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Chapter Nine: Frost On The Windows

Updated: Dec 2, 2018

December, 2017


It's getting colder now, we're greeted in the mornings by the sun shining through the frost on the camper windows, steam rolling from our breath as we turn underneath our fluffy sleeping bags to say good morning, and no running water due to freezing temperatures. Shuffling under the covers while trying to encourage each other to be brave and embark on the cold treacherous walk over to the closet (5 feet away) to get bundled up for work on the house. Everyday getting a little bit closer to moving in.




The house is being heated with a single pellet stove as we install all the insulation and get ready for drywall which keeps it surprisingly warm. One of the many perks of small living! We were so exciting to start insulating - the electrical was a long process that involved an incredible amount of learning and patience since 80% of it was done on our own, so we were pretty pumped to move onto a relatively easy project! However, we had to learn the hard way that insulation is super itchy and makes it hard to breathe!! No bueno.









Hallelujah, the drywall is in!! We went with a smooth finish EVERYWHERE and couldn't be happier with the outcome. No door or window trim either - just drywall all around which gives everything the smooth, clean, and simple look we were trying to achieve. It's crazy how much it's starting to look like a real house now. So, we had no part in the drywall labor, it was all contracted out - however, our 2 bathroom doors didn't arrive until the drywall was done, leaving it up to us to tape and mud around them to continue the seamless look. Not going to lie, I actually had a ton of fun learning how to do this but no way in "H-E-L-L double hockey sticks" would I ever want to do an entire house! I salute all the men and women who have!





My Takeaway

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I am so grateful for my Nathanael James. I love building my life with him and watching our dreams unfold. Talking and planning out goals and watching them come to life. The path we're on requires a lot of patience, self discipline, hard work, and a ton of learning and having someone beside you that has the same mindset is so valuable. The trials we've faced just to get to this point could have opened doors so some dark places in our relationship - selfishness, bitterness, resentment, the urge to give up. I thank the Lord for all that we were saved from and the strength to look past ourselves and focus on the goal. We're obviously not going to be on the same page everyday, some days we'll just be "off". One of us will not be as motivated as the other or will get discouraged more than the other - but the ability to encourage the other to not get too wrapped up in the day to day emotions and to remain focused is not something we can give ourselves credit for. I am grateful for a man that shares the same passions and desires. Someone who understands what it's going to take to get there and is willing to look past himself to get there. But also someone who is not going to let the physical goals come before our own relationship and sanity.


“What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?“



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