We hope our wooded property will eventually be a peaceful sanctuary. However, it is now full of poison ivy!
When do you decide that the cost is too great and it is time to cut your losses and move on? This was a question that I entertained yesterday as the township reviewer was returning our “Stormwater Management plan” to Harbor Engineering, the firm we hired to develop the plan. The person who reviewed the one inch thick document had 18 “comments” divided into three sections. My experience is that every time a document changes hands, it costs at least another week.
Nancy and I purchased the abandoned church property in Lititz, PA in February and immediately began applying for permits to transform it into our home. At that time, based on the information we had, we expected the permit process to take several weeks. We are now approaching six months and the end is not in sight! This delay is costly and disheartening.
We are grateful for our local friends, Debbie and Werner Mosimann, who are allowing Nancy and me to live in a basement bedroom of their beautiful Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast and sharing their kitchen and lives with us. However, I fear we will wear out our welcome before we even begin construction of our own house.
Added to the discouragement from the delay is an outbreak of poison ivy rash that is spreading around my body. The half acre property has an abundance of the plant. In the past I have not been allergic and therefore I was not careful in the process of removing it. I guess I over-exposed myself and now I have developed the rash.
I see parallels between the permit process and the poison ivy rash. With both, I feel victimized. I don’t know when either will end. Both are uncomfortable. With both, there are some things I can do, but mostly I have to wait. So, I choose to trust God … and wait.
Nancy drove our Yaris and I drove our Tacoma with the trailer from Spokane to Lititz
Like me, you have probably heard that moving can be one of the most stressful life experiences. Nancy and I have moved a few times together. After our wedding, we moved into the Marengo House in Pasadena, CA. When our kids were young, we moved to Denver, CO. Eight years ago we moved to Spokane, WA. And now, we are moving to Lititz, PA. I say we are moving because we are currently living with friends and our stuff is in a storage unit.
I agree that moving can be stressful. However, in each of our moves the stress has been mitigated by wonderful friends. This move has made me keenly aware of how needy Nancy and I are. It is humbling to realize that we could not be effectively completing this move without a large network of friends.
It is impossible for me to list all the practical help we have received from friends. Some of the more obvious are: Our friends pitched in to help us pack the house for the initial drive across the country in the U-Haul truck in April. They showed up again to help us clear out the remaining items as we prepared for the drive across the country last week. They came back after we left to clear out the stuff we could not get to before we left. On this end, friends are opening their home to us until our house is finished. What would we have done, how would we have survived without all this help?
Furthermore, our friends have provided us with an abundance of emotional support. The “good-byes” in Spokane were sad, but so affirming! The assurance of prayer support have lifted our spirits.
Nancy and I are rich because of our friends. We do not take them for granted. We wish there were ways for us to return their favors, but that feels impossible to us. Instead, we pray that God, who has given us these wonderful friends, will bless each one and return to them an abundance of reward for the goodness they have given us.