Monday, January 28, 2008

Home Sweet Bus

Welcome for a short tour of our new 'home'! Looking back over the past week, we marvel at the Lord's timing, provision, and sustaining. Only a week ago our bus more closely resembled a wooden box with colored cords dangling around the unfinished walls (at left).

But now, with help from local friends, many 16+ hour days -- and one all-night marathon -- it is a beautiful and functional home.

So, if you have a moment, wipe your shoes and come on in! Welcome to our home...

This is our living room where we spend most of our time..... traveling, talking, having family devotions or school. Ruth spent a couple days re-upholstering the couches and we're thrilled with how they turned out! The couches also play double-duty as fold-out beds to sleep four.

And speaking of Ruth -- this is a very familiar sight as she keeps us happy and filled with delicious home-cooked meals. This has been a little challenging without the microwave oven installed, but as you can see, the bracing is mounted on the wall just waiting for us to get to a hardware store for the necessary equipment. One of our favorite features in the kitchen is the big, double sink.

Next comes our closet space. It's simply mind-boggling how much clothes is required for 14 people on an 8 week trip. We have over 40 pairs of shoes alone! Thankfully, we have this very handy built-in storage to handle the bulk. [smile]

Our bunk area sleeps seven -- with bunk beds piled three high and a nice floor-bed for Nathanael. So cozy! Lots of reading time happens here -- and an occasional nap!

Further back we have our 'necessity' room, complete with storage and a vanity. Our eventual goal is to get two mirror/light sets mounted. With nine ladies in the bus, this mirror is often very crowded!!!
And I just had to include this cute picture of my photographer. She always keeps me in supply of great pictures to post here and actually makes me look like a decent blogger!!! [smile] Love ya, Bethany!

Finally, we arrive at the master bedroom. This room has some finishing touches to add yet -- built-in shelves and ceiling cover. But it's carpeted and cozy with two big windows for a great view while traveling down the road.

...And that concludes our tour! Thank you for joining us -- and for your prayers during this whole project. We rejoice in His strength and grace!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord...
to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
and Your faithfulness every night."
Psalm 92:1-2


Anonymous said...

are you posting this from at home?

Anonymous said...

You did it, good job. Maybe you will get more rest this week:)
Serena, SC

Stephanie said...

Praise God! He allowed all things to fall into place so you could be on your way. What an awesome God! Good pictures too. Bethany is so talented.

Julie said...

The bus looks great! I'm looking forward to the next time you all visit MI!

Sara N. Smith said...

Wow! You all did such a fantastic job - it looks great!

Anonymous said...

It looks great!

Daniel said...

Looks quite wonderful!

Praise the Lord for helping you all get it finished. I will be praying for you on the road.

Anonymous said...

looks great all dect out
great jobs on the sofas

Goldfish said...

Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your 'home.' Hopefully i can see it in person sometime soon. ;)

The Marshall Artists said...

Wow! Everything looks so nice! Great job Wissmanns and Helpers!

May you have a blessed 'circuit' this year!


BrittLeigh said...

Wow, it looks 100% improved compared to the last time I saw it :). LOVELY. You guys sure did a great job. Looks like a real sweet home away from home.

The Bontrager Family Singers said...

It looks great! Thanks for the tour.

Coeur d'Court said...

Wow! Those pics are so neat! I loved being able to see your Road House. I noticed the window frames/trim things that Ruth and the other girls covered. Those turned out really nice. :) Did she get all those staples pulled or did she opt for plan B?!

May the Lord bless and keep you all on your trip! Miss you!

rehm family said...

Wow! Such a transformation! Thank you for the tour, even though we aren't there in person! :) What a blessing to see your joy to serve the Lord in the area He's lead you!
Sending HUGS!

Our love,
The Rehm family