Saturday, July 19, 2008

Breakfast on the veranda

The name of the blog is small town, small house, big life. You may be wondering why... you may not. If you are, here is an explanation. Carlsbad is definitely a small town, not only in population, but it is made smaller by it's isolation for surrounding towns. It is a good hours drive to the nearest Starbucks. (For those who are unaware, Starbucks is an establishment that masquerades as an expensive coffee house, but has no idea what coffee is. more on that later.) But I digress. The second part of the name is "Small house". So named because we purchased a smaller, less expensive home to avoid debt.

While we enjoy not having a huge house payment, 1,000 sqft can get a little cramped. Especially when the single bathroom is occupied or when the girls are watching High School Musical 2 in the living room and Nathan is watching Dirty Jobs in our bedroom.

We have looked at various solutions for creating more space, but they all end up increasing debt. The week after Vacation Bible School, I was hit with an epiphany (didn't hurt). Our front yard is shaded by a large pecan tree but the small concrete slab that serves as our front porch isn't very comfortable to sit on. And so, last week we built a front porch. It is open to the sky (no roof) and it still needs a few finishing touches, but it is like we added a new room to the house. I have never thought of myself as much of a handyman, but I must say that it looks like a right proper porch. .

The girls use it both for a river boat and for tea parties. Kerri and I enjoy a good cup of coffee in the evening and if we ever get up early enough, it will be a perfect spot for breakfast.

Oh and the last part of the name of the blog... Big life, well, even in a small house located in a small town in the middle of the high plains desert, a life lived to it's full potential is nothing if not BIG. 

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