July 4th Portraits | Celebrating Our New Old Home

July 4th Portraits | Celebrating Our New Old Home

Mayo/Wright Family

John and I have lived on his family's farm since we have been together, the same home John grew up in with his mom and dad.  It was perfect, we had all the room on the farm to go and play, ride bikes, run dogs, keep our piggie pie and chickens.  We had always thought it was our forever home until one night when my dad came in town and told us to go out to dinner while they watched the girls.

John drove me by this beautiful home on our way to dinner and said he just wanted to show it to me.  I started crying when I saw it.  It reminds me of the home I grew up in.  My favorite memories of my childhood were playing by the water, catching minnows and putting the critters I caught in a wheelbarrow before school and letting them go when I got home and then jumping on the trampoline all afternoon.

As soon as I saw this gorgeous home I thought living here would be so great for the kids, a perfect place to grow up.  Heaven on earth.

I immediately wrote the owner on our way to dinner who John knew and asked her what was wrong with it.  She said nothing was wrong and we made the decision at dinner to do everything we could to make it our forever home.  As soon as we walked into dinner, John ordered a glass of champagne, which he never does!

We went and looked at it the next day with my dad and John's mama.  I feel like I walked through it with my eyes closed because I didn't even want to imagine it could be ours if it wasn't possible.  I didn't want to notice the walls were painted perfect colors, or that there was a barn where we could have horses or that one of the rooms has a sink in the middle of the room and could be Poppy's art station.  I was overwhelmed with excitement and fear that I had gotten my hopes up to be let down.

A long story short,  my dream came true and we moved in a few weeks later.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and am so grateful to the owner for selling it to us!

It was built in 1864 - what an amazing history the home has!

Many thanks to Candace for photographing our family, she knows us all so well and does a superior job in capturing us and our relationships.


Pops loves going and trying to catch crabs and minnows in the water and Peaches has a ball sitting in the shallow water splashing!


Peaches just started pulling up this month and now we can't keep her down!  She is the happiest little girl!


Such a fun rope swing!


Sassy little lady!


Her favorite way to swing, run under the swing so you go super high!


GG, Nana and family. GG gave us the gorgeous home on the Trent River to grow up on that made me fall in love with this particular home.


The most genuine Mimi who loves with her whole heart.  I can't believe she's my mama in love.  I couldn't have hand picked a better family.


Mimi gave us the encouragement to make the leap off the farm and to the water, she gave us tons of advice and lots of love.