What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hidden Treasure and the $40.00 room

We are officially at a stand still at the house. Polyurethane is drying and forcing us to not step foot there for three days and so we have run out of time for improvements.

October 31st is fast approaching and now begins the packing and the moving.

Many times throughout the day I think "It just can't be done! We aren't going to be able to do all this before Oct. 31st!" Then I think about what has been done and it seems pretty amazing.

Every now and again it seems pretty clear that yes....everything IS going to be okay.

Like when we peeled back the four layers of carpeting, newspaper and linoleum in the living room and kitchen. That was an "It is going to be okay" moment.

It isn't because I need lovely floors to be happy, I don't.

But having a lovely floor underneath all that grime and dust is clearly God's abundant goodness to me and a very obvious "See, I have everything in order for you" message.

He is the greatest Overachiever, God, and loves giving us good things to drop our jaws with wonder.

We rented a sander for $25.00, a few sheets of sand paper and bought a gallon of paint for $14.00 and changed the whole look of the room for a mere $40.00. We already had the polyurethane.

I have often wondered if I would ever be able to make Hopestead feel like I belonged there; like I wasn't just living in Grams house, but my own. It helped when all of Grams things were finally taken out, but even then I worried. Would it ever be MINE?

When I see the living room, I know it is possible.

It isn't done yet. The trim needs to be painted, the drop ceiling taken down, etc. But here it is presently, after $40.00 and a day or two of work:

...and here is what it looked like before:

Feels so much more like home now.


Michelle P said...

Wow that looks great! I'll have to show this to the BF because we need to redo our living room floor.

Bonnie said...

Because it looks like home now, with that Rebecca touch of love, care, and gumption : )
Lovely Dah-ling!

Terri said...

Gorgeous floor! It is going to be beautiful when it is totally finished. :-)

Teresa said...

What a transformation! Beautiful!!

~Carla~ said...

I'm really enjoying these posts! Your family is so hardworking & grateful for every little thing, I find you immensely inspiring!! The floor looks beautiful! I can't wait to see the house when you're finished! :)

Marlene Bibby said...

Fantastic!! I am so thrilled for you. What a find. The floor is beautiful, and what a transformation. When your things get inside, it will seem like it is all yours.

Sheila said...

Oh its beautiful! God really does take care of his faithful!

Renee said...

That floor is so beautiful! Nothing beats that wonderful old hardwood. So happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Love the surprises under the layers! Looking good!
- bobbi : )

Mr. G's Mrs. G said...

Absolutely awesome!

...they call me mommy... said...

I keep trying to post...testing, testing

...they call me mommy... said...


You and your family are doing wonders to Hopestead! Great job, Rebecca!! Three cheers for patience children and handy husbands also! Love the floor! And I really like how the painting paneling turned out!

Bravo, friend! Praying for strength for you all in this homestretch until the move!

Leah T. said...

Gorgeous!!! It looks beautiful and so much bigger, more open! The floors are amazing!

I'm praying that God gives you strength to complete the enormous task of packing, moving, and unpacking. You can do it in His strength! Wish we were there to help with a moving party! (((HUGS)))

Mar said...

I am tired just reading your posts and seeing all that you have accomplished. It looks wonderful and will just get better and better.

...they call me mommy... said...

Hope all is going well, Rebecca! Will be praying the move will go smoothly! Miss you! :)

Bonnie said...

Ditto to Amy- praying the big weekend is going smoothly!
Lord, please give your wisdom and patience to Your wonderful Newman family and watch over them as they are moving Home. Watch over their possessions treasures, and breakables, and please keep them and everyone helping safe. Help them to bring glory to You, even as they move.
Thank-you Jesus

Anonymous said...


I think that says it all. :)

Mr. G's Mrs. G said...

Agreeing in prayer with Bonnie! All of you have been on my mind this week. Praying you're doing well.


...they call me mommy... said...

Hope you are settling in and cuddling with those kiddos of yours...ok, I know, I'm dreaming right?! You are probably working your bum of still?! :D

Blessings from the North! :P

Anonymous said...

missing you. so looking forward to an update on your new fantabulous home. how fun it will be to celebrate the end of the year holidays in your new home.

jamie in michigan

Mary said...

So excited to hopefully seeing pics of the new Newman Hopestead!!! You all looked so happy & rested a bit on Sunday!! have an ABUNDANTLY BLESSED WEEK!!!!!!


Bonnie said...

Thinking of you all often, and still praying things are going smoothly!

Marlene Bibby said...

Miss you. Can't wait to see your moved in photos. Hope all is well.

abigail said...

I can't wait to see the progress, because it already looks so good!

Also, I know just what your kitchen needs...a sad, forlorn, rejected enamelware pot still sitting on the floor of the van. :)