Sunday, September 14, 2008

Home sweet Home!

As I told you a few weeks ago, my son Mackenzie and his fiancee, Brittany bought their first home (please click here to read more). They got a really great deal, but you will soon see why. It is a fixer-upper. They plan on fixing it up and he will live in it alone until they are married in October.
Eric and I arrived the day after they got the keys to help assess the situation. Here's Mackenzie looking out the window to welcome us.
The first thing we saw..............garbage.....tons and tons of garbage. The previous owners were filthy slobs and left tons of disgusting garbage. I laughed when I saw this and took a picture. Mackenzie and Brittany started joking and saying that they are turning into white trash folks living in a trailer park with appliances out front and even a bowling ball on the garbage can!

You want to know why that bowling ball is there? The previous owners had a fridge and stand up freezer that were unplugged and full of rotting meat and other foods. Can you imagine? It smelled like a dead, rotting animal. They drug it all out in plastic bags, but the neighborhood cats all got into, so they threw it in the garbage can and had to put the old bowling ball on top to keep the cats out. Ohhhhh, this is just the beginning.
Three mattresses and a hospital bed frame were left behind.
A bunk bead was left behind.
The previous owners decided to paint the whole house at one point and obviously did not mask off anything, so there is over spray on every door and light fixture. Also, check out the bottom of the door. We think that they kept a small dog in the bathroom and he chewed his way out!

We found all kinds of junk in the vents including old movie boxes, sun glasses case, a lighter, rolls of tape and in the kitchen vent, approximately 8 cups of cat food! Gross!!!!
Oh my goodness........the kids were overwhelmed and stressed. They have so much to do on a very limited budget. What should they do???? Where should they start????
Well, you say a prayer, make a plan, roll up your sleeves, pick up your tools and get to work!
You put on your rubber gloves and start cleaning! You work until all hours of the night!
You fill up your Dad's truck full of all the garbage and haul it away.............twice!
You start tearing into the walls to repair leaking faucets and repair dry rot. You make many trips to Home Depot, so much so that they know you by name when you walk in the door!
You enlist the help of your Dad to help put in a new toilet and repair the dry rot.
You get your Mom to help paint. You get your brother, Cameron, to come over and help do all kinds of things including painting.
You get your brother, Grayson, to come over and help.
You get your younger brother, Hayden, to come over to help.
You bring over a boom box and play good music and have good food and make it fun!
You start seeing progress and you start feeling better.
You actually can start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
You realize this is becoming your new cozy little Home Sweet Home and you thank the Lord for your blessing!

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Love, Sharon


Connie said...

Gooooooood Luuuuuck, sweetpea!! My, that is some house but with your family working together it'll be home to them in October - a "we did it!" honeymoon home!! Good for them...

A Romantic Porch said...

Sharon, I'm so glad you are close by and can help them. It is going to be darling when it is done. xo rachel

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Bless their hearts. I got tears in my eyes just thinking of facing that mess. But once it's done, they will value this home so much, and they will talk about this first home for the rest of their lives.

Kathi said...

Wow, everyone has helped and worked so hard. They will be ready in time to move in, and it will be adorable. Love watching the progress. Hugs, Kathi

jojo said...

Once they (you) get the mess out of the way it will be sooo much fun making this house into a home. But seriously...who lives like that?? I can't imagine. ick!

take care,

SweetAnnee said...

It's looking better will be Home Sweet Home..
smiles, Deena

Jan Parrish said...

Wow. Lot's of work. My son and his wife are just finishing up with their remodel which they started in April. Lot's of fun. But it's great that they're settling nearby.

Sondra said...

It always makes it feel more like home when you put your own sweat and blood into it! I bet everything will look so nice when all of you are done with it. I just think it is great that they have been so smart with their money that they could buy a place. Is their new house close to you?

Mardell said...

Good morning Sharon,
Wow, what a mess! It's looking better already, though. It's crazy how people can be such slobs. The meat? Aaaaaack! :o(
It's going to be so cute when they're all done. I can't wait to see the "after" pictures.

Have a great Monday!

Dee said...

I got tears in my eyes just thinking of all the work, but how your whole family chipped in (and they were all SMILING!!!!) You just know that this new home is blessed!!! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

It looks so much better already...glad the kids are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel! How wonderful that the family was able to pull together and get so much work done! I'm not trying to be mean, but it always amazes me that people actually live like that...seriously, I just can't understand it :( Guess a lot of it all goes back to your upbringing maybe? I don't know but that was pretty gross what you guys were faced with. Glad they got a good deal on it! LOL

Judy said...

Wow, so much progress :) It's looking great, I can't wait to see the final pictures. Don't you just love it when you can help you kids in any way you can?
Have a good Monday.

Becky K. said...

Kudos to your son and his fiance!

It takes me back to our first home purchased for $42,000...nearly 20 years much much growth in our much fellowship with family and friends!

They are off to a great start.

Becky K.

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