Sometimes the way we’ve imagined or dreamed something doesn’t always show up as we want it to. Usually the road through the forest is filled with twists and turns and boulders and felled trees that you have to climb over and maneuver. This has been the case since we arrived in Franklin.
The dream has NOT been easy or smoothe…not one little bit!
And once again we have had an exceedingly difficult week – a week that has been wrought with a roller coaster ride of emotions – from panic to fear…anger to resolve…frustration to self pity…and today…I’m feeling…
Well…I don’t exactly know how I’m feeling – perhaps more introspective than anything.
If you’ve been reading Discovering Franklin for a while, then you know we’ve had some pretty large house challenges…unexpected would be an understatement.
First we had a flood after the Polar Vortex. One of our pipes froze and then broke and then flooded half of the downstairs.
Then in the dead of winter our heater decided to stop working and our house didn’t get above 50 degrees and we had to replace the two heating and air conditioning units. Not an expense we had planned on.
And then spring finally showed it’s face and things were picking up and we were feeling like we had turned a very large corner and the sun was shining again and we could see light at the end of the tunnel…
There was water in the carpet of the Master Bedroom. At first I sopped it up and dried it…but it kept coming back and then I moved some furniture and felt further back by the headboard and the whole carpet was wet – not just damp – WET!
And then…the insurance company said, “Sorry, you’re not covered for that.” And that’s because no pipe is broken and a tree didn’t crash through a window and right now, we don’t really know where the water is coming from. So, according to the insurance company, we must have done something wrong. But we’ve only lived her for 10 months and this really seems like an excessive amount of problems.
And then the restoration company showed up and opened up the walls and there it was…all dark and disgusting and wreaking havoc…
MOLD! And a lot of it…and then my heart sank! I’ve never experienced mold before but I knew this wasn’t going to be good.
And I thought, “How can this be happening? Why is this happening? I can’t believe this is happening to us again!” And then I got really, really angry. And I’m ashamed to say it, but I’m not very nice when I’m really angry. I wanted to blame someone. I wanted someone to be responsible for this because I knew that I had NOTHING to do with this outcome.
And right now our bedroom is a mess and our stuff is everywhere and we have to sleep in the dining room and once again, I’m feeling very misplaced.
This is our bedroom drying out. It’s about 108 degrees in there.
At least we know we’ll be able to breathe.
We’re still trying to figure out the water mystery but I’m pretty sure we know that it’s been slowly happening for a long time. But the truth is that even if there is someone to blame, there’s absolutely no way to prove it.
A very small view of the rotted wood.
So once again we make an unexpected investment in our house. Don’t get me wrong. I like to make investments in my home, but I like them to be enhancements that enrich the look and feel of the room.
Drainage is NOT one of those things! Nor is weather proofing. Ugh!
But once again, through all of this – I am reminded of human kindness and when it comes from a new friend – it’s especially wonderful.
My friend Traci (you should read her blog, because it’s great) wrote me a note on Facebook and asked if she could bring us dinner and would 6:30pm be okay to bring it by! This simple act of kindness still brings tears to my eyes and yet…here in Franklin, this seems to be normal and it’s such a blessing. And there Traci and her adorable daughter were at 6:30pm with an entire dinner from Whole Foods.
She’s a blessing – my blessing and Traci is kind.
And then my neighbor just across the way, came over and helped us figure out where the water was coming from and he was so helpful with calling the right people to come and fix our problem.
None of this is easy. In fact, it’s downright frustrating, but today…I’m resolved to getting it all done and moving forward.
There are lessons to be learned here and if you’re moving to Franklin, TN be sure to write me to get a recommendation on the inspections you should have done in addition to the mandatory one, because if we had known these things, we would have saved a bucket load of money.
But I’m not going to spend one more minute on blame or anger or wasted energy, because the truth is that through all of this…
LOVE and friendship found a way to show up…and that is the biggest blessing of all.
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