Hey there everyone, I wanted to send out an update as we are getting so close to having the house completed. There are things left to do (never lacking for a list!)such as flooring, trim, countertops some painting and chinking the inside but we have come so far since last February's mess. We are still in the bunkhouse and are hoping to be living in the new house by the end of January (We promised ourselves we would have the house done in a year - and we are doing pretty good considering everything has been done by us). We want to Thank each and everyone of you for all of the prayers and support over the last year and this was one of the best ways I could think of to reach out to everyone.
I wanted to write a post to update everyone that has donated to us. We are using these funds to pay for the roofing on the house we are building ourselves. We are so blessed by everyone's generosity and I wanted to make sure everyone was updated. Here is a picture of the house, it has been a lot of hard work, sweat and a few ouchies along the way but it is progress. We are hoping to be done before Thanksgiving, so we will be just shy of 10 months living in the one room bunkhouse. It is such a humbling experience to lose everything you have and to pick back up and keep trucking. We cannot thank you all enough.
Wow, so it begins! We took some time yesterday after filling in the hole where the old house was, to start planning where to put a new house. I decided that I did not want it on the same area because there is a deep dam less than 50 yards from the house and I have a wildchild little boy who is into everything. So we are looking at other options around the ranch corral area and beginning to start the planning for a new home. A huge Thank You to all that are supporting and praying for us. It has been quite a roller coaster ride but we are still on it and riding it through.
We want to send a huge Thank You to everyone for the support. But today we need to Thank Lacey (Cooper) & Alex Rapp who put this site up, gathered up supplies for us in the Sioux Falls, SD area, as well as had a Surprise wedding at their Engagement Party and instead of holding a dollar dance and garter auction they asked for donations for our fire relief fund. Talk about bringing people to tears, aside from the surprise of a wedding, this was a truly a selfless gift from the heart from two amazing people. We cannot Thank You enough and we are so blessed to have been able to be a part of your day and your new life together! Now get out to Montana for a Honeymoon :D
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Its been a little over a month and we are nearing completion for a laundry space which I am extremely excited as we are in Mud season here. We were able to start cleaning up now that some of the snow has melted so we have nearly all of the burnt house dug up and piled, waiting for drier conditions to dispose of the mess. Thank you all so much for the support and continued prayers as we go forward in the process of planning another home.
We are beginning to move forward with plans for a home. Exploring all options that might be available and trying to find out what will be the most cost effective and quickest way. We are now in the "spring" melt, roads are nasty so it is hard to imagine trucks bringing a house or trucks bringing in building supplies but hopefully we will have a concrete plan together in the next week or so in order to begin lining things up. Your support has been amazing and we appreciated the continued prayers. The Bunkhouse is beginning to feel like home, especially after being away for a week helping William's mom moved to her new job and exploring housing options. The kids were thrilled to be "home"!
Hi there, Justine here.
Wanted to update you all and send a huge Thank You, your response has been overwhelming and we are doing the best we possibly can in the circumstances. The guys are still working on finish plumbing in laundry facilities/office area (that was a huge, expensive job, but needs to be done). You truly haven't lived until you live in a 400 sq ft one room home with your entire family! Only 6-8 more months, we can do this right?
We just got another 20-24 inches of snow for a total snow fall since the fire of around 30 inches. That is really putting a damper on cleanup and outside time with the colds temps, but we will keep trucking forward. Just know that you are all amazing and the fact you are sharing this website with everyone is a great way to pay it forward. That phrase has come to mean something so much more to our family and we will be on the other side one day and be the ones paying it forward like you have done for us.
We are once again so thankful for all of the support and prayers everyone has shown with this mess we are faced with. We are trying to redo a garage quickly for more living space as there is no way to do laundry without driving at least an hour one way, and living in one room with two little kids who still both need their naps/sleep has proved tricky. It will all work out, we just want to thank you.
Here is Cody in what was his room in the house that burned.
We are heading home today to check out the rubble that is left of our home. I'll be posting pictures and such today/tomorrow. William is working tirelessly to get the bunkhouse ready. 1 Room + 4 people = tons of fun....right?!? Wish us luck, and thank you all again for all of the support, keep praying!
The overwhelming support we have been receiving has been prayers that are being answered. I logged in today and it changed this to my name, but Lacey Cooper needs all the credit for getting this site set up, we could not be surviving this mess without our friends and family working so hard to help. Please continue to share this information and let people know that we are all safe. Thank you all that are sending prayers and wishes our way, You are angels sent from Heaven. ~ Sincerely, The Kougl's
William and Justine Kougl had a devastating fire at their new ranch in montana and lost their house and almost everything in it. They moved away from from most Family and Friends in South Dakota to venture out and try something to help their family and then this happened. They have two small children, and nothing was salvagable from the diaster, they need help to rebuild their lives right now. They appreciate any and all donations of goods but at the moment monetary donations are most helpful as they don't know what they will be in for a living situation over the next few months. Their insurance coverage will only be enough to cover a portion (1/2) of rebuilding their home due to the age of the house they moved into less then 3 months ago. Anything donated will help and be very much appreciated.
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