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Kearney Hub Weekend August 17-18, 2019 Family Time All of the Cruise clan grabbed a hammer and saw to build their cherished country home K EARNEY —Ask the children of Heather and Justin Cruise what they enjoy most about their home near Prairie Hills Golf Course south of Pleasanton and they don’t mention having their own rooms with walk-in closets, or the huge fun room in the basement. They don’t mention the wildlife that parades through their backyard or the sweeping vista they view from a raised deck. They don’t mention many of the features that thrill kids about most modern homes. Instead, they mention the stories they accu- mulated as they helped their father, uncle and grandfather raise their home place from the footings to the rafters. “Getting to see what it looks like and learn- ing how to build stuff was my favorite part,” said Cohen, the Cruises’ 12-year-old son, about his experiences building the family’s home. Taylore, 18, is heading off to college at the AT NEARLY 4,400 square feet, the Heather and Justin Cruise house is large, but it wears its size well. BELOW, because most appliances are in the walk-in pantry, decorative pieces can be displayed without cluttering the kitchen counter. A NATURAL gathering place, the kitchen island provides dining capacity for five. JUSTIN AND Heather Cruise have three children: Cohen, left, Taylore, center, and Jordyn. Oakley the dog is a recent addition. CONCEALED by normal appearing pantry doors is the Cruise family’s walk-in pantry. written by Mike Konz photos by Erika Pritchard AT RIGHT, gentle shades of gray and tan make for a sooth- ing envi- ronment in the master bedroom. CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE