Life is Georgia, That Is

I happened across these photos of our Georgia home when I was searching our files for the framed fabric picture for yesterday's post.

This is our White Elephant (mistakenly called the White Rhinoceros by a certain Colonel once). Oh how we miss it! I'm not sure how it got its name, but I can only assume that color and size had something to do with it. Stunning, right? At least if you're into old-style architecture, like I am. I believe they were built circa 1935, and apparently were meant for Fort Hood, Texas, hence the Southwest flair of the textured stucco siding and Spanish tile roofing. But by means of an accidental blueprint mix-up, they ended up here in Georgia, while the homes meant for Georgia ended up in Texas. So of course I'm so curious to know what the ones in Texas look like... Some of my fellow army wives have been to Hood, any of you have photos? Or seen them at all? Please tell, I'm dieing to know!

Anyway, having lived on a few army bases now, you just never know what you'll get when it comes to military housing. We lucked out in this case. But actually, I have to give credit where credit is due. It's not fair to call anything "luck" when we know that "every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17) So thank you Father! Like any good Dad, He knows how to bless His kids because He knows us personally. And as soon as I saw these homes, I was in love. I've always had a sweet spot for historic houses. In fact, if we weren't building on a ranch, my ideal home would be in a historic downtown somewhere. But in the meantime, we get to enjoy this wonderful one. (Well, once our time in Kentucky is finished and we're able to move back.)

We don't have the whole house to ourselves, just one section of it. (It's a three bedroom, two bathroom "apartment".) Although what you see in the picture above used to be one home. They're now quadplexes as opposed to duplexes.

The good Lord knows I'm a runner, too. See this field right across the street from our house? It has a mile-long path that circles around it. Oh, and it's right off of Running Avenue. Imagine that!

He also knows that fall is my favorite season. We moved into our Elephant in October, the peak time for beautiful leaves! And according to the Georgia natives, this was an exceptionally special year, because the state usually doesn't get the fall colors that us native Virginians are used to.

We have the top floor. What you see here used to be a sun room but was converted to the master bedroom. The center windows that look blacked out are actually covered by wall, so we can only see out of the far left and right windows.

Fort Benning has been a major blessing, but not only because of the beautiful home there. Much better than the house is our church family and friends; they're what really matter. We miss you guys so much! Just a handful of weeks and we'll be back!

For the time being, this is our humble abode. Not exactly the looker that the White Elephant is, but we've been beyond blessed here too. Come to think of it, temporary hotel living has gone extremely well considering the circumstances (namely the baby boy and all he entails). And hey, there's something to be said for daily room service!

Just a little throwback to the title... We've yet to try home-grown Georgia peaches, but boy do they look yummy!

- - - P.S. I'll try to get some interior photos up soon so you can see the neat details on the inside of the house!


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