No, I'm not dying of West Nile or the Swine flu--at least, not that I know of. No, I'm talking about the remodeling bug. It comes and goes, but it seems to be coming back again, and it's very strong right now. What makes it worse is that my husband has the bug as well! Truly, though, the house is due. We live in a 50 year old house that was probably remodeled ten to fifteen years ago, and in general the house has been well-lived in. It's not in bad shape, but there are problems that need to be fixed, as expected in a house this age (or anything this age). The vinyl flooring in our bathroom is starting to come unglued, and will need to be replaced soon. The tub surround requires re-caulking on a semi-regular basis, and is old and hard to clean (so is the tub itself). The sink and cabinet look aged, and not in a good, antique-y way. 'Tis time, 'tis time. What makes this even worse are two things: 1) we only have one bathroom, and to have it remodeled will leave us with no place for "reading", and 2) we made the mistake of going to Menard's and finding a cabinet, one-piece solid surface vanity top/sink, faucet, medicine cabinet, and tub/shower combo that I realllllllly liked. I've even included a few photos below, courtesy of the Menard's website:
|Love the cabinet, but not the vanity top--stock photo|
|Isn't this the cutest sink faucet?? I would take it with us when we move to our dream home someday, because it's also pretty pricey.|
Not long ago, a friend on Facebook posted that they were reminded of the verse about contentment in 1 Timothy. It struck me, because I sway between contentment and compulsion, and I thought it seemed fitting for my desire to have the perfect house--the house that everyone envies, the house that shows up on HGTV and in the magazines as full-page color photos. Part of it is my (now unpracticed) profession of interior design, and design in general, and should be expected. But when I think about it, I can't help but wonder, "what's the point?" I know that my treasures and mansion won't be here on earth one day, but rather will be found in Heaven above when I finally get there. So, even though I would love to have the showplace of my dreams here, I know there are other more important things to focus on. "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."--1 Timothy 6:6-7. Basically, be content with what God has given you, because you can't take worldly gain with you when you die!