Things Have Been...

Crazy. There's just no way around it, friends. Things around here have been nuts. A little over six weeks ago we discovered that during some simple renovations we made to the White House this summer, a finish nail made its way into a pipe. Sadly, the leak was going on for about two months before any trace of it appeared on the outside of the walls. When we did discover it, (imagine water pouring through the cracks in the basement door jams), we were horrified at the extent of the damage. Half of our newly finished living room floor was ruined. All of the dining room floor needed replaced. The kitchen floor was ruined along with 1/4 of the cabinetry. All of the carpet, built in bookcases and more sheetrock than I care to remember in the basement needed replaced.

When weighing our options, we decided that since nearly 1/4 of the kitchen cabinets needed replaced as well as the entire floor we might as well move forward with our plans for a full kitchen renovation. We were hoping to tackle this project within the next year or two but the flood sent it to the top of the list. It felt so wasteful to have things patched up only to rip them out in the near future.

Thankfully, Ryan is amazing and with the help of friends and family things are beginning to come together. So far, he's removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, ripped down the false ceiling in the kitchen, removed all the cabinets and flooring, installed new lighting, re-installed the wood flooring in the living room, kitchen and dining room. The basement is back to normal too. The sheetrock has been fixed, the walls freshly painted along with trim and doors and new carpet. Whew!

We're keeping our fingers crossed that kitchen cabinets will be installed before halloween. It's been an adventure living without a kitchen. We have a fridge and a microwave but have been using a lot of the camp stove, crock pot, and electric skillet. Friends and family have also blessed us with meals which has been so wonderful. I don't think I can adequately express how much I miss having a functioning kitchen. It's fall and by golly, I LOVE to bake.

Along with all of this I've been struggling a bit with my health. Having a disaster of a home, a hernia surgery and kidney stones simultaneously felt like salt in a very open wound. One day while feeling a little sorry for myself I read this quote from Richard G. Scott "Challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they're evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more." Reading this brought peace to my soul. Really, it's a blessing to have challenges because that is how we are able to become who our Father in Heaven knows we can become. Everyday I wake up feeling a little better and have seen so much goodness from those around me that have so willingly served our family. I've been taught and humbled and for that I am very thankful.


  1. Oh, I feel so bad for you. Not feeling well then having so much going on. Will your home insurance help at all. So sorry. Feel better.

    1. Yes, thankfully our insurance has been wonderful.

  2. Your optimism during times like these is so inspiring. Challenges really do help us grow and it's wonderful that you can see the good in such trying times. Praying for your family and the health of you & the new babe. I am pregnant with my first (due in March) and think of you often and love reading your blogs.
    Take care,
    Kristin in VA

  3. Ok this is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you xx

  4. Wow. We have had multiple doses of trials and stress lately too, and it's not easy to keep the chins up and the attitudes optimistic. Praying for you and all this!! Be strong and courageous!

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