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A Few Things About Me

I am a woman in my mid 50’s. I have three sons and two daughters-in-law. My oldest son and DIL have blessed me with five grandchildren. My husband and I home educate our youngest son who is 13.

I like to write, to sing, to do therapeutic art, to read and to take photos. I like to play guitar and was teaching myself keyboard, but I have not been able to play either for a few years now. Our guitars are in a shipping container and I hope they have survived. There is simply no room in our RV for them.

One of my favorite books is the bible. It is the one book I keep coming back to. I keep reading it and I keep being blessed by it. I have known the Lord for most of my life and I love Him very much. You will see that reflected in my writings. I am a very imperfect person…and very broken and fragile. Yet, He has given me a strength beyond anything I am capable of. I am very grateful for that.

I never expected to be living in an RV for over four years. I always wanted to homestead and find a more independent lifestyle. However, I never expected it at this stage of my life. It is my hope that we will be able to get beyond just struggling to keep up with the seasons in our under-equipped RV and be able to actually branch out and do more things in life.

I want to have a medicinal herb garden and get training to be an herbologist healer. I want to grow a variety of food and can and dry it. I want to milk goats and make cheese, yogurt, soap and other goat milk products. It is my desire that we can work off the land and be together as a family.

Most of all, I look forward to the time when this place will be no more…when there will be a new heaven and a new earth. I look forward to no more death, suffering, sickness and sorrow. I look forward to being with friends, family and God forever. I long to know that those I love have recognized their need for God and given their lives to Him…to Yahweh, the God of the Bible and Creator of the Universe. I want to see them there. I want to see everyone there!

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  1. April 29, 2010 11:27 PM

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  2. Trained Monkey permalink
    April 30, 2010 11:38 AM

    You are such a blessing to Claudia and me, Abi. I forget how we “met”, as our friendship is so deep it just seems we have always known each other. Claudia and I love you soooooo much, and look forward to the day we can come spend an evening in your new home with you, David and Elias. Your talent as a writer is a true gift and a blessing.

    • April 30, 2010 12:34 PM

      I remember! LOL I’ll remind you in an email. You are NOT a Trained Monkey. I am tempted to edit that!

  3. September 2, 2010 10:56 PM

    Thanks for commenting on my blog today! No. I don’t need anymore mice. Ick. haha.
    Home Schooling in an RV. That sounds like an adventure. I bet you have some stories to tell:)

    • September 4, 2010 10:50 AM

      I guess I could tell a few stories about that! lol It is definitely more challenging trying to educate in a tiny RV…especially as our son gets older. If we were in one of the nice big class A’s it would be a whole lot easier! Thanks for coming by!

  4. Nora permalink
    February 27, 2011 6:20 PM

    How exciting to see all this Abi!!! I have prayed so hard for all of you. It is so exciting when you can be there everyday and know the changes you have made, and will probably make ,many more right up and into the time of living there. It is crazy, that I remember all the houses I built, and the last one, I mourned leaving. I had no idea that I would do this, and amazed that I did. I am not particularly materialistic, which shows, but I designed, built and decorated that house, and there are times I wish I was back there in a more simpler life. My daily life is so unpalnned right now. I wish we were there to help, we know all areas, and Mike is also so handy. I have kept track of Indiana, and the cold and snow you all had, hoping you had gotten to the point of being under cover. You know a lot of people in Canada, and elsewhere I am sure, actually stay in the unfinished house, to do more work when they can. They also do so with guarding it, as it is libel to be vandalized, or supplies being stolen. I am so happy for you. I too know what it is like to have a very small place after having more room. I applaud your patience, and tolerance. It also brought tears to my eyes to see Dave doing the wiring, with Elias looking on, what a great picture. I had not seen any pictures of him, and was stunned at his white hair and more mature look. You know that people always seem to hold on to the last way that person looked. God bless and hope you have gotten over the sickness. I have and now feel am coming down with it again, last antibiotic tonight. I am going to bed as soon as I get home. Keep me in your prayers, as I have with you. I love all of you more than you will ever know. Love Nora

    • February 28, 2011 12:30 PM

      It is very exciting! We will not have every little thing finished before we move in. In fact, there may be a couple of major things not done. We hope to have the big things finished before next winter. As for the little things, that will take time and money and there is no rush.

      Elias has been helping a lot with the house, working alongside of Dave. 🙂

      I hope you feel better soon. It is hard on the body to be continuously sick and on antibiotics. I hope you are taking probiotics to help your gut. I know a lot of health issues actually start in our guts.

      Love and hugs,
      Abigail

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