Kitchen – Bathroom Corridor Functioning!

It’s been a long time coming, but we were finally able to functionally complete our kitchen and bathroom corridor along with stairs to the bedrooms. This was the biggest hurdle to our being able to move into the house and we made it only by the skin of our teeth. The last push required an additional worker – now the Sten and Ruudi team, the help of Lea’s brother Arvo with electricity, and my good friend Clif on plumbing. So now we’re finally moved in. Construction continues on the living room and guestroom and we’re waiting for the arrival of new windows in October. But we’re getting closer to an end of this downstairs stage!

Quick Update

I’ve been sprinting around trying to manage multiple projects for the last few weeks. Two weeks back I dropped everything and spent a week of full days getting the apartment ready to move into. We made it in on the weekend and then I left for a week of Alongside planning in France. Now that I’m back, I’m finalizing preparations for a set of marriage preparation seminars to take place in early April. After I get that done, it’s back to summer preparations for about 2 weeks straight. Then Easter. Whew. Continue reading →

Köie Project Update


Our renovation project is currently on hold. We had really hoped to be moved in by Christmas. But when we applied for the remainder of the sum we had planned for the entire project, the bank started tightening the screws. Apparently our former loan officer changed offices and was replaced by a junior officer recruited for a quick fill. She’s been a little over-conscientious and appears to be wanting to review every jot and tittle of our contract.

The apartment is effectively ready for residence save for a few critical projects that require this last burst of capital: stairs, kitchen installation and plumbing hookups. Without any one of these, we’re dead in the water. Please pray that our request will make it through the banks’ mechanisms smoothly and quickly so that we can finish up these last few projects and move in before the vacation ends!