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.

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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.

 

 

 

Family

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” Michael J. Fox

The word stirs up memories, a variety of emotions, good or bad. I’m an observer. Always watching. Wanting to asses a situation. Over the years I have drawn the conclusion that family is so very important to most people. It is what God intended to use to mold our thoughts of Him and His world. The familial unit was His idea of how to protect, nurture, and develop humans into valuable members of society. But more importantly, family is an expression of His love towards us. I write this knowing full well some out there have had very poor family environments that have not represented God’s heart. This stings. My prayer is you will find healing, wholeness. That…

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear.” Psalm 91

To others, family is like peach pie, a little runny at times, but basically sweet. My family is this. Over the years we have walked through trials of many shapes and sizes, but in the end, our faith in God has kept us firmly entwined together. I am blessed. I am thankful. Thankful for the love and connection we feel even though this Reidt family moved away from our closest and dearest. Thankful for parents and grandparents who lay down individual hurts and pursuits to see that their children are cared for and valued far above career or generational addiction.

At the end of the day, we all choose. Choose to take the beautiful relationships, along with the ugly and rise out of ashes.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah‬ ‭61‬:‭3‬ NIV)

I look at my dad, once a young man left to fend for himself. He and his siblings were children of alcoholic parents. I value the tender moments this year afforded me as we watched Dad go in and out of neurosurgery and conquer various procedures. His unwavering faith and selflessness mark me. He choose. He choose, as a young man, that out of the ashes and pain of his young life, that he would rise. God called, and he answered, and that I am so grateful for. His three children, their spouses, and 15 grandchildren are marked by this choice.

I did not mean this to be a blog post about my dad, it’s just that he has such a passion for Jesus, and his family. He exemplifies exactly the point I am trying to make that is, we all have a choice, that in one generation a family linage can change. I encourage you to look upon this Easter season with family in mind. Forgive. Restore broken relationships. Build stronger bonds. Celebrate those closest to you. Put aside worldly pulls and give your family your undistracted attention. Choose to rise out of ashes, or if you are fortunate enough, grow in those green pastures.

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
-Mother Theresa

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This family unit has been kicking up some dust here in Idaho. I am unsuccessfully trying to tame the white powder filtering into our living quarters each day. But along with mess comes progress.

In the past month Jared and the boys have sheet rocked, mudded, and primed the pool room.

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The rest of the house is receiving it’s final coat of mud and we should be set to texture and paint the first part of April.

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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.

DIY Hardwood Floor Renovation

Investment properties are beaconing our name. Since Wilson got us to help him with flipping a property last spring, we have decided we might as well take our own bite into flipping and investing in rental properties in the North Idaho area. We are still working on The Wolf Lodge, but as of now, we plan on picking up a couple of properties a year to either turn or keep as rentals.
We just finished a remodel on a 4 bedroom, one bath, 1960’s home in Coeur d Alene. It needed quite a bit of work inside and exterior paint. We’ve completely overhauled the kitchen, updated the bath, new paint, trim, and fixtures throughout, and changed out all flooring, including refinishing the hardwood floors. Which is exactly what I plan to blog about today, refinishing hardwood floors.

We’ve refinished hardwood flooring before so we were prepared for the amount of work and rewarding results this process offers. This can be a DIY project if you are not one who gives up mid project from a sore back and calloused knees. In our Bothell, WA house we stripped, sanded, and refinished 1200 sq ft of 4″ maple plank flooring in a natural finish (no stain). This go around we stripped, sanded, stained, and varnished a 1 3/4″ red oak floor. Both were very similar. The oak is a bit harder wood. I am so thankful Jared and Wilson took on the stripping this time.

Maple floors refinished in our Bothell, WA house.

Maple floors refinished in our Bothell, WA house.

Now I know this may be too detailed for some of my readers, but this is one of those blogs I am posting for the DIYers who are searching for the courage to take on their hardwood floors. So step by step, I will explain.

First thing to do, is to pull up any carpeting or other flooring material that is covering your hardwood, scrape off as much glue or other adhesive, these is a real bear to sand away. Remove carpet tack or any other debris. This should give you a good view of your hardwood. Asses boards that may need to be replaced due to water damage, rot, or just plan overuse in high traffic areas. We had one room that the previous owners glued the carpet pad down, boy did Wilson have fun demoing that. Good thing he is young and energetic. There is nothing magical about this process, it’s just good hard work.

This is the room that had carpet pad that was adhered to the hardwood at demolition.  Dark stain hides a multitude of flaws.

This is the room that had carpet pad that was adhered to the hardwood at demolition. Dark stain hides a multitude of flaws.

We pulled up the tile in the 10×10 kitchen to find no hardwood underneath. We were faced with the decision of putting down another tile or continuing with the hardwood throughout. We chose the second option. Wood in a kitchen or bathroom lends itself to water damage but we lived with both in Bothell and never had an issue. But I was certainly careful to clean up spills or that occasional flooding toilet quickly. I think bathrooms are more risky to install hardwood in than a kitchen. With that being said, we decided to install hardwood in this kitchen. We ordered additional hardwood through a local chain called Great Floors. They helped us decide which kind of wood we needed to match and had the wood ready for us the next day. It ended up costing us more than we figured installing tile would be, but the overall continuous hardwood created an appearance of a bigger area and thus was worth every penny. The wood cost us $6 sq ft. It took Jared a day and 1/2 to lay the kitchen floor, two steps, and a small landing. He rented a hardwood floor nailer from a local rental company for $60 for two days. When adding additional hardwood be sure to pull out a few of the older floor to stagger the new floor boards into the mix. Otherwise you have a straight line of new which definitely looks like remodel material.

Jared and Wilson replacing the subfloor prior to hardwood installation in the kitchen.

Jared and Wilson replacing the subfloor prior to hardwood installation in the kitchen.

After installation it is time to begin stripping. No chemical was used. Again it was good old fashioned hard work. We rented a radial sander and an edge sander because the radial sander does not reach right up next to the walls. These cost us $75 total, including sand paper, for a three day rental. Sand the entire floor with a 40, then 60, then 80, and finally 100 grit paper. These usually come with the sanders. Yes, you will need to go over the floor four times. This process requires a sensitivity to how much pressure you place on the sander. More pressure, the deeper it sands, and thus more wood is taken off. Our oak floors required much more muscle and pressure than the maple. Your first pass should remove most of the old finish if you are refinishing. Important note here; use the bag that comes with your sander to catch the sawdust. I can tell you from experience it makes sanding and clean up much easier.

Ok, you have dust everywhere, don’t you? Every speck of it needs to be picked up. Wipe down the walls, blinds, widows, inside closets, trim, light fixtures, EVERYTHING! Any dust will find its way to your floor when you get to varnishing if you don’t. Our process went, from the top of walls down as we swept, then went back over everything with a shop vacuum ( don’t forget the heater vents, if they come on while you are varnishing, oh my!) finally, we wiped the floors down with a tack cloth.

Sawdust anyone?

Sawdust anyone?

On to the next step, staining. If you choose to put stain on your floor, now is the time to do so. Our maple floors we did not stain, but the oak, we did. We used natural walnut Old Master’s stain that we purchased from Rodda. It cost about $18 a quart. We used three quarts, not near the amount it called for the 600 sq ft. Start at the far corner of your space. With a staining pad or cloth, we used the pad, dip the corner of the pad into the quart. Spread covering completely, but not leaving pools of stain. Work your way backwards on your hands and knees spreading, dipping, spreading, as you go, backing your way out of the room. Do sections that can dry in about 5-10 minutes because you will need to go back and wipe down the area after that allotted time. If you don’t they will be a bit gummy and uneven. Continue this process until the entire area is complete. Note, you will get messy. Gloves and knee pads come in handy.

The stain is applied but not wiped off yet.

The stain is applied but not wiped off yet.

On to the final step, varnishing. Allow 24 hours for the stain to dry. We have used two different products to varnish, Daly’s gloss floor coat, and Old Master’s high gloss coat. Both cost approximately $75 a gallon, were water based and equally easy to put down using a lambs wool mop. We ended up only needing 2 gallons for the 600 sq ft. The Daly’s project has withstood 5 years of family use and still look great. I would have used that product again but could not find enough in town to complete our project and did not have time to order. The Old Masters went down great, I just can’t comment on it’s longevity due to how new our project is.

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The varnish will be applied in three coats. Between each application the floors need to be sanded lightly and then wiped down with a tack cloth. Follow the directions on the can as to drying time between coats. It is usually a couple of hours until you should be back in sanding and wiping. After the final application, do not sand and let the gloss dry for 24 hours before stepping on it. A couple things to note, everything on the floor will become a bump when varnished, air bubbles become bumps that need to be sanded, keep the temperature within the range directed on the can, but make sure you heater vents are clean before turning them on during this stage of the process.
After 24 hours reinstall the base moldings so you can then bring all that furniture you crammed in your garage, back in. The floors should last 6-12 years, depending on the amount of use, before a refinish is need again. The sooner you refinish, the less sanding required. If you are like me, we adopted a shoes off policy at this point.

Finished kitchen

Finished kitchen

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Finished front room

Finished front room

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (1 Chronicles 16:10-11 NIV)

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Bloom where you’re planted. Bless where you exist. Be fully right where you are. We’ve heard it many different ways, that is, the urging to live a fullfilled life in the moment, not in the past or future. Today this was one of those thoughts that filtered through my mind. You see, I’m subbing High School English this week. Memories and thoughts of purpose, identity, and usefulness have invaded the space between my ears. It has me wrestling. Am I really called to be at home, helping building, or am I to teach? Well, it’s not either, but both plus some! The revelation unfolded as I read The Screwtape Letters with the Senior class I am subbing for. Screwtape is expressing how noise and distraction is what draws us away from God. He is rejoicing at the fact, actually. This idea reminded me that it’s not what we do, but who we are. Am I living the life before me glorifying God regardless of what I might physically be doing for the day? So often throughout our lives we don’t get to choose what we do each day. Oh ya, I’ve spent a many days trying to figure out exactly what I should do. I’ve missed the point. Westminster Chatachism #1 states “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” How beautiful is that? Glorify, that we know and try to do, but enjoy him. Yeah…that is a sweet gift! Are you enjoying God as you glorify him? I can tell you, it doesn’t come by worrying about purpose, It comes by breathing a word of thanks and searching for God’s plan in the moment you find yourself in. You see thanks shifts our sight and allows us to see the simplicity in which we are to glorify and enjoy Him.

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September and October where did they go? Our three youngest are thriving at Genesis Prep Academy. This is also where I have been subbing. Wilson is deep into his studies at North Idaho College and working with Jared. Brent is always on our minds on the other side of Washington. We’ve gotten to visit him often but, not often enough. Jared picked up another fixer house in town and has spent most days there. I’ll be sending a DIY post on this house later next week.

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