Archive for April, 2011

Day 21 & 22 of the reno


As you can see from the pictures below the drywall is starting to go up and quickly too. There are still a few walls and all the ceilings that need drywall but they are probably going to be done soon. They have already done one ceiling in the bedroom.

The other thing we have done is purchased some of the speciality items (tiles for fireplace, tiles for bathroom floor and tiles for shower). We still need to purchase the vanity for the bathroom and the flooring for the rest of the basement, we’re thinking cork.

Here are the pictures with descriptions: Picture 1: bedroom wall up against hallway. Picture 2: corner of bedroom up against outside wall and family room. Picture 3: bedroom wall up against outside wall. Picture 4: bedroom walll up against bathroom. Picture 5: ceiling of bedroom (look closely and you can see the pencil marks where the lights will be situated). Picture 6: light switch for bedroom. Picture 7: family room up against outside wall where the TV and front speakers are going to go. Picture 8: family room up against bedroom (note the huge bulk head we had to put in). Picture 9: other side of the family room where all the windows are. Picture 10: family room again, showing the opening into the hallway. Picture 11: family room, showing the fireplace still to be drywalled. Picture 12: family room, same as picture 7.

April 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

Mom’s birthday

Today, April 29, would have been my Mom’s birthday. But as many of you already know she is no longer here but I do know she is safely in the arms of Jesus. She is probably looking down at us and smiling.

I am so glad she is whole again and safe and cared for like no other. She is no longer sick and no longer in pain and I am so thankful she no longer has any worries either. I am sure she knows we miss her but someday we will be able to see her again and hug, kiss and love on her.

Mom, we love you and miss you. Happy birthday!

April 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM Leave a comment

Day 61…1 Corinthians 6:9-11:

I Corinthians 6:9-11: Pet sins

In these few verses Paul rhymes off a number of sins that will stop anyone from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Paul specifically wanted the believers at Corinth to clean up their act and change.

v.9-10, Paul gives a very strong exhortation about those who will not inherit God’s Kingdom. “Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people.” The Christians at Corinth (or modern day believers) could not call themselves followers of Jesus and allow any kind of evil to live permanently in their lives. By saying that “none of these [that commit these sins] will inherit the Kingdom of God” Paul was referring to those who continued to sin with no remorse or change…because we all know we are all sinners and continue to sin even as believers! However, if people persist to sin and walk in evil ways, and profess to believers, they need to re-evaluate their lives to see if they truly believe in Jesus.

All sin, not just homosexuals…I find it very funny that people get stuck on one sin, but the Bible, both here and many other passages, speak of all sins as being evil, yes even a white lie as society likes to call it. Some believe some sins are bigger than others but all sins are sins! It’s that simple. We, all of us sinners, stand guilty before God. So instead of spreading hatred, spread the word that there is hope for sinners of all kinds through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus! He is the one who sets ALL people free, regardless of the their sins.

v.11, the reason Paul’s list of sins above is so long and precise is because the Christians at Corinth had come from those sins and lifestyles. He says “some of you were once like that” meaning they had practiced these sins and lived with sexual immorality before they were believers, but unfortunately some of the believers in the church had gone back to those old lives. So he reminds them that “[they] were cleansed” referring to when Jesus died on the cross and washed away their sins through his blood. “[They] were made holy” or sanctified, meaning they were set apart by God to live holy lives, again because of what Jesus did on the cross for them. [They] were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” meaning they were made right with God again because of Jesus death and resurrection. Jesus was the only sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world because he was perfect and sinless. Because Jesus took our (sinners) place we (sinners) can come freely to God. The reason Paul mentions the “Spirit of God” is because he wants to remind us that the Holy Spirit has just as much apart in our salvation as God: the Father (who sent his Son to die) and Jesus: the Son died and rose again.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? All sins, not just the ones we think are REALLY bad, separates us from God and it is only through sincere belief in Jesus we are cleansed from those sins. And it is only through Jesus I am made holy and made right with God (John 14:6). There is nothing I can do and nothing I can say to save myself (Eph 2:8-9).

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Remember that my past life of sinfulness needs to constantly be put behind me or at the foot of the cross, and I need to live my life for God 100% of the time. I know I am a sinner but I am also a sinner saved by God’s grace and I need to stop going back to those sins that I am so easily entangled in (Hebrews 12:1) or as I like to call them my “pet sins.”

God help me to not go back to my pet sins and focus all my energy and time of getting to know you better. I love you and thank you for your grace and forgiveness when I go back to my pet sins.

April 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM Leave a comment

Day 20 of the reno

The crew didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, or they hoped because of a few complications along the way. However, they did start the drywalling, but still lots to do. Fingers crossed, let’s hope they finish the drywalling tonight. Can’t wait to see their progress. Maybe I am expecting too much. haha.

But they did do a huge clean-up. All the gravel and excess concrete from moving the bathroom pipes are gone, and the garbage and excess pieces of lumber are all gone. The extra wood and pipes are all stacked neatly in the corner of the family room. It almost looks like I did it–being the neat freak I am. haha.

Still no pictures, still waiting for some lights downstairs to take pictures. Please be patient.

April 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM Leave a comment

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