Monday, December 5, 2016


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WEEK 8 // NOVEMBER 28 - December 4

More work on very important behind-the-scenes jobs! Bryce continued the electrical and plumbing. He put in all new plumbing for the kitchen, laundry room, bathtubs (accessed via the gutted kitchen ceiling), in the basement for outside spigots, etc. He ran the gas line for our new oven (thanks, Ian, for coming to help!) and also did all of the electrical for the kitchen, laundry room and library. He started to create the "box" to house all of the washer and sink plumbing in the laundry room. Not many pictures of this fun stuff...

Vent for the range hood.
The vent from outside.

Drywall and durock cement board for under the tile was delivered on Friday! He put insulation in the outside walls of the kitchen and laundry room and that night Bryce and two friends started hanging drywall. Thanks Paul and Nathan! He rented a lift and we have a ceiling and half of a wall in our kitchen now!

I found a pedestal sink and light for the half bath (thanks to my friend, Danielle, who has been watching the deals on second-hand Facebook groups for me). It's a small space so I'm grateful we found a sink that will work for a good price. Slowly but surely we're collecting all of the supplies we need to put back together the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.

Painting Party Time! Mostly Wendy, some from Bryce and Tom, and friends Mary and Rachel pitched in to help watch the children so I could focus on painting for two days. Between Friday and Saturday I painted for 11+ hours with help from 7 friends so I was only alone for about an hour of that time (thank you Rachel, Angie, Chris, Abby, Kerri, Liz and Danielle!!!). It felt so good to give the painting a chunk of time. We are now officially finished with the white trim in the upstairs, all of the closets are cut in and ready for rolling, the kids bathroom is ready for rolling, the bedrooms and hallway are ready to be painted (ceiling and walls), and the master bath/closets need one more coat of cutting-in. I'm starting to get excited about finishing the painting upstairs so that I can start unpacking and get rid of the piles of boxes and stuff everywhere.

The Jack-n-Jill closet--doesn't the bright white look amazing!?

I think the closets have never been repainted--even the ceilings are going to look renewed with white paint.

Jack-n-Jill closet again--ready for white paint.

Cutting in the master closets.

Started in on the fun color for the master bedroom--but stay tuned....the color is changing already....

Saturday, December 3, 2016


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Week 7 // November 21-27

It's the project that just keeps going. Here we are at Thanksgiving week! Bryce had Thanksgiving Day off, so we had a little extra time together as a family. 

Bryce's usual schedule on his days not working at the fire station: head to the house before 7am and work all day. He comes back for dinner, plays with the kids for a bit, helps me put them down, and then goes back to the house for a couple of hours. Sometimes I go with him to paint in the evenings. This week on Tuesday and Wednesday night we went to the house together and worked late--I kept on painting that trim!

Bryce finished gutting the laundry room and put in a new window. The outside wall in the laundry room was rotted out in parts, so it needed new studs, sill plate and siding.

Yes, that's a hole in the wall and that's our laundry room.

New siding and new window! And there's the new sliding door too.

He kept working on the plumbing and electrical in the basement, kitchen and laundry. They shaved down the joist in the kitchen that was little higher, and also framed out the new spot for the fridge. Friends David, Jeff, Justin, Chris and Tom helped us out this week! And Wendy is such a wonderful help with the kids so we can work in the evenings and I also am able to run errands during the day.

Plumbing supplies!

New plumbing in the basement

New plumbing for the tubs--reached via the kitchen ceiling (another good reason they gutted it)

Water lines to outside faucet, kitchen sink and dishwasher

Bryce and I kept hashing through kitchen design plans. One day he was working at the station and we drew pictures and texted them back and forth to each other. Since we took the cabinets out and don't have to work with that parameter (our initial plan was just to paint the cabinets), our options were opened up. We have a tight time frame and plans keep changing, so we're pretty much designing as we go!

My very rough drawing

Bryce's drawing...sneak peak of the kitchen design!

Friday, December 2, 2016


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The motivation behind it all 
(for the days when we just need a little reminder).

The gospel is all about adoption: God adopted us as His sons and daughters. Therefore, we go and do likewise.
But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons [the adoption as sons (NKJV)]. (Galatians 4:4-6)

We are compelled by Jesus' love to selfless action.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

God's directives to us all.
Learn to do right! Seek justice, defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

A family. A forever home. This is what God desires for children who are lonely.
God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6)

Let's not mince words, shall we? This brings it down to the basics of acceptable religion from God's perspective.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.(James 1:27)

Who knows but that we might be put in a child's life:
For such a time as this (Esther 4:14)

For the days when it feels like it's all just too much--remember that Jesus is enough.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)

Jesus does not leave us--and we will not leave the children, we will come to them. And then cling to the promise that as we obey, we will see Jesus.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. . . . Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.” (John 14:18, 21)