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.  🙂

 

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