The True Meaning of Easter

Yesterday, Chris and two of her boys went down to see the new trailer… It won’t be long before we can tow it “home.”

Every year, we’re challenged to explain the true meaning of Easter to people with their backs up against the wall, to people who sense little hope.

Thank you to everyone who gave a better trailer to this homeless mother and her family. Hope dawns.



Compassionate Gifts Bought This Trailer for Chris and Her Family

We’re thankful to announce that the compassionate gifts of many people made it possible to buy this beautiful 31′ X 8′ trailer for Chris, her four children, and dad. It’s bright, cheerful, and has enough space for everyone to have their own bed!

In case you missed it, Chris is giving her old trailer to a man who has been homeless and sleeping in the woods for three years.

We’ve learned that compassion is a miracle that gives hope to people every day.

Today is Palm Sunday.  Christ said, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” John 14:11, NIV

Our thanks again to those who gave of themselves through monetary gifts, prayer, and encouragement to make this happen. And here’s a plug for Fife RV and Mike, our salesperson, who made it possible!


Nearly Had a Fire!

Chris nearly had a fire in her trailer this week. It was her daughter’s turn to sleep on the floor and her stuffed bunny got too close to the heater. Its ears and face were singed off while everyone slept!

Two of them cram on a tiny sofa, one sleeps in a hammock, two sleep on the floor, and grandpa needs to sleep on the only bed. We are thankful they didn’t have a fire– all at the same time, their situation is more urgent.

Guess what Chris is going to do with her old trailer? She’s giving it to a homeless man. It’s the perfect size for one person and he already has a safe place to park it!

We still have $6,150 in available matching funds. Your donation will be doubled! Can you spare anything to speed up our ability to provide this family with a healthier place to live?

Please help us! Have questions? Email Ann:

Thank you!
Ivan, Ann, Hannah, and Isaiah

Update on Raising Money for a Homeless Family


Since our last post, an anonymous donor’s matching gift turned $1,850 into $3,700!

We have reached nearly at 29% of our goal! Will you consider making a donation to improve the quality of life for this homeless family?

We still have $6,150 in matching funds available! Your donation will be doubled up to 6150! Imagine! Please help give this mother and her children a healthier living sithuation!

Ivan, Ann, Hannah, and Isaiah

Your Donation Matched up to $8,000!

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Bigger Trailer 4 Six UPDATE

Your donation matched up to $8,OOO! An anonymous donor will match your donation up to $8,OOO!

This means whatever you give toward helping this homeless family will be doubled. $10 turns into $20! $25 turns into $50! $50 turns into $100! Whatever you give will be multiplied times 2!

This matching grant is an incredible opportunity to increase the financial impact of your gift… and more… it speaks to the unfurling character of compassion: love is not who we are on our own, it creates the heart of who we are together.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” ― Mother Teresa

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Please consider helping Chris and her children.
Thank you!

Ivan, Ann, Hannah, and Isaiah

Bigger Trailer for 6 Update

Raised $3,313.00 toward helping this family have better living conditions!

Simple kindnesses are never wasted: an encouraging word, a door held open, a stranger’s smile, a cup of water; modest gifts of mercy fall like seeds of hope into the dark places. Watered together with compassion, they sprout life.

Fact: a tender shoot can push its way up through rock.

More is going on here than fundraising for better living conditions. With each gift, a mother and her children are being told that they matter. They are being gifted with language to help them imagine beyond the asphalt of dire circumstance that is paved above their heads. Their hearts are being strengthened to press on for one more day.

Fact: hope is propelling them into the sun.

Will you please consider strengthening their hope with a monetary gift? Or will you please consider watering the selfless gifts of others with prayers of compassion? Or will you please consider sharing our efforts with your family and friends?

For those of you who have already blessed this family with gifts, or with faith’s watery way, or by sharing their story with others, we extend our deepest gratitude. Thank you. Ann, Ivan, Hannah, and Isaiah.

BiggerTrailer4Six Update

$1700 Raised!

$1700 Raised!

It’s true. Amazing things happen. In 9 days, 9 people raised $1700. ROCK ON! We are celebrating! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Our family chose to live in a 429 sqft RV. We joke that each of one of us gets 100 sqft and the dog gets 29. The important point, all joking aside, is that we chose to minimize our life-style.

Recently, we met a family of 6 who did not choose to live in a trailer, but it’s their only option. A generous estimate of their living space is 84 sqft (about 14 sqft per person). They’re making the best of it, they’re gracious, and their only concern has nothing to do with personal comfort. Mom worries about safety.

We started a fundraising campaign to gift this family with a bigger RV- one that has a private toilet, a shower, and where no one has to sleep in the aisle.

Life is messy, but we give hope when we help each other. Please consider giving hope to this family!

In faith and life,

Ann, Ivan, Hannah, and Isaiah

Punkin’ Heads

Not sure who had more fun at the pumpkin carving party- the kids or the dads. Oh wait- dads can be kids too!

Weather Stations And Data Geeks

Here’s our new weather station. I know, I know… In Seattle, one just has to look out the window to see if it’s “almost raining,” “raining,” “still wet after raining,” or “foggy,” but somehow having the data to support what we see makes us feel better. Think: Data Geeks.

In Montana, we used humidifiers to keep our faces from cracking off. In Seattle, our dehumidifier is sucking about 30 pints of water/day out of the RV. This is really important to keep mold from starting.

Another nice thing about the weather station is that it also monitors inside humidity. We can check readings from the weather station against the dehumidifier to see if they match. Our goal is to keep the humidity between 35-40%.

Crepes, Cast Iron, Family

One of the things I did regularly in Montana was make crepes for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner). It’s become sort of a family thing, Isaiah will ask for them if it has been too long since I have made them. He has been asking recently for me to make some, so this week I mixed up some batter (by hand since our blender, mixer, and almost all the other electric kitchen devices have abandoned in favor of space.


Making crepes for the first time in the 5th wheel. Using a Lodge cast iron pan.

I follow a ratio I found in the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook that’s done well for my tastes, works reliably and isn’t too thin or thick. It’s something like this:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp of butter

Then the process I follow is to melt the 2 tbsp of butter in a small dish and set aside to cool. Mix the cold wet ingredients (eggs and milk), then mix in the flour whisk, beat or, blend, until it’s smooth. Lastly, mix in the melted butter as quickly as possible so that as it chills and hardens it makes microscopic lumps (not even noticable to the naked eye).

Then I let the batter rest until the pan is ready. I use an electric skillet on the ranch, I’m used to it and we’ve become friends. We understand each other.  Unfortunately that gargantuan (11×17?) pan is too big for the 5th wheel — it’s also mono-purpose and poses a large mess factor (no edge to contain spatter).

Last night I went in search of a pan to make crepes with the batter I made earlier in the week; I found a reasonable cast iron pan that’s shaped the way I like (for crepes) and can be used in many different ways. It was also reasonably priced (although I just found it on the Lodge website for $4 less than the store!).

The first few were touch and go, would we be enjoying crepes in the 5th wheel or should we give that up and create a new tradition? By the 6th or 7th crepe, it was decided. The pan performed, the batter worked, and the crepes were gone! We’ll be doing this again soon.