Being Thankful In The Middle of a Mess {Everyday Adventures 78}

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have noticed that I have been quiet the last week. I have posted a little bit on my Facebook page, but not as much as normal.

This would be the reason why.

Flooring 4 (Copy)

I am sure some of you recognize what those are because you may have had the same issue or similar issue we had this last week.

Those are fans. Large industrial type drying fans. We had 14 of them in our house. Plus 3 dehumidifiers and an air purifier. Lots of fun!

Actually not a lot of fun. For three days our house kind of sounded like we were in an airplane, only I think it was actually loader than an airplane…

And this is what the main part of my kitchen looked like.

Flooring 2 (1) (Copy)

Let’s just say there was not a lot of actual cooking going on in that mess. We have had lots of sandwiches and items that you could grill and cook without actually being in the kitchen much.

See that large item covered in plastic by the oven? That is our piano. It was the only safe place to put it. And when your piano that is less than a year old is that close to your oven, you don’t turn on your oven. Or even try to open the door to the oven.

You might be wondering what happened.

A pipe to our water heater broke in the middle of the night. Our water heater is in a closet off the entryway/hallway. We have no idea when it broke, but it sprayed water out for hours, maybe even all night, without us knowing it.

So now we are living with the majority of our floors downstairs looking like this.

Flooring 3 (Copy)

The reality though is that I am finding the good, or at least I am trying to find gratitude, in all this.

Gratitude does not come easy for me. I tend to find the negative in life. I am a glass half empty type of person. But over the last year I have really been working on finding the good and the joy in life. Even in the middle of messes.

So in the middle of my messy house and unexpected house projects I am looking for ways to be thankful.

As we were going through the house trying to clean up the mess with the disaster clean up company I said to the guy,

“At least it is clean water.”

He looked at me like I was a bit odd. I was standing in the middle of a giant puddle of water that had ruined my wood floors and yet I was telling him I was thankful it was clean water.

But I really was thankful it was clean water. I have lived in houses with septic tanks most of my life. Including the house I grew up in and the house I currently live in. Septic tank issues and back ups can be awful. Really awful.

I have also seen the damage that flood waters can do. That is also a terrible mess to clean up and recover from.

So yes, in the middle of my messed up house I am thankful it was clean water.

Flooring 2 (2) (Copy)

I am thankful that it was not worse. It broke while we were home. Yes, it was the middle of the night and it leaked for hours before we realized it, but at least we were home. It did not happen when we were gone overnight or on vacation. The damage would have been so much worse if we had not been home.

I am also thankful that the majority of it dried out quickly.

We have to replace all the wood floors. Over half of them had to be ripped up and they no longer make the flooring we have. So the rest of it will have to go and we will have to get new flooring. But besides some damage to the closet the water heater is in, the rest of the damage is minor. Very minor because we got to it in time. It could have been so much worse.

Our piano was not damaged. Our furniture was not damaged. The walls had very little damage. It really could have been so much worse.

I also know that we are not the only ones that have been through this. Most people that own a house have been through some type of water, plumbing, pipe bursting mess. I think it is just part of owning a home.

And I also have to say that I am now very thankful for a quiet house. So very quiet! After having all that noise in our house for almost 4 days, it made me appreciate quiet. Not that our house is quiet, but it seems so quiet after all that noise.

I am not saying that I have spent the last week being joyful. I have not. I have been frustrated. I have been tired and overwhelmed at times. Tearing up my beautiful wood floors was rough.

But whenever I got overwhelmed and stressed by it, I have tried to step back and be thankful. Because even in the middle of our messes there is a lot to be thankful for. We just have to look for it.

Finding joy and gratitude in the middle of a mess is not always easy, but life is better when we do it!

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Oh no!!! I am so sorry this happened to you all. We have a floor guy coming out this morning to look at ours after a septic back up….ewwwwwww!!!! It has been weeks of issues over here too. I’m hoping hours get taken care of fast and hopefully no more for either of us!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry that your pipe broke! You are amazing to intentionally focus on the good and being thankful. I hope the floor installation goes smoothly for you.

  3. This is a good reminder and encouragement for me today. But so sorry that happened!!!

  4. Jerilyn says:

    It happened to us back in the 1980’s. Both of us were at work when the pipe broke in the bathroom. My husband got home first and greeted me at the front door with knee high yellow plastic rainboots with the statement, “Get ready for the worse day of your life.” He said the dog and cat were huddled on the couch because there was 3-4 inches of water in our little house, and walking on the soaked shag carpet was a sound I will never forget. We pulled carpet and linoleum out all night, it was exhausting beyond words. We lived on wet cement flooring and fans going for more than 6 weeks as we couldn’t put any new flooring down until it was completely dry. I could go on and on about this nightmare that was our reality, but it is now thankfully just a bad memory. So I feel your pain…I think only people who have been through it can really understand. :(

    • Thankfully ours was not that bad. It was a lot of water, but not 3-4 inches deep and only a small section of our carpet got wet. I am so thankful that it was not worse. And yes I think it is one of those things that you don’t truly understand until you go through it yourself!

  5. Sorry that has happened to you! But I’m glad you are staying positive. We were on a vacation with my sister-in-law and the same thing had happened in her house. So at least you were home! I’m not really sure why hot water heaters aren’t always in the garage or somewhere that would be less damaging in case of an accident. I hope your new floors are pretty!

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