There is an Irish proverb that states: “Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.” I could not agree more. Children fill my heart and are a source of unbridled joy. They make me feel as if I have come home.
It was painful when our dream of building a new house, on a lake, fell through due to material costs, supply chain issues and all of the other nonsense that we are confronting in today’s economy. We were feeling defeated, deflated, and directionless. Our trip North took us through Lee State Park (SC), Medoc Mountain State Park (NC), James River State Park (VA) and finally, to Patapsco State Park in our “home” state of Maryland. We were home, but without a home, and with no concrete plans for how to obtain a home.
We had already had an RV site, reserved at Lake Anna State Park, for two weeks in April. Presumably we would be checking on the progress of our new abode. In spite of the angst over our housing dilemma we decided to make the most of it and take the grandkids on a camping trip anyway. No new house to get excited about, but at least we could create memories and heap affection on our favorite progeny.
We had loads of fun, playing games, hiking, making new friends, visiting Civil War battle sites, and traipsing around our empty lot.
Surrounded by love, and feeling very much at home, we decided to try our luck with another builder. It is a work in progress, but it now appears that sometime in 2023, we will have a new house, on our lot, at Lake Anna. The contract is not yet finalized, but we are on the home stretch (pun intended).
This, of course, means another YEAR in Big Bertha as the permitting and building begin. The Journey Continues.
Stay tuned….. & HAPPY EASTER!