Wednesday, June 3, 2015

tender mercies

"There's water on the floor, Mom." Hayden's voice was apprehensive, barely audible through our bedroom door he had cracked open.

"Then go clean it up," I sighed, rolling over irritated. It was early 6ish something on a Friday morning. Still dark. No amount of the usual made-a-mess-but-refuse-to-take-responsibility routine was going to drag me out of bed.

"I don't think I can..."

And by his tone I knew something was wrong.


Perhaps you've heard of all this rain Texas has been getting? It was only the night before that my out-of-state sister had called to make sure we were okay. She was assured that yes, our lakes that have been low for years were now filled, and yes, other places were having flash floods, but we were just fine.

That night SIX more inches of rain fell. The drains in the backyard couldn't keep up...so the water made it's way inside. Through the back room, into the living room, our bedroom, garage...



When you stepped on the carpet, your feet sunk down and were immediately covered with water. The kids thought that was awesome. "Insurance will clean it all up and we can get new floors!" Except insurance will not be cleaning it up and paying for new floors. Unless you have an additional flood policy - which we don't because we don't live in a flood plain - damage from "rising waters" is not covered.



I came home from work that afternoon knowing three things for certain:

1. we don't have money for new floors

2. there was no way that this ten (fifteen?) year old carpet could be saved

3. Home Depot should have someone in the hardware section to tell me that carpet knives are by the carpet, not the knives


My work clothes got swapped out for an old t-shirt and a pair of basketball shorts. The furniture was scooted into the dining room. The older children were slathered with as much guilt as I could manage for refusing to help their mother.

The first slice was sure and deep. As I turned the blade on the corner, my thumb caught the back end of the blade and blood dripped everywhere. Because why would I wear the gloves that I had gotten out and then left by my feet? 

BUT THEN THIS.



It was at this moment that the sweat and tears melded together.

The most lovely, rustic, imperfect floors that could ever be imagined RIGHT UNDER THAT PEE STAINED RANCID CARPET.


{When you're shaking from physical exhaustion, your photos are bound to be blurry. Roger has said that I have gotten lazy sitting behind a desk at work, but as all of this was done by the time he got home from work, he needs to shushy.}

Once Hayden felt the excitement, he transformed into the best little helper you ever did see.



There is still the dining room to rip out, and our bedroom will be like this...uh...indefinitely.



Still. God is good.


36 comments:

  1. Silver linings are so needed! Stay safe and
    enjoy your perfectly imperfect floors it took a flood to discover.

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  2. Holy Crap! I'm so sorry for all the damage, it totally sucks arse and is the last thing you need. (I'm also sorry for my potty mouth.) But how awesome are those floors underneath! I can imagine the relief. As for the bedroom... check out the blog Domestic Imperfection.... paper bag flooring!

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    1. Those look awesome!! I wonder how they would hold up without millions of coats of poly on top? My short attention span and wimpy arms will surely sabotage any lofty plans for hours of "prep" and "curing" and "doing things right".

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  3. Love this. Great perspective mama.

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  4. Bloody awful way to find out you have beautiful brick floors. I hope that is the end to the rain and your life gets *somewhat back to normal soon. Maybe paint the cement floors in your bedroom and put a couple of throw rugs down until you can later afford the carpet? Sounds like a cheap n cheerful temporary solution.

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    1. I think you're bang on (too bad we had to throw out two area rugs in the back room that just would not dry out). I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a deal!

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  5. I love the brick floors. What a tender mercy.

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  6. I am so sorry...but the silver lining is the brick floors look AWESOME!!!

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    1. My husband still isn't sold - I'm glad to know I'm not alone in thinking they're pretty swell.

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  7. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love your decorating style and the brick looks amazing - what nice surprise!

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  8. OOHHH, lucky you! Those pavers are awesome. That is a nice surprise.

    Glad to hear your crew is doing okay after the never ending wall-'o-water that rushed through Texas last month. My hometown only got 10" of the stuff but we saw everything south of here all over the news. Thoughts are with you.

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    1. I thought y'all were having the same problems? Anytime we have severe weather here it seems like OK is getting pounded. Happy to hear that you made it through unscathed!

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  9. how serendipitous! love the *new* floors!

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    1. You could've boated from your house to ours :) Isn't it strange to see the sun these last few days?

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  10. sure you can add some gloss on your beautiful tiles with the use of specific products !

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  11. You can get concrete paint tinted ANY color for not a lot of money. Amazing stuff. You can even get some outdoor spray paint and use with some stencils to spruce up a border around floor edges. There's hope for your bedroom!

    Just glad that the water stopped with the floors. And you got to find that great brick. Hang in there!

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    1. I never even thought about spray paint! And then if I jack it up, which there is a 200% chance of happening, it can just be painted over again. Wheels are moving...

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    2. That's a brilliant idea!

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    3. Just make sure you etch the concrete if it is smooth or the paint won't stick.

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    4. I read a blog many moos ago where a lady had spray pain over spray and couldn't get it off to save her life so she just sprayed the whole thing...yet again stuck like glue!!

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  12. First of all, I am so sorry that you and your family were affected by the flooding!

    Okay, that floor is the best thing I have ever seen! It is so charming and rustic and perfect. What a wonderful tender mercy!

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  13. Oh Rebecca!! I'm so sorry you all were hit with flooding! It was a close call for us at several times too. Those rustic floors are gorgeous! And I totally agree with concrete paint- I used some to paint a faux striped area rug on our patio and it's awesome!! God IS good! :)

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  14. Oh.My.Gosh. What a fabulous find! How great is that to tear out ruined flooring and find a NEW ONE GOOD TO GO!

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  15. i love the stained concrete look and we've been debating it in our *gasp* CARPETED bathroom. (blech.)
    the bricks are gorgeous! but i'm so sorry for the pain it took to find them. :(

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  16. Miss you blogging a lot!! Rain? Water? Flood? God bless the bricks. Paint your bedroom floors. I vote for stripes!!

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  17. Oh wow that just totally sucks. But then to find the brick flooring underneath is great. You never knew they were there?
    Sorry for the blood (literally) sweat and tears.

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    1. We originally had planned to replace the carpet when we moved in...7 years ago...but then decided to wait until the kids got older before we put anything "new" in. We've never had anything below carpet besides cement, and because it FELT the same, it never occurred to us that it might be anything else. Definitely glad to be proven wrong!!

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  18. Yes, gloss on those bricks would be lovely! (Also easier to clean.) And all you have to do is google "stained concrete floors" to get excited about that. :)

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  19. Oh I'm so sorry for what you had to go through and I'm sure are still dealing with. I'm so far behind on blogs and finally catching up after my hip replacement on June 1st and finally getting back to reading some blogs.
    That floor does look pretty cool, so glad at least part of it turned out well.

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  20. How exciting! In th emiddle of that drama, you found something so beautiful!! I love the floors...and you can totally stain and even put little flecks of glitter metallic glitter on the concrete floors. How exciting!!!

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