We figured with all of the recent posts about our home, you all would like to see where we live! Enjoy! (And sorry about the audio quality! We are trying to learn how to best record with our iPhones)
Nothing gets your heart racing in the middle of the night like the sound of someone or something trying to either tear through your roof or through your window. That was the noise we woke up to just the other night. It was enough to get me, pulse racing, out of bed to investigate. At first it sounded like it was coming from the window, but as I got closer to the end of the bed it sounded for sure like it was coming out of our closet. I crept up, flashlight in hand, and as I neared the closet door. Crash! The tile under my foot shatters!
Moisture, it seems, had made its way into the tile and had forced it to expand. The awful noise we heard was the tile pressing against each other and pulling off of the floor underneath. Kate and I spent yesterday afternoon trying to remove the old tile without breaking it. Actually, it was just me at first, but Kate and Isaac were determined to help. Somehow I got the short end of the stick with tool selection for the job.
Yep! That little nail was what the two of them left me with after they pilfered all my tools. And yes Kate does have a lovely multitool perfectly suited for removing the grout from the old tiles.
Eventually, we got all the loose tiles off the ground and I have spent some time today trying to remove the old cement from where the tile once sat. Removing old cement with a chisel and a hammer is long work to say the least! I'll probably spend the next week pounding away at it until it is all clear and ready for fresh tile. Until then, we will be living with the rough patch in our bedroom that Isaac keeps pointing at almost as if to say "Jeez Dad look at that. You should fix that Dad." He's a good motivator to say the least.
We have to apologize before we go any farther for not realizing that the post Kate had written was not published. In all the excitement (and mountain of Ikea boxes) we forgot to push send.
That being said, it has been a relatively quiet couple of weeks working with teams on base. We just welcomed and said goodbye to a team of architects from 100 Fold Studios out of Montana. They were here working on a master plan of the property that YWAM owns in the village of Timonette. We currently have a church and a house for the pastor on the property, but the property is a couple of acres and can accommodate much more than that. They flew in on Monday afternoon and left Friday, so that didn't give them much time to work. They visited the site and got to work on designing some alternatives. I'm very glad that the map I had put together for them a few weeks back was helpful to them as a starting point.
For the past couple weeks I have been helping to build a new room for our campus generator. Since Terry and the pastor handled most everything for the team, I continued to help build the room. The room uses cut up truck frames to support trusses that hold the roof. We have the frames standing up and are currently working on the trusses!
When I was young, I was excited to have a home of my own. To have a place of my own to decorate, arrange and make beautiful. To have a place where people would feel welcome and want to be. I thought this would come when I got married and my husband and I would have our own little house and everything would be wonderful!
Well, of course things don't usually happen the way you think they will, and God changes things all the time. When I first had my dream, I didn't know know God was going to be moving my future husband and I to Haiti. I had NO IDEA that we would be bringing little Isaac with us!
I set aside my wish and we moved into a tiny , cramped , sub-level apartment with a hand-me-down couch, a borrowed kitchen table, and milk crates for a bookshelf (actually, that part was pretty cool). But it was ours. I felt so blessed just to be married to such an amazing guy that I had no problem setting aside my wish for a home. I knew that we would soon be moving to Haiti, and MAYBE we could have this beautiful home I had imagined in my head .... someday.
Fast forward to today, and I am giddy to say, that day has arrived! Way back in May we were blessed with a donation from the U.S. Government (aka Tax refunds and Credits) and we decided to purchase some furniture for our living room! The catch, we would have to wait for a trailer being sent from the states to arrive... four months later. Let me tell you, I am not the most patient person, but it was so worth the wait!
We love to have people over at our house! We have weekly movie nights with staff here on base, someone is eating at our house at least every other weekend (Tacos tonight!) and teams are always welcome to just come hang out. This furniture will help us be able to fit more than three people on our couch (we had a chick flick night and fit 6 comfortably!)
Moral of the story: God knows your silly little wishes, and He can turn them in to big blessings!!