‘Houston, we have windows’ … and a small roof leak

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a blessed holiday season. Christmas is right around the corner and I am behind on everything (as usual). But I have some very dear friends who are reminding me to relax, enjoy this very precious time with my littles, and to not sweat the small stuff. (Thanks, ladies … you know who you are.) 😉

Today I wanted to share with you some window progress going on at the white house. I sprang for new, vinyl replacement windows for this entire home and they look spectacular, if I do say so myself.

I’m finally starting to see a bit of my original vision for this house come to life, which feels absolutely amazing. Here are a few photos of the windows that have been replaced so far:


New-windows-4 New-windows-3 New-windows-2

I hired my dad to put in these windows for me and to also wrap them with aluminum. Isn’t he doing a fabulous job? I also get the benefit of picking his brain on a million other DIY-related tasks while he’s with me at the house, which has been a huge blessing. 🙂

A not-so-big blessing? The roof leak that was discovered yesterday. So today I was on top of the roof in the rain with a garden hose, trying to troubleshoot this mystery leak. A measuring tape fell to its demise in the process (thank God no one was on the ground below). But I think I found the problem, and when the weather turns nice again, I’ll be tackling the fix for that.

One of the really cool side benefits of this flip endeavor has been the demystification of what I previously considered “man jobs.”

For example, prior to yesterday, the idea of fixing a roof leak would seem terrifying and downright impossible to me. But after some YouTube research and a consultation with two of my favorite contractors (dad and Daryl from church), I’m confident I can fix the problem fairly easily.

It’s funny how some of the most daunting projects in this house have turned out to be the easiest … and the seemingly easy projects have turned out to be the most daunting. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?

Tomorrow I’m gonna try to finish some carport details. I’m dying to show you the transformation in there! Maybe I’ll even get the new hardware installed on the side entry door prior to Christmas. We’ll see.

What difficult project has turned out to be easy for you? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your story.

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9 Responses

  1. Paulette says:

    Susan, you’re an inspiration! I don’t know how you do it all and I love seeing the progress. Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  2. Donna says:

    Another blessing in disguise is that you have your father to help you. I lost my dad in 1993 when my youngest was only 3 years old and my oldest son was 5 years old. Cherish these times with him and take a moment to be grateful you have time to share with him. You will treasure all he does for you even more so when he is gone.

  3. Carol Grund says:

    I enjoy following your continuing renovation!

  4. I’m enjoying watching the progress on The White House – I put in new windows this fall in my new house also and I couldn’t be more pleased with them!! What a difference they make. Best investment ever! Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Patty says:

    You are amazing, I just don’t know how you do everything you do and here it is the busiest time of the year.
    Merry Christmas to You and Your Family

    • Susan says:

      Oh Patty, the truth is I definitely don’t do “everything” … not even close. Many things fell off the wagon this year, especially with the holidays. But I’m trusting God that I’m in the center of His will and letting some less-than-vital things go. Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you have a blessed new year. 🙂

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