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.