Snowmachine Trailer

After traveling in Alaska during the winter months beginning 2005, I learned that using an open snowmachine trailer for hundreds of miles and then having to chip ice and snow off of your equipment is NOT how to do this as a full-time missionary. I realized that towing an enclosed snowmachine trailer that could double as a sleeping quarters was the only way to go. While I was in the lower 48 finishing my military career, I made it my main goal to drive back Continue reading →


  During the winter months we are able to reach even more places by way of snowmachine than we can during the summer months by boat.  Throughout the state of Alaska there are hundreds of remote homestead cabins, mines, and  fishing and hunting lodges that are inaccessible by rivers along the road system.  Hence during the winter months we are able to use snowmachines to go over land between rivers and reach even more remote locations.    While flying over cabins en-route to a village, we Continue reading →


When I was nearing the end of my Air Force career, I knew we would be needing a large house for my size family.  We bought this house that had been at a standstill for many years for a good deal.   We were blessed to design the floor plan to suit our needs for six children with one on the way.  We moved here after retiring from the Air Force in July of 2010.  There were no walls in the home, no windows, no Continue reading →

Garage Addition

After being in ministry full-time for two winters, maintaining equipment out in the wind, snow, and cold is hard on anyone.  We had just completed our woodshed in July 2012 when I got a phone call from a man in one of our supporting churches offering to help fund a garage.  I literally hadn’t even climbed off the shed roof when he said, “This needs to happen THIS year”. Once we got enough money for the foundation and concrete was in the ground, many started Continue reading →

Life in Alaska

Many people in the lower 48 do not realize some basic things about our state.  I will discuss a few of them.  At the end, I will have pictures with captions to help you better understand. 1) Alaska is not an island between California and Hawaii.  My wife actually had a lady ask her, “How does it snow there, but not in California and Hawaii?” 2) Alaska is not the same as Alabama with 5 feet of snow.  In a space that spans as far Continue reading →


My family moved to Palmer, Alaska and into this incomplete house after retiring from the Air Force in July 2010.  Once we got here from Alabama, it was a matter of prioritizing what must be done in order to prepare for winter.  Getting the home insulated, minimal plumbing & wiring installed was our number one priority.  That meant that firewood would be procured after snow was already on the ground. This was an oversight on our part since this was the first home we had Continue reading →