Today we received permission from the insurance company to clear the our lot of the remains of our former home. It should be a very emotional process. We have learned that the insurance adjustor will need to be there to determine that everything that is discarded is not salvageable. We are not sure exactly what this is going to entail, but it doesn't sound pleasant. At first I thought about just having Rick go and be there as an observer, but now I am reconsidering that decision and feel that I need to be there with him. I think he will need the emotional support, if not the comic relief.
It will be a relief to no longer have to look at the remnants of our previous life. I have had many friends tell me how hard it is for them to drive through town and look upon this pile. Because of the location of our home, it was a kind of landmark and was visible throughout many parts of the valley. We have also learned that the City of La Verkin has received complaints regarding the mess. Rest assured, if we could have cleared it sooner, it would be gone. We need to move on.
This milestone has also had me thinking about the other milestones we have had in our family since that day a month ago. I celebrated my 44th birthday; my youngest son, Jon, turned 16 and was ordained a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood of the LDS Church; Hunter reached the one year mark on his mission; and we have lived in La Verkin for six years. In the coming month, Lela will compete in her first swimming championship tournament; Lela will turn nine; my children will go back to school and Wil will start his senior year; my nephew will turn 18 and my parents will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.
As my family gathered together this weekend to celebrate Jon's milestones, with all the chaos and drama that go with large family gatherings, I thought of a plaque I have on my wall - "LIFE what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." The milestones we celebrate commemorate what is most important within us: Love for each other.