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Friday, January 01, 2010



Five Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, Jim was putting up house trusses and I made the first of my blog posts here at The Building Brows. If you had told me then that we would not be in our house yet five years out, I wouldn't have believed it. Since then, many things have transpired.

  • Birthed two children bringing our total to seven children
  • Built two additions onto our mobile home to accommodate our growing family
  • Had farm animals & given them away
  • Been adopted by a wonderful cat who had kittens then died
  • Leveled land
  • Cleared forest
  • Gone from worker to business owner
  • Built a business workshop
  • Endured the passage of puberty and entry into teendom with our first child.
  • And now we parent a child with a rare chromosome disorder who has required much.
Life is drastically different than five years ago. I'd like to think we're wiser and better, but I prefer not to be delusional or a fool.

Five years ago we began this venture to build our house without loans, not because we were prideful or arrogant, but because we knew the worker-roofer income did not support a year-round loan. We suffered ridicule and threats to report us to child services by "well-meaning" readers who insisted we neglected our children because we refused to provide bigger and better for our kids on their time frame.

Five years ago we couldn't see a recession coming, we only knew we needed to follow what God was telling us to do. Now that the recession is here and many are suffering great loss, I find us stable, no different than we've been these past five years except that we're in better position to finish our house now that Jim owns the business he used to work for.

Five years ago I would have run away if you asked me to stay here five years: I believed we'd be out of the mobile home by now. In five years from now, I don't think we'll be out. But I hope.

I welcome 2010, another year to build, living day by day in the moment with each moment a chance to start new.

Build well.

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At 7:19 PM , Blogger ShadyTim said...

Brandy, you were so right to heed that small voice of God. Keep on listening and He will guide you. I know that life is tough but you are strong. love and prayers, posting under tims google, cant find my sign in, Barb Gantt

At 10:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I started reading your blog just over 3 years ago when we bought an acreage and put a mobile home on it. We've lived here with 5 children ever since. We too had planned to build a new house but don't find ourselves in a financial position to do so yet. I've missed your updates and posts in the last year or so.... I'd love to see photos of the addition that you built for your new little one. God has truly given me a love for my tiny home though and I'm very thankful for it - yes especially now in this time of recession! Wishing you and your family God's richest blessings for 2010!!

At 3:35 PM , Anonymous Homefix Colorado Springs said...

I agree with Shady Tim. God always comes through when we listen to Him.

At 3:20 AM , Anonymous Anavar said...

Hi! I haven't been there for a while... I check your blog once in a while and always find interesting reading. Five years is a long time... If there wouldn't be so many changes, would you live at all? Great to see you're doin' fine! Ana

At 4:36 PM , Blogger Shane Lanford said...

I hope you guys can get into your new home faster than you anticipate. I actually sell manufactured homes for a living and meet people like yourselves who are buying a mobile home as a temporary housing solution while they build. I always encourage families who are doing this to be sure and get something big enough that they will be comfortable, because as you know, you never know what life has in store.
I wish you and your family all the luck in the world.
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At 3:40 PM , Anonymous LizzyB said...

I love coming over to the building brows. Has it really been five years? I was just starting to build my house 5 years ago on the January 25th too my the time sure flies.

At 11:07 AM , Anonymous Jim said...

Stay strong, hope this new year will shed more blessings and wisdom to you.

At 5:11 PM , Anonymous Cindy Plantation said...

Hmmm...chore ladder, interesting concept.

At 12:35 PM , Anonymous Cindy Plantation said...

I enjoyed reading this post. There are so many truths one can relate to throughout it. I wish you every success.

At 3:06 PM , Anonymous Bob Urbanowski said...

Seven kids, that's crazy. All the best.


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