Encouragement for when the road is long and hard and you just want to be finished.
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Imagine you’re running a marathon and just as you see the finish line and dream of resting your weary feet, someone moves the ribbon another mile down the road.
Our farmhouse also has a finish line that keeps being moved out. It has been a long two and a half years of remodeling this 1897 farmhouse, but we can see the ribbon getting closer. We are both tired and ready to put our feet up and start the next phase of enjoy our new old home.
Some landscaping has started on the outside but unfortunately with July coming and 90-100 degree temperatures hitting here in Kansas, we will have to wait until fall or next Spring to put in some beautiful plants.
I can’t wait to share with you our farmhouse kitchen. Sometimes when I see a room in my head, it doesn’t always turn out the way I had imagined. I took what I consider a big risk with color in our kitchen, but I love the way it is turning out. But our move is almost here so I am going to take a break for a month or so this summer to get us packed, moved, and settled into our farmhouse.
Here’s a little peek at our wood burning stove in the dining room.
We’ve all heard words like “the joy is in the journey and not reaching the destination.” Sometimes this is hard to hear when we’re in the middle of the race and just want it to end. But we do grow and change during our journey and that is often just as important as reaching our goal. Frodo was not the same Hobbit when he ended his journey and neither am I.
I have learned to have more patience, less anxiety, and to accept things out of my control. Problems will always come in life. Accepting this truth and not letting them tweak me out comes a little easier. Usually any project we tackle will take longer than we think, cost more than we want, and leave us exhausted. As we finish one goal, or climb one hill, another one always appears.
Would I want to go through medical school, internship, residency and a fellowship again with my husband? No way! Nor would I want to start remodeling this old farmhouse over again, but I am glad we did both.
Wherever you are on your journey, plod on dear friends, one step at a time. You can always do more than you think you can. The goal is reachable and what happens within you is the true treasure.