Saturday, June 27, 2015

We Fought a Good Fight

We have had so many "promised" closing dates on our new house, I've lost track.
The most recent promised date was yesterday. It was possible, but it meant everyone had to be prompt about completing their part of the puzzle.

We hoped, but, once again, it was not to be. Our builder is buying himself a redicously expensive 10 day extension.

Of course we want to be in our house, but the biggest issue is that our normally cooler mountain climate has 12 straight days of 100° or higher temperatures forecast, starting yesterday.

I warned our contractor about the forecast and reminded him that we have small children who can't just tough it out. He KNEW we needed to be in the house or he was going to be buying a hotel room.

At 10:30 yesterday morning, we still hadn't seen four key players (plumbers, electricians, a random fix-it guy and our GC). Everyone really, truly has only 2-5 hours if work left, tying up loose ends. No one showed.

Our day involved breaking camp, paying the bank and an afternoon movie for the girls so no one would get heat stroke.

I gave Brett until after dinner,  then I asked where we got us our rooms.

Guess who ignored us the rest of the day.

So, after over a month of camping and 15 months of building, we have left the scene. We are encroaching on the good will of others and sleeping indoors.

What a sad story. How differently this could have gone if one man was honest.

What a cute house. If only it were finished.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Closing In

We arent in. You all could have guessed that.
But, we are closing in...

Maybe next week.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Still Camping

We are still camping. We have hose water, but the septic pump hasn't been primed (? or something?) so we can't use the indoor plumbing yet. We are all filthy all of the time. It is beginning to wear on my oldest girl.  The toddler? He doesn't care one whit!

With the trailer obviously defunct and fresh numbers on the front of the house, I officially got my first package delivered. That seems permanent somehow.

Inside, things are trucking along. Look at the treat happening in my library!

We are camping, but not for much longer.

I hope. ;)

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Complaining is easy. Sometimes gossip feels
good.  Piling on can make you feel united. All of that draws me down into bitterness faster than you can say Jack Robinson.

I've been working on this Personal Progress goal:

A daughter of God can make wise decisions and solve problems. Read 1 Nephi 15:82 Nephi 32:3;Alma 34:19–27Ether 2–3; and Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–9. Follow a pattern of regular scripture study and prayer to receive help in making personal decisions such as choosing good friends, being kind to others, getting up on time, or other decisions. Discuss with a parent or leader how regular scripture study and prayer helped you make correct decisions. Choice and Accountability #1

We have fasted and prayed for our contractor and his subcontractors. We have worked hard and done our part. We have used every physcological tactic we could find to encourage work and we are still 6 months past our closing date. At some point, Heavenly Father will do nothing else; He is bound by His own law of allowing mankind our agency. In other words, He isn't going to "make" our contractor choose the right. (That was Lucifer's plan. See Moses 4:1-4)

But, what can our loving Father provide? He will send bluebirds to take up residence in our bird houses. He provides guardian angels to protect our little ones from the dangers of a worksite--including hundreds of feet of unstable trenches.  One blessing our Heavenly Father provided years ago was a good companion spouse for comfort and friendship. The kindness of friends, the beauties of the earth and the health of all of us are gifts sent to be a balm while suffering under the wound inflicted by another's choices.

Look! A rainbow!
(There were actually 3,
but they didn't all show up in the picture.)

I know many of you are praying for our family.  Please be encouraged to know that your prayers are being answered. My Father knows me and loves me. He would never leave me comfortless . . . and, indeed, He hasn't.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Day Off

I have been saying "No" a lot this year. With all of the work we're doing on the house, unless the outing is something we have committed to attend, I tend to tell the family no.

The other day, for a bunch of odd reasons, I couldn't work on the house at all. I decided to say "Yes!"

First, we went to the library.

Then to the park.

Where we played for 4 hours.

There was a splash pad, too, and though we didn't bring swimsuits, that didn't stop anyone from playing anyway.

Even this funny girl took a few turns cooling off in the spray when she needed a break from her book.

It was a fun day and it was so nice to say yes for a change.

Now, back to work!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


We are close . . . very close. The water to the trailer has been disconnected and our Someday House has water to it. Once the inspector approves it, we will have water!

One of our last major jobs is the paint. We've all been working hard to get that job done. My amazing family have even come and chipped in some help!

It has been majorly hot. 95° in early June in the mountains of North Idaho is way too hot!

After painting all day, painting that should have been done in the cool of October, had the siders finished their job, and burning in my shoes, I hollered to the kids, "Go get in the car! We're going to the lake!" I gave no one any time to change; this was business.

We have some good friends that told us to not even ask, just go cool down whenever.

See that slide? I ran to it and slid in to the delicious wetness.

Ahh! So much better. Maybe I can deal with the world again!

The next day, my sister showed up with a gift from my grandma. She had wanted to help, too, but couldn't figure out a way. When she heard about us jumping in the lake, she had a light bulb moment.

Hooray!! Thank you, Grandma! What a difference.

But, look you guys. Just look at how nicely it is turning out.

More updates soon . . .

Friday, June 5, 2015

Here's What's Happening

Painting is underway.  We bought the paint LAST FALL, but so much of the siding was left unfinished, we weren't able to even start the job.

The biggest siding problems were fixed, so my good husband got to work.

 There were two small sections that needed finishing and our contractor kept promising that someone was on their way to do it. No one ever came. That same contractor was bugging us to get the house painted so he could lay the front porch cedar. Huh??

Justin finally had had it and finished the job we'd already paid someone else to complete.

I'd show you a sneak peek of our paint colors, but they aren't showing up well. You will have to wait!

In other news, there are more piles of dirt in our front yard. The two giant trenches are for water and septic connection.

All these utilities are such prima donnas! They all need their own special trench!

They were supposed to be finished last Saturday. It is now Friday and we haven't seen our contractor for a week. We're probably going to have to take legal action which makes me really sad.

14 months is long enough for one house.

 Inside, I'm cruising away on my fireplace. I would have been done by now, but I've had a bad attitude. If no one else is working on my house, it is hard to be motivated.

 A couple of days ago, we had heavy rains with flash flood warnings and a major electric storm exactly over our heads. In a quick decision, we rushed out of the tent and into the big house. The hardwood floor was not comfy, though I was grateful for a safe and dry place.

 The kids have stopped waiting, too. They are having a great time demolishing the trailer!

The bright light in all of this, is our camping experience. We are enjoying our tent life.

Our WiFi is gone (got pulled out by accident during the trench digging) so everyone is reading

Or playing,

Riding bikes

Or writing books,

Enjoying a pretty view during a break

Or enjoying a yummy S'more out by the fire.

The weather is fine, the family is healthy, I have faith in my Savior and in my Heavenly Father's plan, and the wildflowers are blooming.

I am happy.