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Looking back 26 years in the Ranchos

Posted on July 28, 2019 at 8:35 AM

It was a hot Central Valley summer day, June 1993 when we moved to Madera Ranchos from Fresno. I was 8 months pregnant and not looking forward to the move. 

We had been looking at land for four years in the Clovis area, yet had not found anything within in our means. When my fiend told me about the Ranchos, I came out for a visit. We found and got our property within 4 weeks. It was a sign from God! This was the place. Although we had all intentions on building a log home (we had the plans made), life just got to busy for us, and we decided to have "Western" build us a home. We made lots of changes to their design. Who would have known it would be the perfect place for us.

When we first moved here, I didn't like living in the country. It was dry and barren and seemed so far from town (Fresno). I was a city girl, I liked concrete sidewalks and places nearby to shop. All my friends were in the city and no one would drive so far (only about 15 minutes) to come see me. It's funny that we thought it was a long commute when people in Los Angeles sometimes commute an hour to work. Back in the day, we had two phone numbers (land lines), Madera and Fresno. I thought it was expensive to have two back then, however, it was far less than cell phones now! 

Over the years we added some trees, a large grass backyard, and many remodels, an upright pool, etc. The house became a home.  

We had more kids and our country home was filled with laughter and fun. The kids all went to the local elemetary school, and later the newly built middle and high school. They got to grow up with friends for twelve years.

We had made parties, paintball parties, swim parties, wedding receptions for friends, the list goes on. The dogs and cats came and went, although Buddy (the dachsund) stayed with us for 19 years. The drive to Fresno didn't seem so long and I began to like the coutnry life. 

When the drought hit, we had to let the yard go and we made it drought tolerant yard. When the pool died (got a hole) and the kids were no longer using it, we said good by to it, as well as the trampoline. 

The kids graduated and moved on. We became empty nesters and I thought, I can't stand the quiet and empty house. Let's do airbnb. 

So much has changed over the years and I am grateful for the many blessings we've expereinced out here in the country. 

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