Friday, May 25, 2012

Things I love

Finding the joy in life right now is a bit of a struggle. It is temporary, I’m sure, but at times like these it is very difficult to write anything anyone would want to read. No one tunes in here to have their day brought down into the very depths.

Things are happening.

I have discovered the truth in the saying: “The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.” Now if only I could be. Patient, that is.

We put our house on the market a couple weeks ago. No one has even looked at it yet. I suppose I was too optimistic if I thought it would sell in nine days like our neighbor’s place did. Average time on the market is much longer than that. I was hoping we might get lucky although I should know better. Real estate is stressful.

A friend of mine composes a list of 10 things she loves every Thursday. I so admire her for this as here lately the things I love are buried under a heap of difficulties and I can’t even think of one. I’m sure at times hers are, too, but she is pretty faithful to the effort each week.

So in an effort to improve my outlook, here goes:

- My sewingroom. We have placed almost every personal item we own in storage in preparation for showing the house. Only two rooms were not stripped bare, our son’s bedroom and my sewingroom. I told the realtor I would be willing to repaint it, but until we get an offer, that room has to function for me.
 - The flexibility, openness and acceptance we find in our church and pastor. My soul can be at rest there again.

- Our puppy, Finn. He is cute as a button and completely rotten. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who loves him. He barks. He digs. He steals Liam’s toys and takes them out into the yard. At times he is so bad I feel guilty for ever bringing him home in the first place, and I’m sure my husband will make me pay for it forever, but I do love the little blighter.
- My work. I am jumping these days a bit more than I would like, but I do love what I do.

- Our son, Liam. He “graduated” from preschool this week and got and award for being most respectful and honest. We are very proud.
- My car, Sally. She is a 2003 Mustang Convertible. V6. Sonic Blue. Loaded. Prior to Liam coming along, she was my baby and I still love driving this car.
- My husband. I love this man with all my heart and it is a constant and pleasant surprise to me that he seems to love me, too.
- Spending time on the deck. We have a beautiful outside space on the back of our house. If it ever does sell, it’s what I am likely to miss the most.

- The green and coolness of these beautiful spring days.

- Friends, old and new, who love us enough to make an effort to spend time with us when we are in their vicinity. Looking forward to tomorrow!


Early said...

...and I love you with all my heart!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I loved seeing your list of things you love. It really is a great way to focus on the gifts we already have instead of focusing on those we don't. I know it helps me do that! Hoping things turn around with selling your house soon!

Maggie said...

Awww ... it took me way to long to get back and read you. What a time of transition for the Early family! Exciting and stressful ... and you will get through it.

I love you, and your sewing room, and your husband and Liam. Now I just have to meet the doggie!