Building Is a Slow Process
Building is a slow process.
God has been hammering that truth home since we signed the loan papers for a construction project which will turn our one family dwelling into a duplex.
“When will the addition be completed?” the loan officer asked as we signed the papers in April of 2020. At the drive up window. Because of the pandemic shutdown.
“We’re hoping for September.” My husband spoke into the microphone, and I nodded in agreement.
When the projected completion date arrived, the only work that had been done were the footings and the foundation walls. Despite having gutted and remodeled the kitchen, dining room, and living room of our previous home, my husband and I had forgotten that building is a slow process. So far during this remodel and addition, illness—the excavator’s emergency appendectomy and the truss builder’s bout with COVID— have contributed to the delays, as did a widespread, destructive windstorm that shut down parts of our state for weeks and drove up lumber prices.
To us, this project feels like it’s going nowhere. My husband and I suspect it may not be done before winter, and we’re requesting a building permit extension. We think it will be granted because the city inspectors know that building is a slow process. I was just coming to grips with our adjusted timeline when our church began a new sermon series it began as it reopened its doors after the pandemic shutdown.
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Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream website. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon.
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