Friends of ours from Oklahoma moved into our community. They bought an old homestead in a hollow of our Tennessee hills. It had old fallen down barns and a creek. What more could a family want? The home was in need of much repair, so they have been living in a camper trailer while my husband has been working alongside John to renovate and add on.
This is no small situation. The lovely family is comprised of 12 people! 10 children under 12 years old!!! They are all living in a camper trailer until the home is ready. They make the most with what they have. I am amazed at what happy campers they all are. Most people would have cabin fever by now. Imagine 12 people trying to use a camper sized bathroom each morning when EVERYONE has to go! They live on 64 acres, so there is plenty of space for all the kids to play.
Beth lovingly prepares meal after meal for her family in her micro kitchen. I found out she makes the best salsa this side of Tennessee. She whips anything together out of simple ingredients like rice and beans. Fixing on a home makes for a lean budget, so Beth figures out ways to make tons of good tasting food with little money to start with. I am trying to take pointers from her as much as I can. She is a real inspiration to me. I do not know how she does it except for by the Grace of God. Every time I see her, I am welcomed with warm food and a big smile. She always has more than enough love to pass around.
Since Mark has been out working at their homestead, we have been riding out to visit quite often. I look forward to an afternoon with Beth and her little ones. I miss the toddler stage. The toddlers are so full of wonder and brightness. It thrills my heart to hear them giggle and ask a million questions.
All of my kids are excited to visit and PLAY with the kids. Here is their camper.