Building Oak Haven – Rocked it


JDR Construction finished up the exterior masonry, both our stucco and our rock. We love how it all came together. As the masons hung the rock we could tell Chunks of flint filled the layer from where our rock was cut. It gives us an authentic feel for the local area (chunks of flint can be found all over our property). Fry Roofing also finished up the last details of the roof.


We’re now living the camper life until the house is finished. There are  some challenges, but we’ve spent plenty of time in in the camper thanks to many trips to Pennsylvania. The camper creates book ends to our time in Schertz. We lived in it when we were house hunting and waiting to close and now Here we are, living in it once again

Come on in!

Last week we finished packing out the final bit of the house on Mountain Brook. We saved a few things until Friday (like the rug, TV/DVD player and folding table and chairs), because on Thursday evening we hosted our community group for the last time in our Schertz home. What an amazing 5 1/2 years. The house has been an awesome blessing filled with incredible friends who have prayed with us, worshiped with us, studied with us and most importantly shared their lives with us. I know our new home promises more blessings to come. So glad we can continue to worship and share our lives with many of the families. 

Over the weekend, while Jill was away at a women’s leadership retreat, Jon hosted family at the construction site, including his brother Jim, in town for a conference, and his Uncle Charlie and Aunt Michael Anne who are visiting as well. They had a picnic on the back patio. Thank you Uncle Charlie for your tips on staining our cabinets and doors. You’re welcome to come back and visit again in a few weeks when the cabinets are delivered. 😉

Looks like ice/snow formations

Boerne Construction Spray Foam sprayed out the house with foam insulation. They had a few issues with equipment along the way, but we now have a very climate controlled home. For a little extra, they also sprayed out the garage.

Love the imagery

   I took a picture in the attic and it revealed this picture. God’s Word Lies in our foundation and fills our framework and now we have the reminder of the cross above us.

Ready to hang

Unique Drywall delivered the sheet rock. They are supposed to start this week, hanging, taping, floating and texturing (monterey drag).  Before we know it, we’ll be breaking out the paint rollers and brushes and getting to work. 

 Grace & Peace



About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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