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August 15, 2012

One Year Later...


On July 22nd Brian and I celebrated 1 year on this CRAAAZY Adventure!


Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams

It all started with a dream, as do many Adventures.  A dream of getting out of debt (the hard way: Working For It). A dream of owning a house. A dream of a couple of new cars. A dream of  independence. A dream of living like the ‘other half’ (What was it like to have money?)

What we found from these dreams is that it isn’t always easy! Saving money isn’t easy! In fact it’s down right HARD! But we are getting there! Our loft 1st year goal was missed BUT we have learned some valuable lessons and with a synch of the belt we will be able to make that up AND continue to year number two’s goal!


A Love To Last A Life Time

I can’t believe the changes I have seen in my husband (all things I knew that were deep down inside)! Up before the birds? Yes! Up before the sun? Sometimes.  Brian isn’t a morning person never has never will be. His favorite phrase to me in the morning (that isn’t a grunt) is “Too many words.”
He has a full time job!  This came as a shocker to everyone who knows him.  The last time he had a full time job was when he was 16.
The latest “WOW, what just happened here?!” is his construction project.  He and our land lord are constructing an 8X12 mudroom/entryway/pantry/storage unit thing.  It is almost done! I’ll post before/after and progress pictures when it is finished!


Church

We have been so blessed to find a church home.  They have welcomed us with open arms and allowed us to use our talents to serve the church. Also, this is big for me, I feel comfortable going when Brian is at work. His schedule (4 on 2 off) rotates even if it is Sunday or a holiday or he is sick or it’s 40-below outside.


The Oil Boom Impact

There are people everywhere, trucks everywhere, semis everywhere. Traffic! Hair appointments are four months out. Vehicle service booked out six weeks. DMV title and licensing three months behind. There isn’t enough food in Wal-Mart, and even with all of the check-outs open you are still looking at a 45 minute to an hour wait in line.
In June the city passed a ‘No RV Ordnance’. (I’ll keep my Soap Box put away on that subject) No impact on my home, so not to worry!


What I’ve Learned

That you can live in an RV when it is below zero (we didn’t have much of a winter so ask me how I feel after we have a real one with snow and wind and cold).

I can be proud of my husband with out a ‘but’ coming after.

Oil clothes + non-oil clothes X same dryer = all oil clothes.

You can live without an oven (but not a microwave).

Why have a magazine subscription when you have time to read them in line at Wal-Mart?

There are different colors of oil! Black, Brown (like you’d think), yellow, ‘Mountain Dew’…Montana has the black, thick stuff.

The light WILL turn green, just maybe not as soon as you would like.

A stop-sign is optional, always (according to the people who drive here).

Patience! When you are at the front of this line there will be twice as many people waiting.

Every state has a different vehicle title and sometimes they aren’t easy to fill out! (Best, Wyoming. Worst, California)

You can live without internet for your computer but only if you have a smart phone!

You can watch a full series TV show (hour long episodes) in 6 weeks but only if the Library isn’t open on the weekend (for your internet) and you put in some Saturday/Sunday Marathons.

The mountains in Montana are gorgeous! But nothing beats a ‘big sky’ sunset in your own back yard.

We couldn’t be on this Adventure without the love, thoughts, prayers and support of our family and friends back home.   Thank you all so much!!

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