I was living in a plastic house.
Landscaping plastic house to be specific.
This is a photo taken by a friend just a day or so after we moved up the mountain to this home built by Tim. He was up on there for a week with the other men, who were also building their homes. They worked in groups and got the frame up and the roof on each home, then they worked alone. Then we were able to move up with whatever we wanted to bring up for 6 weeks, food and all.
I see that I had hung the curtains in the living area - our table and benches were in that corner - we had two big windows (with only screening) that let in tons of light and air. We had a window on our door, and in the front there. He also built us a couch, bed platform, crib for Nate, kitchen counters, and stove.
Yeah, he's pretty amazing.
My job was to get us settled in and to put my touch on our home. When this photo was taken, we were still working on the inside, getting everything put away, and built.
Do you see the black plastic at the end of the house? That was our bedroom. Tim built a platform for the bed, so we could have storage underneath and built Nate's crib into the corner right under the window. We had fresh mountain air to breath in every night. We even had a shower in there.
A week later, we turned our attention to the outside of the house, and made a stone walk way and steps, we dug up ferns from the woods and planted them around the front steps. We slung a hammock between those two trees in front. It was home.
Can you see Nate sitting out front? He had a blast! He was 13 months old when we moved up the mountain, and had only been walking for about a month. He trip and fell a lot the first few days but then he became fleet footed! He loved being outside!
This was training for living on the mission field and getting used to having life be completely different for you from what you are used to. We had to can all our food ahead of time, bake our bread, wash our clothes with a hand agitator, wring it out, rinse, wring it out again, and hang it on the line.
Simple living does not mean it is easy. We got into a daily routine and things became normal for us. I am thankful for this experience. It has taught me many things, that are still useful to me 24 years later.
1. You can live without electricity.
2. You can be very happy and contented with less.
3. You can make a home anywhere, if you have the heart to do it.
Oh, so many things.
I am trying to find the photos from that 6 week period of our lives. I'd love to share more with you.
What were you doing 24 years ago?