Steven finally finished installing the heater about a week after my last post (until then, we used propane from those little tanks, the ones used for gas grills, to run the heaters). It's not the most beautiful wood-burning stove in the world, but it has personality and, even more important, keeps us warm for free!! Here's a picture of the finished product:
I love the way Steven laid out the bricks underneath it and that it matches the way we did the living room.
Later in December, we got to go to Myrtle Beach with my family on vacation. It was alot of fun, and it gave Steven a chance to spend some time with my family. The cold weather wasn't too beachy, but it was great getting to see everyone and relax for a few days.
When we got home from Myrtle Beach, we spent Christmas and New Years' with his family, then it was back to work. We also found out that his aunt and uncle had decided to sell their house and 18 acres...now Steven and I are in the process of becoming homeowners!! The house is right next door to where we live now (in his parents' house, the house he grew up in), and the land is adjoining to the rest of the family's, so really it is perfect for us. Our hope is that we will be able to purchase that house and then his parents can move back here and sell their house in town. It's a cute little house, about 1500 square feet, with a few barns and sheds, a place for a garden, a fence around the house for the dog, and a pasture right next to it where we can keep the horses! Oh, and it has a mud room too (absolutely necessary when you're married to a farmer)!! It was built in 1948 or '49 so it needs some work (new windows, carpets, flooring, sheetrock, etc.), but we can do the work ourselves. We've been talking to one mortgage company who so far has been very helpful, and next week someone will come out to appraise the property; we still have about another month before anything is final, but we're alot farther along then when we started early last month! We are so excited about having a place we can call our own! I'll keep you posted on the progress.
In other news, Shadow is now up to 45 pounds, and only about 3 months old! A couple weeks ago we noticed that he had a goose egg above his left eye after he ran into the cow trailer at full speed while chasing one of the other dogs. A week later we took him to the vet to have it looked at because it didn't go away, and the vet said he popped some blood vessels between his skull and the film that goes over his skull; it will go away as he gets bigger, but for now he is our not-so-little knothead.
Well, that's about it for now. Keep us in your prayers as we continue the process of buying a house; it can get a little stressful!!