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The Heart of the Home | Not Quite Amish

The Heart of the Home

One of the things we really wanted to do to our new house was remodel the kitchen. It screamed for updating. So six weeks ago the demolition began. We are still in the middle of the project. Everything everyone has ever said about redoing a kitchen seems to be true:

It will take longer than expected.
It will cost more then you anticipated.
You will get really tired of eating out.

But there is one more thing I was not prepared for. I did not realize how much the kitchen is the heart of my home. I always thought the heart of my home was the people who live there. And that’s true enough family fills a house with love. But when they have no place to land in the house it’s harder to feel the beat of our lives.

At the moment there is really no place in our house for us to come together for a meal let alone share our days with each other. We can’t pile into the guest room and feel comfortable. And each bedroom is a personal space. It’s the kitchen I am missing more than I ever thought possible. And I thought not having a kitchen sink would be the hard part.

No. I miss how my husband nibbles on carrots and tells me about his work day while I chop dinner veggies. I miss how my son cruises in looking for a snack … yes before dinner, the growing boy. I miss baking cookies for neighbors. I miss sitting at my desk in the kitchen where I write and pay bills and make phone calls. These weeks without a kitchen have given me a whole new appreciation for the room where we can gather as a family to share life.

How about you? Have you survived a kitchen remodel? Did you have any wisdom from the upheaval?

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Lisa Bogart (64 Posts)

Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at LisaBogart.com.


  1. Hi Lisa … I do feel that the kitchen is the heart of the home and the kitchen table is the heart of the kitchen. I just did a posting on “Our Kitchen Table” yesterday. Oh how I would miss my kitchen if I were not able to use it. Thank you for sharing. Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

  2. Lisa .. it is me again. I forgot to mention that when your kitchen is finished, I would love to see pictures of it. I hope that you will share with us. Just to think that you are midway through this project … what a blessing it will be the day that you all will be enjoying your kitchen all fresh and new. Hugs ♥ Teri

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