Continued Progress

BTW – we still have an Omaha conference report coming, as well as something we did Monday afternoon, which we’ll post about too.

For now, I’ll leave you with a sampling of today’s pictures. The work is progressing!

Sarah for the rest

Cutting out the door way.Â
Jesse did a ton of fastening!
Cutting another piece of drywall.
Anna helped the guys all day today. And, she is GREAT help!

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24).

Nathan’s Studio Office

The work continues, and the excitement builds as we anticipate

Nathan’s studio office is taking shape! Joseph, John, and Jesse have been working hard to do this remodel in a few short days. Here are some pictures from yesterday’s work. The guys framed out the project, did all of the electrical, received the electrical inspection sign-off from the city, and insulated the office. Dad ran errands, stocking the boys with the supplies they needed.

Today it will be sheetrock, mudding, and who knows what else.

Unloading sheetrock

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Settling in.

There's always stacks of mail waiting for our arrival home! This is actually only part of the mail we got while we were away. We had some shipped to us mid trip.
Progress! The demolition is nearly completed in this photo!
We went out together with Nathan and Melanie as a coming home celebration. Christopher and Anna Marie weren't able to join us.
We brought a few edible Canadian souvenirs back with us for Nathan and Melanie.
A souvenir for Abby from Wall Drug.Â

“But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.” (Psalms 68:3)

We’re Home!

For three weeks, that is. We pulled into our driveway around 10:30 a.m. We set to work immediately carrying things in and trying to get all of our personal belongings in.

Then, the guys loaded up their work supplies and headed to Nathan and Melanie’s. The goal? Nathan needs a studio/office for video conferencing with his students ( So, the next few days will be spent converting part of their basement for this purpose.

What a sweet welcome. Thanks, Anna Marie!
The cute jelly-bean welcome home, not to mention all the food that was left for us. Thank you, Nathan, Melanie, and the C. Family.
Jesse unloading the bus.
Unloading the fridge.
The Before Picture
Pulling things out.
Joseph's work shirt

We have tons of pictures, so watch for more as the progress continues!


“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name” (Psalms 33:20-21).



We are Headed Home!

After 5 1/2 weeks and thousands of miles, we are headed back to Leavenworth, Kansas. We had a surprising start to the day, at 5:18, when hail rapidly hit the bus roof. Pretty soon, five of us were in the front of the cabin, peeking out to watch the storm. It’s a cool, spring morning, and we will be home in an hour. Yes, home sweet home. We’ll be catching up on blog posts, and then we have a new project, starting today, which is an exciting, next step in ItOnRamp.


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith” (Galatians 5:22).


Wall Drug

We’ve gone West many times, and every time we drive through South Dakota, we would see signs advertising Wall Drug. It never seemed to be a good time to stop, but since Wall is a little over an hour from Rapid City, we drove there after the conference. We explored the large store, which was compartmentalized into many sections, and purchased a few gifts.

Wall Drug
It was an interesting time.
John and I
The Girls

By the time 6:15 rolled around, we were tired and ready for food. There were only two fast-food places in town, and since we enjoy ice cream, we opted for Dairy Queen.


“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord” (Psalms 105:3).