This a purely therapeutic post, I really hope you don’t mind. With a house with so many projects, it’s very easy to get completely overwhelmed by the weight of what’s left to do. It gets depressing!

So to keep my spirits up, I am writing a post to focus on the positives. Here are some pretty great things we have accomplished.


Bryce designed a floating staircase for about $9000 in materials and hired labor. A local stair company wanted to charge us $100,000 to design and build it.


We built a little woodshed while I was pregnant.


We finished a master closet.


We started a front deck and had to stop construction because Bryce’s father passed away, then it was Fall and too rainy to work.


We took on a renovation of a rental, Bryce’s dad’s old duplex.

With how many balls we have up in the air, it is so easy to get overwhelmed by projects undone. I read a great article yesterday (I wish I could find it!) talking about how American culture is so obsessed with before and after. It’s all black and white. The article was about nutrition and finding a slow and steady method that works for you, not an instant fix – “Here’s me before, and now here’s my after!” Reality isn’t like that. It’s a process. This stuff takes a lot of time and a million baby steps forward and a half a million baby steps backwards.

I have to stop, put the project list down, and reflect sometimes on how much we have already accomplished. This is a huge life project and we are working on making a living out of this. Setting up something this grand is a huge endeavor.

Not to mention that through all of this, we are raising a 2 year old, a dog, 6 chickens. Bryce works full time and I am going back to school. Bryce is on a bike racing team and I am training for a triathlon. And in the middle of all of this, Bryce’s father passed away. He graciously left us a duplex in Portland, so we travel down every few weeks and put some hours in on renovating it so we can rent it out and try to make some money to put back into all of these projects.

So thanks for letting me stop and reflect to keep my sanity. This is a big labor of love. This stuff takes time. A LOT OF TIME.

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