The following is a guest post from my wife. Next week, we will continue the series on our parenting assumptions. You can read part one here.

Ever since we moved in, I’ve been unhappy with our kitchen. The cabinets were dark, and the floor was covered in peel-and-stick tiles. When we asked the local hardware store for a quote on a brand-new kitchen, we were shocked to learn it would cost nearly a hundred thousand dollars.

For the past two years, my husband and I have been trying to figure out how to transform our kitchen. It was no longer functional and had become a source of frustration.

About a month ago, I started researching cost-effective kitchen renovations. We decided to tackle the project ourselves. We had laid a new floor this past fall. Now, we sanded and painted the cabinets, reorganized the shelves, and scrubbed and painted the walls.

As I added some of the final touches today, I realized this kitchen project mirrors life in many ways. When things get tough, outdated, or lost appeal, we often crave something new. We fantasize about how much better life would be with a new:

  • Boyfriend
  • Spouse
  • School
  • Home
  • Friend
  • Job

But what if “new” comes from investing time, energy, and effort into what we already have? Today, my kitchen looks beautiful and feels new, thanks to the hard work and dedication we put into it. The satisfaction came not from replacing it but from transforming it.

So, what if the “new” for you isn’t about running away or starting fresh? What if it’s about working on what you already have and improving it?


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