Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Welcome to Our Nest House Tour ~ The Porch

One of the first things I'm asked as a missionary to Africa is if I live in a mud hut.
The answer to that?
No. And if you saw the "mud huts" we have here, you wouldn't be impressed.
They are made of mud bricks, covered with a layer of concrete, and have zinc roofs.
So much for what you see on National Geographic!
God has blessed us with a beautiful home here in Ghana.
We have lived in this rented flat {big apartment} for the last eight years, and we truly consider this our home.
Would you like to look around?


Our porch is quite large, and we use it regularly.
The girls love to play out there and this is where we eat lunch almost every day.

Our porch is a perfect combination of sunlight and shade.
The girls "cook" out here, build forts out here, draw, color, and make lots of messes.


We enjoy lunch here, reading together, some schoolwork, growing our herbs, and grilling supper when we've got the time!
It's like our own extra room!

I'm curious......
Do you have an "extra" spot in or around your house that can act as a bonus room?


  1. In Spain, most apartments are around 80 square meters. Now, we live in a small cottage, and it's a little bigger, but not large. We took down several walls downstairs so that it's one larger space, which makes it feel bigger and adapt to lots of people, if needed. No bonus room. Very little closet space, either. In other places we've lived, there were no closets at all, so we had armoires for the bedrooms. :o)

    It was super interesting to see your home and especially the porch. Love the idea of eating outside! (Usually rains here!)

    1. I can understand no storage space, Lou Ann! This is the first place we've lived in that had any. We've definitely put it to good use!

  2. Beautiful, Patty! And that meal looks delicious!!

    1. You're sweet, Mindy! Had to make sure to take a lunch picture on a good day and not a peanut butter and jelly day {wink, wink!}

  3. In our part of the world, most every house has a porch of some kind, and it is definitely well used. Many even have their stove out there to keep the heat out of the house. We have a porch that I love. The kids play there a lot, and it makes a great extension to our kitchen when we have lots of people over. It is also a great place to set up chairs and have a church service. We love it, and I would definitely miss it if we didn't have it. The only down side...it's another room to have to mop!

    1. Haha! That is so true, Amanda, about the mopping! Just finished mine :)

  4. I love it! Especially the play sink/stove! Did their Daddy build that for them? We have a "garage" that is too short for the van so it's kind of like a porch for us. It's covered halfway with a roof so we have part sun and part shade. Patio furniture is next on our "project list". Maybe we should do a picnic table instead! :-)

  5. Carol, The play kitchen was made by a local carpenter for a Christmas gift for our middlest. The girls love it and "cook" all kinds of goodies there. We had some wooden porch furniture that came with the house that finally rotted apart, so the picnic tables was my birthday gift last year (also made by a local carpenter). I love it!

  6. I really do wish we had a bonus room! LOL :) You've been to my house, so we don't have a lot of room, but a nice, big yard is a plus. :)

    Thanks for the "tour". I love that you all have that kind of space!!

    Love and miss you all!

    1. I know, Julie, just close in your front porch that doesn't get used....of course, that would probably cost lots of money, because it is too cold in Michigan to use it like ours! Love ya!

  7. I really like the exterior. Who knew missionaries lived so fancy?:)