Friday, May 20, 2011

The Parsonage is Getting Bigger

Hello poor, neglected blog of mine...I've missed you.  I think of you often.  Let's update.

My husband's a pastor in a tiny town.  We live in the parsonage next door.  The 100 year old, three bedroom, one bathroom house that I really quite adore.  This is all old news...the NEW news is that our church recently voted  to add an addition onto the parsonage.  A quite large addition, like double-the-parsonage-size type addition.

They will be tearing off the back of the house, which consists of the mud room, little tiny garage, and attic/storage room above it.

They will be adding a  24'x 24' two-story addition.  New kitchen, dining, mudroom, and bathroom downstairs and upstairs there will be two  new bedrooms, one huge master and one smaller bedroom.  Then it will be new windows and siding throughout.

It's going to be  a process.  A likely long process.  Our tiny church never ceases to amaze us, we are humbled and excited.

The section with the red door is what will be torn off and where the new addition will be.

Ok, lets keep it real.  This is at the top of the stairs, that is the tiny door to the attic/storage room.  This is where I have been the last few weeks.

This is the attic mostly emptied out.  I know.  It was completely full, like "how do I even get in here" type full.

In order to tear off the back of the house, it required me emptying the attic, which is the room I like to call "I have no idea what to do with the item so I'll just open the door, toss it in and worry about it later."  I've done that for close to 6 years now.  Let's just say it's taken me weeks and hours of my life to sort through our stuff.

Ridiculous amount of stuff, most of which is sitting in my garage waiting for tiny-town city wide garage sale tomorrow!

It's got me thinking a lot about "stuff" and why we had so much.  I never want that much stuff again.  I want less stuff in our bigger house, because the stuff  is a waste of time and energy for me.  It's a new way of thinking, and I'd love to write more about it as soon as this garage sale is over!  :)


  1. Sarah!! That's amazing. I can hardly imagine what it will look like. That is a really sweet house. I look forward to seeing it even sweeter. :)

  2. That is such exciting news! It will be great for your family to stretch out a bit, especially as your kiddos are getting bigger and bigger.

  3. Sarah that is why my blog is titled The Simple Life. I also want less stuff and more peace. I am glad that you are getting more space.

  4. Oh Sarah, it's so true. We went through a major purge a few years ago, and it was like shedding 100 pounds you didn't know you were carrying around. I'm super quick to get rid of excess now (throw away/give away/donate). And I'm more joyful. For sure.

    (Can't wait to follow the remodel!)

  5. Oh, I can so relate! Our daughter just got married last month. We have been keeping her room full of her stuff since she went to college in 2004, thinking she'd "need" it all. Nope! They had a tiny moving box to fit all of their belongings in which meant major cleaning out! I love the emptiness of that room and want the same for the rest of my house! Out with the STUFF!

  6. I started cleaning out our 1,300 square foot attic a couple of years ago. It seems like there's not much time to do it because it's either too hot or too cold. But I've slowly been making my way through it. I hope to finish up this fall.

    I've even blogged about it, and shown pictures because I have no shame!

  7. We are in the process of moving and I about cried at all of the stuff we were moving. My new house seems so full already!!! UGH!! I want to clear out too!!

  8. How Fun! And, your house is so cute!

  9. It's really nice your home will be so much larger!

  10. So awesome your getting more room! I love how the Lord provides.

    Any my attic is such a mess... I don't think I would even be brave enough to take a pic.

  11. OH SARA, I am SOOOOOO excited for you! Doubling the size of your home rocks!!!! Yay! :)

  12. Wow, that is so exciting! Can't wait to see some pictures along the way! Congrats :)

  13. Just found your blog! Love it! I'm a newbie Pastor's wife of only 3 months and I'm loving it but it's a HUGE challenge too! Definitely tons to blog about for myself - how exciting about the addition! I hope it goes really really well for you! We are also only steps from the church however, I haven't counted them yet! :0)


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