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The shell is completely finished. We have actually started the finish work in several parts of the house. Honestly I am so happy I could cry, it has been a long journey that at points had me wondering if I was going to live in a half finished house forever. Take this contrast, last winter I had my dining room in my living room, my family room was a drafty hall, the kids rooms were just sub floor so a lot of dust and what not fell through to the living room, we had a sixteen foot opening on one side of the house that was only covered by a large heavy tarp (surprisingly we did not freeze), and I had no kitchen. Literally, my stove and fridge were crammed into a hall behind the living room and we washed our dishes in the bathtub! It was fairly depressing to tell the truth, but we survived. This year we got the finish floors installed upstairs, moved the staircase (ya, we are crazy) built a brick alcove in the middle of the house for our woodstove (think Inglenook), finished the kitchen, and built the dining room! I have a fully functioning kitchen! And  a dining room! It is a wonderful, beautiful blessing. Our home is fully functioning and now we get to do the pretty and fun stuff. Hurray! We have a plan to have it completely finished by our 20th anniversary in 2020, I can actually see that happening, honestly I think we will be done before then. But I am pretty happy right now, I feel like I am living in a home instead of on a construction site for the first time since we started this crazy project. I will have to take pictures and share them next time.


Abby and Chantelle conducting a Halloween costume dry run / taken in the unfinished dining room


Good News


I passed.

I have finished the GED for reals and goods.

I can’t believe it took me six years to go in and face the numbers. But I did it and I am rather proud of myself.

My math education petered out somewhere just past multiplication and in the midst of elementary division.

So I was afraid, terrified, overwhelmed, and not at all sure of myself.

But I did it.

I studied.

and I did it.

Now I can do anything.

Anything at all and it still hasn’t quite sunk in.

I am even excited to be able to go take some math classes. (Of all things!!)

Insanely happy would not even begin to describe how I feel right now.

Me, I am now,officially, a person:)