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    A glimmer of hope

      The response we have received from people about this adventure has been mostly positive. Neighbors have stopped by to say they are happy we are restoring this beauty. Other comments have been “you are living the dream”. My favorite comment that really represents the spectrum of opinions was from a young couple. I showed them a picture of the house. The husband’s response was “that’s so cool!”; his wife’s was simply “why?”. This young couple’s response is likely representative of most who either thinks we are a bit crazy or that we are amazing adventurers. Either way is fine with us. We feel confident in God’s plan for us…

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    One step at a time

    We needed to do a temporary fix on these steps for safety reasons. We are spending many evenings engrossed in online shopping for all sorts of items (faucets, lights, etc). It’s been fun doing so because we keep our vision energized as we go over plans for what the finishing touches will bring. We recall all the driving for shopping we did years ago when we were building another home. As we do our shopping at home after a long day of work we are thankful for this bonus that comes with our changing times, which means a click and delivery to our porch. Keeping our delivery people safe is…

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    Where we started

    We purchased this charming Pacific Northwest Farmhouse in May 2018. During that transition time of waiting for the sale of our family home for the past 20 years, we spent most of the summer and early fall in clean-up mode. I am including a number of photos here to share our starting point. We took 30+ trips to the dump. We took 15 trips to the recycling center for paper recycling alone. We filled two drop boxes full of metal recycling. We were on a first name basis with the workers at the dump. We thought the people there were delightfully friendly. Later we decided that they might have been…