When we moved to Knoxville, God blessed us with a beautiful, large home. At the time we prayed that He would enable us to use it for His glory. We prayed that, if it was His will, He would fill the house with children (we had 7 at the time) and we prayed that we would be faithful to use it for hospitality.
Currently we host a weekly pot-luck dinner (40-70 people), a monthly family Bible study (40-70) and a monthly Visionary Womanhood group (8-20 people). We also strive to be available for regular hospitality. God has blessed us with a home that makes this all possible.
Nearly a month ago, Mark and I were talking about how we could make the floor plan more open and usable and we realized we could take down the wall between the living and dining room. This would give us more space in our ‘getting-tight’ dining room (most homes are not equipped with a dining area that will seat 13 plus company) and would provide a more open area for our larger groups.
This is our dining room before:
The next picture, shows the wall that we took down. It’s the dark, magnetic wall.
Not only has God blessed us with this home, he has also blessed us with a friend who has blessed us in the past and been willing to continue to bless us with his time and expertise.
With our plan in place, we set the kids to work taking down the wall.
[Yes, we turned off the power and made certain it wasn't a load bearing wall BEFORE we started.]
It was a HUGE mess, but how often in a kid’s life do they get to tear down a wall?
The kids had a wonderful time.
Our new space is lovely, light-filled and even better suited to our use.
Total cost: about $100
The transformation inspired us to try something else.
And to think that I generally just paint during the second trimester…
Updated to add this picture of Bella (1) taking advantage of the chaos of the process:
Suggestions are always welcome!
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