The 16th a dear college friend, walked from this life into eternal life with Jesus. It's good she is out of pain. I miss our communication.
|Oxygen - the wonder drug|
I discovered during Nolan's adventure I can drive the twisty, windy, narrow Redwood Hwy at 65 mph if needed. This is good to know considering where we are staying and why we are here. Michael discovered some tourists won't pull over even if you have your emergency flashers on, your high beams on and are laying on the horn. He had NOLAN in the car and was forced to drive 30 mph until the hwy empties into Hwy 101. I got there soon after they arrived.
|I'm guessing not even a foot underground - very little frost danger|
|Why can you build a "tiny house" but not park an RV?????|
Stress immediately eased around here when all accepted the realization we would NOT be finished with work before the 29th of Aug. In fact, we ARE here indefinitely for as long as we are needed. This looks like it will be - well - indefinite. We began talking about what it means to stay here as long as we are needed....and began investigating loans, land, and houses which are for sale in Mom G's neighborhood. We found some riverfront land we could possibly build on - and park the Caboose on while we build according to local code.....
We had a few hard conversations. If you care enough about others, you will lovingly and respectfully go to the hard places. We do and did.
We've continued to work hard. A neighbor told us they took a lot of "before" pictures sometime in the past. She says it really shows how much we've accomplished. It's easy to lose sight of improvement - we see so much which most likely won't be done before the "rains come."
There has been a lot of good happen, too, in the past couple of weeks.
We've learned to slow down and really listen to each other and what we each need in the moment. We're not ALL about work, work, work.....
Stacia's remaining birthday gifts arrived.
|Thanks - but WHAT is it? She'd never seen a telescoping rod before.|
|Aha! Pull out the reel, extend the rod and she knows what it is!|
|Girly tackle box|
CoRielle visited on Sunday, an event deserving it's own post.
|Um was trying to center the rock between them - they weren't in 2 camps|
We planned a day trip, which Mom G is excited to take, for the end of September.
We firmed up plans for visitors arriving in September - Earl (Michael's brother) and Josiah (our son).
We made plans for a parenting seminar we are leading in October.
We had lots of campfires. The kids enjoyed many swims.
We had a "family meeting" (::snort:: be quiet, you elder Gherkins, they love family meetings - I'm SURE of it). The kids, one and all, voiced they would prefer we not buy land or a house locally. They would prefer we continue our plan to be Fulltime RVers and see America. They know this means we will be parked locally a lot of the time. We talked about trying to get support systems in place so we can take off for a week every couple of months and plan an annual long trip. This could, of course, all change instantly if Mom G decides she wants to move or is willing to allow others to care for her.
We began dreaming of driving the ALCAN and spending extended time with JaRissa in the state we love and belong to.