Part of our family celebrating Christmas last night.
May 1, 2009 we started clearing the lot for the house.
We've spent the past 4 years, 7 months, 24 days constructing it.
Samantha, a very, very, very, very patient and awesome wife, we moved in on December 22nd, 2013
Ali and I dragging home a tree on Christmas eve.
I wanted a tall one.
Tall trees are difficult to stand up ... especially with ceiling fans.
The ibeams, already coming in handy :o)
Christmas eve to remember.
More of our family helping us "break in" the house.
It has been a long road to get into this house, and we are far from finished, but I really don't care. It was a memorable Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed by all, even poor Samantha who spent the day puking. We have been married for more than eleven years and we have lived in 400-600 square foot cabins, condos, and a fifth wheel trailer for most of those years. We have been building for nearly 5 years and during that time our family size has doubled. So, with the help of many friends and family members we spent our first night in the house on December 22nd, 2013. It was utterly amazing to sit and relax by the fire that evening in our very own house! And yet, this stupid house is literally nothing in comparison to the gift God gave when he sent his Son Jesus to earth. I should be way more thankful for that because this house is gonna rot and fall down some day, but He will not. This stuff is so hard to keep in perspective, pretty much impossible actually. I know how thankful I am for my incredible family, amazing friends, good health, God help me to be way more thankful for your Son, the savior of the universe, Jesus Christ, the one whom nearly the whole world stopped to celebrate his birth today. Whether the meaning of Christmas is simply, tradition, culture, or truth for you, I hope you take a minute to contemplate who Jesus really was. If you've got questions, find a bible and read the gospel of John, and hear what Jesus said, you may be surprised. Hopefully you at least got the day off of work for his birthday celebration :o) Merry Christmas.
To see many more photos of the house construction go to old blog posts here .
To buy a calendar before the new year creeps up on you go here.