Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Our bedroom turned out beautifully! The new paint job made such a difference! We were also able to tear out our old carpet and replace it with different “new to us” carpet. Our room feels so fresh and relaxing...we are enjoying the change.

There are lots of “little” projects that are magically getting finished up around here since Jay has been home- There is trim around the front door now as well as a new windowsill, and trim around the kitchen window and a new light fixture installed above the kitchen sink. There are more pictures up in the house now as well.

Jay is anxious to get working on outdoor projects but it has been too wet outside to do much. He did get outside on a sunny day and pulled out the large overgrown shrubs in the flowerbeds the circle area. We are planning to improve the soil up there and put in new plants over this spring and summer. It sure looks different up there now!

I was able to get some of my flower seeds started last week. Yesterday, I was happy to see the first little plants begin to appear!

This past week I had a bit of a relapse with my neck injury. Early in the week I was feeling better and thought I could do more than I could. Turns out it was not the best idea to move carpet and furniture. Wednesday I was in a lot of discomfort and by Friday it was worse. The last few days I have been resting and in bed most of the time.

Today we are meeting with a Lawyer to hopefully have to our questions answered about the pros and cons of forming a non-profit organization. We are praying that God would use this meeting to give us clear direction. It is an exciting new step!

Thank you all for your love and support!
Jay and Tiffany

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring is nearly here!

We saw the first buttercups of the year yesterday! Spring really is on its way! Hip Hip Hooray!!
   After being back to work for a few weeks, Jay's bosses told him that they would not be needing him for the next 2-3 weeks. So, He home again now and excited to have time to work on projects. He is painting our bedroom right now! It is dark green and tan and is looking quite cozy.
   I have been going to the Chiropractor 3 times a week for awhile now. Today the Dr. told me that I am improving and next week I should only have to come twice. I am glad for the good news!
We hope you all are doing well!
Jay and Tiffany

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Granite enjoying breakfast

Jay's back to work!!

    He got called back for 2 days the last week of February and ended up working all of last week as well. Work has been steady this week and it looks like he is back for good. Yay for work!!! It's definitely going to be an adjustment getting back into his work schedule after living like normal people for awhile. We are back to going to bed when it is still light, getting up insanely early and enjoying split days off. (:

    The last Sunday in February, Jay and I were coming home from church when we lost control of our vehicle in the icy conditions and slid off of the road. We spun into a ditch and slammed against the bank of the ditch.  Thankfully, Jay was not hurt and our explorer had minimal damage.  I, however, sustained severe whiplash from the accident.  The impact reversed the natural curve of my spine in my neck and put me out of alignment.  I have been seeing a chiropractor about every other day since the accident and have been noticing much improvement in the last couple days.    

    Not much else is happening here – It continues to snow nearly every day...I keep thinking that Spring has to be coming soon!!

          Blessings to you all,
          Jay and Tiffany

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mud and Snow

Clarence and his little flock enjoying a sunbeam in the barn

About a week ago the weather seemed like it was getting better and we had high hopes that Spring was on its way. Cue to drop a foot of snow! The snow brought sub zero temperatures with it - the lowest nighttime low being -19. A few days ago we had -2 with a -19 windchill. Brr!!! It has continued to snow off and on since last week. Huge flakes are falling from the sky even as I write this. But it is getting warmer out, the snow is heavier and wetter and the temperature is staying in the 20's and 30's instead of the negative numbers.

Before the snow fell, Jay was able to work on repairing the road leading up to the cabins last week. It was severely rutted and in need of grading. He added a few truckloads of dirt to the road and dug a drainage ditch alongside of it. After smoothing it out with the truck plow, it looks and rides much better!

The past few weeks have been hard for me as I received a phone call on the 18th of February that my maternal grandmother had passed away from a heart attack. It has been very hard for me as well as difficult to be so far away from my family at this time. I am comforted that my Grandma and I had a wonderful relationship and that I have many, many wonderful memories of our times together.

The weekend of the 20th we were very pleased that Jay's parents were able to come and visit. It was a good time of family gatherings and laughter. It is always wonderful to see them...and I always wish they could stay longer!

We were able to buy our plane tickets last week for our trip to Kansas this spring. I am more excited than ever as I anticipate seeing family and friends. I am also thrilled to be able to attend Rebekah and Nathan's wedding! YAY!

Blessings to you all!

Jay and Tiffany