Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Before and After, a Virtual Housewarming Party

So, I kind of skipped the part of the story when we moved out of the trailer and into our cabin and went right into filling our pasture with livestock (kind of).  Things have settled down a bit (enough to slip in a little update, at least).  And now... welcome to our housewarming party.  We are going to jump back in time periodically so we can fully appreciate the transformation this tiny cabin underwent.  Before we start, let it me known that we used the cheapest materials we could find.  Because my husband has impeccable taste, it's safe to say things came together quite nicely.  Let's start at my favorite part of the house.  Remember this kitchen?

Well now it looks like this:

We kept the cabinets, painted them, and used new hardware.  Can you believe what a transformation that makes?  And the counter tops?  It's not granite.  Formica has come a long, long way.  As you can see, it is a working kitchen, and this is about as clean as it gets.

Next, let's move over to the dining area and the laundry room being built.  That window was added because there is a great view of a favorite peak of ours that can be seen through there.

And now...

We hung some curtains in front of the laundry/storage/utility area

because the laundry/storage/utility area looks like this:

How about the hot husband, er, bathroom?

And now (although there are aspects of the last picture I like far better than the new one *cat calls*):

If you have been noticing some unfinished aspects of the cabin, that is because there are some unfinished aspects about the cabin.  It's still a work in progress.

This was our bedroom,

And now this is our bedroom.  Only there is currently a bed in it.  This picture is a few weeks old.

The kids' room before:

and the kids' room today.

Lastly, the living room.  Then...


Do you want to know the most amazing part of this story?  We didn't just get here by living in a fifth-wheel for eight months.  There would be no way we would be living out our dreams on this little five-acre piece of earth without the tremendous gifts of encouragement and support by dear family and friends who stood by us and selflessly (and unexpectedly) invested into us financially and with hours of skilled labor.  We so feel our Father's amazing, graceful love towards us through the outrageously wonderful people he has placed in our lives.  This place is dedicated to His good pleasure.  We welcome Him here.  We open our hearts and homestead to His perfect plans.


  1. It looks so amazing! So happy for you guys!!

  2. Wow how amazing. Your pictures give me hope. Our house is on the market and we are looking at houses. A few of them are going to need some major remodeling. One house even has the same type of ceiling (I think) that was in your kitchen. What did you do with the tiles? Your house looks so peaceful and inviting.

  3. Oh my goodness what a great job! It looks amazing!!

  4. so so wonderful!! I'm so happy for you.

    I got tears in my eyes when you wrote:

    "This place is dedicated to His good pleasure.
    We welcome Him here."

    Tammy Love.

  5. wow. i am so impressed by jeremy's handiness. very impressive! looks awesome and can't wait to see it in person. you guys are so blessed and i am so happy for you!

  6. What a beautiful temple you all have built for our Lord. He truly does bless us each day.

  7. Your husband is a master with a hammer and nails. Big props!

  8. Jeremy/Katie,

    This is really awesome guys...to put this kind of love into a house really changes and enhances the feeling of it being home! Can't wait to see it at some point in person...I hear the property is amazing too.

    Eric Allen

  9. I love seeing your life! I play and respect Jeremy's music and love seeing your family. May the Lord bless you guys as I have been blessed by you/Jeremy.

  10. Oh my wow Katie, your place is gorgeous! How wonderful to have been able to repurpose the old cabinets in the kitchen. I could not believe they were the same ones! It looks so cozy and perfect :D xoxo!!

  11. Wow! Talk about a transformation! LOL. It is beautiful! :)

  12. Katie, I'm finally catching up on your transformations. I have enjoyed reading about your cozy life in the 5th wheel and I'm in awe at the loveliness of the cabin - and of course for the good gifts God bestowed upon your family! I love how you credited Him for it all. God bless you and yours!

  13. Absolutely beautiful! I just found your blog today through a friend and have done a very quick skim of this beautiful process your family has gone through. Thank you so much for sharing so beautifully, so transparently, so courageously. So nice to find a beautiful soul so close to home. Blessings to you.

  14. So, a friend pointed out your blog to me today and I literally just read every one of your posts on your time in the trailer. (my 2 year old is sleeping) Haha. My husband and I have similar goals of living on the land and having a small homestead. He would move us into a camper in a heartbeat if it got us closer to our goal. I'm still wrapping my head around it. Our situation would be different in that we would only be in a camper if we bought land and were building a house. Any words of advice? :-)

  15. I cannot tell you how much your journey is blessing and inspiring me! Our family is working out a plan for a similar undertaking. I also homeschool and am learning and trying my hand at growing food with big dreams of a humble homestead. God bless you and your beautiful family, I look forward to catching up and reading more!!


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