Right after the fire occurred, the Millings were in shock, needless to say. All they had were the clothes on their back and each other. Immediately, the blessings began to flow in. Mr. Milling's boss owned a farmhouse in Madison that no one was living in that he offered for them to stay in until they found a more permanent home. The house that they stayed in just happened to be previously owned by Dr. Perry. You don't know Dr. Perry? He is the father of a fairly popular band. I think it is something like The Band Perry... or something like that : ) Neat side note.
Friends and family gathered clothes, money, and gift cards for the Millings to help rebuild what they had lost. The community took it upon themselves to clean anything that was salvageable. So many pictures and memories were saved due to their quick action. Every little piece of the Milling's past that was saved was a small gift from God. While the they were in the farmhouse, they decided they liked the area and needed a new start. They bought a lot and began to build a new dream home. Here are a few pictures of the new home sweet home:
|Peacock tree!! We were at the Millings for|
Christmas morning. This tree was given to the
Millings right after the fire. Some friends had
bought a tree the previous year to give to
someone in need of one the next year. It
meant so much to my in-laws!
|Look at all of these presents! They filled the area beneath|
the tree and had to wrap around into the dining room.
|Dining room: Everything was picked by Mrs. Lisa and|
Mr. David carries out her vision. They are a
pretty serious design team.
|China cabinet: most of Mrs. Lisa's china|
was found in the old home's remains. It
was washed and returned to its original
|Breakfast anyone?? I learned very quickly that it is a|
Christmas tradition for Mr. David to make cinnamon
rolls for breakfast. This year's version were fantastic!
|Mrs. Lisa was able to stop running around for a brief photo-op|
|Anna with her Christmas coffee!|
|Beautiful mantle with a Pottery barn nativity scene that the|
Millings weregiven last Christmas post fire.
|Do you see all of those bows? Yes, these were on all of|
the gifts under the tree. I felt like I was at another wedding
shower. I certainly haven't opened that many presents since
|This is what Mrs. Lisa calls the Holding room, I think. It is|
in the same area as the kitchen and has a fantastic view of the
woods out the back of their house.
|Master bedroom: I love the color palette Mrs. Lisa chose! |
The gray is so soothing and classy.
|Master bathroom with a huge tub and his and hers sinks|
|I am completely jealous of their shower!|
|Peeples family relaxing after a very large lunch. I think|
it is nap time!
|I think this was the first time Mrs. Lisa sat down that day.|
|The men claimed the couch in the name of men everywhere|
|I am so thankful for two wonderful sets of parents that love|
us and have accepted the changes that a marriage can
bring. I love that we don't have two families; we have
one large one.
|Merry Milling Christmas!! XOXO Matt|