We first slept in our new house a week ago, exactly one year after we first saw this property. The first few nights were more like camping than living in a house. However, we have begun to settle in. Nancy found some good deals on furniture at a local re-sale shop and I, with much help, worked to transfer our stuff from storage into the house. There is still a lot to finish, but we are beginning to feel at home here.
We hosted our first dinner guests last Tuesday evening. Since we had not found our dishes yet, we used paper plates. We also didn’t have our regular silverware, so Nancy’s grandmother’s tarnished antique silver filled in.
Our son Jesse and his new wife Cecile, along with Jesse’s friend Miles, and Miles’s dog spent a couple days with us as we celebrated the Christmas holiday. They spent Christmas Eve day helping us move stuff from storage and unpacking. Then we all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve service at the church with which Nancy and I have been connecting. Nancy was disappointed that we did not have a Christmas tree, but there simply wasn’t time. Today she found an artificial tree at a huge discount and plans to trim it in time for our family gathering January first.
Now that we are becoming comfortable here, I am uncertain how to proceed…
The house is functioning and we passed the final inspection. However, much needs to be completed before we can consider construction done. Shelves need to be built in the basement, garage, in my office, etc. There are a number of places that still need to be painted. Curtains and blinds need to be hung. There are scores of boxes in the basement that should be dealt with. The stairs to the basement need to be finished. I would like to keep pushing until we finish. However, we have already invested so much time and money… We missed our first two completion dates and we have over-spent our budget.
On the other hand, it seems appropriate for me to re-focus my attention back on global ministry opportunities that have moved to the back burner during the past six months.
I pray for the Lord’s direction as we enter 2016!