Liam was very interested to see the house that Hitty Colleen was working on so hard. She was a little hesitant because she wasn’t as far along as she had hoped.
“There’s hardly anything in here just yet,” Colleen said nervously.
“It’s such a wonderful place! It has so much potential! I’m glad I can help you do the work! This is too much work for one little doll!” Liam reassured her.
Liam walked from the sparse living room into the kitchen. He laughed and said, “Colleen, you said you hadn’t gotten very far but you have already done the most important part!” Colleen was confused. She looked around and there was only one thing in the kitchen! Well, one thing besides the basket of apples that Penny was digging in for a snack. “Oh, you are silly!” Colleen finally realized what he meant! The perfect stove! She had looked high and low for the perfect stove! Of course The Baker would appreciate such a wonderful stove! It had a bread warmer and a pull-out tray! So many wonderful meals would be made on this stove! Penny would be eating apple pie soon, instead of just plain old apples!
The front door creaked open. Liam turned around to see a great big dog! “Now, that is a good-sized dog!” he said. “Is he ours?”
“That is our dog, Pugsley,” Colleen answered. “He has been looking after us while we’ve been by ourselves in this empty house! He’s made us feel a lot more secure at night!”
“Well, I can see why! He’s a big boy!” Liam said. Pugsley wagged his tail and licked Liam’s hand. “But a good boy, I see! Thanks for taking care of my girls, Pugsley! I’m sure we can be the best of friends.” Pugsley agreed with a thump of his tail!
Liam and Colleen went to the second floor. “What is this room?” he asked.
“I thought we could share a work room, ” she said. “You could have your desk on that side, with shelves for your books and ledgers. And I will have my sewing machine and work table over here! That way, we can be together and talk, even when we are working!”
“That is perfect, my dear,” Liam smiled.
They peeked across the hall to the bedroom that they would share after they were married.
“I have the wallpaper picked out for this room. It is going to be lovely!” Colleen said.
“It already is,” Liam answered softly. But he wasn’t looking at the room. He was looking at her!
Penny came running in, shouting, “Daddy, let me show you my room!”
“What pretty wallpaper you have in here, Penny!” Liam exclaimed. “Almost as pretty as you!”
Penny had been sharing a bowl of blueberries with her teddy. “I forgot I brought you a present too!”
“What is it?” Penny asked and for the first time noticed Liam’s pocket moving slightly.
“I brought you a tiny kitten! Isn’t she cute? I think she likes blueberries too, from the looks of it!” he laughed.
“I love her! Thank you, Daddy!” and she kissed him on the cheek.
Colleen smiled at the both of them, playing with the kitten. Liam looked up and followed her into the next room.
“This will be the nursery, ” she said with a hopeful sigh.
“As soon as we are settled we will fill this room, ” Liam said softly. “I think Penny should have a little brother, don’t you?”
“That is exactly what I thought! That would make me very happy!” Colleen looked at the cradle, knowing that it would soon be rocking a baby of her very own. She was very happy about that!
“Well, I shouldn’t keep the Friar waiting much longer,” Liam said to her after a long pause.
“I know, ” Colleen sighed. They both wished they could start their new life together right away. But there was much to be done before that could happen! Might as well get on with it! Liam was going to be staying with the Friar, so they may as well get him settled over there!
“I will walk with you and visit him, ” Colleen said. “Penny can stay here with Pomma.”
“Sounds good! I’ll see you soon, my Lucky Penny!” and he took Coolleen’s hand as they walked to the rectory.
Friar Ben was a jolly old man, who loved working in his garden. It was a special place for him, where he could think and pray. He paid extra special attention to his Mary garden. He hadn’t planted the flowers yet, he hadn’t been living here too long, but he had recently gotten some nice garden stones so he could plot out a space! The birds seemed to think they were pretty! Friar Ben gave a nice, hearty laugh when he turned around and saw the couple standing in his garden!
“Ah, Liam! I see you’ve finally arrived! Welcome!” he shook Liam’s hand and patted his shoulder. “I am glad I didn’t have to stay much longer without some company!”
“Well, no offense, Friar, but I hope I won’t be staying with you too long!” Liam smirked and squeezed Colleen’s hand.
Friar Ben let out a roar of laughter. “Me and Leia here will be sorry to see you go but we’ll make sure we get you out as soon as we can!” he patted his dog on the head. “Everyone is looking forward to your wedding! Once the church is built, I will need another priest to help out so, you see, you won’t be able to stay here forever anyway!”
They all laughed for a few moments, then Hitty Colleen said, “Well, gentlemen, I will leave you two to get better aquainted! I’ll bring some dinner over later!”
“That would be wonderful, ” Friar Ben exclaimed. Then turning to Liam, he said, “Your future wife is a fabulous cook! She has been taking good care of me until we get a kitchen up and running here!”
“Then Liam can cook for you, Friar! He is even better than I am!”Colleen answered. She hugged Liam good-bye and started for home, with a happy smile on her face!