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Letting Go

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  Well, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. It is with sadness but also just absolutely massive amounts of relief that I have asked my brother to help me finish the van. I will be driving up to Wyoming this week to leave the van with him for approximately a month. In that time we are hoping the majority of the work should be done. Anything left should be smaller side projects, such as installing a small bookshelf or attaching hooks for a hatchet, or design work like painting the cabinets, etc. This has been a long, long time coming. Unfortunately this project was just stressing my dad and I out SO much and putting rather wild amounts of unnecessary strain on our relationship. I began the conversation about transferring the project to my brother timidly, but quickly found that my dad and I were in total agreement. As much as it irked me, (little siblings somehow always seem to be better at everything don't they?), we agreed that he would do the job better, loads faster, and che

Back At It Again!

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Annnnnnnd we're back! After a lengthy break for the holidays and some other work, my dad and I are finally back in Colorado and working on the van again!   We did come up for about a week in February and managed to get started on the air spring installation. (The air springs will help keep the rear from sagging as more weight gets added to her as we build and will help me maintain a smooth ride among other benefits.) We were working in my uncle's hangar near Denver as that gave us a heated space, tools, and a smooth floor that all helped us get where we needed to be to work which was underneath the van. I had a very fun time rolling all around on my uncle's creeper.  We didn't finish the installation at the time, so that is where we picked up when we got back up here. We didn't have much time, though, before the weather hit. Snow for days and temperatures in the single digits have kept us holed up inside for quite a while now. But we haven't been idle. We'v

Lessons Learned

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Wow. Thank you for your patience. God has really been working on me with the lesson that started it all: God's timing, not mine. That has been a huge struggle for me. And several times I thought I was getting the hang of it and He proved me wrong. After a very large (and long) lesson I think I finally have the hang of it now, and I am feeling so much lighter.   Here's what's been going on since my last update! In August we got the floor installed! I started by deep cleaning the floor of the van with first a broom and shop vacuum and then a stiff-bristled scrub brush and finally a pressure washer. Once she was sparkling, I went around and touched up all the scratches and nicks with primer and paint to prevent rust. Before we started on the flooring, though, I had a special project to work on. Since God started me on this journey and I know I want Him with me every step of the way, I wanted to inscribe scriptures (as well as some inspiring quotes) all over the van be

A Flood of a Different Kind

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My dad and I finally took the time and sat down to plan out and finalize large purchases for the van. We bought parts left, right, and center, and soon, the packages began to flow. Or flood. More like a flood really. In one day we got 10 packages and only 2 were not van-related. This was really to help ensure that we wouldn't get held up again waiting on anything that we couldn't just run to the hardware store for if necessary.  One of the next intermediary steps is really figuring out the electric system. And also water. And propane. Really I just need to get a final, detailed blueprint finished. Once we get that all figured out we will need to purchase all of the wiring, etc. needed for the electric system, hosing for the water, etc. etc. We did get the roof fan installed! We were even able to borrow some center-cut shears from our neighbor up here and that made it SO much easier! The sealing process went so much easier than with the little window, and there was only one very

WINDOWS ಠ_ಠ

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The screen on the larger window has given us no end of torment as we spent hours trying to get it to fit the window correctly and stay in the window frame . My dad had stabbed himself with a flat-blade screwdriver before we finished for the day. We had finally managed to get the screen back in correctly. The next morning we went out to start work and the screen had popped out overnight. I called the company for the window who told me this was not an uncommon issue. They would send more clips. Our next step was using Steel Stik (some very cool stuff) to basically cement the clips we had in their place in the screen. Once we let it set and tried again, all the clips stayed in place! But the screen was warped and there are gaps around the edges where it doesn't quite fit in. Once the extra clips come in we will try adding extra clips to see if that will help. The good news is that that window passed its leak test with flying colors! The exciting news is that after failing its leak tes