It feels like all we've been doing lately is working, some of these photos testify to the result of that, but also to all the sweet moments in between. We're over at the river house now and it is quite possibly the most beautiful place I've ever lived. I just can't get over the views, the morning light and this rad little cabin that Denver somehow put together largely by himself over the last year. We picked up two cheap inflatable paddle boards from Costco and it's been so fun to access the river from a different vantage point.
The house "to do" list is shrinking day by day. All that's really left is the loft railing, a kitchen island (that will also serve as our dining table) and some more cabinetry in the entry and pantry. I couldn't find cabinets and closet doors that would work in the space for a reasonable price so Denver just ended up making everything out in the driveway these last few weeks, taking his usual DIY philosophy to another level of madness.
The house that we ended up moving into last summer is still managing to defy all reasonable odds by refusing to sell (at a huge loss I might add). It's been a ten year burden and money pit that I've prayed so hard to get out of. It's still ours and though my prayers have not been answered the way I would like, God has provided far more generously then we ever deserved. Even giving us the ability to pay the mortgage every month while still giving Denver the opportunity to work independently.
The house has been a hard blessing (I think of hard blessings as good for the soul but hard on the heart) and a constant reminder that although we are gifted so much independence we are still incredibly dependent on our Creator (nothing self-made going on here!). I'm trying to pray that God would bring us a buyer but that even more importantly I could learn to pay the mortgage or mow the lawn without letting the situation rattle my good cheer and then the good cheer of those around me. Because the truth is, if it wasn't the house getting me all out of sorts there's always something else that could send me for an unattractive tailspin.
God has been so faithful, through the good and the rough, the hard and the easy blessings.