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Monday, September 3, 2012

The D-Three | A House Tour (Pre-Renovations)

Life has been a bit busy with us. We just got back from a trip to KL and now we're about to start moving forward with all that needs to be done on OUR NEW HOUSE! You read correctly...the Father has finally led us to where we'll be residing for at least the next 2 years (according to the contract). So without further ado, I will post all the lovely "before" photos...and by 'lovely' I mean the potential to be lovely.

That front yard is going to be a PAIN to maintain...I might need a riding lawn mower...

This is the small front room when you enter. Is it me or is the lime green color following me?

After you walk past the front bright green room, you enter the living room.
Complete with a built-in entertainment center and a chandelier.

Now, the door that you see in the upper right corner leads to Little Man's room:

Pink and purple! Everything I never wanted for my little boy. 
Definitely going to have to do some work in this room.

There is one more room that is off of the living room area:

The "Room of Many Colors"
This will be our office.

When you exit the office, you'll turn to your left to enter the dining area.
Just in case you wanted to see more bright green walls...

Beginning with the top left photo, I'll show you the rooms that you can get to from the dining area.

The kitchen:
Kitchens don't normally look so similar to that of an American kitchen, so we feel blessed.

The "laundry room" + Bathroom:
Basically, this will be where our washing machine goes. 
Oh, and those strange alien creatures that have found a special place on the tile in the bathroom...
Those are Teletubbies, in case you didn't know.
I happen to know all their names thanks to my little sister who loved the show back in the day.
So we meet again, 'Tubbies...

And last, but certainly not least (especially in terms of renovations needed)...
Our Bedroom + Bath

Hello Purple! Or is it blue?
And hello naked woman with freakishly long hair awaiting our entry into the bathroom (you're the first to go).
And no, we are not keeping the headboard and side tables that perfectly match the purple-blue wall.

And let's not forget to say hello to the pink-purple-maroon bathroom!

I was sooo looking forward to painting at least the dark maroon tiles. Sadly, the owner said there was nothing wrong with the tile (his vision might be impaired).
The only thing, for now, that I'm allowed to change are the pink walls.
Pinterest, I need your help!

Thus completes the house tour. We realize the amount of work it needs and we also realize it's not the house you typically see in Better Homes and Gardens. However, we are so thankful for this little house and the memories that we will be able to make within its walls for the next couple of years. We'll fix it up nice, just like we've done before. For the things we can't change, we'll make do; and for the things we can change, we'll make it our own. We see so much potential and we're so excited to be able to unpack our suitcases and settle in.

On that note, one thing I've learned is that I'll never truly be content or 'settled in'. As much as I've longed to unpack suitcases and break out my 'nesting' skills/ Pinterest pins on our new house, I'm still going to long for something more. In 2 Cor. 5 we read that "in this 'tent' we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling". Even though we are at home in our bodies and earthly dwellings, we are away from the Father. Naturally, we want to be closer to Him. However, He can't be found in anything here on earth. 

The great news is that He's already prepared a place for those who have placed their trust in Him!
"In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." (John 14:2-3)

I wonder if I'll see bright green walls in my place in heaven?
It will be ok if I do...because I won't be able to feel pain anymore ;-)

So, for now, we call House D3 our home. Hopefully some of you reading this post will get to see it in person!

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