This beautiful baby boy happens to have the same name as my oldest son, so I felt like I knew him even before he came for pictures.
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Every winter I ask myself, “What were we thinking?” The outrageous expenses, maintenance, days to dig and plow snow, constant repairs… We must have been suffering from some temporary lapse in judgment the day we purchased this property (my husband will attest to my yearly frustration.)
But once the snow begins to melt, the crocuses yawn and poke through the earth and the sun casts a fresh light on the land, I remember why we fell in love with this place 16 years go.
And I realize, yet again, how lucky I am.
Sadly, there are few places left in Howard County with this sort of beauty and history (and it’s shrinking by the day.) Most of the landscape in Howard County is now peppered with estate homes and other development. Everything looks the same and the rural landscape we used to know has now become boring and monotonous (sorry Toll Brothers, but I am NOT a fan.) It is a monumental responsibility to care for this place and sometimes I wonder how long we can continue (the prospect of leasing a small area of the property to a telecommunications company has given us renewed hope we can hang on to this land and restore the buildings to their original glory.) Sure, it would be easier to live in a development where the road was maintained by the county and not by my husband. Yes, my children could walk to their friend’s houses, have a place to ride a bike, and a small yard to maintain. And absolutely, it would be easier for my son to navigate his wheelchair along a paved driveway rather than a bumpy, gravely country lane. All these things WOULD be easier, it’s true. But I have learned through the years that nothing worthwhile comes easily.