No family trip to Illinios is complete without a visit to Aunt Pat and Uncle Maurice's farm. Their home was built in 1886 and it is pure fabulousness! Two pieces of trivia that make this house unique are 1) Uncle Maurice was actually born here (he says his arrival held up the noon meal by two hours) and 2) it is located right on a county line...which means it belongs to two different counties! How crazy is that?
The beauty of the house isn't the only reason my family likes to head their way, though. Pat and Maurice are also beautiful people, and an evening with them is always full of thoughtful and laughful conversation!
Aunt Pat was a school teacher for many years. Since Uncle Maurice doesn't like to do just one thing, he's been a teacher, pastor, and farmer. At 80 years old, Maurice is still farming their land! Their joint love, though, is probably antiques. Not only is their house full of them (I'm talkin' really, really full), but they also sell them at a nearby antique mall.
Like Nana, Pat and Maurice can tell you the story behind every piece of furniture in their home. Some pieces have been passed down from either side of their family, and some were aquired through Pat and Maurice's estate sale endeavors.
Here's a little pictoral tour of their home:
Mommy and Mimi decided that the next time they go to Illinois they'll take along a trailer. Aunt Pat said if they do, they are welcome to go shopping in her garage...which is stocked from top to bottom with furntiture. Guess Mommy had better start saving her pennies!