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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 to buy land for 4 years in the Clovis area; yet had not found anything within in our means. When my friend told me about the "Ranchos", I came out for a visit. It was amazing, within 4 weeks, we found and bought our property. It was a sign from God! This was the place! Although we had all intentions on building a log home (we even had the plans made), life just got too busy for us, and we decided to have "Western" build the home. We made lots of changes to their new 2600 sq ft/6 bd/4 bath design. Who would have known it would be the perfect place for us?


I didn't like living in the country at first.  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. Early on, we had two phone land lines, one for Madera and Fresno. I thought it was expensive to have two landlines then, however, it was far less than cell phones now! 


Over the years we added trees, a large grass backyard, an upright pool, and then new remodels etc. The house became our "Eagles Nest."


We had another baby and our country home was filled with laughter and fun. The 4 kids all went to the local elemetary school, and later they attended the newly built middle and high school. We enjoyed watching Friday night football games on the berm. The kids grew up with friends for twelve years. It was such a blessing to raise them in this country environment. 


We had 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 17 years. The drive to Fresno didn't seem so long and I began to enjoy the country life. 


When the drought hit and lingered for 7 years, we had to let the grass go. We converted it to a drought tolerant yard. The trampoline and pool eventually died (got a hole), and things began to slowly change in the back yard.  


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 and host travelers, especially since we like traveling ourselves. 

So much has changed over the years.

I am grateful for the many blessings we've expereinced out here in the country. 

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