Mrs. Franklin is taking her time, which was nice this past weekend in that it allowed us to work on the house Friday and Saturday and to spend Easter with our church family. I’ve had a lot of contractions since yesterday around 11am or noon (even through the night), but nothing that has stayed consistent. Isaac did work from home today just in case we needed to go to the hospital instead of going into Pittsburgh as he normally does on Mondays. I am trying to be patient and not to get burned out.

We hit a deer (the third one since the fall) on Saturday night. We hadn’t yet gotten the front of the car fixed from the last deer accident. Now the plastic grille thingy on the front is totally broken and sad-looking, and the front fender has been pushed back so that we can only open the passenger door about a foot. Isaac is also afraid that if we pop open the hood, we won’t be able to close it again. Thankfully, though, none of us were hurt, and it didn’t mess up the radiator. We were on our way to Kittaning, a town about an hour from Grove City, to pick up a miter saw we bought off of Craigslist. The man who sold it to us charged us less than he had originally said he would once he found out about the deer. He said it was a contribution to the baby. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, “Villa Caprice” is the name of one of the houses in Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. (That would have been a very interesting name for Mrs. Franklin, Jessica; I can see how it would have been hard to wrap your mind around it!) It was a cool, old, Victorian house that had been boarded up for many years. At the end of the book, the family of the main character decides to buy it, and in the sequel, Return to Gone-Away, they move in and fix it up. We named our house after the Villa Caprice because it is an old house with new people in it. Just like the family in the Gone-Away books, we hope to infuse new life and beauty into our Villa Caprice.

Our first steps of infusing life into the Villa Caprice have involved removing every cat hair- and dust-infested curtain and rug from the house and airing it out, stripping wallpaper in the kitchen, and cleaning the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink and toilet, among bunches of other little things. We are excited to get more and more of the grossness out so that we can start fixing things and repainting and generally making it a nice place to live. Some garden-savvy friends told us that the many, many bulb plants coming up in the backyard are daffodils; I can hardly wait to see them blooming!

Dad and Jesse, we hope your work on Rivendell will successfully attract the right buyer, and soon! Glad that the visit with Grandma is going so well, and we will be happy to have Liesl back in Grove City even though we are sorry to deprive you of her, Mom and Dad and E&E! So good to hear that Kevin and Jessica had a nice, quiet Easter together. That visit from Paul McNeil does sound like the stuff of legend. I’m glad that the P. kids enjoyed Spoonerization so much; I wish I could have eavesdropped on some of their conversations about it! Praying for Luke; we are eager to hear of his safe return!

Love to you all, Hannah

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