If I have learned anything while building a house here, it is that completing anything is one big “mañana”, and I have dubbed Ecuador the original “too bad, so sad” country. Although I’m not sure when it comes to building a home, if it is ever totally “finished,” it has been an unbelievably long and arduous process. Literally days before my friends arrived, the finishing touches on my fence and rooftop pergola were finally completed. There are still several touch up things to do, as well as landscaping and other improvements. And after being in my house for a year, I’m already into maintenance issues from the poor construction and corrosive environment of living on the beach.
Thanks to my original (now bankrupt) builder, my house is definitely built to Ecuadorian standards. It wouldn’t take you long to notice many cosmetic imperfections that are far from what we would consider acceptable in the U.S. Some of them I may correct some day, others I will just live with. But I constantly force myself to look around at the houses of the majority of people who live in this country and remind myself how very blessed I am with what I have. The parts of the house that are “me” (decor), as well as my desire and invitation for God to dwell here with me, are what truly make it my home.
I want to give another shout out to my friend, Jane, who helped me with the myriad of seemingly overwhelming decisions in planning and picking out all my fixtures and decor. She truly was the timeliest Godsend and I couldn’t have done it without her!
So here, at last, is the long awaited video tour of “Casa de la Paz Al Lado del Mar” – my “House of Peace Beside the Sea”!