So.. here’s part 1️⃣ of the van on which I was working the last 3 weeks. 🚐 ⠀⠀ ⠀
For the insulation I used 19mm Armaflex all around and to cover the walls and the ceiling I used tongue and groove boards. ⠀ ⠀
The fixed bed has 160cm in width and thanks to the cutouts on the sides 187cm in length (otherwise it would have been 180cm; with thinner wood and insulation you can get it to around 192cm length in a Boxer/Ducato/Jumper). 🛏 ⠀
There is a lot of storage under the bed as well as a slide out table and a slide out bench, which creates a nice dinning area. 🍽⠀
In the back of the bed area are two indirect red night lights, which are creating a nice atmosphere without disturbing the sleeping baby. 👶🏻 ⠀
The bench on the side is not only offering even more storage, it also contains the Planar 2D diesel heater which should make it warm and cozy when it’s cold outside.🔥🔥 ⠀
What do you think so far? ⠀
Why do we have such a difficult time waiting?
We can’t wait till the weekend. We can’t wait till we grow up. Can’t wait to get married. Can’t wait for children. Can’t wait for summer..
Why is it so tough to be content during the waiting? We live in a society that needs things immediately... we get frustrated when our latte takes longer then 2 minutes to make at the coffee shop. Or when there is someone actually going the SPEED LIMIT. Or (God forbid) we have to go to Walmart and get stuck behind someone who is buying out the whole store... why do we feel like if we don’t have something right away that it goes against everything we are entitled to? We live with the world at our fingertips and google a couple taps away. We have lost our ability to be content in the waiting... but how has that been translated to our relationship with God? Do we Get frustrated when we feel like he is failing to act. Or when it takes longer then 2.1 seconds for his answer? Why do we begin to doubt his supremacy the moment we are required to “wait?” We have so little patience that it’s difficult to relax and just be present in the moment because we are so enamored with the next moment. “All I really got to do is live and die but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why”
While I don’t 100% agree with those lyrics there is an element of truth to them... What if we discovered the beauty in waiting? If we cannot be content in the “season” we are currently in then we won’t be happy when we get to the stage we are looking towards.
Marriage won’t make you happy. (completely) summer won’t make you happy. Money won’t make you happy. (There I said it)
We first need to be willing to be content with the period of waiting and be content with what we have before God can bring the next blessing into our life. #savorthejourney .
One thing I've worked at as a parent of teens is to put their joy before (some of) my values. Mathilde was a bit bummed that her birthday was not with friends in the last few years… I’ve thought long and hard before suggesting we make this year extra-special by bringing the girls to an amusement park with a fright show for Halloween. If you really knew me, you'd know that this is a smorgasbord of everything I dislike. Why would I pay to get my fight or flight triggers even more triggered…? Noise, nausea and headache inducing machines, consumerism, too many people… And not being allowed to bring your own food and water bottle…? Oh, and don't get me started on the Diamond plan system, which allows the people that pay more to skip the line and cut in front of the poor plebe… Man, I'm getting old, grumpy and quite the party pooper.
Of course, we could have found a cool (free) bike ride and she would have been happy. But this was a spontaneous way of saying: I can stretch myself to do something that sparks some special joy for you because you matter more than my principles. However, I will find the tickets second hand and go back to my Westy for dinner and and I will drink water at every fountain I'll see and I will NOT buy bottled water as my personal little fuck-you to this system.
I've always refused to go to Disney even if I knew the girls would have loved it and it was offered to us by family members as an all-paid-for week. I know this might sound harsh to some of you, but I simply couldn't. Everything about it was against my principles (not just ecologically speaking, but in terms is stimulation for small children). But now, this Halloween-themed outing is age-appropriate (even if the Waldorf mom in me cringed at so much horror… that I personally dislike very much) and I've tried my old trick of staying behind to be with Stout (which worked for the 2 times they went to La Ronde), but this time, JF didn't let me off the hook and I'm glad he didn't. Even if it meant a double dose of Dramamine, it was well worth those smiles.
71% of our Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean. 97% of all water on Earth comes from the ocean, with 1% coming from fresh water and 2% being contained in ice and glaciers.
An estimated 50-80% of all life on Earth can be found under the ocean surface and less than 10% of that inhabited space has been explored by humans. Phytoplankton thrive in the ocean and it is estimated that we can thank the phytoplankton for 50-85% of the oxygen that we breathe every single day.
In 1975 it was estimated that cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14,000,000,000 pounds of garbage into our ocean.
There is a classified dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico each summer due to the toxic levels of nitrogen pollution that is carried down the Mississippi River.
Over 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution every year.
So when we’re faced with the facts, how do we respond? The majority of humanity will turn a blind eye - they believe that fighting amongst themselves and worrying about whether they have the new iPhone or not is more of an issue than the state of our planet.
But there are a select few of us who choose not to ignore the issue. Those of us who look for every possible solution to better our planet, which in turn will better ourselves.
The health of our planet is something I am very passionate about and I challenge myself each and every day to be more mindful, less wasteful, buy less, consume less, never buy plastic bottles of water, switch to a more sustainable diet, shower quicker, shop locally, travel more sustainably by offsetting my carbon footprint, the list grows everyday.
I’m not there yet with everything I want to do, but the point is that I’m trying and I’m not turning a blind eye to the issue.
Yesterday was a beautiful day to pick pumpkins AND play with pumpkins! Farmer Jim discovered you can shoot three small pumpkins from the cannon at once (although he missed the car target with all three) 🎃
"Here are images from one of our favourite crater we visited this summer surrounded with vibrant colors and beautiful shape . It was a privilege to have this place all for ourselves ⛰"
Photos by: @arnarkristjans_photography | 🔥🔥📷🔥🔥
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