Once Upon A Time
Been here before? Share your stay with us!
We loved being the first to enjoy our warm and friendly family home as a family! We had great weather, activities, and meals (in your awesome kitchen). We plan to return! Nice furniture!
Yee and Haskins Families
What a privilege being able to stay at Once Upon a Time during my spring break with you guys! What an amazing, homey house in such a great spot! It all seemed so surreal, moving from school life to ultimate rest and relaxation. Thanks so much for letting me come along and enjoy your beautiful new home. I have some good quality time with all of you. Many blessings.
Thank you so much for letting us stay with you at your house. It was such a great time. It really made spring break a break to remember. Thank you so much
This was most definitely a Once Upon A Time experience! Once Upon a Time, I got rest and relaxation in a beautiful home, with delicious meals and wonderful friends to have fun with. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am glad I came. Thank you so much, Dave and Janet.
I never thought I would get to see this place let alone stay here for several days. What an amazing home. Thanks for making this spring break a real getaway full of rest and fun. Thanks for spoiling us with the fantastic food. What an honor to have been here with you. I know many fond memories have and shall be begun here. I loved the hot tub! Thanks for good time!
I can’t believe we have actually come and now are getting ready to go. I was talking to David earlier about how honored I felt for being invited and able to come. It has been very refreshing being here. Thank you for opening our home up to us for a few days. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how it has all come together, the trail, and getting to see the beach. Thank you again. Love you both.
Thank you so much for allowing us to celebrate our anniversary here. It has been such a refreshing and restful place. There is something so healing about long walks by the ocean, and having such a wonderful place to return to from those walks, was incredible. Thanks again!
David, Melinda and Rebecca
Your home is beautiful and we all especially loved the kitchen and all the gadgets! Your flair for decorating is cheerful and so comfortable to be in. I am wondering if you are Swedish!? My husband is from Stockholm and we are going there in July. We all would love to come back again and are thinking about the same time next year! Thanks again for the gorgeous accommodations and we wish you many happy times here!
Wow! We love you home. We all walked in and felt so comfortable. Eleven people fit comfortably here. The children loved the cubby beds. We played rock, scissors, paper for dibs on which bed. The community is very gracious and welcoming. We enjoyed the Easter egg hunt. Walking the loop through the woods was great. We have to check out the carved mushrooms and the incredible old growth stumps – very tight. The beach was a blast! We made an awesome sand castle and stayed there for hours. Open the windows at night because you can hear the grogs – wonderful. The group has unanimously agreed that this is a destination worth repeating. Thanks for sharing your home with us. What a treasure! Just a note: we had three generations here for our special weekend. We celebrated birthdays, and our Easter. Lovely house! A getaway outing with all the amenities. We’ll be back.
Grandma and Grandpa, kids, Tami and Greg, Carol and Geoff, grandkids
We all had a great time and loved the house. It has a warm spirit, a happy house!! The décor is fabulous. We loved the colors and whimsy. All the best.
Kiman, Deb, Delaney and Killian
Wow! What a wonderfully charming, warm and welcoming home. Thank you for all of the warm touches that mark this place. We feel like we are among friends. We can’t wait to come back for a longer stay, and we are bringing our friends with us.
Shawn, Angela, Michael, Sydney, Waller
Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful home. Everyone had a blst! We definitely will be returning.
Dear Kronbachs, what a lovely home! We stayed over the weekend with three generations and had a great time. The beach was perfect for flying kites. The bright colors you have chosen along with all the thoughtful comfy furnishings made us feel instantly at home. We will definitely be back for another stay.
The Kalmbach Family
Two large families enjoyed a very nice weekend. Thank you for your hospitality. We plan to be back.
Marsh and Boris
To the Kronbach Family – Our family came from Ephrata and Wercatchee, Washington and Utah to enjoy the 4th of July together. We had a most memorable experience enjoying our tie together. Your home was perfect for us and so very lovely. Thank you for sharing. The kitchen was the highlight where our son, the chef, felt right at home. The beds came in second because they were so comfortable. We did our best to take care of everything because we would love to return. Many thanks again!
Kim and Daubree
Ten years after college, two college roommates and their husbands and small boys came to enjoy Seabrook and the feeling of being roommates once again. The kids especially enjoyed the third floor kids area.
The Lafornaras and The Kims
This is a great place and a great time was had by all. We will be back next year.
Bill and Susie Cavanagh and 4 kids
Once Upon a Time, we loved the fabulous home you created for us. It helped us relax and enjoy each other the minute we arrived. Being the snoop that I am, I found the lovely Asian dishes, set the table. We took a picture and never used them! Many great laughs this weekend. Your colors are divine. How much fun you must have had putting this together. The beach that has been there forever was enjoyed by all. We had a fun dinner at Pacific Beach Drive Inn. Turn up the music; eat outside with the convertible tops down. Hope to come soon!
Trent and Lydia, Tony and Margo, Gretchen and Mike
Deaer Kronbach Family, when we arrived here and read this book, how happy we were to see whose home we were staying in. We are from Crossroads Neighborhood Church in Bremerton and of course are familiar with Gatehouse. Thank you for sharing your home. We had perfect weather, lots of s’mores at the fire pit, and many happy memories to take home – all 4 adults and 7 kids!
Ken and Sue, Dennis and Crystal
This is a very comfortable home. We found everything we needed in the kitchen. The beds were very comfortable. All very beautiful! Such a nice time with family! Thank you!
The Markawas, Gilbreaths
Do we really have to leave this wonderful place!? Our time here has been so relaxing and full of laughs, fun and enjoying the beautiful creations along the Washington Coast. Your home is like one out of a magical storybook! It is so you! Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts.
Terry, Patti, Troy, Chad, Macy
Wow! Forwards and backwards! We absolutely love what you have done to make this such a wonderful place. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. We look forward to being your neighbors. Blessings on you.
Dave and Janet, you have really put forth every effort to make this home warm and inviting. I absolutely loved the various décor. You have real gifts. Our time here with family was sweet. We wish we could stay longer! Thanks for the blessing. Love.
We have been here 30 minutes and I am so thrilled and impressed that I had to write. Our friends will arrive soon and there is a perfect bed arrangement for all 12 of us (2 boys, 6 girls and 2 mommies and daddies). Ah! There are our friends now and my husband just literally welcomed them home. Even if it rains we are going to delight in our time here.
Yes!! We are thrilled our friends found this house to fit both our families! A true Home Sweet Home and refreshing old time community! We began our own scavenger hunt only to find out Seabrook had planned one (with candy and prizes for everyone!). We love the community bikes too! Our first day at the beach was cool and overcast, but that did not stop seven children from running into the water with their clothes on! Oh such squeals of delight! Today we knew better to dress them all in swim suits with clothes over. It is sunny and warm with great goopy sand castle building! We want to return and have a lemonade sale in the cute stand down the street. Outdoor movie too! Blessings to you all!
The Markezich Family
Dear Dave and Janet, what a joy it has been to share a visit at Seabrook with you. We have prayed about this new step for you and it is wonderful to see the actual place! And especially to be here with you, our dear friends! We wish you all gladness and we know that this will be a sanctuary for many. We hope to come again. Until the next time!
Tom and Betty
Dave and Janet, thanks for the 121/2 hours of beautiful refreshment! It is a gorgeous, well-thought out home with perfect little touches. It is great to finally be here and not just see it in pictures. The beach is beautiful as is the sky. The home makes for a great stay but even more so with wonderful friends and good conversations. It makes for an “I don’t want to leave” stay. But, of course we all knew that would happen. Thank you!
David and Janet
Once again you have opened your home and opened your hearts to bless me (and Lynn and Ron and Pat). The warmth and love in Once Upon A Time is a gift to all who enter, and is accented with color and personal touches that make it an experience of the senses as well as the heart. I love you both and am so thankful for our friendship and the memories we share. Thank you for you love and your generosity. Peace and grace to you and yours.
Dear Dave and Janet, our times together always nourish my soul in a deep and meaningful way. I am so thankful for you both at so many levels. See you soon in Seattle! Love and hugs!
Dave and Jan, it was great to get to Seabrook again. Sorry that none of the kids made it. It was great to get away from Ballard. The weather was great. The company was wonderful and the food delicious. Too bad you lost to Moclips. There is always next year. Love!
Ron and Pat
The dinner group arrived Friday, greeted by a magnificent home and wonderful weather. A walk on the beach was our first order of business and we were not disappointed. Evening was spent visiting and being giddy over our surroundings. Saturday, we awoke to rain and wind and feeling sorry for the salmon bake organizers. We played games all day and even took a walk in the down pour. The salmon bake was wet and delicious and we enjoyed the storm and friendship. Thanks!
Dave and Janet, thanks so much for inviting us to stay in your wonderful, comfortable, beautifully decorated and well-furnished home. It is so fun to see and experience what you have created, and see the artistic touches of three generations blended so seamlessly. We had a great time at the beach. Erik and Tracy napped together in the cozy bunk, and we made some tasty meals in your chef’s-dream kitchen. Erik’s parents came out to visit for a day (so we could subtly begin tempting them to buy a place here). We had a great sunset down on the beach. I have missed that so much! Thanks again for the hospitality. We hope to come visit sometime when you are here. Enjoy your winter stay here!
Krystine and Erik
Dear David and Janet, what a beautiful home you have created! Sorry my plans got short-circuited but we will be back!! May this be a place of peace and blessing to all who come through your door. I truly felt loved and pampered. I love you both
It was anointed weekend of marital blessing, renewed friendships and it was confirmed in laughter and prayer. Seabrook is a picturesque village and your home is a showpiece of hospitality. Thank you for opening your home and your lives to us. What fun!
Pam and Kurt
Dear Janet and Dave, what an amazing weekend at your lovely home in Seabrook!! Thank you for sharing it with us (with you here too!). Thank you for your dear friendship and the love that shines through you! Love!
Patti and Terry Witt
Dear David and Janet, we enjoyed the joy of the Lord so prevalent in your home. Thank you for all the special touches. Those of the heart most precious to us! Our prayers will continue to include you and your future ministry.
Ron and Delight
Thank you so much for this amazing time!! Wow! Incredible! And we get to spend eternity with you! We are pretty excited about that! May the Lord bless you abundantly for the way you are spending yourselves for the Kingdom. May the story of your family be an amazing one of redemption. We will be praying for you.
Mike and Mandy
Dear Dave and Janet, thank you so much for the delightful experience of staying at Seabrook and especially your place! We looked at 5 or 6 other houses and yours is by far the best floor plan and decorated! I am not sure who had a better time – Barb or us – for her birthday! (I think she did, but it was very special for the rest of us too.) Thank you!
Danielle, Kyle, Kadie and April
Dear David and Janet, this has been a most wonderful weekend! What a surprise to come here and then to find our family here too. A most special birthday surprise! Thank you too! Your home is beautiful. It definitely is a touch of class. You both have put so much of yourselves into this lovely place. I love the family paintings and your grandma’s needle work piece reminded me of your mom, Janet. I really miss Rhoda. We looked at several other homes and yours is the best in our opinion. We walked, biked, and played on the beach. A wonderful time for all of us! We look forward to seeing you this next weekend at the canal. We love you.
Dale and Barb
Dear David and Janet, thank you for making our stay at Seabrook even better. We thoroughly enjoyed your house. It is so much like home and very relaxing. You have thought of everything to make your guests feel comfortable. Mom had a fabulous birthday weekend, and she said several times it would only have been even better if you had been here as well. We will enjoy coming back to see the building progress and enjoy the beach. And of course, see you! Thank you again for your home. We loved it. You both truly are treasures! I love you!
Dear David and Janet, It is great to be back so soon. Thank you so much!! It is so fun being here with you. The food was wonderful! There truly was love in every meal. You are both great cooks! You have such a lovely home in a great community. It is fun to see you so excited about your new career and living here at Seabrook. We love you guys. We are glad you are much closer now. We treasure our relationship with you. Keep in touch! Thanks for a wonderful Christmas time. May 2008 be a great year.
Dale and Barb
David and Janet, thank you so much for your fabulous hospitality. It was truly a relaxing and fun few days. Your home is so welcoming and I felt so at home. I enjoyed spending Christmas with you both. It was great to sit and visit, walk in the snow, hike through the woods and catch up on the day to day happenings of life. I am excited you are now living close, so we will see you more often. It will be fun to visit again and see the progress in the community. You both are a blessing and I truly count you as par of the family. I will keep you in my prayers and look forward to the next time we can get together! I love you.
What a wonderful homey retreat! You have captured the warmth of Swedish style and craftsman cabins in a charming livable way. You have inherited the good genes for tasteful decorating. Mom and Dad would have been delighted to see it and enjoy it with you. Thank you for the great food and fun.
Larry and Kathy
So glad to be here again! Thanks for all your hospitality.
Kryst and Treye
Once again we have had a wonderful time. Grope, sausage pizza! It was great having all our kids and boyfriends. We have a lot of great memories with you. Next time we will have all your kids and all our kids. We will put a tent in the backyard. Love.
Ron and Pat
Dear Uncle Brownie and Auntie Janet, thanks for having us! I vote that we always get together at Seabrook from here on out because no one has to sleep on the floor and there are free bikes! Thanks for being part of my family! I love you!
Dave and Janet, thank you for allowing us to spend time with you at Seabrook. I look forward to getting to know you. Both better over the years! It was a great time. Take care!
Dave and Janet, thanks for inviting us into you home and letting us hang out with you guys for a couple days. It was so much fun, and I am sure I shall be seeing more of you guys soon.
Dave and Janet, thank you so much for all you wonderful hospitality and opening your home to us. It was great to experience this beautiful cozy community. I hope that you will enjoy it for years to come and I look forward to visiting again in the future. God bless!
UB & AJ, thanks so much for letting us stay in your lovely home! I had a so much fun going to the beach and just getting to be with you guys! Hopefully, we can do this again soon with your whole family. I love you guys!
UB & AJ, we finally made it to Seabrook! And it is just so cute! Thanks so much for having us, feeding us, entertaining us, showing us around. We had a wonderful relaxing time. UB, I will be waiting for you to buy the house for me here that you promised, and you had better be watching your back because I still owe you a severe beating. Love.
Dear friends, I can’t tell you what these days have meant to me. Thanks so much for making it happen. Who would have thought we all could be together. Next time we hope Matt and Jen and their ladies will be here too. Thanks for just letting us hang and be. Your home is so welcoming. We love you tons and look forward to many more special times together. Love.
Dave and Janet, once again we have made you home like our own, and we were blessed. We had lovely walks, bike rides, and made memories at the beach in the rain. We woke up this AM to snow. What a sight! Thanks for sharing with us. Love.
Bryce, Nancy, Dylan, Austin, Tristan, and Kaylee
Well, it is us again. We had the most beautiful weather. Ruby Beach was awesome. Thanks for the birthday dinner at the café. It was a great getaway! Love you.
Ron and Pat
Sun breaks, biking, hiking, sushi, noomas (trees, kickball), shopping, coffee at the Surf Shop!
Dave and Barb
Rain, show, hail, and sun shine during their prayer retreat! Enjoyed fish and chips at the café!
Larry and Sheri
Pizza, a walk through Seabrook!
Kerry and Becky
Us again! Thanks again for just letting us be. Next time, Dave, you can’t be working! Love!
R and P
What a way to finish our honeymoon! After five days of growing our relationship in beautiful yachts, it was just perfect staying with you. You have been such great friends for Lynn and now I can se seeds of friendship binding the four of us together. You have a truly unique and stunning lifestyle here in Seabrook.
Terry and Lynn
Merry Christmas! Wow, I felt as if I got to experience the winter season I have missed out on these last couple of years in Asia. I wo0ke up to big, fluffy snowflakes this morning, and I had to take a picture. Your home as well as this setting is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for letting me spend a few days and share with you guys about my experience overseas.
San George – Casa Mia’s pizza and talk of transition!
David and Janet, thank you again for your wonderful hospitality and fellowship. It is always refreshing and relaxing to be with you, especially at the beach. I am glad we could contribute in a small way to the cuteness of your house. We will enjoy future visits and naps in the bunk retreats. Love you!
David and Janet, thank you! It was wonderful to come down for a couple days and relax. The weather was perfect. It was fun sewing for you to give a new look to the bunks and a fun retreat. I love you guys. You are wonderful hosts. Come stay with us at the canal.
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. Our children loved your fairy tale beds. My niece pretended that it was her stable. (She loves horses.) We enjoyed walking the beach and finding sand dollars and shells. Thank you so much for the great memories. We will never forget them. We look forward to returning sometime in the future.
Eric, Dionne, Gordan, Amber and Nathan Sparks; Dene, Donna, Kaytlin and Ashley
Dear Dave and Janet, the minute we walked in, each one of us said, “I could live here!” We are the ten granddaughters of Agatha Wilbe and Abram J. Wilbe, and hail from Southern California, Northern B.C. as far east as Niagara Falls, and many points in between. I appreciate the generosity of you sharing your home and making it so welcoming! Thanks.
June, Rempel, Creston
I loved the third floor with the comfy beds. They are so cozy. Thanks for a lovely time in you home.
I loved the master bed room and the rest of the house. I hope to come back some day. I lived in South Bend 25 years ago. Now I live in Reno.
What a lovely home! I really love your open floor plan. Even with ten of us in here it was spacious. I shared the master bed room with my sister and enjoyed it also. It would be wonderful to come back year after year for our cousin reunions. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.
I truly have enjoyed your lovely home. The comfy bed, the huge soft towels, wonderful kitchen, bright dining table and chairs! So nice to get to know my cousins here in Seabrook!
This was a delightful week for all of us cousins. It would be nice to make it a tradition. We have made new connections. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We have enjoyed every minute here. I shall definitely return with my husband very soon.
What a wonderful time I had in this lovely place with my cousin. Thanks.
These words speak volumes and in a word. Thanks!
Mom and Dad, thank you for a weekend of wonderful food, lots of laughter, updates on life’s directions, and some new beginnings. We love this home, and we love you both so much. The clamming “first” will always be remembered.
Jene and Jeremy
David and Janet, we walked in and have loved every minute. It rained the whole time. Who cares!? We were able to be a family with enough room to spread out! This mom is blessed and is thankful to you for sharing your home!
Dear Kronbach Family, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home! My family and I truly enjoyed our first family vacation here. I had the opportunity to read several pages from your father’s book, Postcards from Life’s Journey and it was such a blessing. What an incredible legacy. Thank you for taking the time to share your story and to put so many personal elements into your home. I feel like the only thing missing was meeting you guys. Thanks again.
This vacation has been a wonderful time of belonging and enjoying being together as a family. Your home is light and cheerful. Al us kids have gotten along so well. We have treated this home as if it were our own. We are grateful that you have shared with us all and grateful for our time together.
Kronbach Family, hello! This is Marie, Dorene’s middle child’s daughter-in-law. Did that confuse you? Well, anyhow, this was a wonderful place to spend family time. Your home is so vibrant with color and welcoming when you come inside. I love the fact that you have family pictures up so at least we know what you guys look like. One of my favorite things is, knowing Jesus and reading from your dad’s book of postcards was amazing – hearing stories of his life with Jesus was inspiring. My favorite is “His Hero”. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with strangers. In God’s Grace!
What an amazing getaway! Thank you for sharing your home with us! Everything was of the utmost quality! The thick towels, the soft sheets, beautiful dishes, fun colors. It is so cheery here. We had an amazing time. May God bless your family for sharing your home with so many. Blessings!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful home. Friendships grew and we all recharged. Everything was more than we were expecting and can’t wait until we return. Our children adored the top floor. Thanks again for making us feel at home.
The Hatley’s, Blackwell’s and Ponswick’s
Your home is filled with a deep grace and a warm welcome. Our two families carried on a 10-year tradition of spending the week of July vacationing on the coast together. We enjoyed the comfort and care you provided so much. Thanks for having a vision for a lovely home shared. With every good wish and prayer!
L and L Parvogt
Our 2nd year! Loved it again!
Thank you very much for sharing your lovely home with us. We had a fantastic time. We especially liked the bright colors. We enjoyed the hot tub too! The size was perfect for us all and we enjoyed our family weekend even more because we all fit in the house and got our own beds! Even little Wyatt loved his time here! Thank you again!
The Carder, Horst, Rood and Harris Families
Dear Kronbach Family, we have so enjoyed our past four days here. The beach has been delightful and your home has been warm, fun and relaxing. We are friends and family here to relax and play together. Six adults and six kids under seven have had much joy being together. We booked in December to make sure we got the dates we wanted. Clearly this home is in great demand. We have a funny story. Once upon a time a man came to the door and said, “Hello, I’m Dave, and I am the owner and I’m here to take tools out of the garage.” And I paused, looked at him and said, “Well, you’re lucky there is a photo of you inside, otherwise I would have told you, ‘Um, I don’t think so – not on my watch.’” LOL. And so we got to meet Dave, who encouraged us to sign the book. We love the art and the story of the art. We vote to put Jeremy’s artwork over the fireplace. We love the clamshell of shells. The third floor will have us coming back every year. And the kitchen is stocked for making great meals. The chairs on the deck are so fun and words cannot express the appreciation we have for the memories we have made. Great fun, great friends, great memories and a great home!!! Much appreciation and wishing you love and joy.
The King and Toboada
Thank you for sharing your creative, friendly and comfortable home. The four small children (ages 5-3) really enjoyed the third floor. The openness of the kitchen, dining and living area was wonderfully inclusive for our large group. We are from Atlanta, Seattle area and Northern Idaho; a family reuniting for fun at the beach after a year apart. This is such a family-friendly community.
The O’Brien’s, Millers, Nunns, and Maratins
Thank you Janet and David for inviting us to your home here at Seabrook! It has been a time to relax (lower our shoulders), talk, laugh and in a very real way sense the gift of our longtime friendship. What a sweet thing it is to be able to share memories that go back a way long time ago (We are old.). Your home is beautiful and very much you. You treat us like royalty and make us feel welcome. Thanks for sharing your motorbike as well as everything else! We love you guys.
A wonderful time was had by all. Yesterday was a picture perfect day at Ruby Beach. Thanks for opening your house. We need to take another couple pictures before 27 years. Love!
Ron and Pat
Once Upon a Time is really a cozy place! I am going to get beds in the walls with curtains in my house when I grow up. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, showing us around, making a cozy fire on the beach, hot tubbing, hanging up the hammock (just for us, I’m sure) and wonderful meals in your colorful kitchen!! This place is idyllic, and you are excellent hosts. I look forward to next time! And you better come see us in Norway.
Ashley was here. James was too. I love you guys! Thank you Janet and David. It was another great time.
Ashley and James
What an absolutely idyllic time and an idyllic place! Morning jogs on the beach, “kubb” and Frisbee, awesome rides on Dave’s Goldwing “Brumhilde”, and best of all great gourmet food around the table with great friends! You guys are so good at making us feel welcome and special. Being together with you was a vacation for our souls! It was a highlight of the summer for me. We love you, guys!
Dear Uncle Dave and Aunt Janet, I likdd your house and had fun the whole time here. It felt good to smell the sea and to plant out the tree! Thank you for lettg me come.
This was a blast! I loved the cubby beds! The best part was the hot tub! I brought two books here to read but it made no sense because we had such busy days! I had fun!
This was my 2nd time here at Once Upon a Time. And it definitely won’t be my last. You see, each year we have a family reunion every year here at Seabrook! We always welcome everyone with a great dinner. I loved the cubby holes and pullout bed. Once Upon a time is a great place to stay. Wish we could stay longer!
Thank you so much for the use of your Once Upon a time! The upstairs was perfect for the Brady Bunch. (Our son, his wife, their two daughters and two sons!) My dad got sick and we had to call 911. Mom and I went to Aberdeen Hospital and he had to be admitted. What a wonderful staff they have there! Everyone has been so helpful. Thanks again.
Debbie and Family
This is our 7th Labor Day all-family weekend – surely the best so far. We enjoyed all the comforts of your wonderful home. Our kids were so accommodated by the third floor! Thank you for creating such a lovely, comfortable, enjoyable home. Also, Pacific Beach events were a blast. They are such nice people and vendors to visit. We hope to come back again and again.
The Puris’, The Troys, The Prices
Dave and Janet, what an incredible gift of hospitality you’ve extended toward us! Thank you! Thank you! I t has been a joy getting to know you. Thank you for letting us into the deeper parts of your soul. I am very much looking forward to working together with you and getting the chance to see you again. My appreciation and love for you has deepened with the passing of time. Thank you! Oh yes, love your home! Thank you for sharing!
Dear David and Janet, what an incredible experience you guys have provided through your gifts. You have made us feel welcomed even though you may have wished we were far away. You have shared generously the beauty of your home and the area that it sits in. The meals were wonderful. But the best was the ministry of the Lord that resides in you. You set the tone and the atmosphere for the work we accomplished this week. I love you r house, your colors, the furnishings. Thanks for extending yourselves to us. We love you guys. Shalom!
Dear David and Janet, when it comes to hospitality, food servings and rooms, you are a 5-star!! For authenticity, fellowship, kingdom input and delight, you are a 52-star! Thanks.
Dear David and Janet, surrounded by color reflecting God’s light, comfortable soft furnishings – what a delight! Natural surroundings, a walk with a view, what a wonderful week (but the very best part and I mean this with all my heart) to get to know you!
Your new sister, Carol
Dear David and Janet, what a delight this week has been. The synergism of place, palate and people was superb. Thank you so much for your grace-filled hospitality. And thank you for your wonderful efforts at environmental engineering that preceded our arrival. You indeed succeeded in creating community. I can’t wait until next time.
Your Friend and Brother, Reagan
Dear Janet and David, I am really glad I got to see your lovely home here at Seabrook. AS this is my last day in the U.S., it is strange to even imagine that tomorrow night, I will be home in Moss. My stay has been filled with sun shine and warm summer weather. And Tuesday night, when we went to the bluff we had the prettiest sun down. Thank you for our talks, our prayers, our meals (every one special) and hopefully we will meet again.
Your Norwegian Cousin, Gudren
Dear Dave and Janet, thank you for a wonderful special time. Your home is soo wonderful and friendly. Great food and fellowship with you both! I treasure my lovely memories here. May God always be at you side. Many thanks. God Bless!
Love, Your Cousin, Lenora
Dear David and Janet, God bless you! You are special people and it has been a joy to get to know you! Thank you for our wonderful hospitality and marvelous meals. Everything was a delight, especially the conversation. Keep in touch! I know we will!
Dave and Janet, thank you so much for the last couple of days. Our meetings were great, but the atmosphere and hospitality of your home made it so much better. Thanks for everything! The food was unbelievable. It was a spiritual experience! Much love!
Dear Dave and Janet, what a blessing it has been to stay in your lovely home on the coast. Living in Colorado, mon, I have greatly missed the ocean. Being here has been such a treat. Your home is so beautifully decorated as well as comfortable. The meals have been amazing. Thank you for your warm hospitality and serving us. You have both worked hard. Love in Christ!
Becky and Don
David and Janet, thank you for facilitating these very productive days for all of us. I have been amazed to see you able to fully participate in our meetings with lots of good input and yet manage the practical details of our physical needs with such grace. Thank you for taking wonderful care of us in these beautiful surroundings with wonderful food and comforts. You blessed all of us and we are grateful. Love!
Ron and Julie
Dave and Janet, thanks so much for having us over! You have a beautiful and warm home. This is by far the best beach house we have been to. You have done a great job with decorating it. We are looking forward to working closely with you on the MK Transition Seminar! This has been a great stay with great friends. It has been great to come here and be able to just relax. Thanks so much.
These days together have been such a blessing. It has been so good to be able to dream to plan, to ponder and to pray. Together! We look forward with great expectation to future visits to Once Upon a Time!
Perry and Sandie
Thanks for a great getaway for great food, fellowship and rest. This week I have experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. It has been a good time of quiet reflection in a peaceful setting. I thoroughly enjoyed Ruby Beach. It has been good to observe the passion you both have to serve MK’s. Be assured of my prayer support as you raise the necessary funds for your ministry. God is faithful. He will provide. I love you both. Much love!
Thanks for opening your home. Not only did we enjoy the company of the Halls, but we sincerely enjoyed your home. Blessings!
Joe and Sam
Thanks for offering up a home swap for a few days. We had a great time doing all things Seabrook. You have created a great place here. Thanks for sharing. We love you.
Erik, Krys and Treye
Dear David and Janet, we appreciate your work to MK’s. Thanks for serving the Lord and sharing the Love of Christ. God’s speed!
T. Scott and Malinda
David and Janet, we are so blessed that we were able to get to know you. We will be seeing you up in Ballard soon. Love and prayers!
Jim and Rose
Janet and Dave, Thank you for having us, sharing your lives. It is a lovely home. God bless you and your family.
Kim and Jim
David and Janet, it has been my/our pleasure getting to know you guys. This is a reason why God puts people together. I have a feeling God will recall this one in the future. But I know there will be a future to this relationship. Best of God’s love in your endeavors!
Colin and Dawn
Thank you for sharing these last several months with us. It has been such a blessing to get to know you. We will miss you and I will miss your brief visits to the pharmacy! God bless!
Jeff and Jennifer
Dear Janet and David, we hove been deeply blesses with your friendship. We look forward to continued fellowship with you. God is using you in a very special way. Much love!
Jeff and Karla
We have spent September and October here at Once Upon a Time and they were beautiful months. We hosted family and friends and enjoyed marvelous sunny days and gorgeous sunsets. We move to Seattle today after our year of sabbatical at Seabrook – bittersweet but we are happy to be going home after 13 years away (2 in Africa, 1 in Warm Beach, Washington, 9 in California and 1 at Seabrook). To all who come to Once Upon a Time this fall/winter, may your stay here be blessed with joy, hope and peace.
David and Janet
The Castle Family (from Seattle, West Virginia, Germany and Colorado) had a great two-day retreat before Thanksgiving. Once Upon a Time was a great base for treasure hunts, puzzles, tasty meals and tough games of horseshoes. Cheers!
Dear Kronbach Family, Once Upon a Time was just the right place for our family to be this year…Your home gave us special memories to take with us and a time for us to look forward to the future and plan another family trip. We hope to visit again son maybe a summer trip even the short power outage we had during a wind storm offered our children adventure and game time with the kids to pass the time. Your father’s artwork is just beautiful! I love all of it! Your son’s art in the entry is wonderful! Also, have you ever considered printing your father’s book and selling it. It is so very inspiring and so very beautiful with all of his artwork. It would be so wonderful to share with many more individuals. I would love to own a copy.
Dear Mr. and Mrs Kronbach, if a place on Earth can be so beautiful, what must heaven be like? Thank you for allowing us a time in your paradise!! May the Lord bless you!
Jean and Lorraine
We had a wonderful time! Great family gathering! Beautiful home that you are so gracious to share with us! We will come again! Bless you guys! Tyler (5 years) said maybe we could stay here all the time! We said maybe we can come again.
Win, Jeanette and extended family
Janet and Dave, what joy it is to be here to enjoy your beautiful home and to work and pray together with you! We have built some memorable moments together. I will never forget the movie, “The Panama” or that diving movie (what was that called?). You brought laughter and joy into my life for the week and leaving here is not so bad this time because I know that I’ll be coming back again (God willing) in April. I will be thinking about you and praying for you too with much love.
Dear David and Janet, another fabulous week at Once Upon a Time! Working with you is a joy! Watching movies with you is an education. And playing Celebrity with you – what can I say!? Thanks for great additions to my vocabulary! Bless you both for all you are, and all you share.
David and Carol
Dear David and Janet, this special place – so lovingly planned, and generously provided – and the people who gather here to connect, cogitate, and create, linger in a reserved place in our hearts and memories for really top shelf experiences. We treasure what happens here among us. Thank; you so much for all you bring to the table (both literally and figuratively) and for providing the table too. We are already counting down to the next time the Seabrook Seven get re-collected, refreshed, and refocused here. It’s been sweet and savory in ample doses. Shalom!
Reagan and Rachel
Thank you, David and Janet for sharing your home with us. The playful, homey loving environment was so comforting. God bless you richly. Love in Jesus!
Tim and Diane
Dear Dave and Janet, Pierre, Peter (10) and I were here with 8 others from our church. Four of them stayed in cottage and said it was comfortable but not nearly as cozy and beautiful as your home. We all enjoyed our time here tremendously and benefited from the love and joy you have poured into decorating your home. You and your family have been very present in my thoughts and my prayer as I thanked God for our time here. We want to be intentional about seeking to spend time with you guys in the near future. Your lives have always been a blessing to us; We leave a hug and wishes for rich blessings for all of you. Love! We will return.
Pierre, Mary and Peter
AS we check out from our peaceful and beautiful home away from, I reflect on the gifts this stay has given us – chance for two of our children and spouses and kids (2 this time) to be together for an extended visit in a way that we haven’t had since they left home in St Louis where we raised them before they started finding their way to the Seattle area after college. All four of our two sets of twins now live there and we, having sold our house in Miami, are joining the Seattlites – we hope if we can find a home we can deal with this economy. This trip was planned for us, Pat and me, to let us regather ourselves fragmented by five months of primping and polishing our house for sale and experiencing the emotional upheavals that this endeavor occasioned. And we have given ourselves over to the peaceful view that your house/home worked for us. Thank you.
Dear Friends, what a fun weekend here with three generations to celebrate Grandma’s 70th! Fun walking on the beach, finding shells, rocks and even two glass balls!
Ron and Barb; Mark and Krissy, Bob and Kathryn
OMG! I’ve had the best time here. Sophie, Alex, and Sammy kept playing prankster on me and Maddy today. But we got them back good. I’m surprised I’m not a shriveled up prune because I’ve been in the hot tub so much. I’m really going to miss this place when I leave. If I can come back this summer I would be so happy. The only problem is that everyone fights over the princess beds. Well, it’s been fun! With love!
This whole week has been the best. I do not want to leave. This has been the first time without my parents. The hot tub was great and the princess beds were so fun to sleep in! I can’t leave. I hope we get to come back to Seabrook because it was the best. Anyway, it was fun and the best vacation.
Wow! What a wonderful relaxing week away! We all really needed a break and your home provided a terrific retreat. The setup was amazing as all the girls, ages 4-13, loved the 3rd floor – other than a few squabbles over who gets the princess kids. The hot tub was such a hit as well. The house absorbed our three families beautifully and we are feeling much better. So nice to get away from the city and life! Thanks for the setup and comfortable retreat. Your home is great and we all had such a nice time. Seabrook is great and we hope to return soon. God bless this home and your family!
The Bakers, Blues and Youngs
Another great week of rest and relaxation! Thanks for your dedication to your home. Blessings!
Pierre, Maru, Daniel, Luke, Peter
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with three generations of the Flitcher Family. These memories will last a life time.
Sue, Al, Jody, Bill, Barbara
Just one night here! Wish I could stay longer!
It was a wonderful experience to witness part of the process of “Tender Care” being created. It was also great to learn more about what the lives of the Barnabas team member are like! You were all a great encouragement to us and a ton of fun! Also thanks for the fantastic food. Hopefully our paths will cross again. Look us up if you’re ever in Wenatchee.
Brad and Sarah Fitzgerald
Bittersweet time as we enjoyed the last of three working retreats with a group of friends and colleagues – September 8, January and May 09. From here, the Seabrook 7 return to homes in Seattle (us!), California, Michigan, Switzerland (a new location for R&R). We’ve learned so much here together and take away rich memories and a book, Tender Core written here as we carefully tended to one another.
David and Janet
To David, the Awesome Cook and To Janet, my dear friend – the editor: Dude! Loved the fellowship, the fun, the food, the laughter! You exemplified a hospitality that allowed our time at Seabrook to be a restful, joyful one. Thank you for sacrificing of yourselves, so that we could enjoy rest and so that we could focus on our writing. Now when I leave, you can correct this whole journal entry. It is bad ‘English but it is written with much love and thankfulness.
Again, this was an incredible week in one of our very favorite places and with such a delightful group of friends. The memories will linger long after we manage to shed the excess pounds from the scrumptious food we could not say “no” to. Thank you for creating an environment that is warm, welcoming, and restorative to the weary soul. Until next time!
Reagan and Rachel
The date should actually be the 19th but I so enjoyed my birthday blessings on the 17th!. Word of your hospitality has gone before you, so it’s been such a blessing to discover it for myself. Not just the great food (wow), but the warmth, the care, the conversations. Thank you. Thank you. It was a treat too, that I could experience the Seabrook Seven in action. A great way to grow! Love you!
Once Upon a Time there were seven writers in search of a book, wrapped in sunshine walls and rainbows, warmed by fire and the food of the gods, wondering at God’s grace and surprises of love, joined by eight, nine, ten and eleven (plus one!), learning with books of love in hearts and minds. Forever after! Blessings on you, Dave and Janet!
Carol and David
Dad/husband is getting ready to leave for a navy deployment for 7 months, so we brought the family to Seabrook for a few days away from it all. Thank you for this lovely home. We enjoyed the hot tub, fireplace, and wall forts (beds) so much. We are sad to leave but are grateful for the wonderful time we’ve shared here as a family. Love!
Olivia, R.D., Carson, Morgan
Memories included: sunshine every day, shuffleboard competition, beach combing, eating lunch on the porch, watching movies after dinner, flying kites, cooking yummy food.
WE spent a great weekend with family and friends. We visited from England. We loved the beautifully arranged home, the beaches, the good food and the hot tub. Thanks!
Judith, Red, Craig and Emily
A quick unexpected trip to oversee the video shoots for Once Upon a Time! Look for it on the website. Also, check out www.susansargent.com. Click on “Gallery” and then “Janet Seabrook, Washington” to see this house featured on a New England designer’s website and to read more of the story of this house! Once again, hard to leave, knowing we won’t be back until the fall. Enjoy your summer stay at Once Upon a Time!!
David and Janet, owners
Hi! I love this house. My favorite one in Seabrook! It’s so much fun and I love the wall beds! I want to come back and stay in the Once Upon a Time again.
Ahoy! This house is amazing. Everything really feels like you are in a story book! This house rocks! I love it here.
This house is better than my own house.
Dave and Janet, thank you so much for our wonderful vacation. Our family had an amazing time and we are truly grateful to you for allowing us to stay here. Our memories are amazing and we would love to stay again. Love to you!
Chris and Erin, Savannah, Terrence, Alianna, Hayden, Makayla, Edwards
Great time! (like always) Wonderful house, memories are great ones! Sure to be back next year!
What a beautiful place to create memories! We came together to celebrate our father’s 70th birthday with his three children, their spouses and six grandchildren. The children were enamored of the wall beds and their special room. We loved the bright and cheerful colors and special spaces that you have created here, not just a vacation place but a home to stay and play in. Thank you for opening your home up to us and sharing your home! Best wishes!
Williams, Ferrandy, and Yang Families
Thank you for sharing your incredible home with us. Our family had a wonderful time here at Seabrook. You have inspired me to go home and make our own home like what you have here. A beautiful home that is relaxing and a pleasure to be in! Thank you for allowing us into your home to create some wonderful memories!
Once Upon a Time was wonderful for our family of 12 for our last vacation of the year. It couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much. You have done a fabulous job with comfort, beauty, convenience and warmth in mind. We did not need a thing. Hope to return next year again. Blessings!
Nance and Dave
This was our first visit to Seabrook and Once Upon a time but hopefully only the beginning of many more to come. We came with our four children and my sister’s family and our parents. The main living area is beautiful. The kitchen was more than adequate and felt very cozy. Our kids loved the 3rd floor with the cute beds and space to pray with the cousins. Your home is perfectly located between the park and a short walk to the beach. It worked great for young children. Thanks, also, for all the extra amenities you have added which made it feel like home away from home for our long weekend. Looking forward to returning again next summer! God bless!
Scott, Heather, Erin, Allie, Amy
We are here with my parents, sister and her family (see previous 2 entries). This is our 1st visit to Seabrook and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Once Upon a Time. We are originally from Alaska and also enjoyed Rie Munoz’s work hanging in your home. It is always exciting to see our homeland depicted in artwork. Thank you so much for creating such a warm and welcoming place for families to relax and enjoy each other’s company. This is a fantastic last hurrah for our kids as wee head into the fall. We hope to return many more times. God bless!
Unexpectedly, a cancellation coincided with our availability and here we are. It has been a lovely week – sunny days, warm beach (hot sand) and lovely, cool evenings – just right! We haven’t been here since early June. It is great to see the house across the street completed and two of the beach camp cottages begun. Nick and Jo’s deck is finished and Dana and Jan are working on theirs. And colors! It is open. They have such fun staff. We need to complete our owners’ title tomorrow before we leave. It is always hard to leave. Only made easier, as we will be back in two weeks! Hope you enjoy your stay!
Janet and David
Thank you so much for opening up your home once more. The family had a great time! It was our first family vacation ever. So, it was great to be able to stay at such a magical place. Darlene had a wonderful 6th birthday. I am sure we will be back again! Thank again!
Nick and Nicole
We enjoy our Labor Day weekend here every year. The weather was too rainy for us to do Kelpers celebration, but we filled our time with games, crafts, hot tub (in the rain), the paint bar, bike rides (when the rain let up) and more. Time goes so quickly but is filled with so many fun family memories.
Tracey, Mike, Brandon, Christine, Troy, Amanda, Scott, Clara, Jacob, Price, Ben
A place of rest and peace reflecting the hospitality in your hearts! Thank you for creating place and space to re-gather and refresh. You are both wonderful. Blessings to you as you journey onward!
Sweet 16 birthday for our younger daughter and 4 friends! They loved the house, especially the nook beds. What a blessing to have you share your wonderful house with our family and friends. Too bad you couldn’t be here to see them get excited over everything from the colorful dining chairs to the outdoor shower to the polka dot rain boots!! Thank you so much! Blessings!
Thank you very much for opening up your home to our church ladies retreat. This is our 2nd year here and we love your home. Walking through the doors just opens our minds and hearts to what we are going to receive from you home. Brings the creativity out in us coming from the colorful chairs and dishes! The children’s beds bring out the giggly little girls in us! The awesome kitchen and equipment put a little oomph in our meals! Most of all, the stillness, the quietness, the beauty of the home make the time just a little more special! Thank you for sharing your hard work, your dream, your home with us! Blessings!
Women of Faith Baptist Church
Hi! We like the 3rd floor loft.
Camie and Nikki
Hello! Eight of us came to your fantastic home for a weekend of scrap booking and general girliness! Your home took our breath away. Two of us are avid Tiestaware fans so you can imagine our delight in opening the cupboard doors to discover such color! The boots and slippers are so thoughtful and were both employed. Perhaps the highlight was conducting a symphony in the hot tub! The red wine goblets make a delightful sound when you run you finger around the edge! Thank you so much for sharing this retreat with the world. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home.
Janeal, Sharon, Kine, Trina
What a wonderful place to gather with family whom we have been missing so much and our cousins playing happily and having slumber parties around your charming nook beds. What a delightful colorful place of beauty you have created! My favorite surprise is seeing the chronicle of how many of God’s people have entered these doors. Blessings!
What a blessing you home was to our family. We made memories and spent time in a beautiful fun place. I loved the built-in beds. I slept in one myself (I’m an adult). The Lord bless you!
Bill James Family
What a magical place to come and celebrate our 10th anniversary! Thank you for obvious care and love you’ve put into this home and for sharing it! We came here with our daughter and some dear friends, and all of us just loved it. Great memories, relaxing by the fire, outrunning the waves on the beach, and sleeping like a dream in your comfy beds! An inspiring time on many levels!
The Gaukels and Millers
Dear Dave and Janet, I really know I’m in rest/relax mode when makeup is not involved – success!! Thank you for your thoughts and efforts on our behalf. What a spectacular gift God has entered you with. I see your hearts to bless others in like kind. Paul and I were touched by your offer to extend our stay and come to Seabrook. The invitation held so much more than I could have imagined and I imagined a lot! Beauty in setting, color, comfort, connection, palate, persons – held together in the beauty of His Person. Will enjoy picturing you here and in you city loft! Love!
Dave and Janet, what a wonderful time you have shown us! Picking us up at midnight, touring us through Seattle, groceries, cooking and the list goes on. Thank you seems a bit trivial but we are grateful for the respite. It was good seeing a little of your world, hearing your hearts and tasting your dreams and tasting your food! Fantastic! Thumbing through the book I see the word, Servant, several times. That fits you. Thanks for serving us and for simple hanging out! God’s blessing on you and your family! Love you guys.
A great place to do great gobs of nothing! I love the vibrancy of the colorful décor! Great food, fun and fellowship! I won the only three games of dominoes. Thanks for letting me share your home in such a beautiful setting in spite of the fog, mist, drizzle, downpour rain! Love you guys so much! Much love!
We were here twice this month – mid month with friends from Florida and just prior to Thanksgiving with Mom, visiting from Pennsylvania. WE enjoyed a beautiful, starry night on arrival this time and another beautiful moon last evening with a blustery storm in between. In any weather, we love curling up by this fire with a good book. Happy Holidays to everyone!
Janet and David
Fantastisk! Koste oss meget! “Hurra” for Norge din Pappa’s livssaga minnet mes om Gud’s Godhet og kjærlighet. Ǿnsker dere fortsaǖ herren’s mange Uelsignelser.
Dave and Janet, I am so glad God has blessed you with this place of rest! Thank you for inviting me to come and participate in the MK Transition planning. Our fellowship, gourmet food, fun on the beach, bike riding, and hot tub soak refreshed me! I hope I can come back someday soon. Blessings!
Thank you so much for everything – your care and amazing hospitality, good food, funny stories and engaging conversations. It was a privilege to be part of this dialogue and influencing the directions of this seminar and MK care. And thank for being part of my life! Love and blessings!
MK Re-entry Planning – what a great place to work! I have loved every minute of the sweet fellowship – great food and more memories made by being together. I am already looking forward to the next time.
Always great to be with you guys! How fun to be on this January with you guys these past years. I love coming out here, relaxing, refreshing and renewing. Thanks for your friendship and your amazing hospitality. Have to get our kids together out here at some point!
Dear Dave and Janet, Thank you so much for the sweet fellowship this week. We ate well and laughed a lot! Even worked! I love you lots with feelings from my heart.
Dave and Donna
Thank you for opening your home. We are a group of graduate students from University of Washington who come to retreat and find creative inspiration in this beautiful house in this beautiful setting. We accomplished a lot and we will return to Seattle recharged and ready to publish our scholarship! Thank you!
Women of Color Collective
This is a very warm home. It has a strong sense of warmth, welcome, and hospitability. We have had a very special time here. Thank you so much for making it available, May the Lord bless you and keep you!
The Hobbs, The Henry’s
Thank you! Thank you! We loved the front porch, hit tub and all that your house allowed for this group of friends! We leave our families and lives behind for the first weekend in March every year. Your home was as welcoming haven for our small band of ladies. We all look forward to returning soon!
The Ladies “Ski Club”
Loved your warm charming home. Comfortably slept everyone and our four girls loved the “princess” beds on the third floor. What a great house! Thanks for opening it to us. We had a blast decorating it for the “Illuminations” contest for the Fourth of July with your big wrap-around porch. We will definately be back. Best family vacation ever!
Olson’s, Sigurdson’s, and Ibale’s