Good things, not-so-great things and very good things

So "what's up?", you ask. You know something is going on when Val doesn't post an entry for an entire day or when she doesn't comment on anyone elses!

Well, here's a synopsis.

Good things:

* Our septic is temporarily fixed. The roto guy was able to rooter it (is that a proper term?) 150 feet which is wayyyy further than anyone else has gotten recently. It solved our issues for now. Hopefully for a long time for the future owners, also. This sort of issue is very normal in an old part of a city like where we live. The roto guy said they replaced a tile system a block over and the sticker price on that was $2000. So if we were to do that, that's the sort of numbers we are looking at. Thank God we don't have to do that now.

* The basement no longer smells like ca-ca.

* While we have not sold our house, we have done some more things to spruce it up: new blinds in the living room (looks awesome!), a new ceiling light (which we have never had - again, looks great!), a new door mat at the back door (minor, but makes a world of difference!), and we put up an under-counter paper towel holder (chrome) and it looks so good!! It helps clear off counter space and just makes it look bigger, which is a big plus since we have very little to begin with.

* We met with our builer and finalized our house plans. (Oh that was fun!!) And now we wait for the bid, which should come back the end of this coming week.

* I finished one big wedding album, met with her and her mother (bride is from Atlanta), and she was so very happy with the results - it made my day yesterday. And, she is coming back home in June for a baby shower and she would like me to do maternity pics --- oooo, my fave!

* I have had 6 different photo shoots in the past week, and that is a lot for me. But, I had a blast at all of them and I can't wait to show off my sessions. I'll be posting today and the rest of the week at VWC. I am having more and more fun with my photography as I try new things!

All-in-all, things are looking up . . . except . . .

The not-so-good things:

* My bf's baby boy, Brodey, (2 months old) was put into the St. Louis Children's Hospital hospital for RSV. He spent 2 days there, but thank God he is doing better and is at home now. But please still keep him in your prayers as the recovery can take some time.

* We haven't had a single call in about a week. But, when we met with our builder yesterday, he gave us some great ideas to help us sell by ourselves. We really really need to sell ourselves to save us that realtor commission. Neil said if we went down too much more on our asking price, that we won't be able to have enough of a down payment on the new house. (Another good thing - the realtor we met with did tell us a) he was surprised it had not sold yet and b) that our price was good.)

* My aunt is in the hospital and is criticial. She had a brain aneurysm yesterday. She has made it through so far, which is a good sign (many don't even make it this far), but she is 77 yrs old. Her age is going against her big time. They are doing surgery (going in behind her ear) today. If she makes it through, she will be in ICU for a while and probably will be in the hospital a total of 3 weeks. What scares me is, her chances are slim. And, it worries me that this could be something genetic perhaps? My dad had a brain aneurysm when I was in 7th grade. He was in ICU for 2 weeks, but he made it through! So I am hopeful, but at the same time, my worries are high again. For many years every time I had a headache, I thought I was going to die. My fears are escalating again. The most important thing right now is for us to keep my Aunt (Barb) in our prayers. She needs them right now desperately.

On a very happy note . . .
Tomorrow is Easter! It's easy to get caught up in the material things with the holiday, just like with Christmas. I do it and I wish I didn't. It wasn't the Easter Bunny that died an rose again for us, it was God. My friend, Amanda, wrote about this a few days ago. We must must must remember why we even have this holiday. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Him. We wouldn't be given the chance of everlasting life if it weren't for Him. Please remember what tomorrow is really about.

God Bless!


amanda said...

I clicked on my bloglines and said, "Wow, Val's been busy today!" ;)

I know what you mean about the house! Ugh. We spruced ours up and I kept saying, "Why didn't we do this before?!" And ours still hasn't sold. I'm still praying for yours, too.

Praying for your aunt. (And you! Don't be afraid!)

And thanks for the shout-out about "easter". I'm really passionate about it this year, b/c its Lydia's "first" (she was only a few months old last year). I just want to instill in her that this is about JESUS!

So, there's lots of comments to add to your lots of posts! ;) Hope you have a happy weekend, can't wait to read all about it!

Tracey said...

Glad the septic problem got fixed. I read another house-selling superstition that I thought I'd pass on to you. Take a $20 bill, chip off a small piece of your front stoop, and wrap it in the $20. Bury it under your front stoop or place it under your welcome mat. It needs to be somewhere where prospective buyers will have to step on/over it. Supposedly it will encourage people to buy your house. I'm trying it today!

Alexis Jacobs said...

Yippie about the septic issue! Keeping fingers crossed that it goes fast now. Your Aunt will be in my prayers. ((hugs))

Jen said...

Pleased your septic is temporarily fixed. Praise the Lord

yaye re your basement.

sounds like youve been busy

How exciting finalizing your house plans.

Praying for Brodey.

And also for your aunt

Praying you and yours have a blessed Easter

Michelle said...

Glad the basement deal is taken care of!!

Hope everything is well with your Aunt and with Brodey.

Hope you all had a super wonderful Easter!

Jo said...

Keeping Brodey and Barb in my prayers. yay on the house stuff!!! I just know that it will all turn out well. I just know.

it's me, Val said...

Thanks for all the sweet thoughts and comments, everyone! :) xo

lil ole' me..... said...

Glad that the basement is fixed!
I hope your friend's son is recovering quickly!
I know you will sell the house to the perfect owner who will make as many memories as you have in it!!!
And, hope you had a great Easter too!
It was so good to see you and talk to you in person Saturday! :)

Anissa said...

Yeah! Things are turning around for Val and fam!

Best wishes to little Brody.