Mom’s house is now full of boxes and new carpet!! The old carpet and thus the old homeowners cats and dogs are gone, the house was cleaned from top to bottom on the inside, a tub surround was removed, new carpet was laid and a truck full of Mom’s earthly belongings was moved in and partially unpacked- all in the span of 29 hours. We got in the house Wednesday at 11am and this morning her kitchen is all but unpacked , the major furniture has been set up and her bedroom has begun to be set up. There’s still much to do yet but little by little, Mom will settle in to her new house.
Now for those of you who were skeptical that she was buying a house she had yet to see and trusting her daughter and son in law to find her a house she would love, I say to you “Pllllththth”. That would be me sticking out my tongue and blowing raspberries at you!! J She LOVES the house and has no regrets. We are all in awe of how God arranged everything, working out details we could never have done on our own, giving us stamina to not only find her the perfect house but finishing off the end of a semester here at the school. And keeping Mom going as she packed 24 years of life in Springfield all by herself (and with her friend Andrea’s amazing help) And kudos to her that it was all done when Joel got there so all they had to do was load the truck.
And now for a small reward, we get to escape for the weekend, just Joel and I. Last fall, we did a wedding for some friends and much to our surprise, the bride’s parents gave us two nights at a bed and breakfast and a dinner out as a thank you. Mind you we asked them not to do anything but those Crittendens are stubborn people and didn’t listen!! J Well I must say that today we are so thankful we made those reservations months ago, not knowing what was coming in our lives and we are more than ready to go away and celebrate 7 wonderful years together! Joel’s brother and his wife, Jon and Christine are coming up to care for the kids while we are gone and of course Mom and Grace will be here too so I think they’ll all survive the weekend without us!
I’ve told Joel all I want to really do is sleep! Sleep and sleep and sleep! Needless to say, we are ready to go!