Making Progress — Well, Somewhat!

As our next trip rapidly approaches, Dad and the guys have been working on the bus. Our goal was to finish out the front half of the bus, putting in the bench seats, covering the walls, and more. In order to get our old fridge (which, by the way, was actually salvaged from the tiny, old house that we tore down before this house was built) out, the windshield needed to come out. Plus, the windshield needed to be removed due to a large crack that developed on the last trip.

So, Thursday morning, it was decided to begin the process! It was supposed to be our warmest day of the week. You’ll find pictures of the process below. After all the pictures, you’ll find a special prayer request regarding the bus. We often hear from families who regularly read the blog and pray for us; we are extremely grateful!

The furniture came out first. We were using an old couch and loveseat that has been around for a number of years!
The furniture came out first. We were using an old couch and loveseat from when we had "upgraded" furniture a number of years ago!
See what I mean about an old couch? The underneath is even falling apart!
See what I mean about an old couch? The underneath is even falling apart!
Coming out!
Coming out!
Okay, guys, we need to have a plan before we start!
"Okay, guys, we need to have a plan before we start!"
Out it comes
Dead lifting up the new one!
Dead lifting up the new one!
Hopefully to stay in Uriah for many years!
Hopefully to stay in Uriah for many years!
Working on the casing around the windshield, in preparation for installing the new windshields!
Working on the casing around the windshield, in preparation for installing the new windshields!
Installing the new windshields did not go smoothly... Upon discussion with the tech support later, it appears we received mis-made ones! Hmmm....
Installing the new windshields did not go smoothly... Upon discussion with the tech support later, it appears we received mis-made ones! Hmmm....
Now to switch subjects for a few pictures, Dad and Joseph covered the walls in the front half of the bus. Here Anna is helping to measure before cutting out the nagahide!
Now to switch subjects for a few pictures, Dad and Joseph covered the walls in the front half of the bus. Here Anna is helping to measure before cutting out the naugahyde (man-made vinyl covering)!
Measuring and marking...
Measuring and marking...
Dad...
Dad...
John doing some misc work.

Prayer Request: On Saturday, John discovered that the transmission was “slobbering” (his term!). Even if a person doesn’t know a whole lot about mechanics, you generally know that a transmission can be a serious thing! After prayer and consideration, Dad has a plan. There’s the possibility we won’t have to take it into the shop if an idea another guy gave us will fix it. We would greatly appreciate prayer that this could be a minor, easy fix, if it’s the Lord’s will. When Dad talked to a transmission tech on the phone, even he was stumped as to the problem. If it’s not a fast fix, we’re grateful if happened here and can be taken care of before we depart on the next trip!

So, we’re making progress on the bus, and it would be nice if it didn’t have to go into the shop so we could do more on the inside before we leave.

Merry Christmas!

Sarah

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

7 thoughts on “Making Progress — Well, Somewhat!”

  1. Thank you for the update Sarah! ๐Ÿ˜€ I always enjoy reading about the bus work and what’s going on with your family. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re all so talented! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes indeed, I will keep that transmission (as well as the other trip prep going on) in my prayers! Our family has had 2 vehicles that the transmission went up on…it’s not fun! ๐Ÿ™ I’m sure this is even more difficult as it’s a bus, and not a small family van. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll pray that small fix will work perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs!

    Merry Christ-mas to you as well dear! ๐Ÿ˜€ And to all the Maxwell’s! ๐Ÿ™‚
    ~Miss Rachel~

  2. Hello Maxwells! We will pray for an easy fix for the bus and for “smooth sailing” on the rest of your preparations. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. Do you know what I appreciate about you? Even when things don’t go the way you want them to, I don’t see any complaining! That is so nice and refreshing!
    Sorry about the bus problems. I have had a crack in our big van’s window for many years and when I drive it, I am afraid it is going to break and shatter! Today the van is in the shop for a transmission pump?? (or something like that!)
    I have begun to really make an effort when something doesn’t work the way I want it to, or breaks down, or falls apart, to thank God for it anyway. I had found my middle school age step son saying that “our appliances are dated…” or complaining about something in our house. NOW I say, “I appreciate this —— anyway because God gave it to us and there are so many people that would like to have a refrigerator that WORKS (even if it falls apart sometimes! hehehehe!!!)or a dishwasher or an old van that is paid for and useful to us or carpet on the floors even though it is worn.
    I love it that you reused your furniture in your bus! My parents just got a “new” recliner at their home. However, first, it was originally bought by them probably 12 years ago. THEN it went to my younger brother. THEN it went to my OLDER brother. Then, he did some work for a furniture store and got furniture as payment. So THEN, it went back to my parents as their “NEW” again furniture! Kind of funny how our family passes things around. (I can’t wait for MY turn! hahahaha!!)
    Sorry for such a long comment. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you all. You don’t have to actually approve this…I won’t have my feeling hurt!
    Merry CHRISTmas!
    Love, Beth
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Our Lord is so good. I think that furniture we took out will also be passed around a bit as well. However, we are replacing it with new furniture built specifically for a motorhome. We will now be able to have seatbelts for everyone! It wouldn’t have worked with the previous furniture and we had to wait to get these, but we are very grateful for the seatbelts. They weren’t required by law in our state, but they were something we wanted very much. So that is a blessing.

    Steve

  4. Just prayed now for you all and for the equipment that assists you but especially for a low-cost and low-maintenance and low-mileage solution on the transmission and windshield. May grace pour down!

  5. Oh, I am so glad that you will have seats with seatbelts! I have often been concerned about your safety since you had the regular kind of furniture. (By the way, your blue couch is exactly like the one that I had a few years ago! My mom and dad got it used for their house, gave it to me and I passed it on to someone else, I don’t remember who! I will probably find it back at my house soon????)

  6. Naugahyde and vinyl are both mandmade. Vinyl is actually a component in naugahyde, which, curiously, is not made from the hides of actual naugas. :p

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