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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 and build for four 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, withing 4 weeks, we found and got our property. 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 too busy for us, and we decided to have "Western" build us a home. We made lots of changes to their new 6 bd/4 bath design. Who would have known it would be the perfect place for us. We started building Fall 1994 and moved in June 1995. 

When we first moved to the Ranchos, 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 trees, a large grass backyard, an upright pool, and then new remodels etc. The house became a home, which I often refered to as 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 Fri. night football games on the berm. The kids grew up with friends for twelve years.

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

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