Truly, we have been beyond blessed and amazed at the generosity of the people in our lives. Currently, we have raised over 5,000.00 towards Giselle’s adoption – and more is still coming in! A portion of this has come from side work Darren has been provided with, but much of it is simply donations.
We take the responsibility of these donations very seriously. Honestly, I feel the responsibility deeply and sometimes I worry that people will judge our spending decisions based on our very public fundraising. So, this is where I announce to you our new, big project and tell you why and how we are taking this on at this time.
Please, let me introduce to you, my kitchen.
When we bought this house 6 years ago, I knew I could live with the kitchen “for awhile”. What I didn’t know at the time was that the previous owners nicely used a paint on the original, 1973 cabinet doors that should never have been used in a kitchen.
It’s sticky. And every time not-perfectly-clean fingers touch the door, it leaves a mark. And you can’t get it off unless you actually take off some paint. So now I have peeling paint on my already ugly kitchen cabinets. Lovely.
gotta love the old, painted hinges…
The doors occasionally fall off. Amara was the victim of this door. She was stunned – and asked if she should have a time out. Poor thing.
“rustic” dishwasher guts
microwave stand bought (for cheap) when we were first married… 16 years ago!! We like to show it love by keeping it tidy.
A year after we bought the house, we decided to do a family missions trip to Slovakia through our church. We LOVED the trip – so much so that we went again the next year. There went my kitchen money. Then we adopted Amara. And I knew shortly after her arrival home that we would adopt again. So we started saving. And then the economy took a beating…
I know two tones of wood in kitchens is popular, but I don’t think this would pass inspection
We have recently started looking at buying a home on an acreage to house our business – so that we can pay ourselves rent instead of our landlord. But we realized that if we actually needed to sell our home, chances are we will have to sell it for much less than it could be worth if we just put some money into it. So, all that to say…
WE ARE RENOVATING OUR KITCHEN!!
And our upstairs flooring…When we first looked at our house before buying, the one thing I knew I couldn’t live with was the living room rug, probably 1980′s, no (or at least super cheap) underlay, stained (under all the strategically placed furniture)and U-G-L-Y. When Amara started crawling, my skin crawled too – at the thought of the nastiness she was on. But, the much hated carpet is still here… although not for much longer!
“So,” you ask. “If you can afford to renovate your home, why did you need to fundraise for the adoption?” Because, we still don’t have cash for the renovation. What we do have is lots of home equity, thanks to buying our house when it was worth much less than it is now. And we know for a fact that our house will sell quicker and we should more than recoup our money from this renovation if/when we need to. And in the mean time, I will get to love being in the room I spend 3/4 of my waking hours in. And of course, knowing that I don’t need to keep putting a portion of our income towards saving for the adoption anymore, will enable us to pay the renovations off much more quickly.
Our final reason for the push to get it done now is Giselle. We know that her life needs to have sameness when she arrives. For at least a year, we can’t have any huge disruptions in her life if we can at all help it. That means that it could take at least another 18 months before we can do anything with the kitchen if we don’t do it now.
And, I’ve been finding worms in my dishes. I think they live in the old wood. (GAG!!)
So there you have it, people. We really, truly aren’t using your donations for our kitchen reno. If by some miracle there is donated money left over after our process with Giselle is complete, we know that God will show us where it belongs. Does He have another adoption in our future? Or perhaps the money belongs to another family’s adoption? You can be certain that it will help fund another child coming home to a family God has chosen for them.