Friday, February 15, 2008

Hope deferred

We are officially camping. This gaping hole is my sink.

This is my stove.
I do have a refrigerator, pushed far against one wall, but my small children can reach in there to get anything I need inside, as long as it is not very heavy. And we do have a functioning toilet.

So it's not that bad.

Besides, I can *almost* see what my counters are going to look like, and that gives me hope. Here is the tile:

Not much change in the bathroom,

but the tile also arrived yesterday.

I secretly enjoyed the tile delay, even though it is giving my realtor (who wants everything done yesterday) fits. Yesterday gave me a short breather to reduce the size of some of my piles. I can see the floor in the living room/kitchen (this room is still the holding area for all the kitchen drawers and anything else we can't figure out what to do with).

So we are getting there.

Now for a buyer. And it wouldn't hurt to have a house to move into, too. So much to hope for. So much to pray about.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

18 comments:

Dimple Queen said...

Ruthie was quite the tour guide! I bet she ate every minute of that up! I know my children would have. :)

Everything seems to be moving along. We have those same bowl sinks in our master bath. The house we are in had just been remodeled. Those sinks must be a "new thing". The hubby likes the look of them, but says it makes shaving difficult. I don't think it is the sink that makes shaving difficult. I think it is our faucets! I'll have to find a picture of them for you.....crazy looking! Actually, just very modern! Not what we would have picked if we had been doing the work. I like your's though! Cute!

The tile looks great! Can't wait to see it all done!

Anonymous said...

The tile looks beautiful. Make sure the contractor rounds the edges,ours didn't and it puts holes in all my shirts right at my tummy! Remodeling is so much fun, isn't it?

Susanne said...

It seems a long time, I know, when you are living in it, but it seems to be clipping along at a fairly good pace! Hang in there, Katherine, it looks like you are on the last leg. Aren't you?

Those bathroom sinks look great!

Terry said...

Hang in there, I'm sure it will look great when it's done. I hope your family finds just the home you're lookig for and that your current digs sell real soon.

Jen said...

God closed a door and opens a window...you know that.....

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Beck said...

It's all going to look so beautiful when it's finally done.....

Mary@notbefore7 said...

OH Katherine, I have been following all of your posts, but with little time to comment.

We have just found ourselves in the middle of a move too - BAM - and are about to go through much of the same.

Glad you are staying sane. it gives me hope.

BTW...did you ever give more detail as to why you are exiting the suburbs?

Mary@notbefore7 said...

BTW...gave you an award...you are a busy lady, so feel no pressure to recognize it on your blog, but know that I think your blog is great and so helpful to me.

Christy said...

I found your blog not too long ago and have really been encourage by your articles on marriage and parenting. Thanks so much for sharing.

We, too, have been going through a transition. We found 17 acres out in the country and are selling our house in the suburbs. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride. The latest is that when the tornadoes went through here in TN, they set into motion a chain reaction that made it look like we wouldn't be getting the 17 acres and tiny little house we'd fallen in love with. After an agonizing week of keeping the house on the market and getting two offers when we didn't even know if we were going to get "our" new place, we found out it's all going to work out.

God is using this whole journey as a refining process -- as individuals (trying of our faith works patience!) and in our marriage (my husband is leading our family and I am letting go and trusting him). It's incredibly agonizing at times, but I wouldn't trade this refining process for anything. I am incredibly thankful for ALL of it. He must increase ... I must decrease!!! It's all good!

Your moving process might not parallel the "refining" process we are going through, but I do sympathize with the pain of remodeling and moving!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Whew! I know you're weary of living this way. I hope blogging about it makes you see the lighter side of things!

Jen said...

Hi I just came across your blog today and love it!! I have 2 sons and I don't know how you do it with 5 children!! Ok I do have a question, i see you and other bloggers have a signature under each post, how do you do that? I would like to put on on my posts. Thank you in advance for any help. I will keep following your blog, you inspire me.

mamatutwo said...

Wow! That's an amazing transformation and test of faith! I'm glad I found your blog. It's a great read, and I'm always curious about people who have more children than I do. We're flirting with the idea of a fourth...hmmmm.....Read my post today, however, and you'll see why that might never happen!

Jenny said...

Those pictures reinforce my idea that everything is just fine in our house! Although the tile did make me pause and think!

Have a great week!

JD said...

oh i am liking the tile!

julie said...

Everything is looking so nice. Are you sure you really want to move????? ha ha, just kidding.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Oh, poor Katherine. I've been out of town, and I just caught up on your posts. They almost gave me hives. We did this for four and a half years (because we couldn't afford to hire it all and did much of it ourselves.) We didn't have a deadline like you. Hang in there. I'm lifting you all in prayer.~~Dee

The Q Family said...

I just found your blog through Rocksinmydryer. Love your blog! Hang in there. I know it will pay off in the end. Looks like your house coming along pretty nicely!