thank·ful ˈTHaNGkfəl

Tis the season to be Thankful!  I am taking a few moments today to reflect upon the goodness of our God.  I am, like most, who busily get to the task that is at hand, but for the first day in what seems like weeks, I am purposely taking a moment to reflect and be thankful.  A week ago today, we passed our final inspection on the lodge and began moving things from the loft into the main house. Hooray!! It has been a whirlwind of a week, much of the cabinetry and organization structures are not in place and I am realizing just how “unfinished” this house is.  But regardless it has been a week of seeing a three year process come to some sort of completion.

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You can see we have places within the house where it is looking inhabited and put together, but most areas look like this…
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Vastly open and awaiting furniture, but in reality even more look like this…

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Incredibly unorganized and in disarray! This is the reality of where we are at right now.

To be honest, I have not felt thankful all week!  In fact some irritants have gotten under my skin, I won’t say it’s all hunting season’s fault. ;0 But, I really have not been all that rosy.  That is why I am taking today.  It’s my thankful day.  Silly, I know. But it works for me.  Sometimes we must set aside time and mental effort to focus.  Focus on what we want to do or be.  So I guess you can say, I am purposefully being thankful, because that is who I want to be.  Not because I especially feel thankful, even though it appears as I should.  The reality of the matter is I am deciding.  Deciding to sow a character trait into my life that I want.  So as this Thankful season rolls around again, make the decision.  Despite your circumstances, take time to align your heart and mind with who it is you want to be.

If you need a bit of nudge as I do mediate on these:

Webster defines Thankful as:

  • expressing gratitude and relief
  • please and relieved

I will be posting a DIY blog on the latest of our projects, the deck, very soon.  All  I can say is it turned out better than we imagined!

Just a peak into my next post…

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Simplicity

Live life simply. Relish loved ones. Break out in joy. Walk through this season graciously. These are statements to wind around ones heart. They must become the rhythm of our days.
If life rushes you, like me. You are often left longing for the simplicity of circumstances or thought. I think it is just that, we must live life in the moments. Drink in every moment this season, making each count.  I just found myself speaking up and telling myself to enjoy this minute, right now, though mundane, it is peaceful, and will soon be a memory.  So in case someone else hasn’t said it to you today…The season you are in is good!  No matter what emotion you are feeling right now about your position, it is good, bringing about what God wants in your life.

“This is day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Now for a pictorial Wolf Lodge update.  Please don’t mind the explanations of colors and such, it is for those DIYers.

 

The drop down part of the great hall and the stair treads is made of local tamarack trees milled by a family mill outside of Spokane. They are both stained SW Ranch Oak.

The drop down part of the great hall and the stair treads is made of local tamarack trees milled by a family mill outside of Spokane. They are both stained SW Ranch Oak and all white paint throughout the house is Beefy white by Rodda.

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The travertine throughout the entry way was purchased by the pallet from home depot. We purchased 6 pallets for just the downstairs. The color is a combination of classic and ivory.

The travertine throughout the entry way was purchased by the pallet from home depot. We purchased 6 pallets for the great hall’s two floors. The color is a combination of classic and ivory.

Wilson, Max and Grandpa Wilson are working on strategically placing the rocks on the exterior of the back of the house. Once complete, we can build the deck, the last of our big jobs before the final inspection. You can see them through the third story windows! Yikes!

Wilson, Max and Grandpa Wilson are working on strategically placing the rocks on the exterior of the back of the house. Once complete, we can build the deck, the last of our big jobs before the final inspection. You can see them through the third story windows! Yikes!

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Tamarack treads, oak hand rail, fir door, wall color is Revere Pewter half cut.

Tamarack treads, oak hand rail, fir door, wall color is Revere Pewter half cut.

The master suite has been softened with a touch of coronet trustworthy (color) carpet. 2000 sq ft of it that is! :0

The master suite has been softened with a touch of coronet trustworthy (color) carpet. 2000 sq ft of it that is! :0

The office/bedroom bath is almost finished. Another work of art by my bro, Dave Wilson.

The office/bedroom bath is almost finished. Another work of art by my bro, Dave Wilson.

Fir doors stained and finished by Wilson, stained SW Ranch Oak

Fir doors stained and finished by Wilson, stained SW Ranch Oak

The Chapel glass doors are installed on both the chapel and library. We purchased all our doors from Ugly Duck in spokane. They are fir and stained SW Ranch Oak.

The Chapel glass doors are installed on both the chapel and library. We purchased all our doors from Ugly Duck in Spokane.

The downstairs office/bedroom. Wilson has been a steady help since December. He is started back to college within the month, but will continue to live at home and help for one more semester.

The downstairs office/bedroom . Wilson has been a steady help since December. He is started back to college within the month, but will continue to live at home and help for one more semester.

Common upstairs area is carpeted with Mohawk carpet, Hope Mills Place.

Common upstairs area is carpeted with Mohawk carpet, Hope Mills Place.

Upstairs bedroom common area, carpeting makes all the difference in the world!

Upstairs bedroom common area, carpeting makes all the difference in the world!

Back staircase. The floors and doors throughout the house are stained Ranch Oak by Sherwin Williams.

Back staircase. The floors and doors throughout the house are stained Ranch Oak by Sherwin Williams.

Back stairway is complete

Back stairway is complete

The kitchen is coming along. The range cavity will be surrounded with stone and the white subway tile backsplash and finishing touches to the cabinetry should be complete within the month.

The kitchen is coming along. The range cavity will be surrounded with stone and the white subway tile backsplash and finishing touches to the cabinetry should be complete within the month.

The white cabinets are a Rodda's White. The sink counters are a brushed stainless steel, crafted by our next door neighbor.

The white cabinets are a Rodda’s Beefy White. The sink counters are a brushed stainless steel, crafted by our next door neighbor.

Again the island is stained Sherwin Williams Ranch Oak and the white cabinets are a Rodda's White. The granite is Viscon White.

Again the island is stained Sherwin Williams Ranch Oak and the white cabinets are a Rodda’s Beefy White. The granite is Viscon White.

The bar has a bit of finishing to do. The Viscon White granite is used again here.

The bar has a bit of finishing to do. The Viscon White granite is used again here.

Jared just about finished with the walk in refrigeration system

Jared just about finished with the walk in refrigeration system.

Both doors are installed on the refrigerator, the cooling unit works like a charm.  It got plenty of use over our big family fourth gathering. Shelving is the only thing left to do on the fridge and pantry.

Both doors are installed on the refrigerator, the cooling unit works like a charm. It got plenty of use over our big family fourth gathering. Shelving is the only thing left to do on the fridge and pantry.

The rock expanse on the back side of the house that is keeping our workers busy this month.

The rock expanse on the back side of the house that is keeping our workers busy this month.

It's a long way up there!

It’s a long way up there!

Jared has wrapped up the lighting throughout the house and is ready for the electrical inspection.  Our lights are turned on for you at all times!

Jared has wrapped up the lighting throughout the house and is ready for the electrical inspection.
Our lights are turned on for you at all times!

“This is day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Finally…a Wolf Lodge Update

Life seems to pick up speed as it rolls on by!

This fall, the Wolf Lodge has taken great strides towards liveability! 

The upstairs bathrooms were tiled by my brother, Dave Wilson. He and his family moved to Coeur d Alene in September. (Yay!)

Below, The master bath: Shower and floor done in Carrara Marble     

 
Below, Jack and Jill bath (Max’s bath): black slate floor and Bianco marble tile

 

Below, The guest bath: Carrara hexagon tile 

 
Asher’s bath: Black 12×24 Slate tile and flat river Rock mosaic  

   
 
Liberty’s bath (below): Stone Gray Limestone 4×12 tile and white oak flat pebble shower floor

 
After a year of planning, purchasing, glueing, bending, forming, calculating picket holes and finally installing the handrail, it is finally complete. You can see the progression of it below:

 
   
  
   
Intermittently throughout the year, Jared has also been tackling our 100 year old barn wood family room floor. From planeing, to sizing, to fitting together, to filling, to sanding, and finally to finishing with a Waterlox tung oil mixture, it has reached a completed state this month as well. From a pile of beat up lumber to a beautiful rich floor, you will see it progress below. Truly a labor of love from my handsome hunk! 

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Within the a month we should have the kitchen installed and be working on the lower entry travertine. It is so good to see some planning and labor intensive projects come to completion. 

Blessings to you all from our little piece of heaven! 

Little Bit of Life

“Work, Work, Work, all day long…” We are country music fans up here in Wolf Lodge and this song by Craig Morgan resounds as we press into the task at hand, but if you listen closely, which we must do at times, the lyrics encourage us to enjoy life.  This is the balance we are beginning to find. After two long years of daily work on The Wolf Lodge, our mantra is no so much “Work, work, work”  anymore, it goes more like this, “Balance, rest, enjoy life and the ones you love.”  This summer we found great joy in working hard AND fully relaxing.  Life is short. Life is sweet. Life is ment for glorifying God in all one does, whether it’s work or play.  So, not only did I post pics of the progress on the Lodge, and boy we have made some progress, but you will see some of us just having some good old fun.

 

This was an old barn, 100 years old. One of the oldest structures on Wolf Lodge cr. rd. It will find it's new home as our kitchen and family room floor. Thank you our dear neighbors, the Funks.

This was an old barn, 100 years old. One of the oldest structures on Wolf Lodge cr. rd. It will find it’s new home as our kitchen and family room floor. Thank you our dear neighbors, the Funks.

Truly a labor of love already. Jared spent many hours pulling nails, planing, and evening up this barnwood. he demolished. You can see the variety in lengths and widths that will span our floor.

Proving to be a labor of love already, Jared spent many hours pulling nails, planing, and evening up this barnwood.  You can see the variety in lengths and widths that will span our floor.

A sampling of what the old barnwood will look like in the kitchen.

A sampling of what the old barnwood will look like in the kitchen. Gonna be gorgeous!

Here's prof! I do work on the house. Brent snapped a pic as I got the boys rolling on how I wanted the grout to be applied.

Here’s prof! I do work on the house. Brent snapped a pic as I got the boys rolling on how I wanted the grout to be applied.

Finishing the grout on this wall will bring a completion to the year long process of applying rocks on the front of the house.

Finishing the grout on this wall will bring a completion to the year long process of applying rocks on the front of the house. Sigh of relief.

Brent and Wilson are wrapping up the grout application today! They did an amazing job, it's exactly what I pictured.

Brent and Wilson are wrapping up the grout application today! They did an amazing job, it’s exactly what I pictured.

All I can say is good thing Brent is not afraid of heights. Here he is grouting the chimney.

All I can say is, good thing Brent is not afraid of heights. Here he is grouting the chimney.

The main control room for the house is in the middle of the basement. Dad has spent many hours down here this summer hooking up the radiant heat supply pex tubing to the valves and boiler, as well as installing the air furnace that will help move air around to heat as well as cool the house.

The main control room for the house is in the middle of the basement. Dad has spent many hours down here this summer hooking up the radiant heat supply pex tubing to the valves and boiler, as well as installing the air furnace that will help move air around to heat as well as cool the house.

Part of the radiant floor heating system is to have smaller areas controlled at points like this. This is one for the upstairs commons and kids wing.

Part of the radiant floor heating system is to have smaller areas controlled at points like this. This is one for the upstairs commons and kids wing.

Our Pex tubing was covered with a substance called gypcrete.  It should conduct the radiant floor heat evenly under our flooring of choice.  Sand and a light weight concrete like substance are mixed in with water in the back of these trucks and then pumped into the house.  It took the crew of 7 guys 4 hours to complete all 8000 square feet.

Our Pex tubing was covered with a substance called gypcrete. It should conduct the radiant floor heat evenly under our flooring of choice. Sand and a light weight concrete like substance are mixed in with water in the back of these trucks and then pumped into the house. It took the crew of 7 guys 4 hours to complete all 8000 square feet.

The gypcrete is pumped in through this tube.

The gypcrete is pumped in through this tube.

Once pumped in evenly one of the workers lightly skifs it to even it up.  It is very liquidy

Once pumped in a worker evenly distributes the liquidy gypcrete about 1 1/2 inches thick to cover the pex tubing.  

Jared installed all the newel posts before the gypcrete was poured on the subfloor. This sets him up for the winter job of installing the handrail.

Jared installed all the newel posts before the gypcrete was poured on the subfloor. This sets him up for the winter job of installing the handrail.

spraying the pillars

spraying the columns

Newly painted columns are set are in place and set. You can see the wood for the drop down, stairs, and library in the distance. It's all Larch.

Newly painted columns are set are in place.  You can see the wood for the drop down, stairs, and library in the distance.

Native North Idaho wood, Larch(tamarack) treads arrived this week from our friends at Smiley Lumber in Northeast Washington. Now for the installation, another job for thee winter.

Native North Idaho wood, Larch(tamarack) treads arrived this week from our friends at Smiley Lumber in Northeast Washington. Now for the installation, another job for thee winter.

Study floor, wood sleepers set in gypcrete awaiting some larch hardwood.

Study floor, wood sleepers set in gypcrete awaiting some larch hardwood.

So...One morning I looked out back and this is what I saw.  Brent and dad had strapped a wooden crate to the top of the genie lift in order to prep the top floor of the back of the house for rocks.  It doesn't look all that bad until you zoom out and see how far they really are up.

So…One morning I looked out back and this is what I saw. Brent and dad had strapped a wooden crate to the top of the genie lift in order to reach high enough to prep the top floor of the back of the house for rocks. It doesn’t look all that bad until you zoom out and see how far they really are up.

Um, see...it's a tad bit high for my sight.  As you can imagine I scurried back into the house so I didn't have to see.

Um, see…it’s a tad bit high for my mama/daughter eyes. As you can imagine I scurried back into the house, told my mom to pray for safety and told her don’t ask why and don’t venture into the back yard.  I promptly marched downstairs to Jared to whom I strongly encouraged to get safety harnesses on his workers.  I laugh now, but then, oh no, there was no laughing! 

 

Few, rehearsing all that work makes me tired, now for some summer joy filled relaxing moments.

Liberty turned 13!

Liberty turned 13!

Cousin Lu came for a week. What a sweet heart!

Cousin Lu came for a week. What a sweet heart she is!

A very common view in this house, boys staring at a screen.

A very common view in this house; boys staring at screens.

Jared's stress relief.

Jared’s stress relief.

Jared, dad and Brent using their automotive expertise on Brent's crashed car.

Jared, dad and Brent using their automotive expertise on Brent’s wrecked car. Ouch!

Another driver in the house!  Watch out!

Max, another driver in the household! Watch out!

Another cousin came for a visit. What a tender soul. Zoe and libby went to church camp together for a week.

Another cousin came for a visit. What a tender soul. Zoe and Libby went to church camp together for a week.

Cousin Derek joined the family bball team at hoopfest! Way fun!

Cousin Derek joined the family bball team at hoopfest! Way fun!

Max took a week with his best bud Jacob to attend basketball camp at Whitworth.

Max took a week with his best bud Jacob to attend a NBC basketball camp at Whitworth.

Play time usually includes some sort of sport for these guys.  Here we are relaxing at grandma Joyce's for a spell.

The boys’ playtime usually includes some sort of sport. Here we are relaxing at grandma Joyce’s for a spell.

And this is what my playtime usually consists of, sitting by water with a book in hand.

And this is what my playtime usually consists of, sitting by water with a book in hand. Heavenly.  Yep, that’s Jared with his hair finally chopped off! 🙂

Mom's birthday rolled around and I was able to spend a beautiful lunch with my aunts and cousin.  Aunt Judy is hiding behind the camera.

Mom’s birthday rolled around and I was able to spend a beautiful lunch with my aunts and cousin. Aunt Judy is hiding behind the camera.

More screens...even at seaside. :)

More screens…even at seaside. 🙂

Oh...Seaside. No place quite compares to you on the Oregon coast.  Wilson and Lib are headed in for a dip.

Oh…Seaside. No place quite compares to you on the Oregon coast. Wilson and Lib are headed in for a dip.

Where you will find Jared and I on any given summer evening enjoying our forestry view.  Best. Purchase. Ever.

Where you will find Jared and I on any given summer evening enjoying our forestry view. Best. Purchase. Ever.

The summer season is ending, go to the beach one last time, read that book you wanted to get in this summer or bbq with friends.  Whatever you enjoy doing, take the time to do it before the calendar runs away with your hot summer days.

Sweet days of summer at The Wolf Lodge

Time is fleeting. This spring has turned into full fledged summer and before we know it fall will be rolling back around. Oh, that we might enjoy each moment gifted to us as it flutters through our lives.
Multiple projects have been completed, or are well under way, since my last post. In addition to the progress pictured below, The Reidt crew has spent many weeks renovating Jared’s parent’s new home in Kennewick as well as getting our home in Bothell, Washington sale worthy.  We also welcomed 80 family members for a campout over the fourth of July.

Fourth of July family celebration

Fourth of July family celebration

 

We are so grateful for this season of our family working together toward a common goal.  Pretty sweet days, these are!

The sheetrock work culminated in April with a sublet contractor texturing the interior top two floors followed by Jared and the boys painting throughout.  Yes, Jared chose a "special" painting outfit! :)

The sheetrock work culminated in April with a sublet contractor texturing the interior top two floors followed by Jared and the boys painting throughout. Yes, Jared chose a “special” painting outfit! 🙂

Directing traffic!

Directing traffic!

One late spring weekend, the boys decided they wanted to put the pool room to use as a basketball court.  They used some spare floor joists and plywood to construct a gym floor.  This has provided a cool place to shoot some hoops throughout the summer.

One late spring weekend, the boys decided they wanted to put the pool room to use as a basketball court. They used some spare floor joists and plywood to construct a gym floor. This has provided a cool place to shoot some hoops throughout the summer.

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Finishing up the bball court. It’s amazing the teamwork that comes together when the builders are excited about the end result!

Wilson putting the electrical finishing touches on.

Wilson putting the electrical finishing touches on.

 

The front porch and interior kitchen floor concrete pour, definitely all hands on deck for this one.

The front porch and interior kitchen floor concrete pour, definitely all hands on deck for this one.

Kitchen floor plywood sleepers before the concrete was added on top of the PEX radiant floor heating tubes.

Kitchen floor plywood sleepers before the concrete was added on top of the PEX radiant floor heating tubes.

In June, the guys finished the most important room in the house, (according to Jared)...Garage walls painted, floor painted, and tools moved back in.

In June, the guys finished the most important room in the house, (according to Jared)…Garage walls painted, floor painted, and tools moved back in.

The babies are moved back in too. :)

The babies are moved back in too. 🙂

Mom and Dad Wilson have moved to our neck of the woods.  They settled right in and Dad got right to work on the radiant floor project.

Mom and Dad Wilson have moved to our neck of the woods. They settled right in and Dad got right to work on finishing the radiant floor project.

Radiant floor heat getting placed and ready to be covered with gypcrete.

Radiant floor heat getting placed and ready to be covered with gypcrete.

Brent finishing up the rock chimney.

Brent finishing up the rock chimney.

Jared finishing up the rock wall around our newly oiled  front door.

Jared taking a bit of a breather from ROCKS!

Rocks around the door were custom cut and fit by our foreman, Jared.  The door has five coats of teak oil applied by Amy.  We are hopeful this doorway will welcome many into a place of peace and rest.

Rocks around the door were custom cut and fit by our foreman, Jared. The door has five coats of teak oil applied by Amy. We are hopeful this doorway will welcome many into a place of peace and rest.

 

 

 

Surprised by the New

Life is full of the unexpected.  One never really knows what is around the corner.  We fool ourselves and think we have some sort of control on what comes our way, but really, God can bend our future any which way. We are really powerless outside of prayer. Unfortunately, some things have been on our prayer list for so long, that we really don’t think they will ever happen, and are thus taken by surprise when they do. Not sure if it’s unbelief, or just plain going on making the best of the way things are, but sometimes, a sweet blessing pops up and takes us by surprise.  This occurred in our home just this week.

Our oldest son moved home.  I say home, not because he has ever lived in Idaho before, but because home is where you want to put down roots and grow; where you know you are loved.  We are ever so grateful, this son or ours, is finally home and this mama is smiling at the thought of having all her brood under one roof again.

Brent at home in Idaho!

Brent at home in Idaho!

Brent has jumped right into helping Jared and the boys build.  Since we are waiting on our fixer upper in CDA to sell, they are pounding away on our place on the hill.  I take pictures and the place changes so quickly; I have to go take more pictures before I get a chance to blog.

Plywood ledges were added to the edge of the balcony areas in the second floor entry way to keep the gypcrete in place once it is poured this spring, and to offer support for the handrail.

Plywood ledges were added to the edge of the balcony areas in the second floor entry way to keep the gypcrete in place once it is poured this spring, and to offer support for the handrail.

Jared, Max, and Wilson putting the last of the entryway Sheetrock up. With all the curves, this was quite a bear to Sheetrock.

Jared, Max, and Wilson putting the last of the entryway Sheetrock up. With all the curves, this was quite a bear to Sheetrock.

Brent and Wilson goofing off while framing in the upstairs commons area gas fireplace.  This will complete the fireplace installs for the house.

Brent and Wilson goofing off while framing in the upstairs commons area gas fireplace. This will complete the fireplace installs for the house.

Jared reconfigured the stairs so one could get to the study.

Jared reconfigured the stairs so one could get to the study. Now that I am downstairs, I’ll give you a view of the blooming kitchen and family room.

The kitchen (left) and family room looking in from the dining room doorway.

The kitchen (left) and family room looking in from the dining room doorway.

Kitchen and family room, pictured from the entry to informal staircase. Jared has spent days getting the chimney and wood burning fireplace set up. His current source of heat is right behind him in the pic.  It is the green furnace on wheels with the red pex coming out of it.

Kitchen and family room, pictured from the entry to informal staircase. Jared has spent days getting the chimney and wood burning fireplace set up. His current source of heat is right behind him in the pic. It is the green furnace on wheels with the red pex coming out of it.

Informal staircase ready to mud and tape.

Informal staircase ready to mud and tape.

So, this year begins with the Reidt family continuing our journey at The Wolf Lodge.  We are so thankful for this opportunity to grow closer together by building a place where God’s lavish love will be shared.  We pray that you will be filled with hope as you embark on the joys and challenges of the coming year.

Just stop, would ya?

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

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“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

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In the perfect stillness of the morning I find rest. A frenzied summer of visitors to entertain, children to cart around, multiple mouths to feed and tend, on top of a house to build has worn me emotional thin, dry, complaining, seeing only the difficult and not the blessing. I have come to realize my nature is to continue on, just adding the additional hardship of constant complaints of my heart. You may find yourself in a similar state. Knowing in the pit of your being you should squelch the attitude, but not having the strength to do so. Most likely it comes by some other voice than our own that reminds us whose we are, and that our attitude is not lining up with being a daughter or son, of His. My reminding voice, is often that of my husband’s. In the past few weeks he has brought two redeeming conversations my way. The first, was a bit on the “get it together and do what God has for you to do side;” this one woke me up to my heart condition. The second, it was a suggested command, if there is such a thing. He suggested I stay home with Liberty and the dogs for a week while he headed back to Bothell with the boys to oversee his shop. I did, even though I was insecure to see him drive away. Friendships on the other side of the mountain beckoned me, fear of going through a week full of nights in the middle of the forest alone, and guilt of taking a whole week without responsibility, all urged me to refuse the gentle gift Jared was offering me.

Do you find yourself struggling to stop even when given the opportunity? I find I resist; I resist the sweet breath of refreshment. Gotta screw loose I guess. The problem is, I don’t think I’m the only one who does. Many of you don’t stop. Well it’s time. Stop! Stop! Stop! Don’t let the last few weeks of summer go by without allowing God’s sweet spirit to refuel you. You might have gone on multiple vacations and read a dozen books, but if you have not found a heart connect with your Lord yet, it’s time. Breath! Selah! Go outside, walk by yourself, thank Him for the full summer, talk to Him, ask for a refueling.

This morning, I awoke to a calm after a major wind and thunder storm that passed throughout the night. It did me wonders. That’s life. The tumultuous storms in the midst of dark yet the sweetness of waking up to peace and refreshing. Grateful, able to continue, refueled, filled up, all because of refusing to listen to the relentless drive to press on in our own strength. Let me be that reminding voice that tells you. Just stop, would ya?

God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. Isaiah 28:12 NLT
Oh Lord, may our hearts listen, and rest.

 

Ok, so I may have been busy entertaining visitors, but wait till you see what Jared has accomplished so far this summer. Apparently, he is the one who needs to rest!

Rock project grew into portico ceiling project. One thing always leads to the next. Love how the front is shaping up. No more ugly yellow foam to welcome us home!

Rock project grew into portico ceiling project. One thing always leads to the next. Love how the front is shaping up. No more ugly yellow foam to welcome us home!

Jared putting cedar tongue  and groove in the portico.

Jared putting cedar tongue and groove in the portico.

In process on the portico

In process on the portico

Portico ceiling complete!

Portico ceiling complete!

There are just few remaining things to do on the front: grout rocks, touch up paint, purchase and install a front door.  What an amazing job Jared did on the rocks!

There are just few remaining things to do on the front: grout rocks, touch up paint, purchase and install a front door. What an amazing job Jared did on the rocks!

Another Craig's list special, trusses for the back of the house second floor deck.

Another Craig’s list special, trusses for the back of the house second floor deck.

The back of the house is getting a hardi plank wrap. The part he left unsided will be where the trusses for deck will hang all along the back of the house.

The back of the house is getting a hardi plank wrap. The part he left unsided will be where the trusses for the deck that will hang all along the back of the house.

Just a bit more to go. :)

Just a bit more to go. 🙂