I have been planning to do some more repainting, so I thought "this is my chance. I won't have to do any of the ceiling trim!" I decided to pick the new colors, in hopes that the crew wouldn't notice the fact that it wasn't exactly our current colors. *wink, wink*
Today, Brad told them of our plans. They said they normally paint THE WHOLE WALL anyway, so it didn't matter. What was that? I may get the rooms painted. for me. with insurance money. I still don't know for sure how much they're going to do, but hey, it's more help than I was planning to get 4 weeks ago.
If all goes according to the *current* plan, we are looking at at least another week in the hotel. So, I will just have to endure the maid service, pool, full breakfast and eating out for another week before I get to go home to my freshly painted walls. I know, feel bad for me.
Here are the colors I chose:
for our bedroom
for our living room and kitchen
What do you think?
We're still trying to find the source of the water damage.
On the upside,
We are starting to enjoy hotel life. We had a great weekend of swimming, eating out and family time.
I am excited for things happening at our church. God is up to some great things at New Life.
I am considering a new hobby/business venture. More on that later.
I have a book on hold at the library that I'm excited for.
I get to go to lunch with 2 of my besties tomorrow.
God is faithful and so good!
Caleb and Emma each have a rollaway.
This includes her toys and "valuables".
Caleb has his corner.
I have a laundry basket for the little kids' toys. Anything that ends up in here is fair game.
Sanity Keeper #3:
We have a spot for coats.
We have a spot for shoes.
Sanity Keeper #4:
In the kitchen, we have a snack bin. Once again, low enough for the kids to reach.
I have our medicine area and lunch box area.
And I have a stash of out-of-reach snacks to replenish the snack bin when we run out.
So there it is...a glimpse into our hotel life. Do you have any great travel tips you've learned? I'd love to hear about them!
I know I said I was going to show you how I have made a hotel room a home. I have made it a home. What I haven't done is take any pictures of it. Our nights have been a little crazy and I just haven't had a chance to take any pics with the kids around. I'll try to get to it today and I'll have some fun pics to share tomorrow.
I have never had to do this before...stay at a hotel (hotel = vacation, to us) and still function in normal life. The kids still have homework and school. Brad is still going to work everyday. To be honest, he's adjusting to his new role and comes home pretty tired. I am still trying to keep our family on a normal schedule.
The problem with all of this is that we're in a hotel. We are eating out for every meal which means dinner now takes 1-2 hrs instead of 30 min at home. The kids want to swim. I want to let them. This means I am trying to squeeze too much into our nights. The kids are waking up grouchy because they're not going to bed on time. Bad mom. I told them they're all going to bed on time tonight, whether they get to swim or not. We'll see if I follow up on that one...
It's a good problem to have...too much fun to have every night! How do we squeeze it in?? I'm not writing to complain...just wanted to explain a bit because I just know you're all anxiously awaiting my pictures of beds and clothes...
On another note, I saw on the news this morning they are still rescuing people from the rubble in Haiti!! What an absolute miracle that is. God is good!
After I had my meltdown last week, we received a call from the insurance company. They are paying to remove all the mold, tear out the ceiling and drywall, repair and paint. Woohoo! That was an answer to prayer. They are also paying for us to stay at a hotel, any extra gas expenses and a portion of eating out expenses. Can you believe it? We're getting a vacation out of this deal! Of course, B will still be working and the kids will still go to school. BUT, we get to swim and eat out all week. AND I don't have to cook or clean for a week! I think I'm getting the best deal out of the whole thing! Who knew that a moldy attic could end up being a fun thing?
The only unknown is the roof...insurance isn't touching it. Our prayer is that there is no mold on it and that it doesn't warp as it dries out...
In the meantime, I'll be giving you a glimpse as to what goes into staying in a hotel for a week with 5 kids...stay tuned if you're interested in that type of thing...or if you just love me...or think my life is crazy...which it is...
I was going to paint our living room and/or kitchen
I was going to clean out and organize our storage room
I was going to make a sabbatical garland out of the pine cones I collected during our sabbatical
I was going to host a going away party for my dear BIL and SIL
I was going to create a sense of calm and order after the craziness of the holidays
All of this changed this week when this happened.
I am now awaiting a phone call lining out the plan of action for repairing our attic/ceiling/roof mold problem. At the very least, the house will be torn up for a while. We are probably going to have to move out while they tear up our ceiling and remove all the mold-infested insulation.
I'll be honest and say that I lost it yesterday. I boo-hoo-ed for a while, overwhelmed at going through a process I don't want to go through. The idea of paying for things we can't afford was too much for me. My patient husband hugged me and took his turn being the optimist (a duty we have shared over the last several years as we have experienced some unexpected and sometimes ridiculous-almost-humorous events). I know God is faithful. I know He sees us and will meet and exceed our needs. But, I am human and doubt creeps in sometimes.
After my meltdown, I opened my computer to the news of Haiti. Boy, did it all come into perspective. When I think about the challenges I have as a mother compared to what the mothers in Haiti are going through, I feel foolish at my despair. It is suddenly very easy to count my blessings.
May we always remember that our blessings far outweigh our struggles. May we always remember that, even in the midst of our challenges, we always have something to give. What can you give today?
Look full in His wonderful face..."
This morning at church, our pastor called people to the front to pray for healing. Brad went to play piano, and I was left standing on the front row (of our section) by myself, but surrounded by people needing prayer. As I stood there, praying, I felt like He wanted me to pray for someone who was standing close to me. I stood there for what felt like forever, trying to figure out if it was God prompting me or if I was making it up. Finally I decided it didn't matter. Either way, they were wanting prayer and I could pray with them.
After we finished praying, I started looking for Brad so I could share it with him. I wanted to make sure he knew about their situation. I found him right before it was time to start the second service.
I told him my news. He agreed that it was shocking and that we needed to continue praying for them.
Then, he said he had some news. "My news is very different" he said.
Then, he told me of a miracle that God has worked out for us. I won't share the specifics, but it is a need that we have. We haven't communicated the need to anyone, but it is something that has been weighing on me for some time. For a few years now.
This morning, He answered my quiet prayer. (actually, He's been working it out for a little while, but this morning we found out about it)
Then, Brad said, another little surprise. This wasn't a real need, but is definitely a blessing and special and fun.
I was overcome with emotion. I am so thankful for a God that takes care of me. It's like He was saying "I see your needs. I'll meet your needs and then I'll give you even more." And, it happened when I wasn't looking for it. Both of those things happened while I was "busy" praying for someone. He did it behind my back!
What an amazing God He is!
"And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."
Spackle on the walls from our renters. Yes, I know. They did actually move out a year and a half ago.
My assistant, Paige.
The finished product, only 4 hours later!
I need to get some new towels and something to hang on the wall. But, it feels sooo much better already!
I have so many other projects I'm just itching to do! Can't wait!
For the first time, I am linking this post to Transformation Thursday over at The Shabby Chic Cottage! Check it out!