Okay, I lied. I said that the next pictures would be the exciting ones, and I’ve been holding off on writing so I could keep my word, but I didn’t realize how long it takes to receive your cabinets once you’ve ordered them. So, in the meantime, here’s what’s been going on…
- we have lights in the kitchen now (no more flashlights)
- the kitchen walls and ceiling drywall is all done and spackled
- we now have a step between the kitchen and the sunporch, so no more giant leap
- the vents for the kitchen hood and the bathroom fan have been cut and finished
- the roof has been recoated
And here’s what’s coming up…
- framing out the pantry
- putting up drywall in the bathroom and laundry room
- finish lighting in the laundry room and bathroom
- put steps between the kitchen and laundry room
- install cabinets
- open the wall between the kitchen and dining room
- my husband and I also have to decide on countertops and flooring
Over all, the mood in our house is pleasant. My husband actually said that he’s acclimated to our present systems, which is good for my soul to hear. I’m curious how long it’ll take us to re-acclimate once we have a sink again, and a dishwasher, and an oven. It might take about 2 seconds, but I don’t want to take it for granted. And I don’t want to forget our current experience.
I’m so glad that our house is getting fixed up. I’m glad because I think it’ll help us show hospitality even better than we already do. But I’m also aware of the entitlement that comes with having nice things, and I don’t want my kids growing up feeling entitled.
I know a lot of adults who weren’t able to fix up their house – to get their big kitchen or their second bathroom – until they were retirement age, including my parents. As such, that is my standard, the example I’ve seen, so I didn’t assume we’d get to touch our house for a long time (failing foundations do a lot to create urgency).
I also remember the bathroom we had when I was growing up, the bathroom with weak floorboards beneath the toilet that made me think I might fall through the floor if I sat down too hard. My parents’ house is beautiful now, with two remodeled bathrooms, a big kitchen and living room, extra closets and storage rooms, a new laundry room, a new office: all things that we didn’t have when I was a kid. But even without those things my childhood was pleasant, and I actually think that tiny, fixer-upper bathroom did me some good. It made me appreciate what little I’ve had at different times and be thankful when I’m able to improve things.
So I have hope, even as we continue to improve things, that we will be able to instill that thankfulness and gratitude in our kids.