In my last post I referred to some changes that are going on in our life and I thought it would be good to fill you all in on what has been going on lately.
In May Lew was approached by the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Johnson City about interviewing for a position as a Resident Chaplain. Lew and I had been seriously discussing a change in ministry to the Chaplaincy setting so he went to the interview and within a week was offered the position. The very short version of the story is that he accepted the job, we began researching places to live, found the perfect house and put a contract on it all within about two weeks.
Now here we are two months later home owners and about to embark on a ministry/adventure that neither one of us ever expected. The most amazing part of all of this is the reassurance that God keeps showing us. The position comes with a dramatic pay cut along with a lifestyle we are completely unfamiliar with. However, every time I have a concern or doubt in our decision God sends a sign to show me that we are exactly where he is calling us to be. It is the best feeling in the world!
So, lets start with the house. Like I mentioned my big fancy camera hasn’t seen much action lately. I kept meaning to take it with us to the new house while we were doing some work last week but kept forgetting. So I snapped a few photos with my iphone and would love to share them with you!
I will try my hardest to remember my camera next time I make a trip over there so I can show you some of the details of this perfect (for us) little house!
This house was built in 1942, has beautiful hardwood floors and pretty much has been completely remodeled. I absolutely love it! I also love that the mailbox is on the front of the house next to the door and the mail person (sometimes a man and sometimes a lady) walks to everyone’s door to deliver the mail.
The red front door! When we saw this house in a book while eating dinner one night the very first day we looked at houses Lew said “you will love this house, look at the door”. He knows me very well.
When we visited the house the two times before we decided it was the one I noticed there was no lighting in the living room. Me being the person that I am thought, “no big deal, I have a lot of lamps.” Well our friend Ricky (aka handiest person alive) comes to see what all needs to be done and says “you really need a light and ceiling fan in here, let me just climb through the ceiling cut a hole and make it happen.” That night before we left the house this ceiling fan and light were ready to go.
Here is the dining room. We went ahead and moved our dining room table because we own a smaller one as well as the one that belongs in our parsonage. Now we don’t have to eat on the floor while we are working over here. The door on the right goes into the kitchen and the door on the left goes into a small hallway with access to the kids room and the bathroom. Ricky also added a light in hallway because that’s apparently easy to do.
Everything in the bathroom was gold when we bought the house. We are in the process of getting rid of the gold in place of a brushed silver look. We have everything switched accept for the shower stuff.
This was a gold light fixture with three bulbs. For $13.00 plus the cost of the bulbs this was definitely a nice trade out.
This is the kids room. It was dark paneling. My sweet husband who desperately hates to paint did a great job making this room much brighter and far more appealing. It makes me much happier where it was so dark and gloomy.
Lew also showed off his mad painting skills in our kitchen. The kitchen was also paneled and had white cabinets along one wall with white counter tops and a white back splash. After a little pinterest inspiration I decided I wanted green cabinets and cream colored walls. So, even though I am not sure of Lew’s thoughts on these colors he went ahead and appeased me. The kitchen is not finished but he made it through the walls. Now all that is left is some touching up of the green and I am going to trim the windows and such in white. I am also going to do the wood trim on the cabinets in white. Until then I know it looks very unfinished but I am hoping the finished product will be what I was going for.
That is it for now. I didn’t snap a photo of our room because it is ready to move in and needs no work. (Other than curtains I am going to make) It is a blueish color with a slight teal tint.
I also didn’t mention there are two closets and one bathroom in the whole house. I am thinking I will be doing some serious organization! Stay tuned!