super awesome “after” pictures to show!

Oops...some of the shingles blew off on the interstate on the way to Ankeny!

The biggest part of this project will be installing a floor...the original floor had rotted. But, the inside walls seem to be in great condition. Notice the hole in the wall behind Nadia? There was a chalkboard hanging on the wall when they left Indianola, and only an empty hole when they got to Ankeny. Hmmm...wonder who might have found a chalkboard on the road?!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress. We’re excited to watch it transform!