Contentment and Consumerism

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Contentment and Consumerism
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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 7:34am

We recently had a discussion in which I was accused of cheating my children if I didn't bring my 1990s kitchen up to trend.  I found this blog post today, which I really liked.  the lady who wrote it shares my perspective on what's important.  momastery.com/blog/2014/08/11/give-liberty-give-debt/

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 7:59am

Glad I missed that discussion! My poor, abused, neglected children are also suffering with a 1990s kitchen. It was updated in 1995 by the previous owners, and we liked their taste, including the wallpaper, so we kept it. The sink needs replacing, but that's a discussion for another day...

For me, contentment is not pursuing the illusion of perfection. Because it is an illusion to think that any earthly thing will ever be perfect or that we can even comprehend what perfection is.

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:06am

I love that refrigerator!

Signed,

Mom that displays and has displayed my kids masterpieces there and all kinds of reminders for the day, Lol.

 

 

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:26am

We've never been big on refrigerator art but each of my kids had his own bulleti. Board where we displayed art, photos, awards, efc.  I was just thinking this week about how it's probably time to do something different with that space.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:31am

I like that.

When we added a mud room in one house we lived we added individual hooks for each kids' backpack and just 1 large bulletin board above that for special notes, a calendar, etc.

 

 

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:41am
We have lockers in the garage where they kept their sports stuff and then loaded them every night with what they needed to take to school the next morning. I guess it's time to get rid of those, too.
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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:55am

 Two years ago when we did renovations it was supposed to be Step 1.  We talked with the contractor about things we wanted to do in the kitchen.   Figuring it would take about 2 years to save up the money needed we assumed about this time we would be calling the contractor for  Step 2.  We have the money but with the journey we have been on over the last year and a half plus the one just starting for our family what our kitchen looks like or how it could function better is just so far down the list of our priorities. 

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 9:55am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>We recently had a discussion in which I was accused of cheating my children if I didn't bring my 1990s kitchen up to trend.  I found this blog post today, which I really liked.  the lady who wrote it shares my perspective on what's important.  momastery.com/blog/2014/08/11/give-liberty-give-debt/</p>

I remember that discussion and I love the article, great perspective!

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 10:31am

I'd probably be fine if my kitchen were a 90s kitchen, but it's a 70s kitchen.  For me, it's fine, but before I ever put it on the market, I will have to expand the kitchen and include a dishwasher.   My current plans are to just about double the size of the kitchen...which will make it just small instead of tiny.

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 10:35am

emptynester2009 wrote:
<p> Two years ago when we did renovations it was supposed to be Step 1.  We talked with the contractor about things we wanted to do in the kitchen.   Figuring it would take about 2 years to save up the money needed we assumed about this time we would be calling the contractor for  Step 2.  We have the money but with the journey we have been on over the last year and a half plus the one just starting for our family what our kitchen looks like or how it could function better is just so far down the list of our priorities. </p>

Aside from hiring contractors to paint or install ceiling fans the one room I've always updated or wanted updated was our kitchen.  I love granite and in Texas contracting that out has been the cheapest, We had a friend install it there too which was an extra bonus in cost, Lol He did an awesome job. 

 


 


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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 10:37am

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