Hard work

We bought a trailer camper a couple of years ago for a good price. The interior was a little dated, but I knew that we could fix it up. I realized after a while that even though I could change the wall border and other small details, there were other things about the camper that I didn’t like, such as the “sit down bathtub” and the floor pattern.

We actually looked for another camper, and considered buying something brand new; but when we thought about how much money it would cost to finance another camper, we really couldn’t justify spending all that money for a camper we use for only a few months out of the year. So we decided to change what we didn’t like about our own camper.

The “sit down tub” took up too much space in the shower so we bought another one without the “sit down” part and had it professionally installed. Then we went to Home Depot to buy wood-looking floor tiles—they were on clearance for 25 cents a tile ($30 for the entire area of the camper).

We took the camper to a nearby campground and for four days straight, I worked on the floors (my husband helped on Friday night and Saturday morning). I think it looks really good, and a great improvement from what it was before.

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There were a few things that I learned from this experience:

  • Hard work brings personal satisfaction— there were Scripture verses that actually pertained to this: “Work brings profit” (Prov 14:23), “…hard work brings rewards” (Prov 12:14)
  • Take time and evaluate if spending a large sum of money is a good move— our camper is nearly paid off, but if we bought a new camper we would have to finance about $16,000 because we would only get about $7,000 for ours. The bathtub and flooring upgrades we did were about $550 (yes,  $550 is still a lot of money, but not as much as owing $16,000)
  • Be thankful for what you already have— I don’t think I will ever have a brand new Thor Class A Motorhome, so instead of looking at what I can’t have or going into extreme debt, I need to be satisfied with what I do have

Our society is always looking for something new, and going into debt because of it; don’t do it!

Copyright © 2016 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Change

I love to make things look better than what it did originally. When we moved into our house almost seven years go, we changed or updated so many rooms. Several months ago we bought a camper. It was a slightly older model, but I liked the layout of it (lots of counter space, with a twin/full bunk bed); most importantly, I loved the price.

On one of the nights we camped, we had two of our granddaughters with us. My two-year-old granddaughter wanted me to rock her to sleep on the bottom bunk closest to the window. When she had fallen asleep, I realized I was stuck—I couldn’t sit up enough to get out of the bed. I would have rolled over to get out but my other granddaughter was asleep on the other side of me. It was then that I realized that we needed to get rid of the upper bunk bed. At first I thought it would be good to have an upper bunk— we could fit one more person in the camper, but who’d want to sleep in such a tight space?

Yesterday we decided to tear out the upper bunk. I thought it would be a quick job, but there were so many screws of varying lengths to take out. We tried to save the frame because it was the perfect size for a sliding door for the front bedroom, but the bunk space was too tight so we had to dismantle the bunk. Piece by piece we slowly tore apart the bed, when finally we were left with this huge space (it felt a little too big). I started to wonder if we had made a mistake in getting rid of the upper bunk.

Today, I added a wall border to cover the screw holes, and bought a verticle blind that would cover both upper and lower windows, giving it the illusion that there is only one window. After putting the sheets and pillows on the bed, I realized we did the right thing. The area was now inviting and airy— even I wouldn’t mind sleeping on that bed!

The whole experience made me think about how God wants to improve on us— He doesn’t want us to stay the same. Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…”

Our house and camper are still in the process of change, but many changes have already taken place. I think it’s the same for people—change is a continual process; even after God changes our heart, it is only the beginning of change. I remind myself that if I am not changing then I am stagnant. I don’t want to be stagnant.

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Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

I love camping

We have had our camper for about a month now, and I realize that I really love camping.

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I think I like camping because of the fond memories I have of my grandparents when I was a kid. I remember riding in the truck camper with my grandmother, siblings, and cousins as we drove to the camping area.

When we got to our destination we would set up camp— the guys (my dad, brother, and uncles) would stay in tents while the girls and my grandparents would sleep in the camper. My cousin and I always had the bunk over the truck cab.

I remember the campfire and all of us enjoying time together. During the day my cousin and I would wander around the woods pretending to hunt for wildlife. Each camping trip was a different adventure!

My camping adventures now are not quite the same as when I was a kid, but it’s still an adventure. I love the feeling of being in the woods—seeing new sites and finding new things.

Just today, I saw a cluster of bright orange mushrooms.

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As I hear all the insects at night, Psalm 8:3-4 comes to mind, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti