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A journey of journeys

Written by Sue, Sunday, Dec.10, 2012            sunny, a warm day, temps. 72

What a life!! He watches me while I work. This is Jack, and he has graciously decided to adopt DH and I, (he really did adopt us, and we are so happy he chose us).

Hello  everyone,
Hope all is well with you, I wanted to stop by and give an update on our remodeling project.
We have gone from this...

He rolled the walls, and 

I painted all of the trim, if in the future you see anything white, please note, moi painted it. I decided I wanted to save Mr P. some money, he figured almost $1500.
What's that you asked? Did we have any consultations while doing this project. uhhmm!!

I'm not telling and don't  ask Jack, he's not talking either., he knows who butters his bread

Getting everything covered before the floor guy comes, and am I glad we covered this system. 

 WHEW! what a mess!!
The dust from the sander  put saw dust all over the newly painted walls, it stuck like glue..lol It took DH and I, 4 days to remove it. Did I mention what a mess they made?!!!!
  Friday was moving in day."So long PODS, I hope we never have to meet again."
To This.....

Yesterday was spent cleaning said furniture, the 40 plus boxes stored upstairs have yet to be unpacked! As of today no Christmas decorations have been put up, though DH has promised me a live tree this week.~smile~Last night as I walked through the house relishing in the fact that this journey is almost over and that the house  was once again clean, and as I looked about I also realized that what I saw was just that ... a house...

The above photos are photos of a "HOUSE",....
 To me what makes a "HOME" is when "LOVE" is placed all about, which I am so looking forward to doing. There will be memories placed throughout of  family photos, and of gifts that were lovingly given by family and friends. Gifts that say "I love you, and I care for you." I will add my small touches that say "I love you back, and you are always "WELCOMED HERE". Our homes should reflect our own individual "hearts", at least this is what I try to do.

I will also once again be pulling pots and pans out of the cabinet, busying myself in the kitchen baking something that smells so homey, hoping to rid our home of that fresh paint smell!~AHH~...
It will also give me a chance to give my new farmhouse sink a workout. The sink was on my wish list for a long time, DH decided now would be a great time to get it installed.  Keep in mind that when the sink was bought and installed we didn't know about the two large windows that had to be replaced. Knowing me, I would not have got the sink, because I am so frugal. ~grin~

This has been a journey of journeys, I have learned so much not only about remodeling, but about myself as well. I firmly believe that God is in control of our life. This remodeling was not of our choosing, a tiny little leak in a pipe within a wall took us on this long journey, and if this little leak had not been found  we would not have known about a more serious problem and that was of two picture windows that had been leaking water in the walls, which was beginning to cause mildew, and we all know that this would have led to "MOLD", thus health problems. Our home is only 12 yrs. old, we wondered how this could happen, the contractor informed us that the windows had been improperly installed.

 The first one installed!

Well Dear Friends, this is what we have been up to the last six months, and as I leave tonight, I am so thankful that this journey is almost completed, and am now wondering what new adventures and new journeys are ahead for us, one thing for sure, God is always with us, He never leaves us to travel the journeys alone, whether it is health problems, death, financial, family, or just a small leak in a wall problem. He makes a way for us to finish our journey, and in so doing prepares us for the next one.
Until next time
Much love,
p.s. they say hind sight is 20-20, I am now wishing I had posted more often of this journey, this might have been a shorter post. LOL You think? nah no way!!t


Debbie December 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM  

Oh Sue WHAT a journey this must have been! I just absolutely LOVE what you have done. The floors are gorgeous, and the colors on the walls are warm and inviting. The counter tops are soo nice. How fun this must all be and how happy you must be to FINALLY be done with it. A few years ago we did a complete remodel of our kitchen in our old house. It took 3 months. I thought it would NEVER be done. How grateful I was for it, and how I enjoyed it. I am soo happy for you now to move everything back into this beautiful house and make it home. I've missed you in the blog world, but can I ever see how busy you have been. Looking forward to see it all once you've put your special touch on it all. HUGS!

Carol December 9, 2012 at 11:12 PM  

Oh, Sue, your floors look so gorgeous & I love the farmhouse sink! I know you have been waiting so long for this process to be finished. When your live Christmas tree is decorated you can enjoy the view. Take care & don't wear yourself out. Merry Christmas!


Bernadine December 10, 2012 at 2:05 AM  

The final outcome is looking great! I know it's a lot of work and messy, too but it's almost like getting a new house! Good for you painting all that white trim. I love the colors you've chosen. And by the way, I love your heading photo all decorated for Christmas. Very warm and inviting. Merry Christmas.

Debbie December 10, 2012 at 5:24 AM  

It is just plain wonderful!! I love how big and fresh and beautiful it all looks.

I have missed your posts (and my own, to be honest) and wish that I had posted more about my own journey in the past few months. I'm so glad to have this transformation update from you and the time to read it from me!

Lorraine December 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM  

Good morning, Dear Sue! What a lot of hard work and how beautiful everything looks! So bright and open and warm and inviting with a sweet pup as a finishing touch :)

Mrs.Rabe December 10, 2012 at 7:48 AM  


Your home is lovely! What I've missed is your blogging! I am glad for your visits to my blog, I can imagine the complete exhaustion from such a project!

So glad that everything is now done. Maybe you can post some photos when you get all the Love put back into the rooms - the stuff that makes a house a home!

Enjoy the process!


Farm Girl December 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM  

Well Sue you will have a new house for Christmas right? It looks just beautiful to me. I think that what got me was the painting and then you had to redo it after the sanding dust. Oh that must have been so hard. What a lot of work! I am so glad you are able to take pictures now. I am glad it is almost finished and I am so glad you found the other leaks.
Well I hope soon you can sit back and enjoy all of the fruit to your labors and your sweet dog is just precious. Thank you so much for the update.

Vee December 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

Ohhhh...Sue, it looks so beautiful! Truly wonderful. You know, the Word does say that we get the desires of our heart so don't feel too bad about any of the sweet extras...those are God winks just letting you know how much He loves you. We know that your hubby does! Whistling on my way out the door. I'll be back just as soon as I smell baking!

Paula December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM  

Bless your heart~ six months? I can't imagine, Sue....
The end result is beautiful, but so sad that you had to do so much work on such a new house.
But like you said... God has a plan, and HE knew... :)

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor December 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM  

It is wonderful and I can't wait to show Benjamin. When I read him your email he said, "now is her husband helping her?" He wanted to make sure you weren't doing it yourself, and since his brother is a home builder these pictures will look like what his oldest Bubba does.

It is beautiful....and yes my dear you always fill it with love and your house always reflects your love of family and friends. May you continue to enjoy it...your home is a blessing to so many.

Now put up those feet..relax a minute, before you get busy again.
Love and Hugs from Benjamin and I!!

Trish.. December 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM  

Hi Sue!
I've been wondering what you were up to - and what a busy girl you've been!
The floor looks fantastic and I love the new paintwork.
Give yourself and Mr P a big pat on the back :-)
You'll have fun re-decorating.
The new farmhouse sink is wonderful!
Jack is adorable and obviously very smart - couldn't have picked a better family to adopt!
Have a great day, my friend.
love and blessings..Trish xx

Walking on Sunshine December 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

I cannot wait to see everything decorated! Looks so beautiful! The floors especially! I can only imagine the amount of work you and your hubby have been through! I'm sure your tree is going to be beautiful!

Sunny December 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM  

So glad you made it through and retained your sanity, your trust in the Lord for completion of the project, ..... and .... your sense of humor! Glad you found out before the mold got a chance to grow. Trueky the Lord takes care of his own! Have a blessed Christmas!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage December 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM  

Your home looks beautiful. The floors look great. We need to have ours refinished, as the finish is really worn after over 30 years. The problem is, where to put our stuff while the floors are being redone. Had considered PODS but feel uneasy about them. How was your experience with your furniture being stored in them? Any practical suggestions about having the floors refinished? Dust sticking to the walls does not sound too good.

Cheryl December 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM  

Sue, bless your heart! You and Mr. P. have worked so hard and the results are beautiful! I'm sure it was a l-o-n-g journey! Thanks for giving us a peek into your lovely home, even before you put the love back in it. I know you're going to make it perfectly homey and welcoming. (And I'm so glad you got your farmhouse sink!) ;)

Christmas blessings to you, friend!

tania December 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM  

You have been very busy! I have missed your posts and glad you will be back again.

I love your positive outlook about all this because you speak the truth about He never leaves us He is just preparing us.

Love love your new sink!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Cheryl @ TFD December 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM  

Oh my! Everything looks just perfectly beautiful and just in time for Christmas! Our windows need to be replaced, I just know there is bound to be some mold. It's on our to-do list for next year.
Enjoy your newly remodeled home! Take care.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com December 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM  

Awe - lovely to see all that you have been doing to keep busy - can't believe you painted the trim - I've done that a time or two and it's hard work..And the wood floors beautiful and I like the paint colors and can't wait to everything in it place with your style and eye for design..
Hugs -- Happy Holiday.. I love your colors of Christmas..

Angela December 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM  

It looks beautiful, and I am so impressed you painted all that trim! I have been in this house six years and have only managed to get a tiny bit of my trim painted (and it needs it, believe me!). Enjoy your Christmas!

Elena December 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM  

Wow your home looks wonderful! What a job but I know you are so happy being on the other end of it. Your puppy is adorable!

Christine December 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM  

Almost finished! Now those are words that we all like to hear.

Beautiful! Beautiful!

Farmgirl Cyn December 24, 2012 at 8:28 AM  

It is just stunningly beautiful, sweet friend!

And now...a most blessed Christmas to you and yours!!!


NanaNor's December 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM  

Hi Sue, Somehow I never saw this post-but girl your nest is looking so beautiful(of course it was before too). I hadn't seen Jack-what a cutie he is and I know he made a wise choice. Do you know what breed/mix he is?
I pray you had a blessed Christmas.
Lots of hugs today.

Susan B December 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM  

Everything looks so beautiful! Remodeling always takes a long time, but is worth it after all the hard work is done. Jack is a little cutie! :)

I hope you enjoyed a very lovely Christmas.

Nellie's Cozy place December 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM  

Hi Sue,
It was so good to hear from you today,
I have really missed you but could not remember the name of your blog to save my life, and happened to see you left a comment at Wallking on Sunshine and clicked on your pic to see if your blog would come up but it didn't and I was so disappointed and then just about 10 mins. later I saw you had left a comment, and was so delighted.

Wow, you have been doing some heavy duty remodeling. Those windows are gorgeous, and can't wait to see what you do in your newly remodeled house, know it will be lovely as always.

Hope you had a lovely 'Christmas and was able to put that tree up.
Your new doggie is so cute....

Blessings sweetie, look forward to visiting more now that I know where to find you.

bj December 28, 2012 at 2:05 AM  

OOO, such a lovely home..just beautiful.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor December 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

I was thinking of you this morning and sending you a hug!!! I hope you got Benjamin's picture of him with his stocking...it was in his room this year and his dad read him your book..thanks so much, he loved it all again this year

Let me know if you come to Texas..we will meet you somewhere...just had you on my heart today!! Hugs!!!

Trish.. December 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM  

Hi Sue, how was your Christmas?
I hope you had a wonderful celebration with all your friends and loved ones.
Sending you much love and many blessings for the coming New Year - may it be a very happy and healthy one!
Miss you.
Take care my dear friend...Trish xoxox

BECKY December 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM  

Hi Gal! So great to hear from you! And I'm so happy for you that your journey is almost complete! God is so good!

Everything looks lovely, but sure does need that loving touch of yours!! Can't wait to see it all done, and I LOVE that farmhouse sink!!

New Year blessings to you and yours!!

Rebecca January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM  

Yes, it's "just a house" - but it (as all good gifts) has come to you through the hand of God Himself. So much to savor, now :)

Doniene January 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM  

I missed this post!! The remodel is awesome!!! Just lovely!! It may be "just a house", but it filled with His love because of you!!


Donna January 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM  

What a huge undertaking, but the transformation is gorgeous! I don't think I could have endured it. You must be made of tough stuff, LOL. I adore the farmhouse sink. We chose one for our cottage when we built 2 years ago. I specifically did NOT ask for the price. I didn't want to know or else I would have talked myself out of it. I about died later on when I saw the itemization. I only regret the price, not the sink!

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No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

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Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

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