When my Mr. AGPMan and I purchased our La Chaumière de Briarwood in July of 1992 she needed some serious help. Her bones were good...really good in fact. She was a diamond in the rough. A two-story beauty with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living, two dining, laundry room, kitchen and a huge over-sized garage. She sat upon a beautiful (though overly wooded) lot in a peaceful neighborhood and she had sidewalks.
I had always dreamed of having sidewalks...
~A COUPLE YEARS AGO~
Though truly lovely, she also came with brow-beaten walls, torn up moldings, aging paint, worn out carpeting, cracked tiles, outdated appliances and a driveway in need of a French drain... He gardens were overgrown and had been poorly managed. Her stately trees were tearing up the roof line and army ants were chewing into her foundation...
Originally I looked passed all her imperfections because I had
longed prayed to be a home owner for so many years. But, as the roots of daily comfort in our home took hold so did my dissatisfaction with the slow-going and costly process to change her. And, I really desired change. I was growing frustrated with all the things that were in desperate need of repair and felt like I'd never get past the 'dreaming stage' of where I hoped one day my home might be.
It was very easy to look at the gorgeous new homes being built within our highly sought after Oklahoma town and the remodel jobs taking place as well... I just couldn't wrap my brain around where other people were getting their money. It certainly wasn't making it's way to me! I began to get discouraged and started to feel jealous over the prosperity of others! Before long I was chattering away non-stop about wanting to sell. I griped about anything and everything and the things that I once dreamed excitedly about changing began to bring discontent.
One day I sat down and made a list of the "must-haves" I wanted in a home.
This was my simple list:
A two-story house.
"I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content."
(Philippians 4:11 NKJV)
Here's a simple yet profound thought...
You are your own
You are your own
And it will destroy you!
Blessings today as you enjoy life and seek to find contentment and peace in the gifts from the Most High...
Love to you...