You’ve waited long enough. This spring the voters’ assembly approved some improvements to the parsonage. They decided to purchase new floors for the kitchen and dining areas, the laundry room, the front entryway, and the two bathrooms. They also approved new carpet for the master bedroom and the living room area. The only rooms in the house that did not get new flooring were the two kids’ bedrooms. The carpet wasn’t quite as worn.
Here are some pictures from the project. First came the preparatory work. I give a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers that came and helped move furniture, rip up carpet, pull staples, run the shop-vac, move furniture again, remove appliances, put furniture back in place, install toilets, and hook up appliances. The job was monstrous, and we could not have done this without them. Seriously. (I’m too delicate for some of that work.)
Members of our church brought their tools and muscles and went straight to work on Monday evening. They worked quickly, didn’t drop the piano, and finished in less than two hours. I served food, and tummies were happy. For the longest time, I could not figure out where my stove had gone. Turns out, it had been moved to the garage. What pictures don’t show you are the kids’ bedrooms. There was no walking space as we put everything possible in there and still had to move things into the garage.
[And, yes, during this time, the dryer still wasn’t working.]
The installer showed up on Tuesday morning and went straight to work. First he did the kitchen, dining room, laundry, and entryway floors. That was completed by the end of Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, we moved all of the furniture onto the hard floor so that he could lay the carpet pad and the carpet. The bathrooms were tiled on Thursday. Then the carpeting was installed on Friday and finished on Saturday afternoon.
Where did we eat during that time? Thankfully we could use the church kitchen for our meals. We stored our cold food in the refrigerator and freezer over there. We could use the sinks and restrooms. (Showers were hard to come by as the water was disconnected. Remember… we removed the toilets.) We did, at the invitation of friends, shower at someone’s home. I think perhaps that the body odor was wafting their direction, and it was not so pleasant. Some friends kept the kids for us for a day so that we could paint and put some things back in place. That was a big sanity-saver, too.
Where did we sleep during that time? The kids’ rooms were packed with doors and drawers and chairs. Our bed was taken down. Kind members loaned us their camper for the week. We slept in it from Monday night through Friday night. The kids loved it as there were triple bunks, which were perfect for our three kids. Another super family brought a bag of “camper snacks.” This would include some yummies: puppy chow and ranch chex mix. That made camping much more fun.
Finally, late Saturday afternoon, we could start to put our house back in order. Help arrived again, and they did a superb job. We all slept in the house again and could walk on the floors and new carpet. We kept walking through the house saying, “It’s so big!”
One week later we hosted an open house so that the church members could see what they had purchased for the parsonage. Many were pleased at the improvements. The volunteers were especially impressed by the big changes.
[And, finally, the dryer was fixed.]
So, now, here are the BEFORE and AFTER pictures.
This house is 25 years old. We’ve lived here for sixteen sweet years, and it’s like a brand new home for us. We washed all of the trim work, painted the ceilings and the walls, de-cluttered, and reorganized so many different spaces. Rugs have been washed, and cabinets have been cleaned out. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve done spring and fall cleaning already. We are now trying to decide what REALLY needs to come back into the house and what can stay packed in a box or be gently disposed of elsewhere. We also know that we are going to remove our shoes before walking across the floor and carpets.
There you have it. (Now, Mom and Dad (and other family members), just in the case the house isn’t “picked up” when you come, you’ll know that…once upon a time…. it was.)