A veteran of many construction projects, I see the demolition of a job site, with all its inherent mess and chaos, as the first part of the magnificent process of renewal.

Demolition and remodeling to me, is a metaphor for life and spiritual renewal. To grow, to move forward, to get to where we desire to go, we must put forth the effort it takes to tear out that which no longer works and in its place, design and rebuild that which does.

As in the case of my deck, before my backyard can be altered and improved, before it can become what we have always imagined it could be, the old, damaged wood needed to be removed and discarded.

The work is exhausting, and leaves me depleted, but then when I take those first few steps back and look upon what I have just completed, when I can see not what was, but what can be, the fatigue of the effort is forgotten and I am energized.


About Life&Ink

Hi, I'm Charlotte and armed with the experience 24 years of marriage, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 8 homes and a closet full of power tools brings, I come here to share how the processes of raising my kids and transforming my home raised and transformed me.


  1. Good grief girl, are you trying to kill me??? Removing a 600 square foot deck was about all this ole girl can take anymore. But, I will file away your suggestion if I am ever in the mood to just go crazy!:-)

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and taking time to leave me a comment. I love your interpretation of “renewal” also! Been there, done that many times. The end results do make it all worthwhile! :)! Good luck and post a picture when you are finished. I’d love to see it!

    1. Thank you and so glad to receive you as company! I was impressed with your attitude and willingness to embrace change and see it as an opportunity to embark on a new adventure! As soon as the project is done, you betcha there will be a post!:-)

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