Plenty of things remain to be done, from finishing the bedrooms to building a basement laundry room. But it helps that these days we've learned to live with much less. The kids even helped us organize yard sales so we could release items back into the stream of lightly used goods that has nourished us so well.
Sometimes we do miss the house we built from scratch. But we have loved fixing up this old schoolhouse, and we love our simpler life right the way it is now.
Shown: Stephanie found photos of their house at the local museum and hung copies in the new foyer, which she finished with paint and glaze.