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"Standing tall is a very admirable thing. There are very few stories in history of heroes who slouched to the rescue. Likewise, most individuals don't look up to people who are drooped over."
from Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra by Obert Skye

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Foto-story Friday #2--deconstruction/reconstruction

When we first moved back to Montana, we lived out on a farm and Troy worked for the farmers as a farmhand/mechanic all around go-to guy. They provided us with a single-wide trailer with a good-sized yard. It was a different kind of life style, which I can now say that I'm thankful for the experience. But at the time it was very hard. Having come from my new beautiful home in Vegas to a single-wide older trailer home.It was, to say the least, a bit depressing. As you can tell from the picture, we moved there in winter. By summer, things were getting better. I'd taken the kids on 2 road trips to visit with cousins and we'd gotten a puppy. One day I walked into our bedroom and my foot sunk into the floor. After mentioning this to the farmer's wife, she sent her handyman son out to check into the problem. We heard that he, at first, told his parents that our pup had wet on the floor causing it....but after further inspection:
A cracked pipe had totally ruined the floor and walls of the whole back end of the trailer. Now this was a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house for 6 people! So what do you do with ALL the stuff from half the house? Answer:
Are ya seeing anywhere for the people to sleep? Yeah, me either! Plus the water was turned off for so many days, I've lost track now! The bishop at the time offered us some rooms at his house and so we camped out there at night and had to come back out for the kids to attend school. Ya see, the deconstruction:reconstruction: took a LONG time and school had started! I was less than happy! Finally Their son go the walls up and the house mostly put back together. When we left the farm in mid November, there was still no carpet in the hall and it was not completed.
*The photo that inspired this story is the filled front-room, but since I felt it really required more photos to properly tell the story, this is what you get!

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

24 comments:

Cecily R said...

Holy cow! THAT is one heck of a Photo Story!!!! I know it was cruddy, but aren't you so glad you documented it???

So glad you are playing PSF with us again Carrie!!!!

MamaGeek said...

Wow, that really sucks the donkey. I'm with Cec, I bet it is vindicating to look back now after so much progress? Wow.

Thanks for playing PSF again - excellent story!

Alicia said...

Holy Moly!

I'm one of six kids, and let me just say... I applaude you.

Good idea taking pictures of the progress. Your kids are going to slobber over those later with nostalgic grins and say, "Mom, you're amazing."

KATE said...

Oh my word! I think I would have packed it in and left, I don't do well with that kind of stuff! You're a good woman!!

Pinky said...

one word: STRESS!

Amanda said...

Geez! That must have been awful but it makes one great story for Photo Story Friday.

Bunny Trails said...

Good grief! How frustrating to have had it turn into such an enormous project!

Thanks for dropping by. :D

Autumn said...

Wow that is some story!! I'm tankful that everyone is ok after that!!

Emy5 said...

That is a lot to go through, wow! What a story.

Missy said...

wow, what a story. I am sure it must have been a frustrating, crazy time!

Killlashandra said...

Wow, that is awful. I agree it is one heckuva story and I'm so glad you guys aren't there anymore. Sounds like one of those ranch house stories I've heard the cowboys tell. And looks like some of the ranch houses provided to cowboys too.

Ornery's Wife said...

Ugh. What an experience!
TM

Wendi said...

That sounds like a really bad dream that came true!
ugh!
Thanks for sharing.
Happy PSF!

Casey's trio said...

Now that was a photo story experience! I can only imagine how thankful you wee once you had your living space back.

SuperCoolMom said...

Nothing like living in a construction zone to drive you insane!

Laura said...

You are quite a sweetie to endure all that! I cannot imagine it. Moving from Vegas to Montana alone would have done me in! Life is full of experiences the trick is learning to enjoy the ride :)

I loved this foto story!

Keeley said...

Oh my good gravy. You need a MEDAL, woman! At the very least, a party... =)

latree said...

where did you find the strength to hold on? it looks so frustating too me!

crystal said...

HOLY. CRAP.

How did you survive??? And you write about it with such humor!!! You are my hero.

Chuck said...

Wow. That had to be tough. I don't even know what else to say except, you're a better person for living thru it?? Hey, thx for stopping by. *lovies*

Vidal's Nest said...

WOW!! Sounds like you have a good outlook. You didn't sound too crazy or anything!I think I would have lost it!
Cool that you had the pics so one day you could look back on it!
Thanks for sharing.

Are You Serious! said...

♡ SO NOT FUN!!!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

You are so brave to live like that - with children toboot! I couldn't do it! I'd be at the local hotel! SO, where are you living now? House or Dbl wide??

carrie & troy keiser said...

We left the farm life 9 months after arriving! We moved abt 25 miles away to the "big" town and rented a house for 3 years then bought a house after the twins were born-- a nice big house, so that we could all fit.