16 April 2014

WIP photos

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.


riona said...

I am sorry things are on hold at present but I believe your Mom is right. We bought our house a little too soon and came close to losing it in the first year while we adjusted to budgeting for the mortgage and utility bills and maintenance ... all things we didn't have to do as renters. Rent and phone bills and groceries were what we were used to. The first year was a learning experience what with needing to replace a furnace and a water heater and repair a leaky roof in addition to the normal costs of feeding and sheltering and doctoring a family of four. Had we waited a while longer and made a larger down payment, that first year would have gone a lot more smoothly. However, we are still in the same house 34 years later so everything worked out in the end. Keep your chin up and just work on getting to the right financial plateau ... and you will have your home with a yard for the little one before you know it.

At least, you won't have to put all your stash in storage right away. And, by the way, your Spring piece is lovely.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your stitching is sweet and perfect for Spring. Set those goals and then work to achieve them - you WILL get there!

Manuela Albanese said...

Lovely needlework!

Stitchinowl said...

Sorry to hear your house hunting plans have been put on hold. You will know when it's the right time.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls