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Smyth cabin update: December 9 . . . 2 weeks to go!

I think I can, I think I can . . . . I think I can.  No, I know I CAN’T!.  The only way to make it through the final push at the end of a race is to somehow get past yourself . . . your weary, tuckered, pooped out (sorry, I deal with it multiple times daily) self and trust in the strength of another, namely Your Creator.  That is how we desire to make it through the next couple of weeks.

There has been some progress on the cabin over the past week.  Some days I think we might make it in there by our anticipated December 25 date, and other days, I just don’t see it happening.  In any case, we have so much to be thankful for, everyday . . . we are loved by Yahweh and we are loving each other (though it may not always look that way).

Here are some pictures to show the latest projects . . .

The black plate? thing is up around the stove pipe.

The black stove pipe collar is on.

The pantry is almost walled in.

The pantry is almost walled in.

 

We found this old ice box on Craigslist.  It just needs a new paint job.

We found this old ice box (our refrigerator) on Craigslist. It just needs a new paint job.

 

The laundry sink is plumbed!

The laundry sink is plumbed!

We have two books shelves and this one is already almost full.

We have two books shelves up and this one is already almost full.

The kitchen sink is plumbed . . . and water comes out!  Our tank is only about 1/4 of the way full and we even get water out of the shower head (just dribbles, but just a bit more rain and we should be good to go.

The kitchen sink is plumbed . . . and water comes out! Our tank is only about 1/4 of the way full and we even get water out of the shower head (just dribbles, but with a bit more rain we should be good to go).

We still need to set up the grey water drain system, build a few more shelves, set up our beds, sand/seal the bottom wood floors, and get our water tank filled up.  It would also be best to get the root cellar far enough along to stop the erosion, but we will probably move in before that happens.  We are so close and yet so far away with how tired we feel.

We couldn’t have made it this far without the help of so many caring people. Thank you so much Home Depot crew for all your support and help!  And, thank you Jackson family for sacrificing endlessly over the past few months to help us . . . words just can’t express how grateful we are for you guys!

Blessings,

Kip, Carrie, and family     ><>

 


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Smyth cabin update: Nov. 24 . . . one month left!

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What a blessing it was to have Papa Keena with us for two whole weeks!  He worked so hard.  We are deeply thankful for all that you did to help us get closer to moving into our cabin, Papa.  And, we are thankful to Mom Keena, who gave up her desire to come out with Papa in order to give more provision for supplies.  Thank you Mom!  The following pictures are just a bit of Papa’s handiwork.

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The new loo!  All it needs is a white bucket for the sawdust (sorry Home Depot, but I'm not excited about orange in the bathroom) . . . beautiful.

The new loo! All it needs is a white bucket for the sawdust (sorry Home Depot, but I’m not excited about orange in the bathroom) . . . beautiful.

The first of four drawers that will allow us to utilize the area under the bottom stairs for storage.

The first of four drawers that will allow us to utilize the area under the bottom stairs for storage.

My own personal planning area under the middle/upper stairs (currently holding tools and such).  What a blessing it will be to have the space to plan and organize again!

My own personal planning area under the middle/upper stairs (currently holding tools and such). What a blessing it will be to have the space to plan and organize again!

The tile turned out beautifully!

The tile turned out beautifully!

We also want to give a big thank you to Ellie and Jo Burton, from Southern CA, who blessed us with super encouraging letters and pictures, as well as financial support.  You guys are awesome!  Thank you for caring so much!!

And I (Carrie) have to say thank you to my love (Kip) for loving our family so much.  He worked incredibly hard the past two weeks wearing so many “hats” . . . husband, father of 5, Home Depot worker, almost daily supply gatherer, work crew coordinator, etc. not to mention all the work he did on the cabin.  I praise Yahweh for you my love . . . hang in there.  We’re almost in.

This week we hope to get the kitchen and laundry sinks plumbed, the water catchment system working (it has been a challenge to get it set at just the right level so that the rain water actually gets into the tank), and get some more wall boards up.  We are getting so close now!

Blessings,

Carrie and family    ><>

 


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Smyth cabin update . . . Nov. 12th

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The tank is up!  The tank is up!  Just three strong, inventive men and it was up in less than an hour.  We are so looking forward to gravity fed water coming into our cabin.  We hope to have the gutters up by the end of this week so that we can begin catching water if the predicted storm rolls in.

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The bathroom is coming together.  The tub shower is in place and partially plumbed and the tile is purchased and ready to go down on the floor.  We are so thankful to have Papa Keena here.  Thank you Papa for all your hard work!  We love you!!

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The interior walls are almost all framed up.  We just ordered some more wall boards today, hopefully enough to get all the lower areas covered.  We were also able to purchase more sealer for the wood floors once they go down.

The laundry area ready to put tile down.

The laundry area is ready for the tile to go down.

We are waiting on funds for misc. water catchment/plumbing supplies, for all our cold storage needs (freezer chest, ice box, and root cellar), for some organizers (kitchen hutch, pantry selves, etc.), and for materials to make custom small bunk beds for our children.  We are so blessed to have gotten this far due to the prayers and support of so many. Thank you again and again!  Please continue to share our story . . . we are hopeful.

Blessings,

Kip, Carrie, and children    ><>


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Smyth Cabin Update . . . Nov. 4th.

IMG_0492 Fall is fleeting, winter is coming, and we are so excited at the thought of getting into our cabin!  Thank you to all who have given so generously to help make that possible!!  We are looking forward to having Papa Keena with us to help out for two whole weeks and are busy gathering supplies that we will need for while he is here.

The water tank tower is done!

The water tank tower is done!

Along with completing our water tank tower (I know, it’s not very pretty), Kip and a friend were able to get most of the insulation under our cabin put in (the rest will go in after the plumbing it complete).  Now to figure out a way to get a 1500 gallon tank up on top of the tower . . . any ideas?

Morning sunrise . . . breathtaking!

Morning sunrise . . . breathtaking!

Thanks again to all who have prayed for us, given to us, and shared our story with others!  Yahweh is giving us our dream . . . to Him be the glory!

Blessings,

Kip, Carrie, and Children    ><>