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I’ve held off on sharing several of our home improvements because they aren’t completely done. It feels like we have a million half-finished projects and a long list of need-to-start projects. This is what we wanted, though–a house that needed love and time and attention to detail–but I also get impatient and want everything to be done now. But then, we wouldn’t have anything else to work on, so although the mess and never-ending to-do list can feel daunting, I think that the Lord will use this house to teach me a little more patience and to be a little more okay with everything not feeling perfectly put together.
When we first walked through our house, I couldn’t help but look past her current state and see the vision of what she once was and what she could be. I actually really liked a lot of things about our tiny kitchen before we did anything to it. The cabinets were in good shape and painted in calming colors. There was a window above the sink. There was a laundry room adjacent to the kitchen for extra storage, leading to a cellar that would be perfect for storing canned goods. But, there were also some obvious signs of work that needed to be done. The old vinyl floors were peeling, the garbage disposal was leaking, the dishwasher was portable, and one stove burner shot fire almost two feet up into the air. Well, technically it still does, but more on that later…
We decided to focus on changing a few parts of the kitchen with the hope that it would make a major impact. We are so happy with our progress thus far, and are looking forward to slowly adding other details to our cozy cottage kitchen over time.