The Joys of Homeownership

13 Apr


Ever had one of those days–or weeks–where everything seems to go wrong? Last week was that kind of week for me, discouraging to say the least. First, during a torrential downpour we noticed wet carpet in our living room from a leak in our sliding glass door, caused by a broken seal. Apparently this has been going on for a while. The damage was more than anticipated but not as bad as it could be. We spent the weekend trying to find a good price on a replacement.

Secondly, my dryer blew up. No, it didn’t catch fire, but when I hit the start button it gave a violent jolt, followed by a sound much like air escaping a hole in a balloon. The dryer is only seven years old, was purchased new, and has all the bells and whistles, which interpreted means more can go wrong and will cost a major organ to have repaired.

Thirdly, because bad things seem to always come in threes, my favorite hen was attacked by a chicken hawk. She survived, though the poor thing is missing every feather off her back and has a nasty neck wound to overcome.

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The first load of the year hung on the clothesline.

The above complaints are on top of getting our oldest son a set of braces, vehicles in need of repair and new tires, a larger chicken coop to finish building… oh, the list goes on and on. Things I didn’t foresee in my mental plan when sitting in an apartment as a newlywed, dreaming of a house with a white picket fence.

But truth is, I’m blessed to have a home. It may be a hundred years old, get drafty from time to time, and have a few leaks here and there, but it’s ours. And it does me good to step out into the sunshine, breathe in the fresh country air, and hang some clothes on the line. As for the chickens, I wouldn’t have them if I lived in the city, and like it or not, nature has a natural order of things. Worrying won’t change my circumstances, so why waste the energy?

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” –Matthew 6:34

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My little guy in our garden, digging for worms.

~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. Find out more on her website or visit her blog Hobby Farmer by Day, Author by Night.


Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “The Joys of Homeownership

  1. Pegg Thomas

    April 13, 2015 at 6:51 am

    There’s nothing quite so special as your own four walls to live within and your own plot of dirt to scratch in. 🙂


  2. Marge Wiebe

    April 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love both the verse and the reminder to be thankful. A very encouraging post, Candice!


  3. jerichakingston

    April 13, 2015 at 9:15 am

    You’re right, Candice! A home is a blessing, especially when I consider The Lord had no place to lay His head. Yet He’s preparing a home for His children even now, one that can’t deteriorate or be robbed. How gracious!


  4. Robin Patchen

    April 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Oh, you’ve had a rough week. We’ve had weeks like that. There are days I long for the tiny apartment we used to live in. It took an hour to clean, and when something broke, we just called the landlord. What I forget is how I used to drive by beautiful homes and pray desperately to own our own home someday. Who knew I’d ever long for the simplicity? But I wouldn’t trade my house for anything, even considering all the updates and repairs. Great reminder to be thankful and take it one day at a time.



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