Conversation #171: Getting there

So we are just going to assume that y'all know I am not posting much because I pretty much live, eat, sleep, breath house reno right now (sometimes I worry literally, I can't wait until all the dust has settled and is gone!)

Anyway, just wanted to pop in.  I could post some lame phone pics, but I would rather wait to post better camera ones once I find the cord.  So I'll just tease you with what we have going on: kitchen cabinets - gone. New cabinets - in the middle of being stained. Counter tops - pick out today during my lunch break. Master bathroom - 90% done!  Master bedroom - 95% done! 

We actually slept in our bedroom for the first time last night.  It felt so weird being 3 feet off the floor. I sort of worried I might roll out of bed and wished I had a toddler rail last night.  Luckily, no falling out of the bed occurred.

We are working fast and furiously, and this thing called a full-time job just keeps getting in the way :)  Really, though, we are making crazy progress and I think I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Granted, it is about the size of a mustard seed, but it is there.  Getting our bedroom, closet, and bathroom 100% done will be amazing, and it will be nice to have a retreat from the rest of the house.  "Someday" is getting closer!

What is new in your world?  I really do want to know!


Conversation #170: The unknown

Who has a fear of the unknown?  Raise your hand? You can bet both arms and legs and head and anything else I can raise is waving around in the air like I just don't care (okay, I digress, and I do care - far too much).  Lindsey (who writes a blog I love and have been reading for years now) talked about her fear in a recent post and it really resonated with me.  Click on her name to read the post.

So my biggest fear is of the unknown, and specifically right now, the end of the world.  Oh yeah, you know, no big thing.  I hate this, because as a Believer, I KNOW God is in control and NO ONE knows when Jesus will be returning.  God is not putting thoughts of fear and anxiety in my mind, but satan is.  I am allowing him to rob me of the joy and freedom I have being a new creation in Christ.  I just want him to leave, and I know I need to just turn my heart to Jesus and just meditate on Him and He will banish satan out.  Somedays it feels like a losing battle though;  like all I day I am just saying "Jesus, give me peace," over and over.

I read this book a couple of years ago that talked about end time prophecy and the like; it is actually a great book and I recommend it, and at the time actually gave me some peace about the end times, but also gave me more knowledge of prophecies in Revelation so I feel like I am constantly on edge hearing about issues in the middle east.  Then I try to remind myself that this is not the first time there has been conflict in the middle east, and I had a fairly strong fear about 3 years ago the world was going to end before I got to meet my nephew.  He is 3 and a half now so clearly I was wrong.  I don't think I actually know, I just worry because I don't know.  Does any of this make sense?

You see, I have always worried about this.  I remember being younger and praying, "Lord, just let me learn how to drive first.  Lord, just let me have my first kiss.  Lord, just let me graduate high school.  Lord, just let me get married."  Then the pleading kind of stopped.  Now, my biggest plea, is "Lord, let me get to have a baby first."  Isn't this just silly?  I know Heaven will be better than ALL of that, but my silly fleshly human mind just can't quite be okay with that.  Then I get mad at myself for wanting to wait so long to have a baby, and then I fall back into law/judgement/legalism and convince myself this is my punishment for trying to have a baby on my time.  That isn't how God works, and I need to remember that.  I need to remember "that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5:2) and to "not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34) 

I just need to remember to focus today.  The now.  In the meantime, I will just fervently pray that all will come to know Christ (and selfishly, my family and friends that don't).

On a completely silly note, I am also worried that we won't finish house projects and get to enjoy them - which is 100% CRAZY, and I will let go of that.  Honestly, I need to remember to take the house one day at a time too.  We did get a washer and dryer (so our clothes won't smell) and a new light fixture up in our bathroom.  Hopefully by Tuesday I will finally get to eat and drink cold foods again too!


Conversation #169: HGTV was lying...

They make demo work look like so much fun, but in my opinion, it stinks.  I would much rather be putting back and making pretty than pounding away with a sledge hammer.  It is messy and then you have to accept that there were (we are saying "were" not "are") critters living in your walls.  For example, we found acorn shells and nuts under the old bathtubs - gross.  We majorly bug bombed the whole house. 

Anyway, we are starting to gain some traction with the projects, and we are sleeping at the house now so we have much more time to do things (as well as logging more sleeping hours too!)  So below is sort of a dump of a lot of what we currently have going on.  Our goal this week is to finish up the master bathroom and closet and hopefully get the lighting figured out in the bedroom, too.  Then we will move to the kitchen!

We also finally bough a fridge last night.  I will save you the long version, but I felt like we couldn't give our money away.  We didn't think we were being picky, but we went to 3 Best Buys, 3 Sears Outlets, 1 Sears, 3 Lowes, Fry's electronics, and a local Habit for Humanity ReStore (there is a good chance I am leaving one out); oh, and we did a lot of looking online beforehand.  After a twelve hour shopping marathon yesterday, we returned home and our new fridge will join us on Wednesday.  Only a couple more days of soup and crackers for lunch and dinner!  All we wanted, something middle of the road, white, ice maker no water, and not a huge behemoth (our kitchen isn't huge).  We found exactly what we wanted online but couldn't find anyone that could get it for us in a reasonable time, until finally Best Buy came through - I can't even tell you how excited I am.

Okay, so now for some pictures of the progress:

 Demo of an old hall closet and the old master closet to make a dresser and reading nook in our master bedroom:
 The new nook sheet rocked and textured (just needs paint!)  Oh, and we got the new carpet installed

We wanted to open up the house a little and create an opening between the formal living room (we are calling the library) and our family room.  Here are before and afters of the new opening (clearly still in progress):

 Next are pictures of our bathroom demo; we almost entirely gutted it, ripped out the old doorway and made a bigger case opening.  So far, we have new Sheetrock up, the shower (with TWO shower heads)
installed, and the new sub floor is in place.  I can't wait for it to be done!

Two of the pictures just above (I was having a hard time getting Blogger to place these correctly) are actually from the hall bathroom looking back into the master.  We are gutting the hall bath too.

Here is the new shower (hard to get great pictures because it isn't a super deep room):
 We added a new wall in our bedroom to create a bigger closet and add onto the bathroom space to make it feel airier:

We will be adding a pocket door into that opening with glass in it so the light from the window can still enter our room.

This was our trash pile after the first weekend!

That is all for now.  Sorry for the poorly formatted pictures.  I just don't have the energy to fight with blogger right now, but I'll try to just post them more frequently so there is less to post.  Hope you enjoyed a look into my life lately!


Conversation #168: Thought for the day

Yes, I am way behind on blogging.  Why?  Because my life has pretty much revolved around my mess of a new house with a few other things peppered into it.  I will try to start posting pictures of house work, but in all honesty, at this point, it will only be phone pics because I really do not know where I packed my camera cord.  Also, this house needs WAY more work than our first house, so it is kind of slow going.  Anyway, I promise to post some pics of what we have been up to so far.  In the meantime, I leave you with this thought for the day (I was sent this in an email so I don't know where it originated from, sorry):

Gotta love Ben Stein!!
He comes up with some good ones!

Paradoxical Quote of The Day From Ben Stein: "Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen." Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.
Think about it when you vote in November !