Calm is Under-Rated
Seriously, I don’t think that there’s ever going to actually be a time that my life is calm. Even accounting for the fact that I am the proud mother of an active four-year-old, and my definition of calm has changed… my life still never matches that description. On Thursday evening, I decided I have to move.
Now, I’ve contemplated moving before, but decided against it, because the place where we live looks completely perfect for us – it’s a nice, two-bedroom townhouse with a full basement, an attached garage, and a small patio. It’s also located in the middle of a beautiful, enormous courtyard, filled with shady trees, a huge swath of smooth concrete that isn’t a walkway, and a big gazebo. Lovely. It’s quiet and calm here, and my rent is incredibly reasonable. I have a great landlord who takes care of any issues promptly.
Perfect. Until Thursday. On Thursday evening, my landlord brought over three notices he had received of my violating the HOA covenants. Now, I’ve violated the HOA once before, and that was bad enough. My crime? “Storing” a milk-delivery cooler outside my back door on my (private, personal) driveway. I should have known then.
My three violations now? a.) Watching some kids here during the summer. b.) Using (washable) sidewalk chalk on the concrete. c.) Allowing my child and her friends to ride tricycles and scooters on aforementioned wide swath of concrete (which apparently serves no purpose.) There are benches and trees scattered about the concrete — it is not a walkway.
My four-year-old basically cannot play at her home.
So, we found a new home today, and we will begin the crazy, long process of moving, which will be completed on or before September 15. In the meantime, I am distracted and haven’t been able to focus for the last couple of days on the things I really want to. The new situation should be much better for us in almost every way, except rent-wise, so please pray for provision for us.
Also… any moving help would be greatly appreciated!
Once we’re moved, I’m throwing a big party. The new place actually has its own little yard, but we’ll also back up to a fantastic greenbelt AND an enormous lake and park. We’ll celebrate with a combination housewarming-book release-SUPER late 4th birthday party for Little Goose.
Yes, you’re invited. 🙂