In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mostly Finished

 We really only have two things left on our remodel - the kitchen tile and the stones on the fireplace. The tile was delivered with many broken, so we had to reorder. The reordered ones also came with several broken, so are going to need to wait for shipment #3. Once we get the tile done, we can work on the fireplace stone. 

The front door finally has finished trim; it had lived half done for at least 1.5 years. 

This is the living room view from the entry way - 

We are very happy with how the ceiling turned out and all the recessed lighting makes a huge difference when sitting on the sectional in the evening. 

 This dining room area was Julia's bedroom. Thanksgiving and Christmas were just wonderful around our same table but in double the space. The old dining room was narrow and getting in and out at the table felt like a real chore. 

This area heading to the deck was the width of the previous dining room. It will be nice for accessing the deck in the spring. 

We moved the bar stool area from the center of the kitchen over to the peninsula on the edge of the kitchen. We narrowed the island by a foot and widened this area by a foot for seating. This area before had glass cabinets and a narrow wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room area. JD took out the corner cabinet and reused the glass cabinet. It works so much better!

I spent just yesterday touching up cabinets that were nicked when being installed. I painted the cabinets, but we used all new hardware. They are actually all hung even now, which had been an issue since moving in before.

You can tell I didn't waste time or paint painting under the cabinets. They will be dark grey slate, now you can just see the old green paint and white plaster. We actually modified the wall to accommodate a larger fridge. While that was the only appliance we planned to replace, the dishwashers both got replaced due to leaking underneath them. 

Instead of drywalling the back of the island and peninsula, we decided to use raw beech boards that we had stored. Although we painted them, it adds a touch of rustic that I enjoy. 

The island was painted a dark grey instead of "fluff" like the rest of the kitchen. The counter tops are granite, but it is leathered which makes it not smooth or shiny. I like it because they really don't ever look dirty like I feel shiny ones tend to. 

We swapped doors from the dining area and the eat in area as this area had patio doors that were always in the way of the table. So now this has the sliding glass door, which works great to the screened in porch. 

 We created a coffee bar on the edge of the kitchen and den area; it's nice to have all the coffee mess removed from the counter top. 

My "you were there" mug collection had grown enough that we added two more mug racks on the last wall of the den area. The trim was replaced from the living room area all the way to this room, including window and door trims. 

I swapped out the bulky shelf over the pantry for more mug racks. 

On a side note, I have been selling some of the wood we had milled from our land when we cleared for the house, yes, like 12 years ago. One gentleman bought some and made these cutting boards and brought them to us. I think they are too pretty to use!

Also, guess who started crawling at Mimi's house just this morning? Oliver is 9 months old tomorrow and getting around!

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