Home renovations can be a little stressful, particularly when you have just moved into a house with 8 kids, and those kids are sensitive to noise and prone to seizures. I’m taking some time at the end of this week to focus on the positive, knowing God will carry us through like He always has before. We will do a more thorough before and after post once the house is done, but for now, here’s a peek at our last week.
Wilson is able to join us in the evenings, and he is much better at coaxing a smile out of R than I am, but we are looking forward to having him home more throughout the day when most of the work fixing the house is done.
A highlight of the week was definitely a game of “soccer” that all the nannies and kids participated in on Thursday. Of course, I’m terrible at capturing action shots and didn’t want to miss out on all the fun, but you can at least see most of our kids and get an idea of the space we are in. The volunteers here this week helped repaint with the beige and tropical orange and we like how much brighter the room feels. Since the hallway is still blue, I am proud to be displaying Hope College orange and blue 🙂
Once the laundry room is done, we will renovate the kids’ bathroom, which needs to be converted from shower stalls to an accessible tub and changing table. Several doorways also need to be widened, as they are much too narrow for wheelchairs. The bedrooms will stay essentially the same, except for a good thorough cleaning, raising and padding some of the beds, and adding some shelving to keep their clothes a little more organized and child-specific. We can’t wait until we get to start dressing them in all the clothes many of you donated!
As always, head on over to the prayer page to see our most current prayer updates, but the biggest thing we need prayer on right now is the process of reducing our number of nannies. We knew this was coming, as Wilson and I are now helping to care for the children and not as many nannies are needed each day, but these decisions are really difficult to make as many of these women have been working here for several years. We pray for wisdom as we decide, and also for the nannies, those who stay to have a renewed strength and passion as they care for our kids, and those who have to be let go, that they would find hope in the Lord and that He would provide another source of income for their families.