We’ve had that image in our minds since we first put an offer on this place. With great optimism, we imagined that we’d get settled in over winter break. We’d be hosting sledding parties in January. We saw ourselves, as March rolled around, rearing to get out there to plant a giant garden and build a chicken coup.
Reality is reining us in yet again. With the mildness of winter this year, we spent winter break building a shed and cleaning the garage, instead of unpacking the basement. Old Man Winter withheld sledding until just this past weekend, when we finally got a snowfall that could cover the grass on our hill. As the dominoes are toppling, I see that our Easter fantasy is fading as fast as my laundry pile is growing.
I am in no way deterred from the vision of what this place is going to be for us, but I am having to rethink the timetable. We chose a smaller house, and it takes a lot longer to get organized and settled in when you have half the cupboards, closets, and garage that you did before. My spring chickens aren’t the only thing I have to let go of. There’s also the extra set of dishes, the spare bed, the computer armoire, that stunning teal sectional…and many, many things that are still in boxes downstairs, yet to be identified for sale or donation.
|Finally breaking in the sledding hill last weekend!|
Hezekiah, I will tell you what's going to happen. This year you will eat crops that grow on their own, and the next year you will eat whatever springs up where those crops grew. But the third year you will plant grain and vineyards, and you will eat what you harvest. Those who survive in Judah will be like a vine that puts down deep roots and bears fruit. 2 Kings 19:29-30