travelled from one rental house to another. We lived in someone else’s house
and pulled weeds from someone else’s garden, and lived by someone else’s rules. What we longed for more than anything else was a place of
house. It’s practically impossible to save money when a family is continually
increasing in size. But through the goodness of God, our dream did became
thinking about it. It was such a wonderful feeling.
was ours. Small garden? No problem. It will be OUR garden! Small bedrooms? No problem.
As long as we can squeeze the beds in, we’ll be happy. They’ll be OUR bedrooms.
wasn’t huge, but it was certainly not small. And it was going to be all OURS!
no more moving, no more regular inspections, no more landlord’s rules. I still grin when I look around. This is our
home and I love it very much.
So we’ve lived here now for nearly six years, and are we still satisfied
with our home?
Sometimes I think another bedroom would be nice, or a bigger
laundry. How about a decking running across the width of the back of the
house? French doors could lead from the back bedrooms and also the
family room, to this outdoor area. Can you imagine sitting outside,
looking over a valley of gum trees, enjoying a glass of wine, or even a meal, while listening to the kookaburras chuckling on the fence?
Oh yes, that would be delightful. A sparkling swimming pool down at the bottom of the
garden would surely add to our pleasure too.
On Sundays when we drive into town to go to Mass, we pass
right by a huge hardware warehouse. The car park is always full. It must
be one of the most popular places in our area. Everyone, it seems, is busy
improving their homes. It’s big business. Should we also start improving our
property? Perhaps we could begin work on that decking.
decking and the pool? We’re managing just fine with the four bedrooms we
already have. Yes, a bigger home would be nice but I don’t think it’s for us. I want to remain grateful for what we already have, which is much more than we used to hope for. I
don’t want to lose that I-can’t-believe-this-is-OUR-house feeling. I don’t want to let dissatisfaction creep into
our lives. Because where will it end? Do you know what I mean?
improving, even if we can do without that decking. For a start, I am going to
make it twice as big by eliminating half its contents. But size isn’t
everything. There must be other ways of improving a home. Perhaps we could make it more welcoming, more comfortable, an even better place
to live? But how? I don’t think the answer is stuff. So what is it? Do you have any ideas?
And you could hop over to Facebook and see what’s going on on my Sue Elvis Writes page. (I posted a link to some delicious cakes!)