Two months ago today, Dec. 6, our contractor tore out our kitchen - no appliances (except the refrigerator that got moved to the dining room), no cabinets, no countertops, no running water. We had been told we would be without a kitchen for 3 weeks. We knew it would take longer, but we weren't expecting it to take over 8 weeks, but it did. Things still aren't back to normal, but as of Friday the kitchen now functions with cabinets (that still need some work), countertops, a working stove, and running water. When the countertops went in on Tuesday I actually kinda hugged them and said to my husband, "I never want to be without countertops again."
When you have to go for an extended period of time without the things that you normally take for granted, you really appreciate them once you get them back. I know that remodeling is a luxury that many people wish for and don't get to do. And for that, too, I am thankful. But living through this whole process (which still isn't finished), has really made me come to appreciate the little things in life.