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Taking down the tent house and moving in

Hello there.

At long last I am posting some photos of the new house where we now live. Some of the pics are of Jeff and John pulling down the tent house. We lived there for 3 years and thanks to my mom and dad for letting us stay so long.

We currently use APS for power and have dug a well which runs off solar power. Jeff will begin to develop a solar system that will eventually run the whole house. Our washer and dryer are outside in the backyard because we plan to put them in the small addition we will build sometime in the future.

There are many projects to be done on the land, but we will take one thing at time. We are very grateful for our new house and are beginning to become settled. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  We hope you have a Merry Christmas wherever you may be.


House build for September 2017

Hello friends and family!

So much has happened since I last showed photos. Our summer is like winter elsewhere…I usually get a bit down and don’t communicate as much ( as though I’m a big communicator anyway ). We did some fun things this summer to escape the heat including a vacation in the Colorado mountains and a much needed visit to Minnesota to see Jeff’s parents, Jerry & Susan and also his sister Chris and her beautiful family.

Since we signed on the loan progress on the house has gone through the roof. Turns out all it takes to get things done is money. Hmmm….who would have thought? 🙂

Another cool thing that happened recently was a visit from my friends/church staff. Missy, who is the “get stuff done” chick, a.k.a. administrator planned a trip out to our new house as a birthday gift and had everyone write a blessing or verse on the wall and Trev (Pastor) prayed afterwards. This was very special to me and I will never forget it.

As far as the house is concerned…you can see for yourself but it is coming along quickly. As I type, drywall is being installed. Next will probably come the 2nd part of the A/C installation, power, floors and so on.

We do have a solar pump for our well so we don’t need APS (our local electric company) for that but we decided to get power to start off while Jeff builds a solar system that will take us entirely off grid. This gives us more time and makes it MUCH easier to get the O.K. from the inspectors who decided whether or not everything is good for move-in. I will keep you posted on our journey off-grid.

We are excited and a bit scared about moving. It will be a big change and Jeff and I are not “movers & shakers.” Once we move the land itself will present a variety of projects but all of life is a process and this will be no different. I am praying ahead of time that God will supply me patience and joy to just enjoy things as we go.

If you think of us, please pray that God will bless the land he gave us. Not just for us to live there but for a bigger purpose, whatever that may be. We want glory to go to God through this land…somehow. Pray that we keep our eyes wide open for chances to obey God and do whatever he asks of us.

Love you all very much!

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Installing the Solar Pump Pics

This past weekend we went to check something out at the property we purchased in Rainbow Valley. I hadn’t been there in awhile and so had not seen the pump we installed a couple months ago in action because, at the time, there were no solar panel attached and it is a solar pump.

Sometime in the past month Jeff had gone out there and added the panels so that you only have to push a button and boom…water. Needless to say, I was impressed! No electricity, no water bill, just water. Pretty excited. So excited that I thought I would finally post the pics from when we installed the well.

Sam and I were not even sure what we were doing…we just followed the instruction of my genius DIY husband and it only took a couple of hours. All I can tell you is that we installed a Grundfoss Sq Flex 11 pump. We used our SUV to lower it down several feet at at time.

Maybe I can get Jeff to amend this post with more information to help anyone wanting do this, but for now, here are the photos.

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Trail Running

Hey friends & family,

We’ve been in limbo for some time now as we build our new house. In the meantime I’ve been running. Literally. I have enjoyed running in the past but my knees have always gotten the better of me. Is “gotten” a word? But I’ve recently learned some new techniques, exercises and been schooled in proper form and I think it’s really helping. It’s been exciting to actually move forward some goals of longer distances I’ve set for myself.

Right now I am running about 3x a week with 2 shorter runs of 3 miles and 1 longer that’s about 5 miles. There are a bunch of exercises and drills I have to do each day to be able to run without knee pain. I think building up basic core strength is really important as well, especially for trail running.

The other day Jeff and I ran in the White Tank Mountains near our house and it was so beautiful. When you think of the desert your mind immediately begins to form images of blowing sand or maybe cacti and dry brush. While there are definitely an abundance of cactus, we found sprays of yellow and purple wild flowers over every hills and small green meadows sprouting in low places. Here are a few pics from that last run.