It's Official! I have a front porch! And I must say that it's the most beautiful porch I have ever seen anywhere! Even my mailman thinks so. He told me so when he stopped by on his route today. It took my son two and a half weeks to build it, but it was worth all the aggravation we went through and every penny we spent. Transforming this house into a home has been quite an adventure for me. It's been very expensive, time consuming, frustrating and even painful at times. But it has also been very exciting, satisfying, educational and down right fun and enjoyable, too. It was a great opportunity to explore my artistic side, test my limits and impress my family and friends. I amazed myself too, which was even bigger challenge. But more than that, much more, was the fact that I got to work with my son the entire time. It gave me the opportunity to really get to know him and to actually see for myself what kind of man my little boy grew up to be. A wonderful man. Honest, hard working, loving, smart, responsible and independent. A fine craftsman. Everything I had ever hoped that he would be. I couldn't be any prouder of him. I hope that he also got a better understanding of what kind of woman his mother really is, too. I'm going to miss him now that he won't be here everyday, but I'll be enjoying his work for as long as we live in this house. There isn't one room that my son hasn't remodeled in some way. I look forward to working with him again, and I hope we can start renovating again in the spring or early summer.
In the meantime, Ray and I will get the chance to really start living our lives together. We have a lot of memories to make and I'm eager to get started. I know it won't be easy. It never is and I wouldn't want it to be. Like this house, great things take time and hard work. Only then can you really enjoy them. But we'll be together, Ray and I. Through thick and thin... for better or worse. Do I hear bells or is that just the sound of the new year coming in? Don't touch that dial! Happy New Year everyone!