i can't write this post without first saying that our hearts are heavy. the north shore of boston was our first home as the dumi. we love it there, but more than that, we love the people that are still so much a part of our lives that are there...and that is why our hearts hurt. they hurt with some very dear friends that were way too close to everything that happened (praise the Lord everyone we knew who was there was physically unharmed). i can't even begin to imagine...so we spend our time praying while we work on the house. praying for our friends. praying for those who were hurt. praying for boston.
but this i call to mind, and therefore i have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. - lamentations 3:22-23
i normally wouldn't post a house update after something like this because it seems so insignificant, but i'm quickly losing track of all that is being done, and my in-laws are in town, graciously giving up their vacation time to work on the house with us, so i'd like to get some pictures up for family back in VT.
in the time that they've been here, along with help from my parents, we've been able to get the whole house cleaned and primed. what a task. we are finally at a point where we can start getting some colors on the wall. progress.
here's a few pictures of what's been going on:
ry stirring a five gallon of superprimer - we decided not to BIN the upstairs because it wasn't nicotine/tar stained like the downstairs was. we used an oil based primer that covers stains and smells and still creates a barrier so that nothing leeches back through.
to get us through our sunday morning.
starting on the yellow guest room.
here is my father-in-law edging for the primer.
quick decision to get the porch floor ripped up so that it could go into the dumpster.
ry and his dad carefully packed the bagster dumpster to ensure that everything would fit - there was a lot of very ugly carpet.
picnic lunch on monday because grandparents can't come all the way from vt and not get to see their precious little grandson!
had to shop for paint colors finally. i was dreading it. thankfully martha makes beautiful colors and we made some quick decisions. YIKES! we shall see how our quick decisions turn out. (isn't he the cutest shopper at home depot? the arm on the cart makes me laugh so hard.)
and finally it looks like some progress is being made. this is j's room. it's hard to capture the color because of the lighting, but i really like it. it's cornflower (i think??) blue. it'll go really nicely with all the wood furniture he has and the beautiful bright red name sign ry made him out of old pallets.