More Finish Out, How Did We Get All This Stuff ???

Ok, the plan was to quickly weed out the Junk, separate the stuff that we want to leave behind that we think we may need in the future for the next cabins. (Move Out)  Pack and move the rest to the cabin. (Move In)  Keep the stuff in the cabins we will use and store the rest in temporary storage until needed. (Move Out).  Luckily, I have a brilliant woodworker and builder, and now treasured friend in Bob Willmeth.  He has blessed me with very kind offer let me store some of my stuff temporarily at his wood working shop on Holiday Island.

When giving my 45 day notice, it serendipitously landed on March 13th.  Well, that means our official first day of official permanent residency in Arkansas is March 14, (PI day), which is also my birthday…. How cool is that birthday present???

Only one thing stood in the way.  The floors were not even started.  How can we move in and and work on the floors at the same time?

So Bear and I drove the truck and Melissa and the girls followed in her van to make our final move to Eureka Springs.  Then Melissa went back to Celina to finish getting her office ready to work remotely, and I stayed with the dogs putting all hands on deck to finish the floors.

Bear Learning to Drive
Bear Learning to Drive

Here are some pictures from the adventure.

All Paws on Deck
All Paws on Deck


Shower Before Grout
Shower Before Grout
Bathroom Floor
Bathroom Floor
Office Floor after grout
Flooring in the rest of the rooms after grout

Wow, when I stand back and take the time to look back in time and relive the steps that have brought me to this place, I have some realizations.

1)  What we do affects other people.  This is a serious responsibility and an awesome privilege.

2) Society and marketing have a bigger effect on you than you think.  If you don’t believe that, move from 2980 sf house to a 937 sf house.

After going through our possessions we ditched the obvious junk and donating a lot of stuff. Then we moved 1.5 loads in an 18 ft box truck, 2 loads in a minivan, and one large 12 ft motorcycle trailer will be on the way soon with our large kitchen table, outdoor furniture and tools.  Oh, and by the way we still have a 20′ x 8′ storage unit in Celina with extra things we still have to go through or use in future cabins.

In order to enlighten myself and gain a new perspective on this, I have subscribed to 3 blogs that have helped me change my perspective.  This is a slow work in progress.  I find the KEY to this is to always move forward.  Look backwards ONLY for knowledge, experience and GOOD memories.  Nothing Else! If you can not move forward, guard with all your strength not to go backwards.  It is better to do nothing and hold your ground than to go backwards.

And my favorite, a guide to financial freedom:


3) How did a family with a covered wagon make this trip.  With best case scenario, it would take about 18 days to make this trip.  And that would take care of the pickup load. (Maybe)

4) God is faithful to provide what you need, when you need it, if you just rely on him. (Full story to come later)


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