The latest progress photo on Giving Us Spring. It's almost finished. I have to do a few more leaves and I think a purple flower or two more, and it's done. It's taken longer than anticipated, but I hadn't planned on losing a day cleaning the garage when I started it either.
The Lord may have given us Spring for a few days, but he seems to have taken it back. It rained all day yesterday; by the early evening, there was sleet coming down. And guess when the gas light came on in the car? So I was out in the sleet, in my sweatshirt, pumping gas . . . I am so ready for summer. This morning, it was 29 when we left for school, 55 degrees colder than it was on Sunday. I think they are calling for a warm up, but Easter weekend won't be super warm. At least it did not snow. I was worried about that, after how they messed up the forecast on March 30th--called for snow showers and we got a lot more than showers. But my daffodils are looking worse for wear.
We also made the very hard decision that, financially, buying a house is not the best idea now. It's been a roller coaster, but I'd rather we live in this perfectly lovely house for a year or so more, get our financial house in order, and be able to buy whatever we want than to be constantly worried about how the bills get paid. I was upset Monday, because we actually found a lovely house with room for us, but Mom told me how, when they bought their first house, they looked at ones that they liked and couldn't get approved for, and then ones they didn't jump on quick enough, and it hurt, but now, they can see that the house they bought was better in the long run. I watched Someone Small run around that yard of that pretty house, and she was laughing so big, and I pictured her being so happy in that yard, and whatever it takes to get her that, that's what I am willing to do. I still have a tremendous sense that it will work out in the end, but I'm putting it in the hands of God (I seem to put a lot of things there, but he has a good track record of supporting me), and hoping that, whatever happens, it's for the best. But I'm also working on what I can fix.