I get this asked daily. “WHY are you leaving San Diego & moving to a small town over 2,000 miles away?” Or “WHY on earth did you purchase such a gigantic building?” And “What are you thinking? You guys are crazy!”
Well yes, yes we are crazy. And we are crazy excited.
A little about us:
My husband Atom and I were both born & raised in San Diego. It’s all we know. We have been married for 12 years and have 3 amazing kids. He has always been an incredibly hard worker and provides for our family. I am a Respiratory Therapist and work in a local hospital as well as writing articles for an asthma website. About 5 years ago we got the “itch” to leave California. We wanted a change and to experience a different part of the country with our children. I’ve always been drawn to the Midwest. My mom grew up in Indiana until she was a teenager and we still have family there. I can remember family vacations going out there since I was a kid & always loved the slower pace of life. This past summer we flew out to Indiana for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party and we decided to make a long vacation out of it to start looking around at the style of home we wanted and what part of the state we liked. We planned on spending a week driving all over checking out properties. Atom has always had one heck of a green thumb. He can grow anything. Our yard at our house in San Diego is a testament to that. We have tons of fruit trees and an aquaponics greenhouse in the backyard. One of his dreams was to be a farmer. We wanted a farmhouse with loads of land. So one afternoon when we were driving around looking at farmland we drove through a small town that had such charm and the Victorian homes were beautiful. We decided to drive through the neighborhood for fun. We rounded a corner & BAM! There was this gigantic building on the corner in the middle of a residential neighborhood with a for sale sign. We saw the big sign out front that said it was a Freemason Temple. Atom was curious so he called the number on the for sale sign to see how much the asking price was. Prices of homes in Indiana are literally a fraction of what the are in San Diego so he wanted to know what the asking price was for a place of this magnitude. The realtor was really nice & asked if we would like to see the inside. Being a sucker for architecture I jumped at the chance (HECK YES) to see inside. Also, I’m a sucker for secret societies which made this extra amazing. We spent the next 2 hours inside exploring. Our dreams of owning an old farmhouse and lots of land was quickly doing a 180 to new dreams of owning this place, a nearly 100 year old 20,000 sq ft Temple and doing something spectacular and meaningful with it. I’m a firm believer that Gods plans aren’t always our plans and we didn’t just stumble across this place for no reason. We spent the next week doing our research on the area, zoning, and business potential. After we had a discussion with our children about everything and got their blessing, we took f faith and made a full price offer. Our offer was accepted and soon after we were the owners of this massive property. Our heads were spinning. Everything was falling into place and things that we thought would be impossible to achieve with this building were coming through easily. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a faith building experience this has been for both of us. So many details that initially brought us incredible stress all seemed to magically work out without a hitch.
The other question is get all the time is “what are you going to do with the building?” We don’t really have an answer for this……… yet. We have lots of ideas & the possibilities are endless but truthfully we won’t know until we are all moved in and gauge what the community’s needs and wants are. I have no doubt that everything will fall into place and the end result will be something amazing.
Leaving everything we have ever known & moving 2,000 miles away is definitely scary. But it’s also incredibly exciting and we are super stoked to get this party started! Renovations begin spring of 2017. Stay tuned for updates!
We wanted to THANK YOU all for the outpouring of support we’ve gotten since launching this page! It means the world to our family