Greetings, everyone! This has been a very difficult week that has found my thoughts and emotions very disjointed and unpredictable. I think the primary reason has been because we've realized it's time for me to head to Baltimore to join Hamp in life there, so we're looking at that happening at the end of the month.
Obviously, I'm ready to be with him but the finality of leaving is beginning to hit me. Well, as final as it can be and still have the house here. We've had good response so far and prospective buyer #8 is coming in the morning to see it. It looks like in order to sell it, though, we're probably going to have to replace the polybutylene pipes inside which will be a royal pain in the...... (You should be very impressed that I can spell polybutylene and I even know what it is and why it needs replaced)! Hopefully, that can be worked into a contract somehow and be done with the house empty or at least close to it.
We've had some really nice spring days recently and Kit and I went outside one afternoon to enjoy the sunshine. I discovered an entrance to the home of the cute little chipmunk that likes to dig in my flower pots. Kit really didn't seem to mind sharing the area.
While it's about to get cold again, there are signs that spring is not far away. I'm sharing these mostly for Tiffany who won't see flowers where she is for a while yet.
High school basketball season is winding down with the region playoffs going on this week. Matthew is the assistant boys coach of the varsity team at Harrison and I've been going to the games. It's hard to take pictures when you want to be discreet since the "child" I want pictures of is one of the coaches. :) But having a good zoom lens is helpful, so this is some of what I've seen twice a week for several weeks now.
Hamp got to come home for Valentine's weekend and while we did get to enjoy some time together, there is always something to be done.
After picking him up from the airport, we went to Newnan to have lunch with his parents and his older brother and only sister got to join us as well.
Kit enjoys having people around she can snuggle with and get cat hair all over and when Hamp was working on something with a flashlight, he stopped and played her favorite game - chase the light!
I think as I get older, I see more and more the seasons of life that Solomon wrote about in Ecclesiastes 3. There really is a time for everything and it feels like I'm experiencing a lot of them at the same time. There's a time to plant and uproot, kill and heal, weep and laugh, embrace and shun embracing, search and give up as lost, and keep and throw away. Whether it's material possessions or relationships, the nature of life is that it's always changing. Sometimes, there's death, but with Christ as our hope, there will always be life.
I got to hold a newborn baby today that was only 2 hours old. (Congratulations Hannah and Jaq - baby Grant is beautiful)! I suppose there's no better way to be reminded that life does go on; it just might not look like you want it to.