Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Yes, that is in fact, my kitchen. Lovely isn't it? Southern Living just called to say they want to do a photo shoot and feature us in the September "back to school" issue! LOL!!!!

Let me see, just weeks before we left for China, we had a little kitchen mishap. It is called, our old dishwasher leaked behind the cabinets without anyone knowing it for an undetermined amount of time and the cabinets soaked up the water like sponges and grew a fantastic science fair project! It was not actually lovely at all!
We discovered this disgusting mess when I detected a "musty" smell in a cabinet one day. Just so you know, musty smells in your house are not a good thing. A week after I noticed the smell I convinced Paul to pull the dishwasher out....I had a sneaking suspicion that we might find something there. Sure enough. Not one, but all the cabinets on that wall were EAT UP with mold! Being the conscientious parents that we are, we quickly RIPPED those cabinets out of there and threw them to the road....then we remembered we had no money to replace them! But, what could we do? Our babies can't breathe mold!

Luckily, if you want to look at it that way, we had these beauteous cabinets in our sun room. So, we ran out there and snatched them off the wall and shoved them under the counter in the kitchen and TA-DA! Instant kitchen! Okay, it wasn't that easy, but it was our only option. What you can't see in that picture is that the cabinets don't actually fit in the space....there is a huge hole on the right side and a smaller gap on the left side. The dishwasher was about where the 9 and 10 cabinet is but had to be moved down to the other end of kitchen because it was the only way to get any of the cabinets to fit right. AND, please note that the numbers and alphabet are not in proper order! The alphabet across the top goes from "N" to "W" and the numbers skip from 10 to 17! YES, WE HOMESCHOOL!!!!

Suffice it to say, we are saving every dime we have to put towards a kitchen makeover, but in the mean time we are just laughing! Got to keep our sense of humor, right?

All this was to explain why our sun room looks like this........................

Yes, I am ashamed....very ashamed! You have no idea how ashamed...and how hard it was to post this picture. When we realized we would have to use the sun room cabinets in our kitchen, we hastily stacked the stuff in them out in the room. HELLO, we were in a hurry and we had tons of other stuff to deal with....we were about to go to CHINA! Then, not wanting to mess with our school stuff after we finished, I unwisely dumped that stuff on top! Of course, while we were straightening and organizing the rest of the house, more was added to the collection. Now that I've finished the rest of the house, (yes, we even moved Claire's crib this morning), I can't put off taking care of this! So, without further ado, I'm going in..............pray for me!


The Source said...

Ugh...OK So I'll be praying for you this week. It looks like you're definitely going to need it. :)

Thanks for asking your readers to offer their advice on homeschooling! I look forward to any help I can get while researching. Well, I'm off to wake up children for church. Good luck in the sunroom.

Rina said...

Chelsea nothing to be ashamed of..Your priorities are straight. And there is not one person out there who hasnt gone through a temporary house project...Out kitchen took 2 years.i cooked on a hot plate for almost 7 months..Try cooking a holiday meal on hot plates..We look back and laugh ..
Enjoy your transition..
your sunroom looks like our garage

Michelle said...

I LOVE IT!!! I have never seen any part of your house look like that for more than a few min!!! i am glad you tackled it & are through now. I must have given you help in my sleep with those cabinets- ya know since i am so good with math! LOL