Look Up!

(All nature photo credits go to Liberty Reidt)

Disappointment and sorrow sneak into our lives at times and take us by surprise.  Over the year I have had multiple conversations with dear friends that are on the cusp or in the midst of situations that are “uncomfortable” or should I say “down right painful!”  I know these times well, as I wonder in and out of these days, I whisper a prayer; “Is THIS part of your plan, the way I feel at this moment? THIS does not feel like you.”  Friends and family have shared their deep thoughts, things like: fear of the approaching empty nest, or the unknowns of if their kids are REALLY going to grow up to be profitable members of society that serve others and God, or the financial situation that seems insurmountable, or could it be that relationship that always seems to be strained, and unrepairable, or the unsettling heart wrenching decisions being made due to the terminal illness of a loved one?  It’s these melancholy thoughts or realities that keep many of us awake at night.  And it’s in these moments we must learn to take the necessary time to recognize the pain, to grieve, cry, process, and then look up. Yep, look up.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

No, our help does not “come” from the mountains, it comes from the Lord.  Yet looking up and seeing his masterful creation reminds us of His greatness.  It puts perspective back into sight.  Living in the Idaho Mountains, gives me the opportunity to hit the trail, when I feel downcast.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

I am always amazed at just the simple fact of getting up and going out into nature that refocuses me on His ability in my seemingly inability to climb out of despair.  If you are downcast in spirit, look up and let His creation return praise to your heart.

 

  

I write this because I need the reminder.  I am feeling a bit melancholy today.  I have dear loved ones that are riddled with huge life changes due to illness.  And paling in comparison to that, we have hit the four year mark of work on this big lodge.  We are weary. We are very close to being done with phase two, but phase three (the basement) follows close on it’s heels.

As I shift my eyes upward I remember we have also benchmarked some important and joyful family dates this summer.  Our youngest, Liberty, is entering high school and our oldest son, Brent is newly engaged to an incredible precious Bobbi Jean.

 

And, while reveling in how quickly time passes, It dawns in me I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years!  This in itself makes me reflect upon so many memories.

Life seems so short lately. Sometimes it’s hard to come to grip with the station we are moving into in life.  My new found prayer is, “Lord, may I live life with gusto, and really live!”  I don’t want the melancholy days to suck the morrow out of me.  I want to live and breath the beautiful that He surrounds me with.  The precious friends and family, the glistening sunset, the quietness and stillness of a summer evening.  So it is with this whispered prayer that I leave you to see what Idaho beauty Liberty has captured on camera this summer (all pictured in the text above), as well as some pics of our newest accomplishments on The Lodge.   Jared has definitely transitioned this big empty Styrofoam concrete house into something so very gorgeous.  Enjoy the views!

Landscaping still needs to be done, but other than that, the exterior is shaping up nicely.


The trellis popped up in just a couple days.


Wilson finished the rocks around the trellis.


Max stained all of the deck and trellis boards

Preparations for winter are in full swing. Wilson and Max splitting and chopping firewood. By the time of this writing we have a full wood shed!


If you look just past the frisbee golf goal, Jared got a new toy. He spends his evenings laying gravel on the driveway, burying the water tanks or anything else he can find to dig or shove around.

As for me, I have kept busy discussing with the county future business plans for the Lodge and updating and overseeing the rental of the carriage house (formerly called the loft).   The Carriage House VRBO.  And uh… lots of project planning and cleaning. 😉

Now for Jared and the boys’ indoor accomplishments, namely, the master bathroom and pool…

 

Jared completed the master bathroom in April. It turned out lovely.

 

Yet another labor of love, Jared wainscoting our master bath.


Wilson and Max removing the basketball court floor, in preparation for the pool.


The hoop is coming down.


Jared plastering the pool walls


Waterline tile is in place and the paster is going up.


Asher helped out a bit this spring when he first returned from GCU. He plans to pick up his studies in the fall at NIC.


Pool room clean up day. Libs cousins, lucie and Zoe, helped repaint the room and scrub the concrete floor.


Pool complete! Now to get dehumidifier and solor heater working.


Jump on in!

Just last week the guys began framing the remainder of the basement.  Here we go into phase III of The Wolf Lodge project!

Kitchen tour 

I’ve been asked to post more pictures with details of The Wolf Lodge kitchen. Some of  these were taken around thanksgiving, as you can tell by the decor.  But none the less, here you go. Enjoy! 

The outer cabinets are painted white while the island is stained Sherwin Williams Ranch Oak. The granite used is Viscon White.

Half of our counters are covered with a brushed stainless steel. I highly recommend stainless in the kitchen, but be sure to get it brushed. This hides all the scratches that will appear with use. The sink with drainboard has been welded seamlessly.

We have very few upper cabinets, one because I am short and end up using only the bottom shelves, tow, because we have amazing windows that leave us little room for upper cabinetry. You can also see our 3 minute was commercial dishwasher in this pic. Love that dishwasher!

The baking center sits a bit lower.

The floors in the kitchen area are a rolled black rubber with cream specks. I absolutely love the way cleans up and is easy on the feet and legs while cooking.

I hide my kitchen cart and wheeled garbage can under the tallest part of the island. This area has proved to be very functional. You can also see the commercial dishwasher racks hidden back in there.

Behind that cabinet hides our toaster and all the mess it creates. It has turned out to be a great use of that space.

The three cabinets on the end of the island open up to linen storage

Both sides of the islands have a bit of bling and open shelving that is used for dishes needing to be accessed often.

The multi level island gives us beautiful eating space and a usable prep area.

Reach in access to walk in fridge is to the left of the stove.

To the right of the stove you see the swing door that accesses the pantry and walk in fridge.

Antique 100 yr old Walk in fridge door through pantry access

We put rubber flooring in our pantry area as well. Pantry shelving has yet to be complete, as of now we are using some garage shelving. Our freezer sits between the sets of shelves.

The commercial ice and water dispenser proves to be hand for parties.

 

The beverage center has its own fridge. This area gets a lot of use.

The Wolf Lodge kitchen, being the heart of the home, is beating strong. Our desire was to marry beauty with function. We hope that it will be a useful tool in feeding many folk over the years. Maybe even you! 

Living Life Loved through the Little Things

Be loved. Live loved. Act loved.  What do these statements mean?  After many weather and mechanical delays, I found myself sitting at a window seat on a recent airplane ride home.  Early in the procession of delays I made the decision to “be happy and go with the flow.”  This is not my usual go to reaction. 🙂 But I made a conscious choice.  I was not supposed to have a window seat, another inconvenience, but I could not have been more blessed by it.  You see, my relationship with Jesus has been somewhat stale lately.  I’ve found myself spiritually dry.  As I gazed out over the moon lit snow and houses illuminated with life all across the landscape, I felt a deep love for those individuals holed up in each glowing home.  I was impacted. I was loved.  I was renewed in my faith.  And unbeknownst to me, tears escaped down my cheeks.  (good thing it was dark in that plane)  This, as I experienced for the first time, in a long time, was to be loved, live loved, and act loved.  I got off that plane with a new sense of resolve.  Live life loved in the little things.  As I shared this experience with a life long friend, we agreed that so many joys in life can be missed. We. Must. Stop. Rushing.  It’s in the subtleties, the decisions to “go with the flow”  or “look outside of our own pain” that we find and can give love.

As far as work on The Lodge, last blog I left you with quite a mostly finished yet unfurnished house.  Well, we have filled it with some furniture and finish carpentry and best of all, people; sweet family and friends joining in celebration here at the lodge. These are joyful times, letting this big house be used to bring joy to all.  That is The Wolf Lodge mission, to be a place of joy and peace for those who walk through it’s doors.

Wintery welcome to the Lodge

Wintery welcome to the Lodge (taken by Matt Hanford upon his December welcome)

Thanksgiving with The Wilsons, MacAninches, Hulls, and Cincoviches.

Thanksgiving with The Wilsons, McAninches, Hulls, and Cincoviches.

Brent and Bobby Jean both came at Thanksgiving for a really sweet visit.

Brent and Bobby Jean, Brent’s significant other, came at Thanksgiving for a really sweet visit.

Asher is home from Arizona and getting some brother time.

Asher is home from Arizona and getting some brother time.

Grandpa Wilson and his boys on Christmas Eve.

Grandpa Wilson and his boys on Christmas Eve.

This kiddos are so not into eating when presents await.

This kiddos are so not into eating when presents await.

Gunner and Michelle, Love.

Gunner and Michelle, Love.

Holidays are for catching up with those you don't usually get a chance to visit with.

Holidays are for catching up with those you don’t usually get a chance to visit with.

The Reidt brood on Christmas morning

The Reidt brood on Christmas morning

New Year's eve at The Lodge with the Whelhams, Moulds, Wilsons, and McAninches.

New Year’s eve at The Lodge with the Whelhams, Moulds, Wilsons, and McAninches.

Icicle anyone? Max and a friend Jacob are game.

Icicle anyone? Max and a friend Jacob are game.

The evidence of a dozen of Max's friends who make a weekly spend the night at our place.

The evidence of a dozen of Max’s friends who make a weekly spend the night at our place. I wish I had a picture of them and the many breakfasts that are peeped in my kitchen feeding teenage boys.

Now for some pics of the work we’ve been doing:

The fireplace mantle. We still need to put rocks on the wall around it, but that chunk of cedar is a beaut!

The fireplace mantle. We still need to put rocks on the wall around it, but that chunk of cedar is a beaut!

We purchased a hot tub. Once agin the genie lift proves useful in getting it up to the second story deck.

Winter is the perfect time for a hot tub. Once again the genie lift proves useful in getting it up to the second story deck.

Jared's current project...closet organization.

Jared’s current project…closet organization construction.

Yep, I actually do occasionally work on something other than paperwork, cleaning, and purchasing. :)

Yep, I actually do occasionally work on something other than paperwork, cleaning, and purchasing. 🙂

First coat of chalk paint is on.

First coat of chalk paint is on. Each piece is found in Wilson’s room, pics below.

And now for a Wolf Lodge bedroom tour…all but the master that is.

Wilson’s suite until he leaves for college in the fall…

Wilson's room

 

Wilson's room

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Auntie Linda's desk I repainted.

Auntie Linda’s desk I repainted.

Grandma Joyce's upright hope chest I refinished.

Grandma Joyce’s upright hope chest I refinished.

Asher’s suite while he is home from college over breaks…

Asher's room

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Maxwell’s suite…

Maxwell's room

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Liberty’s colorful suite…

Liberty's Turquoise room!

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Our guest suite, which we lovingly call Brent’s room…

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I have a few wall pictures and such yet to put into place, but this gives you an idea of how the lodge is decorated.  I will post a complete kitchen tour very soon.

Now go, and take the time to live loved.  🙂