Sunday, July 15, 2007

Home Improvements

Probably some of our new friends here are starting to wonder if we actually even Own a house, or if we've just been lying to them up to this point (since none of them have seen it yet). Well, we Really do have a house, it's just that there seems to be so much work to do around here, before we want to actually let people see it!

This picture is Philip working on clearing out the "crawl space" under the house (the former owner left a LOT of junk), so that we can put our bikes (and a few other things in there), to give us some space in the basement to work with, so we can get it organized, so that we can move some of the stuff from the office down there, so that it can be finished... do you see a theme here? Everything seems dependent on another thing in order to actually be finished! This has been a "Dirty Job" (like the TV show), hence the gloves and bandanna, and I'm soo grateful that he is doing it, and is doing such a great job of it!

In this home of ours, we don't have a stitch of carpet. That in itself is not a problem, we Love the bare floors (half tile, half hardwood). However, I'm having a terrible time figuring out how to keep this much uncarpeted floor clean! I guess when you have carpet, it just kind of absorbs dirt and dust, and keeps it from coming back up on your feet, but we are constantly tracking stuff around. Even when we don't wear shoes in the house, it seems like the floors always need sweeping or something. I have a big (janitor style) broom that I use, as well as a Swiffer (which is awesome), but I think I could go through a whole box of Swiffer sheets every week in order to keep the floors clean! Any suggestions from others with bare floors?? Help!

We're also working on some other "home improvements". These are the more important kind, like figuring out where we can carve some time out of Philip's insanely busy week for us to have devotions together and some family time with Keenan. We want to have good practices in place so that, as he gets older, he'll benefit from having a solid spiritual home, where Christ is obviously the Head. It's frustrating, since Philip usually leaves the house by 6:30 every morning and doesn't get home until well after 7 in the evening. With dinner and some time for Philip to unwind and relax and do something not work related, the evening is gone so fast, and then it's time for bed, and the crazy cycle starts all over again! I would be interested to hear from some of the other wives of interns, as well as anyone who has a spouse with a job that takes them away from the family for so many hours in a day. How have you managed to have meaningful time together as a family (of 2, 3, 5, whatever)?

I, especially, (being here with Keenan all the time) feel a little bit like I'm stuck in a rut, and have no avenues to be a blessing to others, or invest in other's lives. I know I really need to make a point to get out and spend time with the friends that I do have here, and get to know them better and be involved in their lives. I am joining a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group next month with one of the intern's wives, Andrea, and her son, Johnathon. I (and Keenan) are really looking forward to that!

I really feel that we have been blessed with this house to use it for the Lord, and to open it to those around us. I've already written about how friendly and helpful our neighbors have been to us, and we'd like to start returning that hospitality soon.


Anonymous said...

Good Job, Joia, wow, you really are keeping up with it everyday! I love the video clips, keep them coming, very good watching and reading. Love, Mom

flakymn said...

My advice on the floors:

1. Swiffers are awesome. Are you using the "dry" swiffers? Use those periodically to keep the floor hair free. Then use the wet ones to shine it up.

2. Run the vacuum over the floors. Much faster and much less work.

3. Sweeping is the LAST RESORT for me.

4. Area rugs. Lots of 'em. Check out