The hardest lesson I've learned in the past four years is patience. You can't take on a project like this and get it done in a year. There's a lot we'd still like to do. We hope that when we strip off the vinyl siding outside we'll find the original wood clapboards in decent condition. Whatever happens, though, I know this home is worth all the sweat and tears. We love this house, and now my mom is more than happy to stop by for a visit.