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 (taken by Matt Hanford upon his December welcome)
Thanksgiving with The Wilsons, McAninches, Hulls, and Cincoviches.
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.
Grandpa Wilson and his boys on Christmas Eve.
This kiddos are so not into eating when presents await.
Gunner and Michelle, Love.
Holidays are for catching up with those you don’t usually get a chance to visit with.
The Reidt brood on Christmas morning
New Year’s eve at The Lodge with the Whelhams, Moulds, Wilsons, and McAninches.
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. 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!
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 construction.
Yep, I actually do occasionally work on something other than paperwork, cleaning, and purchasing. 🙂
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…
Auntie Linda’s desk I repainted.
Grandma Joyce’s upright hope chest I refinished.
Asher’s suite while he is home from college over breaks…
Liberty’s colorful suite…
Our guest suite, which we lovingly call Brent’s room…
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. 🙂