As you know, we have had to move out of our rental house on a very short notice and couldn't find any other place that would rent to a large family like ours or that wouldn't require lots of renovation before beeing able to move in. So, God provided an alternative for us. We moved into the empty spaces in our Christian Center, which once used to house a small Bible School, but now was used only occasionally for conferences and guests. I wasn't sure how we could make this our home, but after a month here I think we are quite used to it and we have all the necessities we need (and more =). God is good! Today I will show you a few pictures from the downstairs (and where we mainly spend our time when not working on our new house).
This is the entrance to where we live at the moment. To the right is a door to a gathering hall used for outreach in our Center. Straight ahead are the public restrooms, which are using now, because there are the only in this part of the building. It's a bit inconvenient and at times scary to go here at night, since there are no bathooms upstairs, but it's much better than an outhouse, LOL! We also have a shower here. We miss our privacy, since the entrance is visible from the yard where people frequently walk, but again, it's much better than no bathroom at all. To the left is the door to the large dining room, which is what I will show you today.
As you enter the dining room, which now is our main living space, on the left wall are the only windows to this room, which mean little sunlight, but at the moment that is good, because it also means that this room stays pretty cool in this heat. Under the window I converted what used to be a buffet table into my sewing/office space AKA Mom's Table! I am so thankful that I could take with me most of my sewing supplies and some fabrics, so I can continue sewing for my family.
Continuing on the same wall, next to the kitchen door and under the serving window is at this moment our family computer. The children enjoy creating on it and since it's too hot to be outside during the day and they are on summer holiday, it's a good thing we have a fixed computer (it was broken for months). In the corner is an old refrigerator, which is not in use. Next to is our microwave and our refrigerator. It's not the most convenient in this place, but there was no room for it in the kitchen.
Next to the refrigerator are cabinets normally housing all the china from the dining room. But I was able to move some around and free one cabinet to use for our games, crafts, documents, etc. In front of it is one of the dining room tables. Originally there were 5, but we moved most out, keeping only 2. This one is use for eating and the other one for crafts, projects and drawing. It's nice when you don't have to put away a project when it is time to eat. It's a luxury we never had before (and maybe never again will, LOL). In the back to the right are stairs leading to the bedrooms, but we don't spend any time there (and only a few sleep up there), because it is horribly hot. They are only small rooms with bunkbeds and we have very few things there.
When you turn your back to the cabinets and stair, you can see the other half of the big room, which we converterted to a living room after moving the tables out. We use the couches also to sleep down here during this heat. The TV doesn't have any reception, so we just watch videos and DVD's which is nice. The shelf with a few selected movies, books and toys (rest is packed away) was originally next to the wall, but the wall above leaks terribly during rain, so we had to move it (after most of our books got wet!). It seems it will have to stay this way. Behind it is a door to a tiny, but functional laundry room, for which I am very thankful.
On the last wall (next to the laundry room) is a furnace and next to it a kitchenette, which the students used to making coffee/tea. We don't really use it, except for drinking water. The children's drawing supplies are on a small table next to it. You can see a bit of the craft/project table in the right corner. So, that brings us to the entrance door again. This is where we spend most of our time when home. Unfortunately the children's can't really play outside, since there is no yard, only a small courtyard, which is very public. So they usually spend time outside at their granparents or when we go to work on our new home.
Although very different from a regular house, we are getting used to live in here and are thankful for a roof over our heads. The thing that we miss most is privacy, but daddy is pretty happy that he can come down from his office when he is hungry =) or when he needs me to do something for him. And we are glad we see him more (and the children can visit him and bring him a snack or drink).