In July, 2008, Carrie went back to Indiana with our daughter to visit my parents. She shared the news of our plan to come home for a year. I asked Carrie to have a quick look at our lot to see where we might want to put a house someday. So Carrie, my dad and my brother explored the lot and came to an agreement on the best spot to build. I guess my parents were so excited about us bringing the grandchildren home, they couldn't wait. One week after Carrie came back
my parents called to say "We have the bulldozer guy coming next week to do the land prep". Three days later he was finished. My brother promptly planted grass seed, and in a week's time
we had a front yard! On top of this, my Mother has started "gathering". If anybody can find something for nothing and make it beautiful, it is her. She has already found three nice Anderson windows, and a stainless steel kitchen sink for almost nothing. She has also donated several pieces of furniture and sourced a local Amish building materials auction. A huge thanks to my family for working so hard to get us this far already. They sent us photos of the lot with space cleared for the house and driveway. After seeing the photos, I couldn't believe it. All I could think was, "this is actually happening. It's not just a dream anymore." With another six months before we come home, I'm thinking they will have the house built before we get there with enough left over recycled material to build three or four more houses.