Monday, August 6, 2007

life after august 1 2007

To say the past year has been tough would be an understatement. Trying to get two businesses up and running (Appraising and property management) to a point where it’s making money is not easy, nor should it be. Nothing easy doesn’t come with a lot of work, a lot of prayer and a lot more work! Ryan & I joked a lot this past year how we’re living our dream and nightmare at the same time. Last July we bought 628/630 garnet. We lived in one side and completely remodeled the upstairs. I don’t think anything was the original when we moved out. It took us 11 months to complete with putting in 85 plus hours (between our jobs and the duplex) for the last month and a half. Including an all-nighter the night before the new tenants moved in. We certainly couldn’t have done it without our family & friends who REALLY stepped up to the plate and helped us out when we needed it the most. There were many times Ryan & I questioned our sanity in doing this. Then this June we purchased another duplex located right behind the east Hy-Vee here in Ames. So, that’s where were at right now. We’ve learned so much this past year about ourselves, God’s grace, love, and working hard for your dream. Was it worth it? All the late night hours, time and commitment? Absolutely.


Jim said...

Great job Ryan and Ashley! God has promised us to give us the strength to complete the task. We wish you the best in your new home and remodeling project.
God Bless,
Jim and Betty

Jenn said...

Ryan and Ashley,
The duplex turned out beautiful! What a blessing the place must be for the new tenants. You are one of the most talented and hardworking couples we know. Truly an inspiration. God Bless!

Jenn and Troy

Sharalee said...

Ryan and Ashley,
The pictures look great; I can't wait to see it in person!! You guys have worked so hard, and I never heard you complain about it. I have no doubt that God will bless you richly for all of your hard work! Congratulations on reaching your goal(s)!!
Sharalee and Jordan

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