Sunday, December 2, 2012

our blissful 850 square feet home

{{Update- This is not our current home. We now live in 1120 sq ft.  Whoo hoo!  See Here.}}

The long awaited blog as come. After almost one year, I am ready to open the doors to our humble home. Surely not to impress or pat myself on the back- writing this blog is pure therapy.

Three years ago we lived here at our Adventure house at 3000 sqft, then at the Ministry house 2100 sqft, then two homes in NC one at 1000 sqft and the home we own at 1120 sqft (which sounds like heaven).. do you see somewhat of a progression? Well, now we are at 850 with six kids, "kind of" three room-no closet-one bathroom apartment. Ha!

These are a few pictures and comments for me to always remember this is not forever, right? Enjoy the peek into our lives. I find it amusing (when I am in a good mood) how we make it work. Tonight I will find it amusing to give you a picture tour.

oh, my lovely room. I close these black curtains as often as I can. This is the only "closet" in the house. Yes, this is the entire families shirt collection- 8 people! If we don't wear it we toss it. Did I mention my room does not have a ceiling? The rectangle home has vaulted ceilings our extend into the living toom.
The computer is Sean's office on the days he works from home. The pepsi can is positioned very nicely I might add... That was not a setup, just saw it. lol.

The opposite corner of my room.. or you may call it my "crafting corner."
Ikea chair only 24.99 at goodwill!

ah.. yess. the catch all bookshelfits nice -from only $40.. next to the computer.. for some reason I didn't take a picture of my desk. oh well. nuff said. 

And the kids room (right next door)- with a loft -you can't see. Elijah sleeps above this ceiling on a futon mattress. The kids all read upstairs till bedtime on a matt and bean bag chair.
We thought about getting new curtains, but why waste the money. They are very nice darkening curtains . Do you remember them Olivia.. its the same couch too?! :D 
As you can see in the picture: each child has their own clothes bin for other clothing items. I have given up trying to keep these organized. They put away their own clothes. Sometimes I will go through them and goodwill what they don't wear.

The kids are always changing where they sleep. The beds are an amazing contraption made by Sean which support the loft. Below you can see where little Mordecai sleeps with my homemade mobile/ blanket above him. No shame here people!!!! The pinterest world overdoes the need for perfect themed bedrooms. Most kids that visit our house think this room is the coolest thing ever. haha. Pictured you can also the see the laddar to the loft.

random toys. these pictures were after I picked up. it is never says in this much order. i promise.

This area/wall can bug me to pieces! Sean recently built a shoe shelf, which helps the need for digging for shoes and making a HUGE mess. This is their closet. I remind myself that we are mobile family and this dwelling is not forever. So I am forgoing a perfect organizing system! These two shelves from goodwill suited the purpose fine.
Tada! This is my "eat in kitchen." No dishwasher (erg.), but I am very thankful to the Lang family who bought an oven for us to use. We used a hotplate for the fist week or so living here. I meant to clean up my refrigerator before I took the picture below.. oh well. The bathroom door and our foyer you can see to the far left of picture.

Besides the coffee mugs above the stove- this is every eating dish I own.
Oh. my. goodness. How life has changed.

One final shot of the kitchen area. Hadassah getting into our "pantry". 
It is comical people! 
Give all glory to the Lord because only He sustains me. 
I scream every time i have to reorganize it. AHHHH!!! ;)

Why not put in a picture of Sean cooking what it does best? He loves frying anything.

Our lovely livingroom!! When it is clean- it is cozy. It never bugs me. Well, maybe when I have to move the rug back into place six times a day. I never thought I would enjoy black walls, but I have found they hide this huge TV wonderfully. The TV Elijah won from a drawing contest. Way to go JO!
The red couch we got on Craigslist for $60, the Lazyboy from my mama, and the brown swivel chair from Corvallis furniture $25. What would my children do on a rainy day without this brown "spinny chair"?! Oh, and I can't forget. The drawers on the dresser are my "linin closet" ;)
These pictures were actually taken many days later because I was hoping to have it picked up. It is opposite of the livingroom and it is impossible to keep clean unless the kids are out of the house. I am so thankful the owners let us use these brown hutches in the backround. One is full of toys, the other with Homeschool books, art supplies, puzzles, games and coloring books. The kids also have one drawer all to their own. They all have handled all of this beyond what I could have asked!
You can't tell the stool are green that Hadassah is sitting on.. but I got these cute ikea table and stools at goodwill for only $7.99. :D I knew I didn't have the space, but when we move they unscrew very nicely. Love ikea quaility too! Yes.. we still have two gerbils in the cage. :/ They are fun pets!

The other area that screams at me daily! Someone usually has the job of organizing this area 3x a day. The vacuum spot- next to the refrigerator. 
The door in the picture is were I find refuge and a moment of peace. It blocks out the noise with the fan on ;) The bathroom. One sink, shower, toliet and ramdom reading material. Pretty simple. 

There you have it folks. May I encourage you-- It is possible to downsize your life. I encourage you to try. It is healthy for the soul. We do have more stuff than we really need. Amen?

This season of our life will change us forever. My husband is learning a new career- for that I am incredible thankful. We have hopes of being in our own home again..No matter how much my flesh cries out, I submit to the Fathers timing. Our kids are troopers.. God has given them an adventurous heart through it all.

Peace and love,


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