Rebecca Riley Moyer was in love with 506 Milton Street before she ever stepped through the front door. She wasn't the only one.
The day the price fell enough to be within her and Trent's price range, this married couple (who were still living in Columbus at the time) drove to Cincinnati to see it. With a pre-approval letter in hand, they made a formal offer as soon as they walked in the door.
"The only reason we live here is because I wrote a letter to the owners," said Riley. "I literally wrote my way into living here." Apparently, there were nine other offers on the table.
That was just over two years ago. They moved in September 2013. And while that's an incredible story in its own right, it's just the beginning of the story for Riley.
After a decade of chronic, undiagnosed illness (ages 19-30), Riley decided to leave her religion and set out on a path of healing. She did this by trying 30 religions before she turned 30. And this experience -- emotional, spiritual, and comical -- became the inspiration for a memoir called Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome, which was published earlier this year.
"From start to finish, this project took over four years, seven drafts, and innumerable edits," she said. There were countless times when Riley was ready to give up. Writing a book isn't for sissies, people. But that's where the house comes in...
Almost every day working on this project I felt discouraged. I wanted to quit so many times. But then I would walk into my house and I would remember, magic does happen. Because there are a million reasons we shouldn't live here -- the original price, the problems, the timing of our move, all the other offers, the mold, and the list goes on. But here we are.
-- Reba Riley Moyer
And she kept the faith, believing that one day her memoir would land on bookshelves everywhere. Spoiler: it did. "So I guess I owe my house a thank you note," Riley added.
There's actually one other person (a canine person) who deserves a thank you. Oxley, their 4-year-old Welsh Terrier. She got this adorable guy for her 29th birthday, which also happens to be the same year Riley set out on her yearlong spiritual journey.
"In the memoir, as in regular life, he often provides comic relief," Riley said. "He sat at my feet, on my desk, or in my lap through the years of writing -- and some of my best lines in the book came to me while walking him."
He's pretty much Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome's furry guardian angel, and he's also a wonderful tour guide. Scroll back to the top to soak up this gorgeous Prospect Hill home. There are too many things to note, but pay particular attention to the striking paper installation in the entryway. (It's called Crash, by Samantha Parker Salazar, a Columbus artist.) Though it's one of the Moyer's additions, it looks like it's always been a part of the space.
Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome is Reba Riley's first book.
"Hilarious, courageous, provocative, profound... Reba Riley brings the light for seekers of all paths." -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love