Temporary Home

I was struck as I was drooling over beautiful photos of a fellow bloggers' apartment by the thought that I haven't shared a gosh darn thing about our current residence on this blog. And the truth is, I probably won't. I don't like our apartment. Not only are we counting down the days until our time in Pittsburgh is up and we can move back to Chuck's hometown in Ohio, but I just plain don't like our apartment.

It's old and outdated, there's no washer/dryer, no dishwasher, no counter space. The bathroom is so tiny that only one of us can be in there at a time...oh and there's no door. Yup, no door on our bathroom. There's nothing quite like dropping a deuce sans a door to initiate you into married life. (Was that TMI?)

Hubby working hard to replace the decades-old contact paper in our kitchen cabinets.

We had a beautiful, newly remodeled and cheaper apartment a few months ago, but had to scramble to find something closer to my job. After nearly a dozen apartment-hunting fails, we settled for the only thing we could get our hands on. And it stinks!

I know how blessed we are to have a roof over our heads, but as clothes lay strewn across our bedroom floor after a trip to the laundromat and dishes pile up on the 6 inches of counter we have next to the sink, I'm utterly frustrated. This apartment still doesnt' feel like ours, but like a temporary home. We have no plans to stay there much longer than we have to and it shows on our bare walls.

Those are some bare walls!

I think the state of our home is a testament to my inability to live in the present, among other things.

I'm constantly thinking about the next step in my career, and neglecting to be thankful for the learning experience my current position is providing me with.

I'm daydreaming about what it will be like when Chuck and I decide to expand our family, and taking for granted this time of just-the-two-of-us that should be cherished.

I'm envisioning our starter house when we move back to Ohio, and treating our first residence as a married couple as a temporary home.


  1. There's not many things worse than hating where you live! Good luck :)

  2. I rented for 9 1/2 years. Three different places. Never decorated a wall. It can be tough... never feeling like it's yours.

    As I read this post my mind kept going to how we are "aliens" in this world. The world is only our temporary home. 1 Peter 2:11 says "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." Aliens and strangers.

    Yes, it's nice to have my own home... FINALLY!! BUT... I'm so glad I waited. I know it might be frustrating now but someday you will look back on this apartment and you will laugh. A bathroom without a door!?!?!?! Oh my haha. Put a curtain up girl! :) But truly, someday it will all be a fun memory. It will!

    Better to have an apartment you don't love than a house you own that you don't love. Or such big payments that you can't enjoy it at all. And speaking of... have you started Financial Peace yet!?

  3. It does stink to have that problem. I rent now too, but luckily I love the inside just not the outside so much. ONE day we will buy a house and have things newer and better! Good luck :)

  4. I don't think I could manage without a washer/dryer and dishwasher! Our dishwasher kind of stopped working, so we are getting a new one, and have already unhooked the old one, so I have dishes piling up in the sink to hand wash. Not awesome!

    I hope your temporary home isn't too frustrating!

  5. I can so relate. It's even worse when like me, you know you'll only be living there about 6 months and don't want to put all the effort into decorating a place that you hate living and will be leaving before you even get all of the boxed unpacked.

  6. I don't know if I could drop a deuce without a door. Bravo to you!

  7. Hi, Kaity! I just read your comment on my guest post for Moriah Makes. I left you a comment response there, but I also wanted to come by and visit your online home. :) I'm looking forward to exploring your blog! P.S. I saw you mentioned living in Ohio! That's my home state! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Oooh, girl… I know how you feel. I've been there. Our rental house we were in before we built our new home was so small, I felt like we were living in a closet. I had bare walls for almost a year ha! I just didn't have the motivation to decorate.

    Things will get better. I promise. They always do :)

    Happy weekend!!
    Your family is absolutely beautiful! Your friend did a really great job.

    And I just love your outfit too. Where is your skirt from??

    Alisha and Brandon {the blog}