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Renovating An Old House...



     My husband and I are renovating a 108-year old Queen Anne style home in the Museum Hill District of St. Joseph, Missouri. Trying to whip a three-story house of its size and condition into shape is a trying task, and sometimes we find ourselves both mentally and physically exhausted from the sheer amount of labor involved. Then too, innumerable and unexpected complications arise nearly every day, and any form of progress is painfully slow.
     Perhaps to some people, this endeavor would seem mad, but this old house has a load of character and many wonderful qualities that are worth saving, and we're determined to make it a home and preserve something of man's history in the process.
     Along the way, we've found that there are many lessons to be learned in restoring an old house, which are worth sharing.

Renovating an old house
teaches you to be thankful for the simple things that most people take for granted every day--such as running water, electricity, a sound and unleaking roof over the head.

Renovating an old house
teaches you that there's more than one way to achieve a certain result, and that you sometimes have to alter your plans in order to reach your goal.

Renovating an old house
reminds you every day to have reverence for the great things that have passed before you.

Renovating an old house
shows you just what you're made of and reveals gifts, talents, and strengths you never knew you had.

Renovating an old house
teaches you that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Renovating an old house
proves that if you keep working at it, your skills are bound to improve.

Renovating an old house
trains your eyes to see beauty that may be difficult to spot under current conditions.

Renovating an old house
makes you realize that a house is not a home unless you make it one.

Renovating an old house
reveals the importance of working together to achieve a goal.

Renovating an old house
makes you stop and think about the importance of spending money wisely and making every dollar count.

Renovating an old house
reminds you that life does not last forever and that you should make the most of yours during your short time here on earth.

Renovating an old house
reveals that everything you do today will affect tomorrow, and that every stone you lay will affect other people's lives.

Renovating an old house
proves that aging can be beautiful and has a certain wonderful and unmatchable quality of its own.

Renovating an old house
teaches you that someone will always find fault with the way you do things--no matter how well you think you did it, and you learn to live with it and grow from it, and believe in yourself despite it.

Renovating an old house
brings you closer to family and friends and reminds you how thankful you are for them and their support.

Renovating an old house
gives you a greater appreciation for God, and for all of the minor miracles he performs along the way.






"Renovating An Old House," written and designed by Bobette Bryan, 2003






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