Well, Thanksgiving is almost here. In one sense the past 3 months have flown by and in another way, it seems to have slowed time into a random long, unending day. Truly like when there is a new baby in the house! The house is currently getting tile floors put in. The next step will be doors and trim. Then we can paint. Then cabinets and countertops and sinks. That sort of feels like when we can move back in a "camp" in our house. I'm not sure how the Wilder's lived without running water and since we don't have an open well nearby to draw from, we'll be waiting until the sinks are installed before we get back in. If things move along smoothly, that actually might be around the 1st of the year. We have been serving as our own "General Contractor" in order to keep things moving. In fact, that sort of makes us ahead of the game. I got a referral for a General yesterday who is booked out at least 6 months and the lady who referred me was house #20 and being worked on now. Good grief!
We also do not have insurance money yet. That is a long, long, long process. And once we do get it, we need to jump through the mortgage company hoops to get the money in our bank. They are "kind enough" to hold our money for us until we can prove that the work is being done. And since we aren't able to use a General Contractor, they require the work to be finished and inspected and paid for completely before they give us the money. Gee, thanks.
In the meantime, we have compiled a small list of things we know we lost and will want to replace into an Amazon wishlist titled GROTHOLSON LOST TO REPLACE (link here: http://a.co/cfY5BTU) This list will certainly grow over the next few weeks as we slowly move back in and better realize what we lost or need. If you have never used an Amazon wish list before, you actually do NOT need to purchase from the list in order to mark it as purchased. Under the button "add to cart" is a link that says "buying this gift elsewhere?" Click that and you can mark the item as purchased! Our Amazon list also does not include things like clothes, bookshelves, furniture, linens, rugs or some technology. It's not that we don't need those things, they just weren't very Amazon-able and we also don't quite need a table and chairs yet and have no where to store it! Contact us directly if you desire to help with some of those items.
Thank you for your help in all of this! You have truly been the Hands and Feet of God to us!
Jesse is a professor at Houston Baptist University. He also directs the school's theatre club, does handyman projects on the side, and produces features and short films. A Pastor's kid/missionary kid, his view of life is at the very least unique. And hopefully helpful.