Building Oak Haven – Time flies

I thought I’d have more time, now that we’re at the camper and not running back and forth to the property. But somehow, that doesn’t seem to be the case. What a blessing to have sold our house and not have to worry about it any more.

Because, for the new house over the last week and a half we:
– met with Amaris at Prosource to finalize and order our tile selections
– met with Bianca at Fergusons to review our sink, lighting and appliance selections and determine lead times needed for order and delivery
– met with Zulma at San Antonio Granite Works to walk through their granite remnants (they have LOTS) and get an estimate for our counters

Venetian Ice

– visited Triton Granite and selected our bundle of Venetian Ice (Jon loves the river rock pattern it has)
– stopped by Cornelius Contracting to check out their selection of custom mantels made from local Hill Country trees (they are a tree care and land clearing service and repurpose the wood)
– sent Craig at 84 Lumber changes to our interior door selections for a revised bid

My Study




While we were busy running from place to place, Unique Drywall sheet rocked the whole house. It was messy business (like everything else) but they did a great job cleaning up/sweeping out.



They started taping and mudding earlier this week, but we were told they wouldn’t be able get back out to finish until next week. We were pleasantly surprised when a crew showed up late Friday afternoon. And even more delighted when the crew returned Saturday morning. Hopefully they will be back to texture early next week.

Looks like priming and painting is in our very near future. We’ve also been informed our cabinets will be ready for delivery by the end of next week! Which means staining is coming up fast.


While I will never bemoan rain in Central Texas, the recent storm events have made our stay in the camper a bit interesting. As the National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings, we are praying them away. Even though Jon enjoys a good storm, the camper isn’t the place we really want to experience one. The mud also makes life a bit challenging.



Due to our cramped living conditions, our Baylor Bear opted not to come home for Easter, so we decided to drive up and visit him. We had a great evening with him listening to his college adventures and thoughts on life. Sunday we worshipped in the University’s Ferrell Center with First Woodway Baptist Church. It was an awesome service, reminding us because of the Resurrection of Jesus
– death is not final
– sin is not victorious
– new life is available
He is Risen Indeed!

We also enjoyed lunch with another Baylor family from San Antonio. Jonny will be working as a research assistant at Baylor over the summer and rooming with their son. We’re sad we won’t have Jonny’s help to trim out the house, but we’re excited for the great experience/opportunity for him.

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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