Monday, September 7, 2009

Just a quick post since I've got a migraine brewing again but wanted to update quickly. We thought the home inspection had gone well but have since found out that they want an asbestos inspection. And then what? It is frustrating, but we're trying to just chill out and wait for things to progress, or not.

In church yesterday one of the songs we sang was Indescribable by Chris Tomlin. The CONSTANT overwhelming beauty here in Alaska gives new meaning to the words of the song:

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Here's a video that shows it as it seems we've seen it this past month or so:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yTqVNI8Vu0


We went for another cookout last night at the river with a bunch of the Theissen clan, Crystal, Carlen, Austin and Randall. Doug and Jared were up in Fairbanks at camp Li-Wa so we'll have to catch up with them another time. It was great getting to know them a bit! It was a BEAUTIFUL day so we hiked down and then cooked out hot dogs and smores. Carlen and Sergei got into some hot sauce that Rod had given to Rodney and they spent quite a bit of time trying to cool their mouths! I sure wish I'd had a video camera for that one! The boys then camped out with Carlen in the Theissen's back yard. I doubt they slept much, but it sounds like they had a great time! I did get some pictures, but at the rate it takes me to upload them, it will be Christmas before I get it done!

Today we went out to the cabin to see how bad the mold situation was. Rodney and the kids took the insulation out from under the cabin because they had put in plastic under the insulation, defeating the purpose of the vapor barrier on the insulation, trapping the mold. It seems that the mold was primarily in the insulation and once they got that out and aired out the house, I was able to go in and didn't notice any problems at all. We'll spray what mold there is under the house, clean out some of the inside spots around the windows and hopefully that will be it. It really seemed a lot better today. We'll see how it is after it is closed up again for a bit. There's still a lot to do out there to get it ready to live in but it is looking more positive now that we seem to have a better idea of where the mold is.

You wouldn't think that there should be a mold problem in a dry climate like this but most houses here are quite old and have no basements. They're built on crawl spaces. Then they often put down plastic which just traps moisture when it does get under there. Many of these places have had insulation added later and no ventilation added so there is nowhere for the moisture to go once it does get in. Add to that moisture from condensation off the pipes (water in camp is from a spring that comes off a rock glacier so it is about 34 degrees) and basically there are a number of reasons that they have problems with mold.


Well, I've carried on for more than I had planned tonight so I'd better sign off. We appreciate all the emails and prayers! Thanks for all of you who are still reading and trying to follow our ups and downs!

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