Saturday, February 28, 2015

Working As A Family

March 8th is daylight savings and we all loose an hour of sleep. Normally I would lament that lost hour, but not this year. This year it means that when we go work on Grace we get an hours worth of more light. At the farm/junkyard she is currently parked the shade covers that area quickly and it's the first place the light tends fade. It will be good to finally have some natural light and be able to photograph the project correctly.

In the end, I guess it doesn't matter that daylight savings is next week as she is going to a shop to get all the things fixed that we would take forever to do. She will get wired, sealed from leaks, windows replaced, polished, plumbing installed and many more things that keep getting added to the list of 'things'. I'm excited to send her in because that means I get to work on the fun stuff like the flooring, wallpaper, decorating and you know the things that only a woman can bring into a space that makes it a home.

Today we got to spend a few hours working on Grace after a family day in the city. We didn't make any major progress, but we did start taking out the rivets to remove the inner walls. All of the furnishing structures are removed so now we have the inner walls to remove and the insolation before she goes into the shop. Tin did help me pop some rivets, but he got bored with it quickly and stuck to playing on my cell phone. There's only so much a 5 year old can do to help. 

Hubby and I will be back tomorrow to continue work. I personally wish that things would go faster then they are, but then again we are working on giving this project to God and not just run away with it on our own. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

As The Sun Shines

Not everyday does the sun shine with a free day and nothing scheduled in the planner leaving the day to wonder about wherever the heart takes it. This time we went to Lord Hill Park in Snohomish right next to where Gracestream is staying. How refreshing it was to be untied, free and with great company. The last time the three of us went to two parks in one week was two years ago before my career picked up and I had time to spend my days exploring.

The day was by no means warm, but being in the sunshine one could not help but feel a soft promise of spring. The promise gave me a smile as I adore continuous sunshine, flowers, bird chirping and the life that comes with spring. That's how it felt like as we walked through those cold woods through the trails that wound left and right. Our walk lasted about 2 hours with a few stops to fish in-between oh and to eat a banana. 

It warms my heart when Tin can be outdoors exploring for hours without complain of the long walks or the many hills. It makes me happy because I know that when we start trekking through the national parks of America he will enjoy it. I know that he can walk for hours without complaining and that means that we can really get some great hikes in, see some incredible things and bond as a family like never before. So many awesome things to look forward to and such an awesome time enjoying the in-betweens before it all starts.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gracestream and Birthday Celebrations

This week has been full of birthday celebrations and working on Gracestream.

Augustin has been 5 since the beginning of the month, but we have officially celebrated this big age. We have also started official work on Grace. We have taken out a few hours every day to demo the inside of the trailer. Our goal is to be slow and steady. We want to make sure that we invite God into every step of  this process instead of us running away with the project and leave the presence of God behind. We, as humans, have a tendency to do so. He gives us a dream or a vision, but we decide that 'we got this' and run with it without Him. I've done it in my photography career. So this time, we want to make sure that the Creator of our dream, this journey, is involved and center of everything that is happening. To ensure this we work on praying before we start working on Grace. Now when we run into any problems along the way we have already invited God to solve them. It's also great for working on our faith because we know that no matter the challenges we come across, He can solve them and give us a solution. 

At this point we have gotten rid of the beds and cabinets in the back of Gracestream. We have demoed the bathroom and closets, leaving us with just the galley kitchen area to finish before the weekend is out. Hubby still has some work to do under the trailer called the 'belly pan'. The plan is to start working on the systems next week inviting the experts like an electrician, plumber and carpenter for the things we cannot do. We still need to finalize the floor plan and lots of other things that are done behind the computer through research. The goal is to finish by the end of May and with God on our side I believe that we can!

Grace in getting renovated on a farm that's half a junkyard. We get to see chickens and baby chicks, also horses, sheep, goats and a cow. Its fun on weekends to visit the animals, but on week days we get to Grace when it is already dark. When spring comes it will be fun for Tin to enjoy this farm as we get Grace ready. 

When not working on Gracestream we've been enjoying life, knowing that our lives don't start once we are finished with Grace and on the road, but it's the now, the little things that makes up our lives. I have to remember that I need to enjoy this season as we prepare to leave, to enjoy being at home, outdoors with Tin and all the in-betweens. Too often we put our lives on hold for that great moment that's ahead and forget to enjoy the great moment that we are in. Traveling in an airstream is just as great as raising a family at home, its life and life is a gift, I would know! 

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