the sign we've
been waiting for!
So ... how are you managing in such a small space?
[Ken 08/15/2015] The question is often presented as if asked in sympathy or condolence. It's as if they expect to hear a response like, "Well ... we're making some sacrifices ... it's kinduv rough, but we will struggle through...." I get the sense that some of them want to bring by a casserole as a gesture of support in our disadvantaged struggle.
While it is true that we are now living in 2060 fewer square feet than our stick-and-brick house provided, we are really not making any compromises. Not including the basement storage area, we have about 440 square feet of living space, and in that space we have all of the comforts that the S&B house provided (except for a washer and dryer, which we opted not to have, but that is another story).
Environmental comfort inside Faith is managed by a system that monitors available solar energy and supplements with standard AC electrical power (if we are at a place where we can be plugged in). There is a 7500 watt generator on-board when that power is not enough. In all, there are three electrical systems (one 12-volt, and two 110 volt) that power Faith's interior lights, TVs, coffee maker, forced-air-gas heat, microwave, water pump, and air conditioning. There is a separate 12v electrical system that makes Faith a driveable vehicle.
Filtered water can be supplied from external connections or from an on-board 100 gallon water tank. We also carry propane for the two furnaces and the stove. In total, there are ten car batteries in "the belly of the beast." The picture above and on the right is the panel that allows us to manage and monitor these systems. It's geeky; I like it.
To make the COW floorplan feel more like a S&B home, Winnebago even offered an optional, traditional dining room table and chairs. We like the bench seating and fixed table, however, because of the added storage space in the benches. While I keep my tools on a large sliding tray in one of the basement compartments, Deb has filled both of the bench seats with her craft supplies. "RVing is not Camping!"
rocks and roots
slow me down
Rocks and roots are obstacles in a hiker’s path. There are generally obstacles in our paths in life too. I was wondering if I am cautious around those obstacles. I think I am. Even if I say I trust that God will guide me through, I am tentative. Isn’t that just like many of us? But when my faith is strengthened by diligent prayer and fellowship with other believers, I can walk confidently over and through those symbolic rocks and roots.
I think talking through struggles is important. I know I have a tendency to internalize and hide. I am curious what our fellowship with others will be like in this new adventure. I am excited to know their stories. Will they want to know mine?
This is just a rambling reflection of hiking thoughts. I think a lot when I hike. Perhaps that’s why I can’t keep up with Ken. He’s conquering the trail and my pace is slowed as I think and hike. I don’t know if Ken thinks as he hikes, but I know I do. Maybe I should empty my mind and focus on the rock and roots before me on the trail and strive just for the challenging exercise. Maybe I’ll try that next time!