risk and a few house updates

Last night around 3:30 I woke to a very loud crash coming from the other side of our house.  Joel shot out of bed, flung open the bedroom door, and charged across the house.  Meanwhile, I sat in our bed trembling and praying that there wasn’t a scary man in our house!  Turns out, and I’m not surprised, that it was a metal shelf that was mounted to our laundry room wall that had waaay too much stuff on it.  I was so glad to see the sun this morning and to have the peace of knowing we made it through the night safe and sound.  I’ve been thinking about last night and Joel’s response.  He chose to, without fear, jump up and confront whatever could have been invading our lives.  He took a risk! He had no idea what was in our laundry room but he was willing to give up his life and the security of our bedroom in order to protect us.  This is love.  This is friendship.  In the Bible Jesus says there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends.   I think that statement is loaded with the possibility of risk.  I am learning when you love something you go all in for it.  You risk it all.

Now onto another subject, the house, our beloved Rescued Home.  We are well acquainted with risk when it comes to working on our house.  I feel like every new project we take on we say, “ok we are going all in on this one and will not stop until it is completed.”

We started on the outside of our house in October 2010 and it is not yet finished.  We thought it would only take 6 months and now, a year and a half later, we are still chipping away at it.  This is definitely a labor of love!  Other than repairing the foundation, this has been the hardest part of the restoration so far which makes working on it really unappealing when we have free time.  But, over Spring Break we buckled down and knocked out quite a bit.

Here you can see the aluminum siding that covered the original siding.  When the aluminum siding was put up all of the trim work was taken down so we are having to replace all of it.

We have decided that painting is not the hard part but all the prep work before.  Thanks to a paint sprayer we can knock out the painting once the sanding and priming is completed.

 Joel also installed this lovely dishwasher that we bought nearly two years ago. It is our habit to head for the clearance section every time we go to a home improvement store. We purchased this beauty for 75% off the original price!

I love it! It is so much quieter than our old one and actually cleans the dishes!

Back to risk taking.  What are you being asked to take a risk on?

With love,


One thought on “risk and a few house updates

  1. Woah.. to the shelf thing. Firstly, I’m glad y’all were safe and it was “only just the shelf”.
    Risk. Friendship. Love. That is an amazing combination and something that is hard to do. You lay down your life for those around you that mean the most. You become what they need you to be in that moment. For your friends, family, and faith. I like that little story. I try to find daily what it is I would sacrifice if the Lord called me to it. Laying down your safety is a hard thing to do, but it speaks measures. That’s awesome.

    Dishwasher- Ahh! My parents have the same one 🙂 haha

    I also really admire the time, love, and dedication you two are putting into your house. Dead on when you said “labor of love.”

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