Thursday, July 20, 2017
We have no cupboards. So I had Tom put these 2 shelves up for me. All plates, bowls, cups organized! The Teens love it. No more digging through the huge wire shelf they were on before.
We kept the bare minimum of decorations, some from the old 5th wheel, the bunk house, and big garage at the Lake. It took forever to decide where they should go! The Lodge has no "rooms" only 4 walls. It really limits decorating! You need every inch for daily things first.
I'm the only one taking pictures. And I take so few. The kids have all scattered in 50 directions! By the time I can get a photo they are in bed! LOL! And the Teens are always busy!
This was after I stood on the couch to pound a nail and she plopped next to me on the couch with such force I nearly bounced off!! LOL!!
(Her leotard stops undressing when we are too busy to keep an eye on her! (she's fast) She uses every opportunity! ;o)
The moose table in front is to set things on, underneath in the crate are the boys AFOs.
(the white door on the left goes into the garage)
On top is our ice maker. :o) We are addicted to crushed ice.
Tom called it "the Ranch" because he mowed it. Now with everything cleaned up and completed we call it the Lodge. (we say "the Large Lodge", using a British accent of not pronouncing the "r" in large- LOL!)
My obituary will list this man as my Grandfather. He parented my mom 10 years and my Paternal Grandfather was not alive. He was all I had for a Grandpa. God truly gifted me with him in my life.
(sorry, I'm an adoptive mom, "real" family members are an issue with me. I am real)
In the box today I was delighted to find - ME!!! and my best friend the Barred Owl I hoot to just about every night up here!
Oh I was over-joyed! It was a last gift from Grandpa! Don't I look lovely? I'm an old Norwegian woman ;o) (And I really am 1/4 Norwegian/Finnish) These are priceless!
These things truly are God's Gifts. As He created us, and planned even the minutest bits of our lives. I weep with UNCONTAINABLE JOY!! God used Grandpa to brighten my day. Grandpa had no idea! Well he does now!
Thank You for stopping by and sharing our JOY! (((HUGS))) and prayers!
Friday, July 14, 2017
We are back in the woods.
The week before we got here I had been sick.
Eight years ago I had surgery to help a problem. Eight years later its back. To top it off I'm now allergic to the 2 super-biotics I took for years to stop the infections.
I was hoping here in the woods I'd feel better and I did a few days.
Until it stopped me in my tracks. I nearly ended up in the hospital. By the Grace of God alone and my 4 super heroes I made it through.
I just don't want another surgery, I had a code blue after the last one. I hate surgery.
All 4 are doing Etymology up here and switch off to Math at home. Sweet Lysa helped correct books for her siblings while I was sick.
This day it didn't rain!
((((HUGS))) to all, thanx for visiting! God Bless!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The oldest (now adult) children (now 41, 41, 38, 36) told me that going up north was a labor camp. They did not like all the up keep/work. They thought it would be all fun.
The 4 teens at home now are very hard workers and they never complain.
When I was three my dad purchased a Lot on a Lake ten miles from here. First he built a very small bunk house. Then we worked the land and he built a cabin. All 15 years I was up there as a child I worked hard. I was the oldest. I helped with everything- putting the dock in, hauling things, clean up, building. Every weekend we went up, Dad's and my feet hit the ground running. We even went up in the Winter. As hard as it was, it was good hard.
So when Tom and I bought a lake lot 27 years ago, I knew what it involved. Tom not so much and the oldest teens had no idea. I loved it! I loved all the work. Tom doesn't build so I became our contractor. :o) I did as much as I knew how. We never had a cabin, only a bunk house. But it was more than enough.
Now Lysa wants to help Zay and Tom mow too!
All these years later, we are no longer on the lake, but in the woods.
This June Isaiah arrived here 13 years old. He was super excited about finally having teen age chores! Like mowing.
He's very responsible with tools. He asks multiple questions before starting a job if its new to him. He thinks of things to help that I'd never ask Tom because Tom would say no. Right now he is using the shop vac to vacuum the garage. I didn't even ask him because I was so busy myself I hadn't thought of it yet. :o)
So Zay and I now hit the ground running when we arrive here. I see so much of myself in him.
Of course the teen girls are huge helps too. Just not as excited about it, and need more breaks! ;o)
We still get a lot done in the rain and between rain showers. We save inside work for rainy days.
Isaiah mowing again. Its about 3 acres that we mow.
I was in the trailer at the table sewing when I took this.
Isaiah also used the new small battery powered chain saw to trim branches.
I love how thick the forest is up here. You can clear land, here but leave it jut one summer and it begins growing back quickly. Its amazing how it thrives!
To the left the bare trees are the neighbors on his newly "flooded" for ducks land.
We had a HUGE Tom Turkey in the yard one afternoon. I sent Faith to sneak behind and follow it. she said he was with a female Turkey. Maybe they were going to nest? We hear them every morning. In the evening we see the white Swans and Loons flying over. They go from Lake to pond to river. So much wild life here. I told Zay to write down what we'd seen. He forgot. ;o)
SP says that she is not going home! ;o) We'll be back before she knows it! Since this picture I shaved the boys heads. I usually do that in May, we were late this year. I trim their hair as long as possible because they won't sit for hair cuts. Only Moses fights having his hair touched by anyone. The other 4 don't mind the hair shaving, and tolerate the trims. This year Julius actually sat so nice I may be able to give him a hair cut instead of shaving his head.
Tonight we put things away. In the morning after breakfast we go home.
Thank You for stopping by to share our JOY! (((HUG))) :o)
Thursday, June 22, 2017
There are days when I am in complete AWE! of EVERYTHING God does for me! Every single thing He does for me..............for us..........for every living breathing person. ALWAYS, CONSTANT! CONTINUAL care of us! Never ceasing nor forsaking!
He even GIFTS us the things we didn't even know we needed!
When we sorted through our 25 years of accumulations at the Lake. Things that were given to me from my mom, old things from home. We had to donate a lot of things in order to be able to move to the woods. We were moving to a bigger space, but we needed less.
We weren't even sure what we needed. Silly us, God knew.
I trusted God would guide us. But He did more than guide us. He delighted our hearts by answering prayers, and showing us we are not doing this alone. He answered prayers not even prayed yet.
I was over thinking things hoping for the best. Forgetting to turn to Him at every concern. Even though I know that He is always here. My human heart is fickle. When difficulties come, how easily I forget.
Now I REJOICE ALL DAY LONG. Shake my head with AWE and wonder. Lord, really? You never cease taking time for my little needs? You took time for my little tiny needs? When my mind is in tune with Him as it should be, I can see where God was thinking of and caring for so many of my needs years before they were needed! OH! To be so LOVED by Him!
And He LOVES us ALL this deeply.
So often I find it's not big things He shows me I need. He is so often answering my constant little prayers in BIG ways!!
Truthfully these last 5 years we've waited on so many big prayers to be answered the way we expected or hoped. But He answered them in ways we do not understand. We accept His Wisdom is Greater than ours. We know He is answering His way and doing exactly what is best.
Its the hundreds of little things He does for me every day; that leaves me breathless with AWE at the end of the day. As my faith grows stronger, I can "see" Him moving in our lives more clearly. It's fascinating and it's a GIFT. I have been a Christian for 38 years.
UNCONTAINABLE JOY IN THE LORD!!
I wrote this to encourage anyone needing strength/faith. One thing I have learned well over the years is that we ALL need encouragement to build our faith/strength. I have received the gift of encouragement from so many. I feel the need to pass it on. (((HUGS))) God is Good!
Monday, June 19, 2017
This was taken after dinner. So boys were headed outside.
We are putting shelves over the couch for dishes.
Above Violet is contained at night so she can't get into trouble. She keeps everyone awake leaping from bed to bed. She makes a mess of her litter boxes no matter where they are. ugh! How can one 8 lb cat make so much mess?
The big brown box holds super sized building blocks for the boys.
SP is sitting to the left waiting for coffee!
More sorting, sewing and cleaning tomorrow. We thank God for all the room we have here to get it done! Last year with the construction we were so squished into certain areas and it was hard for us all.
What a difference a year makes.
Next year Isaiah and I are going to set up a wood shop area in the garage! Tom doesn't like working with wood. I've always wanted to- and Isaiah wants to learn too!
Lysa has decided she wants to work on the lawn- mowing and weed whacking!
They are so much help! And they get along amazingly. We have so many fun memories!