To the man buying my house

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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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35 Responses

  1. G-Rob says:

    Well done.

  2. BWoP says:

    This is the best, most uplifting, heartfelt thing I’ve read in the past three days. I really needed something like this.

    Thank you.

    Sending you and yours all the best in your new home and life endeavors.

  3. Wendy says:

    Damn, We need to give you a code (like the NSFW one) so you can give us a heads up when your post maybe a tear jerker. 🙂 Congrats on the move!

  4. Shelly says:

    Beautiful. May your blessings and adventures continue in the next place you call home 🙂

  5. Tammie says:

    Beautiful memories that I’m sure will be cherished forever – and now you move on to make new memories.

  6. Lacey says:

    Loved this

  7. Kat says:

    You are too awesome.

  8. Su says:

    Glad I was able to be a part of one of those “raucous, irresponsible, epic affairs” that was Bradoween. Best wishes to you, Chelle, and the boys in your new home. There are many new memories to be made in the next chapter of your life.
    Love you guys!

  9. Special K says:

    Awesome job. Sitting so far from my home (Afghanistan), this one really touched me. I had to stop half way through to get something out of my eye. Thanks.

  10. BAM-BAM says:

    And so with my move to Regina, Saskatchewan from my only actual home, another post goes in the trash. As I could never do it the justice it deserves, after reading this.

  11. gracie says:

    I’m thankful and honored to have spent just few moments with you during your time spent on Mt. Willis during that last Bradoween. Wishing you the best in your new home, especially after this most unexpected and unsettling weekend. Your talent will take you far above and beyond your wildest dreams. Believe it or not.

  12. The Wife says:

    Damn you – you owe me a box of Kleenexes for this one.

  13. Maudie says:

    There are tears on my pillow…

  14. Jim says:

    This is a very nice post and a beautiful slide show of your family at the end. I hope you enjoy your new house as much as you did this one and that it generates many more nice memories for you.

  15. KenP says:

    So… Otis… What’s new?

  16. Drizztdj says:

    Cheers my friend, to you and your family on the next stage in life.

    I’m thinking more hot chocolate will be in order this year.

  17. Kevin says:

    Well said Brad. Glad I was able to experience Mt. Willis, thanks for sharing. We just bought our first house and I hope we can create lasting, loving memories like those.

  18. Jennifer McKelvey says:

    I’ve been trying to be strong during the scariest 3 weeks of my life; almost losing your spouse is traumatic. I’ve had my moments where I was alone and the tears flowed and wouldn’t stop, but I know my husband and kids don’t need to see the one taking care of everyone to break down. I have been holding in a good cry for days that was long overdue.

    This blog post opened the flood gates and boy do I feel better! Hubby walked into the computer room, saw me crying, and said, “About time”. He read the blog, started bawling, and I said to him, “About time”. Good luck with your move, Willis family. We were so sad to move from the home that was full of so many amazing memories. I cried for days before the move. We did find that the new memories we have made here at our new home are just as sweet.

  19. otis says:

    Wow, Jennifer. Just wow. Thanks for letting me know that.

    We’ve been thinking about you guys a lot here. Each time we start to feel overwhelmed, we actually talk about what you had to go through.

    Way to be strong…and way to let go. And again, let us know if you need anything.

  20. Jen says:

    Beautiful my friend. I never had a chance to visit Mt. Willis but I’ve heard stories along the way and almost remember every one of those pictures from your Flickr stream. Congrats on the new home. I’m so glad you could document the memories of your old home in so many ways.

  21. A nice welcoming gift for Ben, and a wonderful souvenir for your family (and us) to take. Brilliant.

  22. Kelly Just says:

    Another masterpiece. Didn’t need the pictures to tell the tale but always appreciate the visuals. I’m sure you and Michelle will make the new place just as memorable.

  23. Lee says:

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I have a whole movie in my head of an ordinary, and yet extrarodinary family in an ordinary, and yet extraordinary house. Thank you for the tour through the rooms and the years.

  24. Dr. Chako says:

    So looking forward to tossing back a scotch or 4 with you in a few days.

    -DrC

  25. Jen Moran says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your first home. As someone who spent much time there during 2000-2005 I have fond memories of Mt. Willis. Thanks to you and Michelle for some of the funniest memories! I wish you even more happiness in your new home.

  26. Golden says:

    Your a great writer. Better than you know.

  27. Julie Horton says:

    Brad, you paint a more vivid picture with your words than anybody else I know. I liken it to the extraordinary talent of Pat Conroy, whom I absolutely adore.

    I shed a tear over Mt. Willis, and I’ve never even been there. Your writing is powerful, my friend. Wishing you, your lovely wife (tell her I said hello!), and the boys the best in your new, larger abode!

  28. MandyB says:

    Brad,
    I don’t really know you, but I know you from Pauly, who I don’t know. ha ha. Introductions aside, I’ve enjoyed both of your writing for years. Briefly, I’m a semi-former Vegas chick who has settled happily down into family life in Arizona. Work, responsibility, mortages, dogs, private schools, etc have dominated but, there is still the alure of Vegas…. thats why I think I click on your page every couple of days. I can relate. Anyway, this post is the best thing I’ve read in, I dont know how long. You’ve captured so many years and so many experiences and shared them in so few words. And in such a beautiful way. I’m sure that everyone told you, just as they told me, that your life was gonna change once you had your 1st precious child. And you thought yeah, right, but I’ll still be the same guy. And you are, only to the power of 19 (don’t worry, you’ll get to that when he hits 5th grade!!) Anyway, thanks. Just thanks, and if you watch your stat counter and wonder who is following me in Surprise, AZ, it’s me. 🙂 Good luck in your new house, I mean, home. ~~ mandy

  29. Da Goddess says:

    Bravo! Another one hit waaay out of the park.

    I’ve had the great honor of watching you and your family grow in this home via the internet. It’s been nine years (can you believe that?) and I remember the Bradoween posts (doll head on a stick, was it? photo still sits firmly in my mind) and wishing I 1) lived closer and 2) were younger so I could join in. But then came the kids and I was so immensely thrilled for you! I knew as much fun as Bradoween and all the parties were that you were embarking on something so incredible and infinitely more fun that you’d look back with fondness but no regrets. And here you are! A wonderful father with an amazing wife with two kids – moving to a new place where you’ll create a million new memories and where you’ll feel safe and warm each night.

    Here’s to new beginnings and carrying forth the love and laughter that made your old house a home.

    (please forgive typos and such…cellphone keypads are way too small for my gigantic thumbs)

  30. Jillene says:

    Brad… Damn, we’ll miss you 4 as neighbors. It’s been wonderful having people you enjoy/trust/like just across the street. Thanks for not holding that Jayhawk thing against us… as we didn’t hold the Tiger thing against you. 🙂 Can’t wait to visit your new HOME…

  31. lightning36 says:

    A classic! Best thing I have read in weeks.

  32. Aunt Evie says:

    This was absolutely beautiful.
    Sniffles…..as many above, good luck in your new home and your future

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