The photo shows the highlight of my day yesterday. The after-lunch cool, calm and quiet for the Adoration Chapel in the large parish church. Home, and a place to rest body and soul, to pray for the suffering friends, the home country in days of turmoil... and finally for personal guidance. To collect in the heart and mind what is needed in our family home. Memorare...
Husband and I drove by the 14 acres property, stopped the car on the dirt road in front of it, turned it off, rolled down the windows: we could both see and hear the interstate traffic. The property was beautiful but the location made us scratch it off the list. If we go out of town to 14 acres, we want neither see, nor hear engine noise. (This acreage's delightful morning sounds came to mind.) In town, I saw a house in a beautiful location: 5 bedrooms and a study too. The lot backs up to a common green area where the kids can throw the Frisbee, and the house was brand new, and superbly well finished. Then there was the kitchen: small, no windows. Leads to one eating area (no formal dining room) that has one window, and it faces north. And the single living area on the main floor has two small windows, and they both are not only north-facing, they also lead to a screened in-porch. The entire house had one single south-facing window, in one of the small bedrooms. Well, that also got scratched off the list. (The huge south-facing windows of this house came to mind, as did the eat-in kitchen and large dining room, and main floor living plus family rooms.)
We are beginning to seriously contemplate building, and it may take over a year to just find a lot that backs up to enough needed green space! We'd need a rental and we did look at a little house near campus so husband could walk home. Well, we scratched that off the list too. I don't mind a temporary small kitchen with no dishwasher, but... we must have at least one decent bathroom with fixtures that don't look they will disintegrate if you touch them. And Husband should be able to stand up in the shower. And I need to be able to breathe inside the home. :-(
So the homeless life continues. So help us God.