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October 5, 2013

Love at first sight

Connells sees past cosmetic issues to get dream home


One of the biggest draws of the home was the kid-friendly atmosphere. The couple was living near the river in seclusion when Michelle heard a neighborhood calling her name.

“We had a creek in the front yard – and an artesian spring,” said John. “We were close to the river and saw wildlife every day.”

“It was a bi-level and not conducive to kids,” said Michelle, mentioning their eight grandchildren are all under the age of 12. “I wanted a one-story house with a flat, fenced-in yard in a neighborhood. I have all the holidays and birthday parties here. We get 20 to 25 people over for get-togethers.”

Fitting the bill completely is the perfect yard for kids. The Connells even erected a swing set to add to the fun. Adults sit under the covered porch and relax – knowing a fence will keep little feet from wandering away.

“I love this covered porch,” said Michelle. “We live out here. I can’t tell you the hours we have sat out here and watched the kids run.”

The back yard is also the home of a lush red raspberry bush that results in a number of pies baked by John. More so now that he is retired.

“He is a wonderful cook,” said Michelle, also praising him for his apple pie.

Although the couple has enjoyed their days of renovating houses, they are ready to stop and simply settle in. Happy in their finished home, their plans are to stay.

“I’m over rehabbing,” said Michelle. “It was fun and I enjoyed it, but I’m over that now.”

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an e-mail to

Break-out box (0248): Prominently displayed in the living room is this painting created by John Connell. After finding a small aged picture of his mother, the artist decided to capture the image in a large painting. A perfect representation, with the addition of soft color, the piece adds art and memory to the room.

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