There is just something amazing about having a fireplace! Growing up, I always loved going to Granny and Papa’s house because they had the “fire machine.” That’s what I called their old, wood burning fireplace. My grandparents passed away when I was just ten years old, but they left a beautiful legacy for their grandchildren. One of my favorite memories was sitting on my Papa’s lap right next to the “fire machine” as he told me story after story of “the good old days.” Ever since then, I vowed I would never buy a house that didn’t have a fireplace in it so that I could tell my grandchildren stories beside it one day. When my husband and I first were married, we rented an apartment. It was cute and cozy, but it didn’t have a fireplace, so my sweet husband bought one. The landlord wouldn’t let him install any fireplace except an electric one, so that’s what he ended up getting. I loved the electric fireplace that we had, but it wasn’t the same to me. I missed the smell of burning wood that reminded me of my grandparents. We eventually saved up the money to purchase our very own home. The only requirement that I had was that it had a fireplace in good, working condition. We looked for months before finally finding the house of our dreams, and it had the most beautiful fireplace I had ever seen. I told my husband that if we ever end up selling our house, we have to take my fireplace with us to the next house!