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Day 14 of the gratitude challenge and I am already struggling with which things I should share. After all, if I really spend much time thinking about it, there are millions of things for which I should be thankful.
Part of the difficulty with this gratitude challenge is that some things seem so trivial compared to others. So, I did some soul searching for BIG things for which to be thankful that weren’t already covered.
Today I am thankful for our house.
It isn’t perfect. I’m sure plenty of people would hate it (as it was on the market for a while before we bought it, although it also started out overpriced.) But, it suits our family well.
It’s a log home built in the 70s and could use some updating. The upstairs bathrooms were redone at some point during the time it was on the market. But, the downstairs one wasn’t…and can we just say that camp showers are meant for camps NOT regular houses! At least there is a shower down there that the boys can use rather than always coming upstairs to the main bath.
I wish the garage was directly connected to the house. However, I am very thankful to have a garage again. Stephen spent hours this summer getting things squirreled away so that both vehicles can fit inside. That makes a big difference in an area where winter weather hangs out for over half of the year. It’s also heated (set to around 50 degrees, so it isn’t too warm) which means no cold tooshies when you get into the vehicle.
Some day we might get around to redoing the kitchen, another part of the house that is a little tired looking. But, all in good time. Replacing the back door and putting in a window that allowed for egress in the large downstairs bedroom took priority for this year. Next year we are hoping to do the upstairs floors (especially since the subfloor is making all kinds of noises that have me a bit worried.)
We have tons of living space now…almost 3000 sq. ft. Yet, it doesn’t have great built in storage. So we are still living with boxes in almost every room. (Then again, it could be a call to purge MORE stuff rather than get more shelving, etc.) But, the boys have more room to move about now and Little J loves to toddle around the big downstairs school/play room.
I also love the large, fenced in back yard. That’ll be extra nice this coming summer when Little J wants to go outside and play. This mama would prefer to not worry too much over boys playing outside with moose and bear as our neighbors.
So there you have it….I am grateful for our house which gives us shelter and keeps us warm during the long winter. I do my best to look past the imperfections and remind myself that with four boys in the house, the fancy new stuff would look worn out in short order anyways.