Day 61 | Off-Gassing Our New Van

May 9, 2017

This morning we drove up to the mountain near Sara and Peter’s place to off-gas our van. Elevation is really good at denaturing biotoxins and chemicals. We also ran the heat for several hours while we were up there to get the new car fumes out of the hvac system.

Then we came back down to keep working on building the bed. Sara and I screwed all the wooden boards together to make the bottom part of the bed where the mattress will sit and then lifted it into the van. It was really unwieldy and the strong winds made it rather difficult. But we got it in there! πŸ™‚

After we secured it to the head of the bed, we crawled underneath to screw in one more horizontal support plank. Now all that we had left to do was build the headboard.

Sara and Peter have a really cool Himalayan salt headboard in their van. The salt sits between two metal screens and releases healthy negative ions when the sun heats it up. It’s really cool and we’re going to make one for our van too!

We just barely got started on the headboard when we had to stop working suddenly. It got really really cold and started raining. We rushed around trying to get all the wood back into the van. We definitely didn’t want that getting wet!

And guess what? I discovered that I can run! For the first time in 5 years, I can actually run! Not only that, I can run and carry heavy objects at the same time!

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  • Courtney Harris

    Love it, Ana! You go, girl!! πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris


      May 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Janet

    What a blessing to be able to run! I’m following your “journey” and happy to hear about your progress.

    May 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks so much Janet! It’s amazing!

      May 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply
  • Carolyn Young

    I love following your progress! God is good!

    May 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Patty Margaret

    That’s such a mile stone. Wow!

    May 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Bekah

    Praise God! Ana, you are a rock star. You ran… And not only that, but you are doing construction as well! God is so good, when I saw this I nearly cried tears of joy for you. Yes, God is good…

    May 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris


      May 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Praise God for running! πŸ˜€ I’m so happy for you!

    May 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Sarah C

    So exciting! Thanking God for your van!! Praying for some good rest.

    May 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Marita Wilson

    Amazing! So excited for you. Running for the first time in so long must have felt awesome (and probably kind of strange)!

    May 18, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Exactly Marita! πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ

      May 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Katherine Forster

    Wow! That’s wonderful. Praise the Lord!

    May 18, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Ellie Peetz

    That is amazing, wonderful ,and beautiful! Go girl!!!

    May 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks so much Ellie! πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

      May 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Light4theLord

    This is so awesome! I’m so happy for you guys! My whole family will continue to pray for ya’ll!
    ~ Light4theLord

    May 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you for the prayers!

      May 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Denise

    PRAISE THE LORD! I love to hear how you are getting stronger everyday. Girl I only run if some is chasing me, kudos to you:)

    Praying for you and Brett<3

    May 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Haha! This made me laugh! Thank you for the prayers. ❀️

      May 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Natalie Julson

    This is all so exciting Ana! I’m so happy for the things (like running and bed making) that you’re now finding yourself doing, and praying continually for healing

    May 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Loved this post Ana!! And since I’m a natural person too, I’m benefitting from all these cool tips! Like running the heater and getting to high elevations (and its interesting to see the snow in this pic – hard to believe there is still snow somewhere LOL) ! This bed making business is also so cool! God is surely good to give you Sara to help with this whole process. I’m also so blessed to hear the running part. To think of how far you’ve gone to get to the place of being able to run!! And like you said in the earlier post, not taking any of it for granted is the key. Because of you when I get into bed at night I thank the Lord!! So many things in our country we take for granted! Your story is causing people to think on what they have and count their many blessings!! So thanks for sharing!! <3

    May 19, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      That’s great Chris! I’m so glad. You’re exactly right! I don’t think I could take it for granted if I wanted to. It’s all so magical and wonderful to be able to use my body to do active things.

      May 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply
  • Bethany Rose

    I’m so amazed at how the Lord is healing you, Ana. <3 Bethany

    May 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Hooray! That’s great!

    May 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    Feeling so happy with every gain you make. Hooray!

    May 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • Mary Kay Taylor

    Late seeing this but very excited! Such progress! God is indeed good!

    May 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Heather Willoughby

    This blog actually gave me good advice for our own how to off gas a vehicle question. Any certain elevation you have to get up for it to be successful? Did you seem better to you afterwards? Does the heat have to be run at the high elevation? I was thinking about running the heat in the 90 degree afternoon AZ but it is much cooler if I take it up to elevation. Maybe I should just try both πŸ™‚

    May 31, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by! There are no hard fast rules on this and most of the evidence for this is purely anecdotal. I’d say a couple thousand feet higher than wherever you live. I think we were at 7,000ish feet and took it up to 11,000. The first time I couldn’t really notice a difference but the second time, the van definitely felt better to me. Getting it really hot on a hot day can also help off gas chemicals. I don’t see why you couldn’t try both. Good luck!😊

      May 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

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