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I’d like to just title this: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, it’s how we feel right now! After WEEKS of searching, and FAR too much time spent driving to look at vans (because we live in the middle of nowhere), last night our summer transportation was finally acquired!!!


We’ve also acquired a new camera for higher quality video that has audio input (I should say that Krista has acquired it, really 🙂 ) and our mic setup should be coming today! About to be legit, friends. LOL.

So now the plan is to head out on Saturday morning for Indiana and be there for the rest of the weekend, then back to Chicago on Monday or Tuesday.

That means registering the van today, a little laundry, cleaning up our house/cleaning out our fridge, re-packing, finishing preparing the setup and system for managing videos and pictures on the road, etc.

I really hope we can remotely stay on top of all the things we’ll need to be doing! This has really been very much a one step at a time thing… Thank you all so much!

You should go check out what our virtual team member, Julie, had to say about our visit last week! (and don’t forget to check the “As Seen On” page for other posts about the tour) Here’s the little vlog Julie got us to do as we were on our way out the door – GOOD WORK 🙂 She was also the one who gave us the idea to take a picture with each person we interviewed – yes, I think we’ll keep her.

ready. set…………

Remember that TBD person who’s going on the tour with us? Well, he’s finally been decided!

Meet Randall the sketch artist!


Like the rest of us, exactly what he’ll be doing on the tour will be determined as we get a better feel for how things are going to work out. But you’ll probably be seeing his sketching skills in action a lot.

I (Krista) met him for the first time about a week ago but David & Christina have known him since…ok. I don’t really know how long they’ve known each other but they’re good friends. And, as you can see from the video below, we’re all already having lots of fun together getting ready for the tour.

Speaking of the tour, did you know that we’re leaving TOMORROW? We’re going to visit the lovely Julie from The Funny Thing of It Is blog (she also happens to be our virtual team member!) in Milwaukee, WI. We are so excited to meet up with her and her family to kick off the 2012 Blank Canvas Tour! For this week, we are borrowing a van from a friend and we’ll be on the lookout for a van we can use for the rest of the tour.


We have been so blessed by two people who want to support the Blank Canvas Tour by donating money to help us buy a van. We just found out about it yesterday and were completely taken by surprise. But this post is already getting long so we’ll save that story for another time.

In the meantime, check our new interactive map of all places the blank canvas has been and all of the locations we want to hit this summer. If you’re anywhere close to any of the places we’re headed this summer, we’d love to meet up with you!

(yellow = where we’ve been, blue = where we’re going)

Launch Party!

What do you do when your crowdfunding project launches before you realize it is going to happen? Well, in our case you scramble around like crazy to try to get up to speed!

We have SO many ideas of where to take this, guys, you can barely imagine! It’s a long, long road with a whole LOT of sweat and probably some tears… but by the grace of God we’re going to keep going!

We had to have a little team celebration for making it this far. Since we stay away from sugar most of the time, and also keep it out of our kids’ diets for the most part, we picked midnight to have the Kalona Chocolates that Krista brought us 😉

and the next day we had a pizza party!

Thanks for taking us to 4% of our goal so far!

(by the way, we had a free pizza, we’re not just throwing good money sense to the wind 🙂 )