That has been a question that has weighed heavily on my mind for the last 5 year. For anyone new around here, we bought the house I grew up in 5 years ago and have been s-l-o-w-l-y making it our own ever since. Everything in me respects and loves this home that my parents built with their own hands (my sister and I helped too). We chose to buy this house over building new because it was the closest plan we could get to what we wanted without having one designed. But there were and are changes to be made to make it more us. Some decisions on change were easy: paint colors, removing wallpaper, and space layout. Other decisions have proven to be harder to make: bathroom remodels, basement finishing and trim painting. I have always loved painted trim and any other house have picked it over any other option. But in this home it was harder. Harder because other people I love have feelings about this house ( not that anyone would ever try to stop me from changing it). This home holds 25 years of memories for 3 other people besides me, people who continue to live beside it. They are not all perfect memories but they are our memories and I sometimes fear the more I white wash this house the more I am white washing the memories that were made here.
Then one day during my quiet time with the Lord, I was praying for the future legacy of my family and how thankful I was for my past and that because of who my parents are I could be a better parent for my children. Because I had been given more spiritually I had more to give to my children than they (my parents) had to give to us. I am so thankful for the sacrifice they made so that our family legacy can grow, change and become what God desires for it to be.
Just like that I also knew I could change anything in this house. I was given the gift of a good house foundation also from my parents. And just like God does not plan for us to stay the same, but to change and grow, my home doesn't need to stay the same. I am not white washing old memories but change things so new ones can be made.
Who knew deciding to paint your trim could come from a quiet moment with the Lord.
Trust in the lord with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him.
And He shall direct your paths.
So, I did it I painted my trim, or part of it. It is a time consuming process, but well worth it. I hope to have a tutorial soon.
(you can see the next project I am working on in the mirror)