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“Your dad bought another house,” said my mother. My facial expression went from a smile to a frown in a split second. I knew we weren’t moving; we would never get rid of our house because my dad has way too much junk to move. After the thoughts went crazy in my head, I came to the conclusion we had bought another rental house. I had only one thought, my life is ruined.

I heard my dad talking, and he said he bought the house beside us. I thought he was joking; unfortunately, he wasn’t. He asked me to drive the four-wheeler to this new rental house to check the place out with him. My first impression of the house was not the best. Not an inch of this house was even close to the word clean. Since I knew I would get dragged into helping clean this house, my only thoughts were wondering how much stuff I could pack in one suitcase to move out instead of helping.

My family started right away on helping Dad clean this house only because we were forced to. “I have never seen so many spider webs in my life,” said my sister Savanna. It took about two months to clean the house, but we decided to gut basically the whole house. For your information, gutting a house is like starting from square one. We took down all the walls and ceilings; therefore, it wouldn’t be right if we left the floors so we ripped those out too. 

We took a break on the inside of the house, and we decided to work on the outside. The outside of the house has always been yellow; my dad decided that we should change it to tan so we did. We tore all the siding off the house and put brand new tan siding up. I talk about it as if it was so easy and didn’t take long. I wish it was that easy, but this house took lots and lots of work. Around the end of August we moved back to working on the inside. We started to hang ceilings, and my dad, who can fix about anything, rewired the whole house. We also replaced every single window in the house; however, after that, we were ready  to hang the walls. Hanging the walls took several days because carrying drywall is like carrying an elephant; it is extremely heavy, but after we began laying the flooring. In December  we began to paint the house, and we are still trying to finish up painting the rooms.

At first, I looked at this house at being such a negative thing, but in the end is it really all that bad? It sure has made a bunch of memories for my family and me. My family is not the type that goes out every week or month to spend time together; we are just too busy for that. This house has created days where we were forced to work together, and I think it has bonded our family. My dad has had to listen to me, my sister, and my mom complain so much about working over there I sort of feel bad for him. I’m not sure why we complain so much when in reality it may be God’s way of helping our family bond together. The house looks amazing now, and it looks entirely new from inside to outside. Not only are we going to end up with a beautiful rental house, but the memories that come with it will always be with my family.

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15 Responses to “Starting from Square One”

  1. Hannah Young on January 11th, 2018 1:26 pm

    Great story McKayla! I like how you described the change in your attitude from the beginning until the end. I can tell gutting a whole house can take a lot of work. It’s awesome that your whole family came together to work on this. Great job!

  2. Holly Widner on January 11th, 2018 2:41 pm

    I really like this article. Sometimes things that look like a burden end up bringing people together ironically. I like how you expressed your feelings toward the house and how they changed over time. Great article.

  3. Brady Johnson on January 12th, 2018 8:47 am

    Nice Story! This is a great example of how someone can find the good in what seems to be bad things. I enjoyed your timeline of events with what you did to the house. Outstanding work!

  4. Mason Young on January 12th, 2018 9:58 am

    Great article, McKayla! I really enjoyed how you said the house has provided memories for your family! Great job!

  5. Olivia Salyers on January 12th, 2018 9:59 am

    I can definitely understand how your first thought would be moving, but that’s awesome that you got the chance to bond with your family even if the work was hard. Not many people get that chance. Great article!

  6. Hayden Vest on January 12th, 2018 11:09 am

    It’s awesome to read your story about how your family can work together to make the house look amazing! Great story!

  7. Ajack75 on January 12th, 2018 11:11 am

    I like how you described how your attitude went from wanting nothing to do with the house to realizing that it became a bonding experience for you and your family. I’m glad it ended up being a good memory for you! Really great article!

  8. Morgan Miller on January 12th, 2018 11:23 am

    It’s great that something that seemed like a terrible burden at first ended up bringing your family closer together and had a beautiful end result. Great article!

  9. Brannyn Spencer on January 12th, 2018 12:59 pm

    I like how you explained how sad you were at the beginning to a complete change in attitude at the end. I am glad it ended up being a good experience for you and your family. Great article!

  10. McKayla Ramsey on January 12th, 2018 3:54 pm

    I love that you were able to take a step back and take such a negative thing and see the positive in it. Great explanation of all of the hard work that went into the house! Great article!

  11. Bodie St.Clair on January 12th, 2018 4:33 pm

    Great article McKayla! I really enjoyed how you explained the process of buying the house and renovating it. I think that it is cool that a task like renovating can bring your family closer together. Hopefully the house ends up to be a great thing.

  12. Caleb Johnson on January 12th, 2018 6:07 pm

    I like this story McKayla. You really explained how you made the best out of a potential bad idea. I hope you enjoy the house, and once again, Great Article!

  13. bhamm56 on January 16th, 2018 10:34 am

    This is a very interesting story. I enjoyed how you explained your mood changing from the beginning to the end. Great article, McKayla!

  14. Zach Fields on January 19th, 2018 1:07 pm

    Great article McKayla! I like how you made comedic remarks throughout your article. I have also done some home renovations and it can be pretty rough. Its cool that your family bonded over this experience.

  15. cjoll79 on January 22nd, 2018 10:55 am

    great story Mckayla I like how you stated the truth that you didn’t want to do the work at first, but then gradually started to think better about the house. Once agian Great story Mckayla.

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