Mystery: A Decent Little Cottage

“Learning is like a great house that requires a great charge to keep it in repair” ~ Samuel Butler


The mystery aspect in today’s Small Choices post is, first–why haven’t I taken the time to blog in almost a month? And second–what will become of us along the evolution of this new place we will call home?

I don’t really have a good answer to the first question. No excuse is good enough. As for the answer to the second question–only the future can tell. I do know we’ll discover a lot of What Not To Dos and How Do We Do Thats. Those lessons always prepare us for something bigger.

Some friends asked us if we would be willing to live in and remodel a home for them in return for a break on rent. They have done this three times themselves before- bought a home, lived in it, remodeled and turned it into a rental. Since the last home, though, the husband has changed jobs and doesn’t have the time to do it himself.

We’ll have a place to live close to work and get some good remodeling experience while we’re working on building our massage business. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes.

Last month we found out they were getting the house for sure. Last week we heard they closed on the house. Yesterday, we spent several hours preparing the house to be inhabited. We vacuumed, scrubbed, scraped, peeled, cut, discarded, and it’s potential started to become more visible. And in a few days we’ll know when we can move in.

A few days ago I had a feeling that remodeling this house was going to run parallel with the remodeling of our selves. Just after I had this thought, I was listening (once again) to the audio CD of Neal A. Maxwell‘s wonderful book, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience. In it he quotes C.S. Lewis using imagery of George MacDonald about remodeling our own souls:

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of–throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. [C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 174; book 4, chapter 9, paragraph 10]

Here’s to discovering palaces.

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(The “Before” photos.)

3 thoughts on “Mystery: A Decent Little Cottage

  1. It is really cute. How exciting. Even though my own house drives me crazy, I still get excited at the thought of starting on another house. I hope you have fun. Miss you guys!

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