Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time flies when we are busy!

Another hot day! In the 90s.
No breeze.
Not a cloud in the sky.
Stuck in the trailer with the AC so my neuro disease doesn't relapse. Unless I get antsy and go out anyway!
By tonight it will cool enough for me to do more work. I work outside from 9 to midnight. Its a small inconvenience. I get a lot done fast.

I do miss those lake breezes. But that's about all I miss from there. My favorite time of year at the lake was always always winter. But we never could afford to have anything winterized to stay there in the winter. When I was a teen I'd come up here with my dad to my parents cabin in the winter.

I've never been to Camp Uffda (here) in the winter. This winter I will Lord Willing!! Maybe I'll like it just as much as winter at the lake? But there's still nothing like a frozen lake. :o)

No more cement floor!! Woo-Hoo! I wanted new flooring next but that will have to be next year. First the knotty pine walls will go up before flooring. And that might be this winter. Our builder was just offered a contract to build a house, so our projects are on hold. Except the wheel chair ramp. They are building that at their place and bringing it here. :o)

We hoped to finish, but that's o.k. Now I will start painting the outside of the garage for water protection. 

The new 30' x 30' sub floor makes the cabin side look smaller. It will be a few days before Merc and the boys can play in here. We have the old rug and a few outdoor rugs to put down to cover the roughness when they do.   

 This wall separates the cabin and garage. We are only using the garage side right now. :o)

Our sweet dogs before the sub floor. They are so patient as we work.
They have a canopy screened and tented area outside too. They are diggers so we have to watch them! They are like kids, they need supervision! :o)

                                                                    Kitty and Lysa :o)

Cold water is a must- we love our water cooler!! This will be my kitchen window. (taken before the sub floor) We bought a water cooler at home too since we quit drinking koolaide a year ago.

                           Lysa rinsing dishes and watering down "wet" clothes from accidents.

                                                       Dad showing the kids a beetle.

              The dryer vented out the "swamp" side window in the garage. Isaiah likes the view!

                                                                       Lysa rinsing.

                                                             and rinsing! Our old trailer that was vandelized was here before. Now the boys ride their 3 wheelers and picnic on here.

My "eye sore", the Well! I call it a "Garden Feature with Well Water" now. I wanted it to the left of the patio. So it wasn't as obvious an eye sore. Now its here for life. OY!

My Garden Feature with Well Water from the back. The patio doors lead into the "living" room area. They have to be replaced. The vandals destroyed them so the no longer open.

                                                 Faith putting Winty out. He's a good boy!

Isaiah took this photo of what Lysa's toad did on the picnic table when it was upset. Kids!

Samson enjoying his dinner as we watch the sun set over the trees. He likes to pick a new spot to eat every day. Some days he's so busy here and happy. Other days he refuses to do anything but watch videos. He prefers not to be around his "little" brothers. He is big of course.

Our days are filled with JOY gifted from God!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Building stage II

 above photo- the garage stuffed with stuff until the sub floor goes into the house half, starting tomorrow. This is the garage half.

It is 1 a.m. Mercy is talking in her bed. None of the 6 little ones sleep through the night, ever. I'm making Steel Cut Oats for breakfast and leaving them to simmer while I catch a few winks before Noah and Jacob get up at 4 a.m.

Being away from home ruins sleep patterns, even sleep aids don't work. I worry so much about how little sleep Noah gets. At least the other 5 will fall asleep at odd times during the day to "catch up". But not Noah.

 This (above) is the length of half of the garage. The dryer is to the left, drying mountains of laundry we wash in town.

 There is order to everything now, but the first day we got up here last weekend it was chaos!
It will take 3 days for the sub floor to be complete.
One of the young men (builders) just adopted two children! He told Tom on the phone. He has no idea we've adopted. :o) I think he'll notice when he gets here. :o)

Curtains lay, waiting to be hung. Old playpen covers we'll probably toss since the old bunk beds from home are here now. To the left a box filled with mouse traps.

 This is the length of the other half of the garage. (all photos by Isaiah)

Samson's bed. Its a large foot stool that pulls out into a nice twin size bed. The porta potty next to it so he doesn't have to go out to the outhouse in the middle of the night! Samson prefers to sleep here. He is 15' away from me in my bed. There is a garage door right outside the trailer door. He calls me if he needs me. But he has everything he needs. He watches movies on the TV from bed. I check on him when I go out to the outhouse. :o) Before you know it its 6 a.m.
He turns 21 years old today! Where does the time go??

More pictures on the other blog :o)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where is Home?

                                     (photo above- 2 huge trucks coming to drill the new well)

These pictures Isaiah took today remind me of something very important.

Where is our home?
We move from place to place.
Some of us think we are moving to a nicer home, a better/bigger home, a "dream" home.
Some of us have to move, for work, or family.
Some of us like me don't wander far, because we know what's out there. Its different but not better. And it never satisfies because it isn't Home.
My dream home is in Heaven. :o) I wander aimlessly. My Soul is crying out for my Home with God!

What I LOVE about my real Home is that I will be there with ALL of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We will never be separated from God and we will never be far from each other again!

(above- the well rigger lifted up on 4 legs to hold it firm as they drill. sorry I don't know the terminology)

We used to own lake property. We vacationed there. It was not an earthly home. We camped there because we could never afford a cabin. The taxes were un-believable for non-homestead. We were 1 mile from town so we could easily drive in for necessities.

For the next 7 years (after buying the lake property) I searched for land. Something more affordable. The Lord directed us to this place. So in 1998 we bought it. It was a house and a garage with "out" buildings, it was a tiny farm. 19.25 acres for very little money.

We paid a lot more to tear down every rotting structure here. After that we had a house/garage shell built, nothing fancy, just a 1 story rectangle.

Then we moved our 10 year old trailer over from the Lake to start moving in.

But the Lord allowed vandals to vandalize the acreage property, year after year. The trailer was demolished. The building doors beat up. This did not happen on the lake because neighbors are very close by.

When I say the "Lord allowed", I'm saying He allows us all to make choices. He allowed them to chose to vandalize. What the vandals ruined, was God's. We own nothing. So we prayed His Will not ours. These lessons are hard.

So we let the property sit 15 years. We mowed it. We repaired it. We even tried to sell it.

                           (above- 2 huge trucks, squeezing past MA and SP in the 5th wheel)

We visited the acreage often, it is only 8 miles from the Lake. We spent years going there picking up glass and garbage. Cleaning it up.

The Lord's timing is always perfect.
After 15 years we were able to come.
It was worth the wait.

But Lord! We are too old for a move like this now! We have no help! We have no funds!
Oh me of little faith.

(Isaiah loved the graphics and adverts on the trucks too!)

I need not have been concerned, God had everything put in place. (As I should always remember.)

In 2014 during our 2 1/2 months at the Lake, we filled a huge dumpster and donated everything we could. Keeping only the bare minimum of what we needed. And we left the Lake forever.

In Spring of 2015 we bought a new trailer big enough to sleep 12. A huge gift from God!

We also brought over our old 5th wheel trailer from the lake and re-structured the inside for MA and SP to have their own living area! They used to sleep in the bunk house at the Lake. They even have their own bathroom now!

But just as suddenly plans changed. No matter what we tried it wasn't possible to move in, that summer.

So as we always should do- we prayed.

A funny thing happened as we prayed and waited on Him. Our really nice helpful neighbor at the acreage offered to buy ours. We wondered- now what! Is this His Will? We really couldn't sell so quickly to him after paying to move everything to the acreage from the Lake- where would it go if we sold it?

Sadly our neighbor had a stroke that Fall. (unknown to us at the time) So it was best we hadn't accepted his offer. He is doing much better now. Thank You God! He is still working and hoping to retire there with his wife.

                                                        (above- again squeezing thru)

The acreage is our summer home. It is different than camping like we did at the Lake. We are fixing it up for living. We hope to spend Holidays here, Lord Willing. As MA and SP's health declines they need more support to come with us. They love it here as well.

We don't splurge on things like carpet or paint. Its all very rustic, we have just the bare minimum. Everything meets the building code, but very cabin like.

The Lord helped us find an amazing electrician. June-July 2016 he did a huge electric project for us. The entire garage/house shell, trailers, and outdoors now lit up!

Then we got a new land line for phone, with WiFi! Very nice :o) (State licensing for Group Homes mandates a Land line)

Next week we get a 30' x 30' sub floor that will be built in the house half of the building shell. As well as wheel chair ramps for MA and SP to get in and out of the 5th wheel.
We have spent 3 nights cleaning/ sorting and PRAISING God!! to prepare for our new floor and living space! It is a wonderful gift.

We THANK God for the ease of things falling in place for us.

Not that we haven't had challenges! :o)

Since the years of vandalism we appreciate coming here more knowing it could be worse. We don't have any "thing" we'd mourn the loss of if it were destroyed. Everything is on loan from God. But to see things still here makes us happy!

We THANK God as we work on this project!! We sing His Praises as we work! And the kids have all made a pledge to read their bible in one year, so on their breaks from working they share with each other what He has spoken to their hearts through all of this.

When we die these 4 will inherit it, Lord Willing.

 As you can see from Isaiah's pictures- today we had a new well drilled! Isaiah  loved these trucks. He learned about MACK trucks and how I loved them as a kid!

The well was estimated to be at 150 ft. The Lord was good to us and it was only FIFTY feet! PRAISE God! a huge savings! They had even hit water at 25'. But that was not deep enough to be good.

The pine tree in the picture above had to be stripped of branches 25' up so the truck could squeeze through.
We did not want to cut it down. We have stunning pines of several kinds that are huge now.
They have withstood some pretty big storms!

                                                                This is the driller.

 Coming through the pines in the yard. Isaiah was worried about the trucks leaving ruts, but the land is so soft it heals itself easily and quickly. In fact our huge gravel driveway is now all grass!

 I wanted the well in front of the bench where the little black grill is sitting. But Tom decided to put it smack dab in front of the patio. Right in the middle!!?? He decided while I was in the trailer out of the way. He regrets it now, but................ It is there. :o( We will have to walk around it.

 It was so HOT! 86 degrees in the sun and no breeze. Lots of biting flies too.

                                                       Isaiah loves the controls of machines!

                                                                The top of the drill.

                                                        AND WE HIT WATER!!

                                                                       Tom supervising.

 On their way out. Back tomorrow with a water tank. Not sure what all that involves. Its the new State mandated water laws.

                                                 putting the drill back down to leave

 Off they go to do another well. I don't know how they do it! They did our Lake well too about 10 years ago. That well was a lot deeper and we never trusted the water quality. A mine was fracking near by. We used the well for bathing, dishes, laundry. No fracking around here! phew!

 Our garage to the left, trailer to the right, the well truck in the yard heading down the driveway to leave.
The little tented area is where the dogs potty.

 Our new mess! LOL!! Which is fine because that water is a huge blessing to 15 people

                                                    The end result! Thank You Lord!!
                             Right front and center of where we sit and watch the sun set :o(
                                                    No more supervising for Tom.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


The idea that ‘being in love’ is the only reason for remaining married really leaves no room for marriage as a contract or promise at all. If love is the whole thing, then the promise can add nothing; and if it adds nothing, then it should not be made. The curious thing is that lovers themselves, while they remain really in love, know this better than those who talk about love. As Chesterton pointed out, those who are in love have a natural inclination to bind themselves by promises. Love songs all over the world are full of vows of eternal constancy. The Christian law is not forcing upon the passion of love something which is foreign to that passion’s own nature: it is demanding that lovers should take seriously something which their passion of itself impels them to do.

And, of course, the promise, made when I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way. He might as well promise never to have a headache or always to feel hungry.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hot July

 I have been so tired. I recently recovered from an infection in my jaw from a dental procedure. Just the other day the dentist told me sometimes these infections spread to the brain as well. I just had no symptoms until it was quite bad. Now in the summer heat, I'm exhausted.
I had to cut back my computer time so we could get important things done. :o) And heal.

 Every few years we go through hand-me-downs. The girls and Isaiah took "fashion" pictures of their favorite "finds".
We cleaned out a lot of room since we toss 50% of the 3 older girls hand-me-downs that won't fit Mercy.

 Lysa loves turtlenecks! She made Faith try one of her "new" ones on! LOL! Oh how these 4 LOVE each other! :o) They are incredibly fun, good kids!

Their favorite "find" was skirts from India that I'd gotten quite a deal on. They looked so pretty! Until............

Miss Faith insisted they ALL dress up as Steve Irwin. Faith dresses like Steve Irwin 99% of the time??!! (she pretends to live in the Outback and uses Australian "slang" LOL!)
Kitty hates khakis. Lysa actually likes them! With other tops!

 Back to the pretty skirts. They are 13-14-15 now :o)

Isaiah refuses to wear any Steve Irwin type clothing- LOL! And no skirts of course! ;o) Isaiah is 12, adding to the 13,14,15!

 Faith looks like Jasmine finding the diamond in Aladdin! Our oldest daughter Angel was half Lebanese, and she had a collection of Aladdin things.(many that I bought her)  Angel loved Jasmine because Jasmine was the Middle Eastern Disney princess, like her. :o) When Angel died we gave her Aladdin things to Faith. Faith was always drawn to Aladdin more than the African Disney princess. In fact Faith's birth mom named her Jasmine at birth. :o)

                                            Miss Kitty
                          Lysa modeling and praying. :o)

 We ordered 50 pounds of potatoes this month from Azure.
The kids favorite is when I cook them in fatty broth. I make turkey or chicken in the crockpot. When its done split up the broth into 2 crockpots and boil the potatoes in them. So much tastier than potatoes boiled in water.
Sometimes I mash them into soup too.

 I make our un-processed grain free cake mixes in bulk so I can grab a jar- add eggs/oil/and fruit and bake. Very quick!
These are chocolate with coconut flour.

 We sorted out the boy's and Mercy's school boxes for Fall. They take summer off from homeschool. The 4 older kids do not.

 Lots of paper and other fun things to write on with fresh markers and crayons! They are very hard on their things so each year the box contents are tossed and new added.

 The older kids finished up a huge history unit on Laura Ingalls Wilder. This Fall they will start Laura's favorite arts and crafts and build a western fort. Their favorite Wilder book, besides the Little House series, is her Devotional with all of her favorite bible verses. Its not in the stack because someone is always reading it and exclaiming "THAT'S MY FAVORITE VERSE TOO!" :o)

Violet says "Hugs and prayers till next time!"