This is a before shot of half of the kitchen. Looking through the before pictures gives me some needed perspective tonight. We have come a long way. We are so close. And I am a whiny baby. I so wanted to bake cookies tonight. I wanted to see if the gas oven (we switched from electric) was going to bake up my famous chocolate chip cookies as well as the old oven. Thankfully it did. I have a reputation to protect. I will say though that having to work in a half finished kitchen is starting to grate on my nerves. We have plywood counters, a huge deep old utility sink while we wait for the real one. It is so deep you practically have to climb inside to wash the dishes. In the midst of all of my internal griping tonight, I realized what a whiny baby I am. First I thought about the Little House on the Prarie books. How Ma had to make do with nothing and how the easiest thing today would have taken a whole day to do back then. Need clean underwear? No problem, throw a load in. Not Ma, she would have had to first sew the underwear, go down, get water, bring out the washing board, wash all the clothes by hand and hang them to dry. Then my son and I read a fantastic article about this lovely local couple who, once a month every month, go down to a local park and make hot food for the hungry people there. Homeless folks and folks who just need something to eat. They told of one man who has a job but just can't stretch those ends to meet. They always head to the park at the end of the month when foodstamps have run out. It was a great article and a nice reminder of ways we can help. I also needed a reminder to be thankful. So thankful. The couple also mentioned how the started out their food sharing by going to local parks with food boxes. Who says we can't take this new kitchen and make a whole ton of sandwichs (and famous chocolate chip cookies!) and take them to a park to share.