Meet the Family

Proprietors: Shalom House Bed & Breakfast is owned and operated by Margaret and Hank House.

OUR GRANDBABIES TYLER and SHIVER are the real bosses! Tyler (girl) is televen years old, born in September of ’09. She is being home schooled and is already in the seventh grade.  She loves playing “office” (she is a banker), loves hers and our cats, and is a great tour guide.
Shiver is now seven. He is finishing first grade as a homeschool student. He loves anything about pythons and watches snake videos when I let him. He prefers fishing or hunting to sleeping or eating. Deer, squirrel, turkey, rabbit, or frog gigging. He got to talk to Dusty Crum with the show “Guardian of the Glades”. That was a highlight of his seven year old life so far!! They talked hunting and fishing and snakes. Tyler and Shiver are here in the daytime hours M-F.
Selah Jean arrived in March of ’17.  She lives near Athens with her fairly new little sister, Arlie Ruth. (nov ’18). And a brother sibling (Arrow) was added in May of 2020.   These younguns are just toooo far away to see regularly. But I predict some added miles to the cars in days to come.

Make your reservations soon to join us. It’s great weather right now. It’s been a real spring this year. Jasmine bloom in April this year. The martins (birds) are here with their families.
Come sit on the swing under the elm tree. The fish are biting. Bring or ask for bug spray.


Biscuit: Biscuit is the little dog we keep waiting to grow up. They told Hank at the flea market where he paid a whopping $15 bucks for her, that she was half lab and half retriever. You’d think ONE day she’d finally grow up. Well, she’s Tyler’s sweetheart anyway, even if she’s just a mutt.

Blake:  Blake is a yellow lab. Wonderful pedigree although I’m unable to cite all the particulars. He was a gift because he is so good with the kids.

Marley: Marley is a white lab who kept escaping from her fence down the road and ending at our house. We decided to keep her and the neighbor was willing to oblige. She is good with the kids but she hasn’t learned yet to fetch the bucket lid from the pond. She just tries to drown Blake (not really) when he is in the pond fetching it.

Coco: Coco is our tortoise shell cat who is learning to be a lap cat. Since we lost Pogo, her buddy, recently, she has become a little more needy and we are loving that she will now jump in our lap and give us some of the loving that her buddy Pogo used to. Pogo was the bob tail cat with thick grey fur who claimed kingship over the property the past ten years. He got sick recently and apparently had used up all nine lives, because we couldn’t pull him thru. We are still sad. Coco is nine years old.

Chico: Chico is our “five hundred dollar cat”. Not that I would ever pay $500 for a cat, but it just kind of happened. First she was a rescue and came with a fee. Then she had a fungus which came with a vet bill. Then she fell out of a tree or got injured somehow and broke her pelvic bone AND knocked her leg out of the hip socket. That also came with a vet bill, x-ray and morphine included. Add it all up – I have a very beautiful expensive cat. Can’t wait for you to meet her!!! Her leg is still out of the socket, but you can’t tell. She has learned to do everything she wants with NO problem!!

Charley the donkey: Charley is a very mild mannered donkey – but he is also very shy. He is a “rescue” and we got him to aid us in keeping neighborhood dogs/foxes/critters out of the goat pen. He will come over to the gate to look at you but he most likely won’t allow you to touch him.

The Fowl: These fowl are called guineas. They can make a ruckus if they are disturbed by local wildlife. So if you hear them making a fuss, how about running down to the barn to chase off the fox or whatever is bothering them.

Ducks: We hope to have  hatchlings this year. Did you know that a one day old hatchling can swim underwater and bob up at the most unpredictable places? I ought to Youtube that.

•Chickens and goats:  We have chickens laying eggs, a rooster crowing, mama, daddy and baby goats. They’re all fun to watch. Please feed them your vegan food scraps and they’ll be your friends for life. (Really, just as long as you have food!)

The Youngun’s: The kids are out of the house now. We have the grand kids during the weekdays. Both will be homeschooled this year.
Benji is back from a two year deployment in Africa. He is an FSU graduate with double degrees.
Jonathan finished his master’s degree in accounting at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He and his wife Ashley are currently in Cumming, GA,  guiding people to good investments. Jonathan actually works sometimes, that is if he is not snowboarding, fishing or taking trips to Cancun! (Just picking at you Jonathan!) Ashley is a family counselor and has a compassionate heart. She will be a huge asset for helping people. Jonathan and Ashley got me three grandbabies! Talk about one blessed grand – ma. That’s ME! These kids are super cute!!
Keri is married to Chance. She works in Adel as an accountant and now has her masters. She is also a dancer and choreographer and helps with a local dance studio. Chance is a MASTER plumber, one of the youngest in the state!!! They recently started their own plumbing company and it is keeping them hopping. They’re the ones who gave us the two Tifton grandkids.
Kayli finished a second degree of her college career. She lives in Watkinsville and works for her brother. She is amazingly smart and talented and is also a dancer like her sister. She is smart enough to find a catch of a husband! Bryan was added to our family just March of ’19. He is a teacher of music and drama in the Oconee County school system.
Then there’s Melanie. She lives in Atlanta and is perhaps the most courageous of us all. She is legally blind but manages to live alone, work at Publix bagging groceries and go wherever she wants in the Big A. Incredible. I don’t know if I could make it to the bathroom if I had on a blindfold. However – Melanie is making a BIG move in June – and getting married. She and Korbin will be living in Colorado. Many happy years we are wishing for her!

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