Ahh, projects, projects. My house is in a state of disaster, but I know that it will one day be otherwise. Lunch was cooked on the porch, and I spent most of the morning trying to keep Elliot out of harms way. What’s on the project menu this time? Demolition – of both the master bathroom and a certain dividing wall.

First, the bathroom. Monday our plumber was able to come start work. He had a few comments regarding the previous “plumbers” work. There were so many issues, that we decided the best thing was to essentially start from scratch. Yikes! Joshua set to work removing my precious pink tile that I so dearly loved. {cough, cough}. In short order, I had a tub in my hallway, a broken washbowl stand hauled away {the genius plumber had cemented the stand into the floor several inches} and pieces of ceramic tile piling up in my yard.

This is how I found my bathroom in the afternoon. Looks like a bomb exploded, huh?


Since then, the rest of the tile has been removed. Today, he came back with pipes and set to work. I have no idea how soon we’ll actually be able to use this room, but at least I can see progress.

While the plumber was working in our bathroom, some of the guys set to work on something we’ve been scheming for quite some time. Even before moving to Ghana, we discussed that one day, maybe we could open the wall between the rooms we planned to use for our kitchen and living room. It’s been a LEAST a month ago that Jonathan took a pen and drew an arch on the kitchen wall. Several times since then, he’d say to Joshua, “Maybe tonight we’ll break the wall.” So…today was the day. And let me tell you, the dust {and chunks} certainly flew! Isaac did most of the breaking. By the way, a word of caution: if you’re ever in Ghana and happen to need a wall removed, just call Isaac. The man is a maniac with a hammer in his hands! :)

Outside, those who were not helping with the bathroom or demolition, were working on filling some more of the yard, near the tree. They were burying the ceramic tile from the bathroom under the fill. Elliot was quite fascinated by all that was going on, and also quite oblivious to the fact that there were countless ways he could possibly injure himself. Those doing the filling were chasing him away because they were swinging shovels full of dirt {also, the very sharp shards of tile were still lying exposed in the yard and a certain small boy refuses to wear shoes for more than 5 seconds}. James certainly didn’t need his help with the plumbing project and flying pieces of cement in both the kitchen and living room made entering either quite risky. The poor little guy just wanted to be in the middle of it all. He eventually went to play outside behind the house. He wasn’t there long before I heard him SCREAMing. I found him straddling a fallen tree and suffering from a bloody toe. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it bothered him enough to make him want to sit and read books with me for at least half an hour. I’m sorry for his wounded toe, but it was nice to have him sitting still on my lap for so long!

Ta-da! Here’s to a more open floor plan!


As soon as our friend comes to fix the cement work on the arch, I can start painting! Remember that post where I mentioned the buying of paint for just this occasion? Since then, those paint cans have been sitting in the corner of our {someday} office, just begging to be let out. Green walls, your days are numbered!

Written by: Juanita

11 Responses to “The Grand Opening {of the dividing wall}”

  1. Michelle Horst says:

    wow. I love the opening, it looks really good… or it will, any way. :) and wow, the bathroom. looks like exciting changes!

  2. Michelle S. says:

    Wow! That’s some serious demolition going on there – all you need yet is some of that yellow caution tape and you’d have your own personal construction zone. :) Your plumber – James? as in James Quansah? Hmmm…makes me realize how long its been since I’ve been in Ghana.

    • Juanita says:

      Michelle S – Haven’t heard anything from James Quansah. James Andoh is doing the plumbing…remember him?

  3. Judy says:

    This all looks so exciting!! I’m so happy changes are happening for you guys :) plus, it’s a wonderful Christmas gift! especially getting rid of that horrid pink tile!

  4. Rachel M. says:

    Will there be some sort of a memorial service for the pink tile and the green paint?? I mean really, both destroyed in one day, it’s terrible!!! Ha ha!! Really like the arch look though!! Have fun!! Shall we come Saturday and help you paint??

  5. Janet says:

    Wow, wow, WOW!!!! Excellent stuff! Yup, definitely looks like a bomb went off, but I’m thinking it’s a “good kind of bomb”! Can’t wait to see the finished projects!

  6. Angela Y. says:

    Juanita, thank you for keeping us posted on your life there. I check your blog regularly and always enjoy reading your posts! Blessings!

  7. Krista Beachy says:

    Wow! I am continually amazed at the amount of work that gets done around your home. You have so many helping hands. What a blessing. It really looks great, Juanita. I cannot wait to see the wall color ;)

    • Juanita says:

      Krista – yes, we are truly blessed by our willing workers. Two of the guys have been staying with us. Even on their time “off the clock” they are helping us with whatever project we’re working on.

  8. Carol Horst says:

    I was wondering what you were up to this week. Wow, now I know why I didn’t hear anything. Can’t wait to see the finished project. By the way, I suppose that you have your new bank cards. What a journey they had. I tracked them. Have fun painting.!!!

  9. Delfred Weber says:

    Thanks for letting me in on your project’s I must say that I really admire your spirit off adventure and how you roll with the punchs.
    May God reward you with a more favorable tile colour for your bathroom walls.
    LOL delfred