I showed the picture on the left to my nephews on Sunday. They opened their eyes really big. One of them said, "Wow, what a mess." I totally agree.
Then I showed him this picture. One asked,"Is this what it looks like now?" I said no and explained that this was the 'before' picture. Both he and his brother seemed surprised that I would change this into the mess that it is today on purpose.
I know it's hard to believe, but, I actually see progress when I see the picture on the left versus the one on the right. Sure, I see a mess but I also see the open space where the wall used to be. When I see the wall gone I remember that we will be able to have a full-size table in the kitchen now.
I also see the ladders where the stove will be and I see the cavity for the refrigerator on the right (that I have to enlarge now that our refrigerator broke). I see the biggest change - the can lights instead of the florescent box. Those lights have made the room so much better. I see a pile of junk. However, I see that the junk is on top of an island that will give us a lot more storage and counter space.
When I see the junk in the kitchen I am reminded about how far we have come. I am excited that we basically just have the bathrooms and the kitchen left. It is going to turn out great and I can see signs of it all coming together.