Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We are just a disaster waiting to happen!

For several years I thought we couldn't adopt unless we got a bigger house. About a year ago, we decided that we could make this house work with another child.

But the house was long overdue for some work. It had been over 10 years since we painted the main living areas. We had been busy having a bunch of babies and loving our growing family.

So, we began the prep work for painting and noticed that the carpet in the dining room was squishy which led to the discovery of a leak in the wall. Which led to this.
And the purchase of a new water heater.

And this.
We moved the table from under the chandelier to keep the table from getting wet. Julia walked by one day and just couldn't resist giving it a little tug. And that's all it took to send it crashing down from the ceiling, hitting her in the head and scaring us all to death.

Our insurance settlement was enough to replace the damaged carpet with hardwood floors (yea!) because we did all the repainting ourselves with "Oops" paints from our favorite discount hardware store.

What a happy ending!

Not quite.

After a long delay involving a water heater, a hole in the wall, ruined carpet and a crashing chandelier (see above) we started to prep for painting. Again.

And found this.
Drywall damage. From termites (yikes!) But we have a termite bond (sigh of relief.) They'll kill the termites and repair the damage. (Wondering if there's a way to "work" this one. Maybe we can get a home theatre system, or build an addition or something - just kidding.)

And then just yesterday, I went to turn off the water at the kitchen sink. There was a snap and the suddenly the water was stuck in a permanent "on" position. Replacing the faucet at the kitchen sink was on our "to do" list. It magically moved to the top.

With every new disaster, I tell myself that I'm so thankful we're getting this fixed before Joseph comes home. I want to be free from house projects to just love on my new family.


  1. Glad you are keeping a sense of humor about everything! Julia must have angels watching over her. That chandelier looks heavy!

  2. The joys of living in an "older" house. Yes we decided we needed to paint too, but at least didn't find squishy carpet.
    At least you are finding ways of keeping busy in the next few months.
    Did Mei say if we will be traveling as a group?

  3. I don't know if Mei actually said it, but I signed that sheet of paper that said she could release our contact info to people in our travel group. So I assume there is a "group."

  4. Unfortunately, I can SO relate to this! In the last month, we've had BOTH cars break down. Literally before the ink on that check was dry...our AC broke. Fixed that and 24 hours later it broke again. Another repair and several hundred dollars later, as the AC finally started working again and the house began to cool, the kitchen sink started leaking. We just left it....until it starts spraying water uncontrollably, we're going to pretend we don't see it! And alas, yesterday the washing machine broke. At this point, I'm just laughing because I don't know what else to do. Crying seemed the other option....but laughter has always been my favorite 'coping mechanism'. That and prayer.

  5. Dana - Mike says if you buy a new faucet he'll come install it for you. Seriously.

  6. both are so sweet! Chris can do it, it's just a matter of buying a new one, and tonight we're shopping for washers and dryers, so like I said, when it's spraying uncontrollably we'll get right on that! We had a playdate at a friends house this morning, and I brought my dirty laundry with me and did two loads while the kids play. This is apparently what life has come to! =) I'm able to laugh about it now! And thank God for good friends!!!! God is faithful!


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