Yucks and Yays of Upheaval Part 1 of 2

Written by on April 3, 2016


And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

Do you sometimes get on overwhelm with chaos? With a recent kitchen remodel, I thought, So  you throw a few spoons in a box, and life goes on. No big deal, right?

Wrong. For two months, our lives were upside-down and inside-out with the sounds of deconstruct and reconstruct, and handymen revolving in and out. Talk about a spiking stress-o-meter!

Here are yucks and yays I experienced along the way.

Yuck: Brick dust & sawdust everywhere. Noise, varnish and fumes. Migraines 24/7.
Yay:  (Wheez, cough.) This is gonna rock when it’s over, right? (Massaging my temples.)

Remodel Photo Terry & Brick

Yuck:  Are you  kidding me?  Once the kitchen bricks were removed, the back of the chimney exposed sloppy craftsmanship, missing brick, and slap-hazard mortar?
Yay:  I am so inserting Bible verses into the zigzagging nooks and crannies. Here’s one:

 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of Christ, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10: 35, 36).

Remodel Photo Back of Chimney
Yuck: The old 1958 Westinghouse oven with bad hinge, scruffy controls, and bad wiring sits on my front yard for all the neighbors to see. Is there no balm in Gilead?

Yay:  This is worth it. This is worth it. This is worth it. Think about the end result.



Oven front yard


 Yuck:  My garage is now a carpenter’s workshop, apparently.

Yay:  I’m glad that the Divine Carpenter is on-site and showing me how to take charge of my attitude while my car’s on the street and my life is in boxes.



(Thank you to my parents, John and Maryann, for gifting us with the remodel. Thank you for the new floor, Jeff Edmondson of 24/7 Properties,)

Friend, what yuck have you run into lately? How did you turn it into a yay?

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  1. Toni   On   April 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

    My husband (a retired industrial arts teacher) enjoys doing the interior finishing work for our house addition which was made four years ago. The pace of the work has kept our new space in chaos. God has taught me much patience and the importance of appreciating access to everyday things that we often take for granted: water, sewer, roof, electricity, air conditioning/heating. Even minor interruptions in these areas can be very aggravating. I have to remember that much of the world’s population does not have 24/7 access to these amenities. We are richly blessed.

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Toni, that’s so true! I’m laughing as I read your comment, but it it was super-aggravating to have my space invaded. I love the fruit of the Spirit of patience! I think mine was the size of mustard seeds, though! What a blessing to have an industrial arts teacher for a husband – doing a remodel in your home. I can’t wait to buy the spring issue of House Beautiful. I’m sure you guys will be featured on the front cover! And yes, 66% of the world lives without our level of food, water, medical resources, and education. We are blessed indeed.

  2. Kathleen Hay   On   April 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Lynn, I am so happy for you! A remodeled kitchen–how wonderful! The mess and inconvenience–these too will pass. Blessings for you, your family, and those working on your kitchen.

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you, Linda Jo. Good thing the King had His eyes on me. I’m sure I could’ve done better keeping my eyes on Him!

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