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Soon to be home sweet home.

We left Alaska just over a year ago, a family of six in a big red truck, towing a 27 foot travel trailer.  We left with many hopes and dreams of building a debt free agrarian community somewhere in Missouri.  Now we’re a family of seven, still debt free, still living in our trailer as we work on building our 20 x 20 cabin/home on our 20 acres in rural southern Missouri.  We have the same hopes and dreams we left Alaska with, but the journey has been far more difficult than we could have imagined.  If you would like, you can get a glimpse of what our journey over the past year has been like through pictures in previous posts.

One of the biggest challenges we face every day as we build this homestead is the craziness of trailer living . . . no place for anything, no organization, having to haul water, dirt everywhere, back and forth to the cabin, mess, mess, mess . . . it’s time to get our cabin done!  That is our priority.  With seemingly hundreds of other priorities before us (how to keep the chickens out the garden, the geese from pooping on our building materials, and the wood cut for winter heating to name a few) and with the funds run dry, it will take a miracle to get into our cabin by winter, but that is our hope.  And that is why we are reaching out to others to help make our dream a reality.

We’re hoping to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of supplies, labor, and the start of our root cellar, so that we can get into our cabin by December 25, 2014.  We plan on posting weekly updates on our progress for all those interested. Donations can be made quickly and easily through the donation page at the top of this blog.  It is humbly to even be asking, but our brother in Christ, Sean Barber, implored us to ask because he believes as we do that God can provide.  And He can use loving and generous people just like you to spread the word, pray, and/or give financially.  Our sincere hope is to someday be able to help many others in a similar situation as ours.

Here are some pictures that show how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go to be able to move into our home.  Will you hope along with us?  If you have faith the One True God, will you join us in prayer for a miracle?  With God, all things are possible!

Digging holes for our cabin pillars in January of this year.

Digging holes for our foundation (concrete posts) in January of this year.

Our cabin being framed up.  One day of work with the help of many volunteers and it was dried in.

Our cabin being framed up.

The roof going on.

The roof going on.

Screwing in the soffit.

Screwing in the soffit.

With the long,cold winter over we were finally able to move onto our land and get back to work on our cabin in March.

With the long cold winter over, we were finally able to move onto our land in March (we were living about an hour away driving back and forth all winter).  Being on our land made the building process so much easier.

The solar system is up and running and 2/3 of patio roof complete.

By the end of the summer, the solar system was up and running and 2/3 of the patio roof complete.  You can see our current shelter (the trailer) to the left.

The front patio pallet fence is just temporary to help keep animals out.  The plan is to enclose the front for a green house and add the third side patio roof (to the right of the cabin) to be enclosed for a milking area/summer kitchen, with the root cellar below that.

One 1500 gallon water catchment tank is in place.

One 1500 gallon water catchment tank is in place.

This tank is for garden and animal watering.  It still needs to be painted and have a clean out and overflow installed.

Just behind the front water tank is a huge hole for the future root cellar.

Just behind the front water tank is a huge hole for the future root cellar.

The root cellar will be our main cold food storage as we don’t plan on having a “normal” refrigerator.  The sooner we get it completed, the better.  The ground is eroding toward the foundation of the cabin.

The back of the cabin and the start of our cabin water tank tower.

The back of the cabin and the start of our cabin water tank tower.

The tower needs to be about 7 feet high so that it can hold another 1500 gallon water tank that will gravity feed into our cabin.  Since this picture was taken we were able to put up a few more rows of block.  We still need the gutters and plumbing to get the water into the tank.  You can also see that we still need to complete the metal siding on these two sides of the cabin.  The random black pipe going into the back wall of the cabin is the first of four that still need to be installed for a passive geothermal cooling system.

Our wood cook stove!

Our wood cook stove!

We just cleared our cook stove off a couple of weeks ago and fired her up for the first time!  We were able to make dinner on the cook top!!  We need to install two more feet of piping for correct height above the roof so the chimney will draft properly.

This is the front left side of the cabin opposite the cook stove.

This is the front left side of the cabin, opposite the cook stove.

We need to finish installing insulation (which we have), but we ran out of wall boards and don’t want to put in insulation down where our one year old can get at it until we have the wall boards to cover it.  We also need to install our finish flooring that is currently sitting out in our old barn.

This is the front door.

This is the front door, south facing.

The pole hanging down in the above picture is to operate our opening skylight, part of our passive cooling system.  The electrical is all in but we still need a few more fixtures and light bulbs.  As you can see we need a lot of wall boards.

This is the left rear of the cabin.

This is the left rear of the cabin . . .  mess, mess, mess!

The back corner is where we are planning to build the bathroom.  We do have most of the supplies for the bathroom, we just need:  tub surround, lumber, plumbing, and door.  All of the “stuff” you see is storage and construction materials because, did we mention that we (a family of 7) are living in a 27′ travel trailer?  We definitely need some shelves and cabinets to get organized!

This is the right rear of the cabin.

This is the right rear of the cabin . . . more mess!

Under the back window is where our triple bowl laundry sink will go and in the far back corner will be a pantry.  We still need our hot water pump and some misc. plumbing parts to complete our water system.

The view from the top of the stairway.

The view from the top of the stairway.

We still need to seal the stairs and put up railing.  The custom made pocket gate door has been a huge help (thanks Papa!).

Our side of the loft, mostly finished.

Our side of the loft, mostly finished.

Our “bedroom” just needs lighting and a few more wall boards.

The children's side of the loft.

The children’s side of the loft.

We need to make custom bunk beds to be able to fit 5 children into an 8 x 11 area with a divider in the middle.  They will be nice and cozy.

Progress on the cabin has been slow over the past month since Kip had to take on part time work an hour away in Springfield just to provide for our most basic needs.  His hope is to only have to work there for a short season as his heart is to minister to the body of Christ.  He would like to go to Bruce Wilkerson’s Walk Through The Bible training next spring and minister by teaching the local church body.  We also hope and pray that we can get this homestead up and running to where we can produce much of our own food using “beyond organic” methods.

Thank you to all who are hoping and praying along with us and to all who have already given of your time and resources to help us.  Again, this post has been inspired by Sean Barber, a dear brother in the Lord, who asked us to put this information together for him to be a help in raising funds for our cabin.  We love you Sean and Mitzi!

Blessings,

Kip, Carrie, Caleb, Joshua, Nathan, Esther, and Joseph     ><>

 

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We have just a few more pictures to share in this series of posts.  If you missed the first three posts, you can find them here:

One Year In and We Won’t Give Up!

A Year In Pictures . . . part 2

A Year In Pictures . . . part 3

We’ve been sharing some “glory moments“, challenges, and lessons learned over the past year (or so).  Our family has been on a journey toward the “old paths” and it hasn’t been easy.  We are, by God’s grace, attempting to build an agrarian homestead community in rural Missouri.  We had planned to share our journey in more detail and with videos, but we have just been in survival mode over the past year, so the pictures in this series of posts are to catch up to where we are now as quickly as possible.  If people are interested in our story, we would love to share more as the Lord leads, but while we are still in survival mode, our computer time is very limited.  Our hope and prayer is to be “surthriving” (joyfully producing most of our needs alongside others for His glory) by a year from now.  With God, all things are possible!

Glory Moment:  How can such massive plants come from seeds put in a little Huglekultur bed?  If we were to chop up all that mass and put it back in the bed, there would be an enormous mound that wasn't there before.  Truly a miracle!

Glory Moment: How can such massive plants come from seeds put in a little Huglekultur bed? If we were to chop up all that mass and put it back into the bed, there would be an enormous mound that wasn’t there before. Truly a miracle!

Glory Moment: Being able to drink from our own spring was such a blessing.  We so look forward to the day this drought ends and our spring begins to flow again.

Glory Moment: Being able to drink from our own spring was such a blessing. We so look forward to the day this drought ends and our spring begins to flow again.

Lesson Learned:  When we first introduced our Ancona duck to our creek, they didn't know how to be duck.  It was pure joy to see them learn how to swim, dive, and be ducks for the first time.  Sometimes it doesn't matter how many books you read or videos you watch, you just have to learn through experience.  We are loving the ducks!

Lesson Learned: When we first introduced our Ancona ducks to our creek, they didn’t know how to be ducks. It was pure joy to see them learn how to swim, dive, and be ducks for the first time. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many books you read or videos you watch, you just have to learn through experience. We are loving the ducks!

Glory Moment:  I love, love, love seeing our Creator at work in the garden!  This was an afternoon snack fresh from the garden one hot summer afternoon.  Delicious!

Glory Moment: I love, love, love seeing our Creator at work in the garden! This was an afternoon snack fresh from the garden one hot summer afternoon. Delicious!

Lesson Leaned:  Anything worth doing is worth "failing" at.  We knew this when we started out on this journey, but we didn't know how hard it would be.  Sometimes you have to fall, fall, and fall again before you finally get it.

Lesson Leaned: Anything worth doing is worth “failing” at. We knew this when we started out on this journey, but we didn’t know how hard it would be. Sometimes you have to fall, fall, and fall again before you finally get it.

The first of many . . . pure joy.

The first of many . . . pure joy.

Though we are heated in the fire and hard pressed on all sides, He is at work.  Be of good courage and never give up!

Though we are heated in the fire and hard pressed on all sides, He is at work. Be of good courage and never give up!  Simply believe and trust HIM.

When the baby is screaming, the 3 year old needs wiped, everyone is hungry, the sink is full of dirty dishes, and there is no water, again . . . HIM.  When the goats escape to the neighbor’s for the 100th time, the drakes are fighting, the hens are laying eggs in the pile of insulation, the pasture never gets hayed, the blister beetles are taking over the garden, and the van tire is popped for the 3rd time this month . . . HIM.  On the one side, the “glory moments” keep us believing  . . . and on the flip side, the challenges keep us trusting because we know we live in a fallen world that only HE can redeem and restore.  And yet, most of our time is spent somewhere in-between . . . what then?  HIM.  It’s all about knowing HIM.  That’s one of the biggest reasons we have chosen this way of life.

As I lug buckets of water up the hill from the creek, do I know His strength?  As I walk in the garden, do I know that He has answers to the bug problems and ask of Him?  Only He knows just what experiences we all need to draw us to or keep us in HIM. And somehow His sovereignty and our free will meet in a mystical dance and I just can’t get enough . . . I want to know Him more and make Him known.

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In the past year, our family has experienced more loses, troubles, challenges, and “failures” than I care to recount.  But we have also experienced incredible “glory moments” that have kept us believing in His promises.  And we are learning to look to Him in all that we do . . . because HE is everything to us.  Thanks for joining us on this journey so far . . . we still have a long way to go.

Blessings,

Carrie   ><>

 

 

We’re getting closer to being all caught up to the present with these pictures.  If you didn’t see part 1 and part 2, you might want to take a look at those before you read on.  We’ve been sharing our journey over the past year (or so) through pictures, recounting some of the glory moments, challenges, and lessons learned along the way.  We still have a long way to go . . . even if we’re just stepping stones for our children it has all been worth it, hard, incredibly hard, but worth it.  We’re going back to the old paths, were the good way is.

Challenge: Trying to combine conventional building with healthy, off-grid living, with no experience has been next to impossible.  The possibilities when you design your own home are endless even if you spend years dreaming and planning.  It will be a glory moment no doubt when we finally get to move in.

Challenge: Trying to combine conventional building methods with healthy, off-grid living priorities, has been next to impossible. The possibilities have been endless even after years of learning, planning, and dreaming. It will truly be a glory moment when we finally get to move into our “cabin”.

Challenge, Lesson Learned, and Glory Moment:  This is Buster, our Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dog.  When we first got him, we thought he was "broken" because he wouldn't guard our goats, he just wanted to guard our children.  In time we realized that having him guard our children was better than anything we could have hoped for in a dog.

Challenge, Lesson Learned, and Glory Moment: This is Buster, our Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dog. When we first got him, we thought he was “broken” because he wouldn’t guard our goats, he just wanted to guard our children. In time we realized that having him guard our children was the best thing we could have hoped for in a dog.

Lesson Learned:  Goats just aren't our thing!  The solar electric fence kept them where we wanted them, but took hours to set up in the areas we wanted them . . . the kids were fun to watch and I learned to milk, but we no longer have the goats.  We wait for a cow.

Lesson Learned: Goats just aren’t our thing! The solar electric fence kept them where we wanted them, but took hours to set up in the areas where we wanted them . . . the kids were fun to watch and I learned the all important skill of milking, but we no longer have the goats. We wait for a cow.

Now Buster can just relax and do what he loves.

Now Buster can just relax and do what he loves.

Glory Moments:  The eggs are coming in and they never get old . . . everyone loves to gather the eggs . . . and eat them!

Glory Moments: The movable coop is working great. The eggs are coming in and they never get old . . . everyone loves to gather the eggs . . . and eat them!

Lesson Learned:  Geese destroy young orchards!  They should only be allowed in mature orchards . . . and never around your house.  But they sure are beautiful.

Lesson Learned: Geese destroy young orchards! They should only be allowed in mature orchards . . . and never around your house. But they sure are beautiful.

Glory Moment:  We are loving the Autumn Olives and they are all over our property . . . a delicious wild edible.

Glory Moment: We are loving the Autumn Olives and they are all over our property . . . a delicious wild edible.

Challenge:  Getting this 700 lb. cook stove in place took quite an effort.  The cultured stove work around it is quite tedious.  I just hope I can learn to cook on it without too many burned meals.

Challenge: Getting this 700 lb. cook stove in place took quite an effort. The cultured stove work around it is quite tedious to say the least.  I just hope I can learn to cook on it without too many burned meals.

Glory Moment:  Getting a smile from Joseph is always pure joy . . . happy first birthday to our little "buddy" this week!

Glory Moment: Getting a smile from Joseph is always pure joy (now he has cute little teeth to add to the joy) . . . happy first birthday to our little “buddy” this week!

We have just a few more pictures left to share . . . and we still won’t give up.  No matter how hard it may seem to transition from a modern way of life into the old paths of agrarian living, we know without a doubt that it is what we are suppose to be doing and for our children’s sake, it will be worth it.

Blessings,

Carrie

A Year In Pictures . . . part 4

Glory Moments: Our five blessings have been amazing on the crazy journey we've been on . . . they have been the reason for most of our glory moments.

Glory Moments: Our five blessings have been amazing on the crazy journey we’ve been on . . . they have been the reason for most of our glory moments.

If you missed the first part of our past year in pictures, you might want to skim it right quick before you read on.  We are hoping to catch up with friends and family through a series of posts with mostly pictures, recounting some of the “glory moments“, challenges, and lessons learned so far on our journey into a whole new way of life . . . agrarian community living.  As you can see from the photo above, our youngest has had the toughest time on this journey, but he is walking now and discovering that life isn’t so bad when you can get out of the travel trailer and explore.

Lesson Learned:  It really hasn't been that bad living in a trailer considering that we have all learned to love even when times are really, really tough.

Lesson Learned: It really hasn’t been that bad living in a trailer considering that we have all learned to love even when times are really, really tough.

Lesson Learned:  Don't try to muster up fake joy, turn your eyes on The Joy Giver and He will give you the real deal . . . don't miss the moments.

Lesson Learned: Don’t try to muster up fake joy, turn your eyes on The Joy Giver and He will give you the real deal . . . don’t miss the moments.

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One of the first little wild treasures to pop up on our land, truly a glory moment. Many were “stolen” to transplant around our new fruit trees.

We prayed for years for land and God blessed us with 20 acres in the rural Missouri Ozarks, just outside of Goodhope. Little did we know at the time that we were just a little over a mile away from a family endeavoring to live like us.  It took a mutual friend and a Baker Creek festival for us to finally meet them, months after purchasing our land.  We still deeply long to have our best friends from California with us here on our land (in His time), but so praise God for the blessing of the family down the road.  Lesson Learned:  Perhaps one of the biggest lessons we have learned so far is that the agrarian way of life cannot be lived without true community, at least that’s how we feel about it.

Yes, community is essential . . . our old barn was the only structure we had to work with from the start and we couldn't even use it to protect our building materials due to how dirty it was.  Having a close community would have made our beginnings so much lighter.

Yes, community is essential . . . our old barn was the only structure we had to work with from the start and we couldn’t even use it to protect our building materials due to how dirty it was. Having a close community would have made our beginnings so much lighter.

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Glory moment: This sawdust “house” may not look like much, but if you use a composting toilet, you know how excited I was about this handy little shelter that fits nicely as part of our garden fence line. The other side of it has a small opening along the bottom to get sawdust from inside the home garden area. My husband can back his truck up and dump right in . . . love his handiwork!

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Challenge: How do you grow food on hard old rocky pasture land? Huglekultur Back to Eden . . . until the bugs come . . . and the drought . . .

. . . and we still  had more tomatoes than we could find the time to put up!  We are definitely going to have to build a solar dehydrator!!  Lesson Learned:  Less is more in so many areas of life.

. . . and we still had more tomatoes than we could find the time to put up! We are definitely going to have to build a solar dehydrator!! Lesson Learned: Less is more in so many areas of life.

Enjoying our spring fed creek before it dried up for the first time in years.  Lesson Learned:  We should have set up our water catchment as soon as the roof was done instead of depending on our spring.  Water must always be a priority!

Enjoying our spring fed creek before it dried up for the first time in years. Lesson Learned: We should have set up our water catchment as soon as the roof was done instead of depending on our spring. Water must always be a priority!

Glory Moment:  We just recently extracted almost two gallons of honey!  Getting to experience some (sweet) fruit for all of our labors has been so joyful.

Glory Moment: Kip set up two bee hives this past May. We just recently extracted almost two gallons of honey! Getting to experience some (sweet) fruit from all of his labors has been so joyful.

Glory to God for all the glory moments, challenges, and lessons learned . . . they have all deepened our love for Him and each other.  More moments in pictures to come, God willing . . . Blessings, Carrie    ><>

A Year In Pictures . . . part 3

“Glory moments” are what I most often read about when it comes to the agrarian way of life . . . the perfect chicken coop, the amazing garden harvest, the healthy baby calf, the children all working peacefully as a team, the community sharing their bounty with each other.  It’s encouraging to read about all those wonderful moments in time that people share about, but the truth is that “glory moments” come and go . . . all too quickly sometimes.  Over the past year, the scale, for us, seemed to be most often unfairly tipped toward the go . . . and so we learned during the most crazy times, to fix our minds and hearts on the One Who will never go.  We found that His peace and joy were abounding if we would simply embrace HIM.  Though we are weary and tired, because of Jesus, we won’t give up.

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There couldn’t have been a much more beautiful place to have had daily truck and/or trailer break downs . . . Canada.

We could easily fill a 1000 page book to recount the main events of the past year of our lives, but time is too precious for so many written words, not to mention the time it would take you to read them.  So instead, how about some pictures that captured some “glory moments” (yes, we did have many), some challenges, and some of our biggest lessons learned through the day to day real life experience of moving from Alaska to Missouri to build a homestead, from scratch, with very little money, no income, no experience, no close community, and a family of 7 all living in a 27 foot travel trailer . . . which we still live in.

Home sweet dirty, smelly,  crowded, everything in the same place, enter at your own risk . . . home!?

Challenge: Home, sweet, dirty, crowded, everything in the same place, enter at your own risk . . . home!?! . . . an experience we cannot recommend for a large family for more than a month or two at most.

Being that is takes quite a while just to upload one picture (that’s rural Missouri internet for you), we’ll have to divide this year in pictures into a few different posts over the next few weeks.  We are still undecided about when, how, or even if we should share anything beyond the past year in pictures.  We had hoped to have the Journey to Surthrival project up and running by now to document the agrarian journey of multiple different families, but it just didn’t make the priority list and some of the other families were lead in different directions.  There are so many people out there sharing their story . . . do we really need to share ours?  Should we say good-bye to internet all together to keep our time invested in our children and this land God has given us?  Or, would a little time at this keyboard make a worthwhile difference in some life out there?  We would love your thoughts . . .

We left Alaska early July 2013 . . . little did we know we would be stuck in Canada for two weeks, spend our nights in auto repair parking lots, get towed twice, and miss out on our family vacation to the Oregon coast.  Lesson learned: We are entitled to nothing, but in every trial, we can fully trust Him to give us all that we need.

We left Alaska early July 2013 . . . little did we know we would be stuck in Canada for two weeks, spend our nights in auto repair parking lots, get towed twice, and miss out on our family vacation to the Oregon coast. Lesson learned: We are entitled to nothing, but in every trial, we can fully trust Him to give us all that we need.

When the trailer is 100 degrees, it's a good time to find some cold water somewhere!  British Columbia, Canada

Glory Moment: When the trailer is 100 degrees, it’s a good time to find some cold water somewhere! British Columbia, Canada

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Glory Moment: She absolutely loves water!

From Alaska to Missouri, 8 months pregnant!  His grace is sufficient . . .

Challenge: From Alaska to Missouri, 8 months pregnant! His grace is sufficient . . .

Our first home birth . . . in our travel trailer . . . the best!  Joseph Luke, born September 24, 2013.

Glory Moment: Our first home birth . . . in our travel trailer . . . the best! Joseph Luke, born September 24, 2013.

Cherish the moments . . . love is everything when everything else is a mess.

Lesson Learned:  Cherish the moments . . . love is everything when everything else is a mess.

All tucked in for the harshest Missouri winter in years . . . waiting for our home in Alaska to sell, waiting to find land, waiting to have running water again, waiting, waiting, waiting . . .

Challenge:  All tucked in for the harshest Missouri winter in years . . . waiting for our home in Alaska to sell, waiting to find land, waiting to have running water again, waiting . . .

I guess we brought a little bit of Alaska with us!

Glory Moment:  I guess we brought a little bit of Alaska with us!

This is the reason we were often waiting for running water . . . when the hose from the friends water catchment freezes, the neighbors well freezes, and the only other option is to drive empty jugs one at a time into the tank, you really learn to appreciate water.  Did I mention it was a record cold winter . . . he's such a good man!

Challenge:  This is the reason we were often waiting for running water . . . when the hose from the friends water catchment froze, the neighbors well froze, and the only other option was to drive into town for water and then empty jugs one at a time into the tank, we really learned to appreciate water. Did I mention it was a record cold winter . . . he’s such a good man!

Our home finally sold in November, 2013 . . . we are debt free!  Land at last . . .

Glory Moment:   Our home finally sold in November, 2013 . . . we are debt free! Land at last . . .

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  To Him be the glory . . . in every moment.  More moments in pictures to come . . .

Blessings,

Carrie     ><>

A Year In Pictures . . . Part 2

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The past two years here at Heavenly Homesteading have been quiet, at least the blog has been quiet.  The family behind this blog has been working away to fix up an old run down house, an investment, an opportunity to let go of this modern way of life and fly free.  I am excited beyond words to share with my readers that the old run down house is now clean and new in almost every way possible.  It is up for sale and we are getting ready to go . . . where?  If you would like to find out, you can follow our journey and continue to follow Heavenly Homesteading at Journey To Surthrival, our new website that we hope to launch in the next couple of months.

Please forgive the mess as we transition to the new website.  As posts disappear from Heavenly Homesteading, rest assured that many will reappear over at Journey to Surthrival.  I hope you will join us as we step out in faith and begin to live out our dream of being part of an agrarian community, where we don’t just survive, but thrive!

Blessings,

Carrie

Update:  After over a year into our journey, we are finally at a place where we can begin to share some of the “glory moments”, the challenges, and the day to day work of building our homestead.  The Journey to Surthrival website is currently not live.  Much has changed over the past year, so we are now at a place of prayerfully deciding what we should share and how.  For now, Heavenly Homesteading will be our outlet, but we hope to merge this blog with the Journey to Surthrival project.  For those who didn’t get a chance to check out Journey to Surthrival before it “disappeared”, it is a multi-family project intended to give real life perspective and encouragement to those who are endeavoring to walk in the old paths, otherwise commonly referred to as an agrarian way of life.

For those of you who remember that I said I would try to post some before and after pictures of our home that we have been fixing up over the past two and a half years, here they are.  Our home is up for sale now and we are getting ready for a new adventure that I can’t wait to share with you . . . soon!

Front entry before . . .

Front entry after.

Front entry after.

Living room before . . .

Living room before . . .

Living room after.

Living room after.

Formal dining before . . .

Formal dining before . . .

Formal dining after.

Formal dining after.

Main bath before . . .

Main bath before . . .

Main bath after.

Main bath after.

Knocked out wall between bedrooms before . . .

Knocked out wall between bedrooms before . . .

One of the now two separate bedrooms with new paint, closets, and carpet.

One of the now two separate bedrooms with new paint, closets, and carpet.

It has been a very busy past couple of years, but the end of this project is in sight.  We feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity to make something old into something new.  We wait now for a buyer and for the return on this investment that will launch us into our dream of living the agrarian way of life.  All glory to God for where He has brought us and where He is leading us next!

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