| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

The Mystery of the Kansas Gnome Homes


(birds chirping) (soft piano music) (soft piano music) (whimsical orchestral music) (whimsical orchestral music) (whimsical orchestra music) (whimsical orchestra music) (birds chirping) – [Girl In Gray Shirt]
Look over here, guys, there’s another one over here. – [Young Girl] Oh, guys, look in here. – [Girl] Hey, what is it? (children laughing) – There’s two more. (children laughing) – [Young Boy] There’s another one. – [Young Girl] Oh, looky. What’s in here? – [Young Boy] I don’t know. – Hey. – [Young Boy] I wonder
where the fairies are. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – [Young Boy] They just had tea. – Well there looks to be
a small gnome community moving into Overland Park. Take a look at these tiny gnome homes. How they are being built, is a mystery. It’s being called Firefly Forest. – The city doesn’t know
why’s building them but they’ve actually found
two along Tomahawk Trail. (birds chirping) – We move all the time, we
basically move once a year because of my dad’s job. I’ve moved 13 times in
my 15 years of life. I hope we can stay in Kansas. I’m sick of moving. (soft guitar music) (pans banging) – Hey, I love you. When we first got married
I thought we’d buy a house and live in it forever. I never imagined having to
pick up and move every year. This move is a lot
different, we barely unpacked and my husband is moving out. – [Robyn’s Husband] This has
been a really hard time for us. I worry most about Tyler ‘cause he’s just got the sweetest heart and I’m not quite sure
how he’s handling it. – I didn’t really like Kansas at first, but then we discovered the forest. I can’t feel sad here. (bright orchestra music) – That’s pretty cool, huh? – [Kelly] You like that? – [Evie] Yeah. – Evie is constantly
seeking out the houses. When she does see a door she just runs. – [Evie] Not in there. – I’ve been on a journey that
I never thought I’d be on. I have a daughter that’s seven. And then I have a daughter
that’s forever three, named Allie. And she died last June from brain cancer. Can you find a stick over here that would be good for making art? Allie always loved being outside. She had this spirit that
you could not contain. – Ahh, eeeeh. – I mean she loved nature. And I think it was probably
around the age of two that she started really just loving owls. She just thought they were so cute. She had books about owls, and
she was a terrible sleeper. So then we would just kind of
be like, “Oh, it’s little owl.” You know ‘cause she’s up, she’s a night owl. It was a fitting nickname. (whimsical orchestra music) (birds chirping) – We would go on the trail
kind of as a distraction at times when grief
became too overwhelming. We’re like we need to get
outside, we need to get fresh air. It just felt magical, we
had come upon the house where you could leave
a note for the fairy. I wrote a note in memory of Allie. And it was really almost
like a message in a bottle. When you have to pick up
the pieces and rebuild and it’s very hard. Very. (melancholy music) (whimsical orchestra music) – It’s so cute. – Okay, one, two, three, smile, Ethan. (whimsical orchestra music) (whimsical orchestra music) – I started the blog
because I had been taking photographs and I wanted to
share the wonder of the forest. I love the little, uh, just the hints that there is activity. You know the one house, I
think it’s 12 Hollow Tree Lane that goes from moving boxes, they had the detail of like Acorn Movers on them. And then all of a sudden those are gone, and it’s redecorated. Living in suburbia can
be extremely isolating, but all of a sudden when
there’s little additions in the forest that make people curious then you have a real community. (whimsical orchestra music) – Look. (birds chirping) – [Young Girl] A fairy house. – [Man] Yep. (whimsical orchestra music) (whimsical orchestra music) (mysterious music) (drill whining) (mysterious music) (birds chirping) – [Evie] Mom, look. (soft music) – [Kelly] What’s it say? – [Evie] Little Owl. – [Kyle] She’s got a fairly house, huh? – [Kelly] Who would do this? – [Kyle] That’s really neat. – It’s cool. – It’s the most beautiful
act of compassion that a stranger would
know the pain and think, “I should do something to
honor that short life.” – I was notified by one
of my crew that were some gnome houses out on the bike trail. My director asked me to remove one of these gnome houses in the hope that it would elicit a
response from the creator. And so we picked it up and brought it back to park headquarters. – Whoever’s putting these out there, what’s the ultimate plan? Are they gonna keep adding ’em? Are they gonna maintain them? Are they gonna fall apart?
Are they gonna be stolen? Some of those are in the flood plain, they’re gonna wash away. That’s my responsibility
to make sure we approve what goes into our parks. – [Alex Voiceover] Regulars to the trail were delighted with the
appearance of 12 Hollow Tree Lane. But the delight was followed within a day, with stunned disbelief
at its disappearance. Fear was quelled a bit by the
appearance of a WEMA tent. – Everybody has an opinion about how this forest has come alive. – It might be some very,
very wonderful grandparents. – [Blogger] Nobody really knows for sure, it’s just kind of rumors and whispers. – I’m wondering who is doing it. – I like it being a mystery. – It’s not me. – I’m the least fairy type
person you’d ever meet, and I think it’d be cool to do it, so you never know, it could be anybody. (drill whining) (soft music) (soft music) (drill whining) (hopeful music) – In the beginning, we didn’t
do this for other people. We did it for us. Alright, Ty, what do you think? I would love for them to not
experience the pain of divorce and to stay in that childish
space for a little bit longer. – [Young Girl] Oh, look at them. – [Robyn] Once we saw the
happiness that it brought to other people we were hooked. (children laughing) – It really is amazing
to watch people smile. And to witness that, to be a part of it. Why wouldn’t you wanna create more? (hammer tapping) (drill whining) Okay guys, we have to move really fast. Are we ready, set, go. (suspenseful music) Okay, Ty, you wanna step up in front of us and light the way? We’re gonna lift it up and we’re
gonna just set it on there. You need to go in further. Yup, Ty, come be on lookout. (birds chirping) – So up ahead here is the
tree where I left the note. – Oh, I see it.
– Yeah. – Oh, how nice. – For the fairy. – Oh, my goodness. – Look how it’s carved. – In her name. – I know. – And what a wonderful place for you and Kyle, and Evie to come to. – Oh, I know, isn’t it beautiful? – Oh it’s so healing, oh. – It was in the winter time when I first got the note
about the little owl. I collect them very quickly,
so that nobody sees me. And then I stuff them in my
pocket or I put ’em in my bag. And I remember going
through all of the notes. And they’re very sweet, I love
you, I believe in fairies. You know things like that. And then I came to that
one, and, and it just halted me. And I cried and, you know,
I, I just thought, “Oh, my gosh, somebody’s
lost their child.” Immediately my thought was, “Well, of course, we’ll
make a door for her.” It just seemed natural, it
seemed like the right thing to do and I could do it so I did. – What do you think she’d
say if she saw this? – She’d say, “Gramma,
pease will you take me to see the little owl house?” – Sounds like her. – And what do you think I’d say? – “Yes.” (both laughing) (soft orchestra music) (birds singing and chirping) – I’m really, really sorry. I have done everything
that I can think to do to keep us here in Kansas, I
know you both really wanna stay, but we are going to need to move to Utah. I really need to finish school, and we need a little
bit of family support. – I know life isn’t fair, but this really just isn’t fair. We just got here, and me
and Ty’re really startin’ to make some friends and
don’t wanna leave it. I’m kinda mad at dad right now, just I don’t wanna start over again. – What’s this mean for the houses? – The city is making us take ’em down. (melancholy music) (soft guitar music) – [Robyn] Alright. – [Tyler] So are we gonna
throw all this stuff away? – [Robyn] No, but we’re
just putting it in the bag to get it out of here. (melancholy music) I’m definitely moving onto
a new place in my life. It’s the turning of a page,
beginning of a new story. We’re not gonna touch that one. – [Tyler] At least that one gets to stay. (hammer tapping) (whimsical orchestra music) (whimsical orchestra music) Ahhh. – Nice, got it? – Got it. – [Robyn] Good job. – [Tyler] I dub thee no
longer Firefly Forest. (whimsical orchestra music) – I wonder if we’re quiet if
we can listen for the owls. (owls hooting) – [Kyle] Did you hear that, Evie? – As the watcher, I try just to share the anonymous work of the creators of this
wonderful project with the world. This beautiful little book
that appeared in the forest this past week is not
just a decoration or prop. It’s an actual book containing
a beautiful, original poem that moved me to tears: In the midst of a busy city Lives a small forest
that’s charming and pretty. There’s more to this forest
than some choose to see. This magical place can
set your heart free. – Those who feel lost, forgotten or down Will find in this forest
there is love all around. – [Young Girl] You’ll not be
forgotten is what they’ll say. We love you, we’ll lift you. You’ll find your way. – You’re stronger than you think you are. – You are not alone. – [Kelly] We’ll never be far. – [Alex] What you need is what you’ll find among the ferns and fireflies. Once you have felt of
their kindness and grace take it with you when
you leave this place. – [Robyn] Share of yourself,
and let them all see. The power of kindness, just as the fireflies have done for me. (whimsical orchestra music) (birds chirping) (melancholy orchestra music)

100 Comments

Kazyo Cy_ko

Sep 9, 2019, 2:29 pm Reply

Oh my god the poem ❤️❤️❤️

The Hipster

Sep 9, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

Rip, young girl. ? ?

The Hipster

Sep 9, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

People are idiots that take those down.

Princess Pascual

Sep 9, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

This is different video and places that ive been and danm it the commercials

Rhian Beatrice Dela Cruz

Sep 9, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

Is this a true story?

Shannon Denham

Sep 9, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

Love is spoken here? LDS did it

Ravist Gacha

Sep 9, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

I wanna go to Kansas and leave a note for my friend Adrian Benedict because his mom died

Ravist Gacha

Sep 9, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

everyone:NOOOO!THEY ARE LEAVING KANSAS AND THEY'RE MAKING THE HOUSES GONE WAAAAAH! .
God: what is your sin
Person who removed the gnome houses to make them remove it:I removed cute gnome houses and made those kids cry.
God:(send him to burn in hell)

Ravist Gacha

Sep 9, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

I CRIED!!

TheChaoticFluffy

Sep 9, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

This is where keemstar lives

sudeshna chakraborty

Sep 9, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

Very sweet and nice, really my heart can feel this emotion. I am happy after seeing this cute sweet emotion. Happiness can be felt in these little tiny homes of fairy. Even when I was a small girl I used to imagine little homes and life style of small but Beautiful Creatures.

Kaltra Cobaj

Sep 9, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

That was so beautiful ?

Dazhunique France

Sep 9, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

This is amazing and I’m just sitting here crying my eyes out!!!!

Dazhunique France

Sep 9, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

Why take the houses down!!! This makes the adults and their children happy!!!! I’m glad they didn’t take The Little Owl house down

Big Red

Sep 9, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

5.9k thumbs down what is wrong with people. Perhaps they are for the decision that city hall made about removing the fairy houses. What is a park anyways.

maria cisneros-ruiz

Sep 9, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

The owl part fucken got me

Chloe bug

Sep 9, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

#cryingsooooomuch

KG_SAIA1217YT

Sep 9, 2019, 4:21 am Reply

Happiness
Left the chat

Jack Jin

Sep 9, 2019, 9:03 am Reply

.????i

SandyDandygUrl

Sep 9, 2019, 5:29 am Reply

This makes me sad, seeing them take away the little houses

Robin Schings

Sep 9, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

What happened to this family in their new life in Utah? That's all I want to know…..her boys are so sweet, I hope they were able to find home in Utah 🙁

Nanis Aladdin

Sep 9, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

I can’t believe there are people who clicked dislike on this!!?
This is one of the most beautiful videos I have seen ❤️

Sara Jimbo

Sep 9, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

The wizard of oz this sure ain't Kansas anymore

Eli I think I 8 won Gray

Sep 9, 2019, 12:13 am Reply

What a horrible park service you need to have to them ask you to take out a community icon and comfort.

xCameronx

Sep 9, 2019, 9:33 am Reply

They have to stay. If they don't want to, let them stay in Kansas. Those fairy houses make me smile and make me cruious. That city is taking away hapiness from all of the people there. Whose doing this is going to hell for punishment. I live in the Philippines and these houses make me imagine things I couldn't magined before. If i was born on a lower year, i would fly there right away before it was gone. Everyone is unknown on the internet just like me but your always loved. That forest means everything to me. I can't describe how much i want to kill those who keep on taking down the houses even though i didn't go thete before. I just feel like sobbing. I jsut want to have a chance to look in one house, explore and experience. Kansas, please be a better place. That forest is so special to us all. Im not begging for likes nor replies but i ask for feedback and opinions. Please if your in Kansas spread the legend. That forest is magical and cannot be forgotten. Kansas learn from your mistakes and make that forest the way it supposed to be.

egg

Sep 9, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

This is beautiful ?

Captain Crow

Sep 9, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Jesus, imagine you brand new house being broken into by a bunch of people. Poor gnomes.

Retarded memes page

Sep 9, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

I cried

7Carnation Juju Fam

Sep 9, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

Your story inspires me much. I gt emotional. My tears fall down. God bless.

Jennifer Gornowicz

Sep 9, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

R.I.P Allie/little owl

Sippy Cup &&&&&

Sep 9, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

WHAT i live in that area ??? I gotta find those

Waffles & Cookies

Sep 9, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

WTF cops! It's the only job that make the person happy
And I liked it❤️

Condolences to you Little Owl
?????

Juan Rodriguez

Sep 9, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

I moved 13 time in my 10 year old life

Juan Rodriguez

Sep 9, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

No 10

skyler12345655 Gaming

Sep 9, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

YOUVE BEEN GNOMED

Krystal Perez

Sep 9, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

Beautiful.

Harlequin King

Sep 9, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

So Kansas City?

CocoaBeanzz

Sep 9, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

when I clicked this I didn't expect to cry

Sahdah

Sep 9, 2019, 8:16 pm Reply

I'm not crying– you're crying! Of course OP management is like y'all need a permit.

Mikael Jaen

Sep 9, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

those people taking down those little houses, is so hard. they didn't mess around the place.

Nickelgoose

Sep 9, 2019, 10:48 pm Reply

I live in Overland Park

holly van vleck

Sep 9, 2019, 3:13 am Reply

this is awesome! i spent my childhood searching for gnomes.

Cupcake Sprinkle

Sep 9, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

That is a nomes house you cruel man

Abycus Unlimited

Sep 9, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply

Which city was this??? I have angry letters to send.

Denia Vega

Sep 9, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

I love magic all around my dad wanted to build that for me and that's when we could see …but now he's blind and he's being to see I want to make his dream come true so wish me luck

Mang Tani Marino

Sep 9, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

Wow

NiceDevil

Sep 9, 2019, 5:30 am Reply

Whoa this is near where I live andI have never heard of this

Addison Oaks

Oct 10, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

Is there such thing as crying to much cause i just did

DOSTGOYEVSKY !

Oct 10, 2019, 9:35 am Reply

This lady said the N Word

ShOrTee DoWoP

Oct 10, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

RIP Little Owl? rest easy babygirl.

Bhullar Preet

Oct 10, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

No words to explain???

Cxains_ Atom

Oct 10, 2019, 4:33 am Reply

Ooooooh snail :3 I saw a snail so I’m happy now

Swishermanx 23

Oct 10, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

Wouldn't it be wierd/scary if you were gnome and random giant young creatures would start searching your home like a swat team and going through your mail box and crap

egal

Oct 10, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

People: We love this fun addition to our neighborhood woods!
Government: TAKE IT DOWN

Rose Pebble

Oct 10, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

That was bittersweet.

Arian C Barton

Oct 10, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

How beautiful. I hope theyve kept that door in memory of her daughter ?

Bisonmini15 Lew

Oct 10, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

City: takes down the houses
Everyone: You will forever be known as the town who should be moved out of the US!

LavKanya _98

Oct 10, 2019, 10:49 am Reply

Why is Youtube always late for showing the good stuff to me?!??? Btw, this is the most adorable and the most heartwarming thing I've ever seen. I applaud the family who took this beautiful initiative. Hope somewhere someone learns something from this!

Pamela Nadel

Oct 10, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

Who gives this a thumbs down?! ? you haters must be the most miserable people on the planet. My heart and prayers go to little owl's family and to the amazing "fairies" that brought beauty to others. God bless!

iHatemeLIVE

Oct 10, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

do eye care no obama care

Zappa Wench

Oct 10, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

What a horrible "Jobsworth" of a park ranger, removing gnome houses which enchanted, delighted and brought joy to people.

Amalgathor Deibos Nemah Menace

Oct 10, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

This both restores and destroys my faith in humanity

Dona Bennis

Oct 10, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

l was crying through out

Nei Alaffa

Oct 10, 2019, 3:12 pm Reply

Simply beautiful and fantastic, I made my own little community in my front yard,

Secundus Duo

Oct 10, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

Move to my country Malaysia,.we always welcoming ur family here,.n we hv more forest of wonder for u,

Erin McGillicuddy

Oct 10, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

The World ruins everything good and magical. This sucks

Brilliant Alias

Oct 10, 2019, 11:19 am Reply

OMG The "WEMA TENT" ? perfect response

Brilliant Alias

Oct 10, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

The builders are my heroes!! ?‍♀️ Fairy houses coming to a forest near you!!
side note; Wonder if the 2 women ever met?

Nøxturn

Oct 10, 2019, 6:41 pm Reply

Song name of the intro please…

Thea Umotoy

Oct 10, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

She’s just the carpenter for the gnomes the gnomes lived with her and they’re moving too

І. Д.

Oct 10, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

SUUUPEERRR!!! THEANKS YOU!!! ДЯКУЮ!!!

Mahoney Family

Oct 10, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

I love this i wish they did not move

Unknown Secrets

Oct 10, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

Nooooooo XC I’m cryinggg
I’m gonna try and do this but I’m not very good at wood work 🙁

Driades Elixirs

Oct 10, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

Amazing souls!

Serina Medrano

Oct 10, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

That was the most loving caring video I've seen in a while it sucks for the kids to move around …

SKEler Mattison

Oct 10, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

Imagine if she opened the door that had littel owl written on it and she geats gnomed

Judy Haynes

Oct 10, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

Those nasty park rangers around 7:40 just ruined the whole thing. Shame on you.

FLUXXEUS

Oct 10, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

Here be fairies ?

Here were fairies ?

Coconut Breeze

Oct 10, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

I live in overlandpark kansas

Carol Picard

Oct 10, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

greg ruether if you dont dreams let the kid do dummy i dont know how you get the director with your small brain

James Porter

Oct 10, 2019, 9:17 am Reply

Just found this cool video… My heart is breaking as she talks about her daughter…… While my 3 year old daughter is laying next to me in bed. I literally cannot imagine such a loss, i have no words. I will hold her a little closer tonight. I

James Porter

Oct 10, 2019, 9:33 am Reply

First time in a while that I've been this emotional @ a YouTube video. Thank you for bringing this story to me

Thau Do

Oct 10, 2019, 9:37 am Reply

Now we know whose doing it

Starbucks lover

Oct 10, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

My mom saw a fairy garden ??????????????????????????

Starbucks lover

Oct 10, 2019, 12:49 pm Reply

Aw so cute ?❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️? ❤️??❤️? ❤️❤️ awwwwwww awwwwwwwwwww awwwwwwwwwwwww

Starbucks lover

Oct 10, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

Your rouning my child hood stop let fairy's do it ok!

Starbucks lover

Oct 10, 2019, 12:54 pm Reply

Even though I'm going to be at my poppas for the weekend I amost cryed

haleybrooke

Oct 10, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

The people who disliked this have no soul??

tiny’s world

Oct 10, 2019, 4:08 am Reply

I know how hard it is to lose someone you LOVE i lost my dog she died its hard for me like its hard for you to lose your part of your family its more harder for you but my brother said my dog was just a suipt dog and it was norhing morr than that and i said your wrong

Leighton Galvin

Oct 10, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

I live in Kansas and I love finding them

Christine May

Oct 10, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

The sweetest gesture I have ever heard of. What a kind family. I enjoyed it very much. We are from Kansas, and it is a shame they wouldn't allow you to continue with the forest project. Bless you.

Karlito Dued

Oct 10, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

Donald trump:Lets build a wall across the Gnomes and America

Miguel Melendez

Oct 10, 2019, 4:12 pm Reply

Kansas Park Authorities are total asshats!!!!!!

Miranda Fisher

Oct 10, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

I’m not crying you are ???

Emma Kleiner

Oct 10, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

omg this is dam cute

Jroabadger01 badger01

Oct 10, 2019, 2:08 pm Reply

I cried ??

John Finlay

Oct 10, 2019, 2:29 pm Reply

This was all because of her husband divorced her

WillowTree_ Edits

Oct 10, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

Too bad it permanently closed ?

Fitz Simon Sanchez

Oct 10, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

Is there a children's book out of this?! That would be amazing!

jaime roman

Oct 10, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

I watched this a long time ago and now I'm watching it again because I saw it on my page

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