shower surrounds, childbirth class, and sympathy for darth vader

how is that for a post title? ka-POW!

1) we are on the VERGE of turning a corner in the upstairs reno. it took a few long evenings and the better part of a weekend afternoon, but ben (and i? very little "i" involved in this project) installed the tub and shower surround. sounds simple, right? ahahaha, not so fast. it never is as easy as it sounds. renovating never is.

renovating often makes me realize how much of a sinner i am: i want what i want and i get crabby when it doesn't happen. in the current situation, there are no light fixtures in the bathroom at the moment, so we use work lamps that also happen to heat things up to a toasty thousand degrees. 10pm + tired + sweaty + pregnant + remodeling woes = potential for sanctification. i truly pray that God would use these situations to teach me patience and kindness——i am going to need them!

2) we had a marathon childbirth class on saturday. we opted to do it all in one day instead of a five-week course. we watched a few birth videos that were pretty darn intense. uh, yup, intense. afterward, ben said that he wondered if going through stressful remodels will help us during the whole labor process. i wonder, too. not that it's gonna be a breeze, but yes——i think remodeling has definitely helped us learn about how we deal with stress and pain in situations where we are tired and crabby (me more than him). so we'll see what happens.

3) i just finished painting seven doors. now i have a ton of trim to do.

i wear this awesome respirator just to be extra extra safe for baby (even though we use water-based paint and the windows are almost always open). when i walked up behind ben and he heard me breathing, he said, "how's it going, darth?" poor darth. so misunderstood.

hoping the drywallers can make it today. then things will really turn a corner!