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Ghosts In Our Home

January 2007

Perhaps I should start by saying that my husband has always been able to sense spirits/ghosts. I have always been interested in ghost stories (I love to get spooked), but I am one of those people that doesn't want to see anything for myself.

A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an old run down church that we are slowly converting into our home. It was built in 1870, although I don't know if that is the original date or the date of the first or second rebuilding (the entire town (if you could call it that) burned down twice that we know of). As we have been remodeling things in the basement (which is our main living area), we have had some strange things occur. (I will refer to the church as a house from now on as it is our home.)

On a few occasions I have come home knowing my husband wasn't home, but heard his rolling desk chair move upstairs. I of course would call up to him and receive no answer since he was not in the house at the time.
One time while I was in the bedroom getting ready for the day, my husband said goodbye to me and left. As I was changing clothes, I heard the computer chair in the alcove next to our room roll across the floor. I said "I thought you left" as I walked out of the bedroom door only to discover that no one was in the chair and my husband had indeed left the house.

When we first bought the church, the walk out basement doors were original to the building. They were made of wood with no windows. Before we had new glass doors installed, many a night we would hear knocking on the doors and when we opened the doors to see who was there, no one would be around. Keep in mind, our neighbors have a motion sensing light that would go on if anyone entered our yard as well as their own and the light was off and no one was there.

There would be nights I would be the only one to hear a knock and I would answer the door and no one was there. This happened to my husband as well. Since installing the new doors, no knocks have been heard.

We had purchased a "Woody" doll (from the Toy Story movies) for my young son for his birthday last February and one night while we were all in bed (everyone in the house was asleep but me as is usual) I heard the Woody doll go off. Although I was a bit freaked out, I thought "OK, maybe my son is sleeping with it and he rolled over onto the string." A couple minutes later, the doll went off AGAIN and I almost jumped out of my skin! I didn't say anything to my husband as I waited to see what would happen next. After it went off a third time, chicken that I am, I woke my husband and sent him into their room to investigate. He said the doll was in the toy box and the string was not pulled out at all. After that it didn't go off again.

Our computer sits in an alcove between our bedroom and the kitchen with our sons' room and living room across the hall. The bathroom is on the other side of the kitchen. There are nights my husband will be up late on the computer and he will hear footsteps walking down the hallway toward the living room. He says they go into the living room toward the walk out doors and bathroom and then he hears them come back again.

There have been nights he is convinced our older son is up walking to the bathroom, the steps are so distinct. Other nights he hears footsteps walking toward him as he is concentrating on the computer screen. He feels someone standing behind his right shoulder, but when he turns around to ask our son what he is doing out of bed, no one is there.

Before this, my husband told me of a dream he had one night of a little boy and girl, and an older girl (perhaps 16 or so) and a soldier from the Civil War. He says they are all attached to the land our house is on. He feels the little boy is the one wandering around in the night while he is on the computer, and it is this boy he feels most often and the strongest of all our "guests".

My husband stays up late most nights and he said that a few times he has seen shadows move across the walls in our room. They are not coming from outside as the windows in our room are at the wrong angle for this to happen. He has also seen a light moving across the ceiling in our boys' room. He insists it isn't caused by our neighbors or from the street (as our neighbor's house blocks the window from the road until the angle is impossible to cause this).

We have many things come up missing only to find them later in a totally different place than they were originally, or after searching the house and the expected place over and over, the object will finally be where it was supposed to be in the first place. This seems to be the favorite "trick" of the ghosts in our house.

On Halloween this year, my husband was particularly antsy all day. I didn't think anything of it until we came home from taking the boys trick-or-treating and my husband took a much shorter shower than is usual. I asked him what was wrong and he said "Too many ghosts and spirits!" I looked at him funny and he said "Can't you feel them??" Being that I would FREAK if I could feel/sense HALF of what he does, I laughed at him and said "No, what are you talking about?" He said the spirits were really active all day and especially in the evening. Not just in our house, but out while we were about town too. For someone like him who senses these things constantly to say that, it really put me on edge. We had no strange occurrences in the house that night thankfully!

Most recently, my husband quietly called me from the bedroom to the computer and said "Do you hear the noise in the bathroom?" Luckily I did not and said so. He said he had been hearing someone walking the floor in there for quite a while. I asked him if it could be mice as it is that time of year. He gave me a look and said "NO it isn't MICE! I know what mice sound like and I wouldn't hear them from here if it were." (Good point thank God!) I did not hear them, but I must say I was a bit put off to have to go in there that night to use the toilet!

I am sure there are more things that have happened, but these are the ones I can remember at the moment.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about them!

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