Over a year ago; March 12, 2009, we got the keys to our first home. We were so thrilled! It wasn’t much of a home at the time but God really gave Chris and I a vision of what it could be. Here’s what it looked like when we bought it.
Did you notice where the stove was supposed to go in the previous picture? Well, it rained in the house for two years without a stove and we got to fix all the rot caused by the rain :) The construction repairs were a great learning experience for Chris!
I think there were a total of six areas in the house that had floor rot from the water damage, we had a few guys help us at different times with the repairs, and like I said, Chris got to learn a lot along the way. Dean and Byron came and helped repair not just subflooring in our entryway but also supporting beams to hold up our doorway! Thanks you guys, it’s nice to have hard floors to walk on now!
This was our first family bedroom, which we now call the “Red Room.” We all slept in here and huddled around our little heater since there was no heat in the house and still snow on the ground in March! Connor had just started crawling when we moved in, we had no carpet only really nasty dirty subflooring!
Where I did my dishes for about 4 months, by the way, I was VERY thankful for this setup, when we first moved in I did the dishes on the back step with a hose for about a month, that was hard on the back! :)
As you can see, we had a few siding issues! We replaced the siding on three sides of the house, along with eight new windows, two new exterior doors and seven new interior doors. A lot of work and extra money but we are glad that we did it all now :)
We’ve made a few improvements on this corner :)
This is what the rim joist (the 2×6 beams that support the perimeter of the house) looked like in many places) Thankfully that all got fixed before we put on the new siding, put in the new windows and added all new trim.
When the rainy season came in full force we quickly realized that the money we spent to “repair” our roof was probably not very wisely spent. It was a hard pill to swallow but we knew that we were going to have to replace our roof this year (our decision was based partly on the fact that water was pouring down our newly sheetrocked walls, and dripping from our windows, inside the house!)
First snow in our new house, the kids were sooo excited to build a snowman! We were just excited that we had a new roof and skirting (although we had not insulated our pipes yet so our pipes were frozen for a couple weeks until it warmed up a bit!)
Welcome to the Burns’ Home!! We are so thrilled that this is our home. God has been so faithful to us these past 13 months. Today marks a great milestone, we no longer have to work hard to make sure the appraiser is happy, we can just beautify our home for our own enjoyment. We have many plans for our future on this land, and it’s a blessing from God that we have space for our family to grow. In fact, in two months we are going to have another baby girl, we are all so thrilled about that and can’t wait to see who the Lord has added to our family. We are also so thankful for all the help we have received from our family and dear friends. Now to have a bit of a break, let the BBQing begin! It’s going to be a fun summer! Can’t wait to get out to our garden this week and finish planting our seeds. Thanks to all of you for all your support and so many prayers and words of encouragement, can’t wait to have you over for some fellowship!
Now this is just the beginning…