Treasures Of Traditions
By Anna Margaret Wilson
There are few things we enjoy more during the holiday season than traditions; the moments passed down from generation to generation – cookie baking, our parent’s childhood ornaments, and watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Some families have traditions galore, while some are creating their very own in the here and now. Nothing warms a heart like watching young people invest in keeping traditions alive, and that’s exactly what Tyler and Hannah Newsome do in their day to day.
Tyler and Hannah grew up together, both of them attending Abney Elementary, Moses Middle, and East Paulding High School together. They both spent most of their free time growing up at New Hope Ball Park and East Paulding High School, playing football and cheerleading. While Tyler and Hannah didn’t date in high school, they were always friends. They even had a physics class together, and they now love to joke that if it had been a chemistry class they might have fallen in love sooner! It wasn’t until after Tyler graduated and Hannah was a senior that they reconnected. They’ve been head over heels in love ever since, and just celebrated two years of marriage in November!
Tyler attended Chattahoochee Tech here in Dallas and currently works as an assistant to one of the lead pastors at West Ridge Church. Hannah attended University of West Georgia and now teaches 3rd grade at W.C. Abney Elementary – a sweet tribute to their love story!
Tyler and Hannah both help lead the Young Adult Ministry at West Ridge – a community for 18-30 year olds that helps create fully devoted followers of Jesus! “Many students leave the church after high school and never step foot in the doors of a church again. One of the biggest results of this is losing the connection with people your age and in the same stages of life as you. We want to make sure the Church is there to help young adults transition into college, the work place and any other season life brings.” They lead a weekly Friday night Young Adult small group, hosting around 20 young people in their home as they grow closer together while growing closer to Jesus.
In addition to the Newsome’s group, there are about 10 other groups around the same size meeting all across the community. One Thursday a month, the groups meet at West Ridge for their Young Adult Gathering. All 18-30 year olds around the community are welcome to attend the gatherings to connect! At the end of the night, they have a change to join a group and begin to experience the Biblical community so many young adults are missing.
This couple has a true treasure on their hands – their Downtown Dallas home! Most homes in this area stay in the family, but theirs was hand-picked by God and given to them at the most perfect time. It is one of the oldest properties in Paulding County – built in the mid 1800’s by Civil War Veteran James P. Cooper. After a change of hands, the home was rented out for nearly 100 years, until Tyler and Hannah found it in 2016! They have slowly renovated it piece by piece, making it their own before moving in after their wedding in 2017.
Tyler and Hannah have done an extraordinary job preserving the charm of their home; the original heart pine floors, shiplap, and 12 foot ceilings are just a few of their home’s notable features. Decorating a property with such a rich history has fueled their love for old furniture, antiques, and vintage decor.
However, their love for antiques goes far beyond finding beautiful pieces for their home! Tyler and Hannah have traveled all across the southeast in search of unique antiques. Tyler ended up building a shed behind their house that has transformed into a charming little country store. It has become a home to all of the unique pieces they’ve found over the years. They sell quite a few of their finds at Woodstock Antiques, and have dedicated an Instagram page to their journey – @georgiamotoroil. Their favorite find to date is an original sign from Moss Chevrolet Dealership which was once located in Downtown Dallas – now Wender & Roberts Pharmacy. The 4×8 foot hand-painted sign dates back to the 1940s and can now be found in the Newsome’s dining room, hanging above the fireplace.
As for their own Christmas traditions, Tyler and Hannah’s favorite thing is to decorate their tree together while listening to Christmas music! They always try to pick out a new ornament whenever they go somewhere new. They look forward to spending time with family and their sweet pup, Georgie, this holiday season!
Bringing new life into old roots has been such a testament to God’s faithfulness in their lives, and they hope to pour that same knowledge into the generations to come. It has been so special getting to know people who love Dallas and are committed to keeping traditions and history alive!