In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

This Week - Garage and More

 It was not a smooth and easy week around here. On top of my already packed schedule, JD had to go on travel the entire week, leaving me to be the building coordinator for the first week the Amish worked. Let's just say it was far from smooth. Plans needed explanations that I couldn't give, there were lots of questions I couldn't answer, tractors that needed gas and issues about what was for lunch arose. Although it wasn't their fault at all, it was like having a second batch of needy children constantly calling me.  

This picture was taken at the end of day one. The picture below was Kylie stealing the cookies that the Amish left on the wood pile.

Day two and three brought all the main walls.

Day four and five began the upstairs. Due to a miscalculation and the wrong (un-returnable) windows ordered, the upstairs is going to be 1.5 feet taller than we planned. The only concern there is that the addition is going to be a bit taller than the house. While I am concerned about how that will look, JD used his favorite phrase, "it is what it is" and the project moves forward.

On Friday, the breezeway that will connect the house and garage were started.

From here, there will be stairs that lead into the new shoe room off the mud room. The plan is that snow boots and mud boots will reside in shelves in the breezeway while "clean" shoes will live in the shoe room. I am hoping to mass evacuate the hundreds of shoes that currently live everywhere in the house!

Other than building this week, I had school meetings most of Thursday and Friday. The kids also had soccer camp every evening. Last night brought the conclusion of swim team with finals awards. I have to brag on Tori - she won two golds and three silvers at finals as well as was awarded "Most Valuable Player". She is a phenomenal swimmer and while our family has been blessed with several outstanding swimmers - Tori holds the record for final awards. When you swim finals, you are swimming against everyone on six teams, so she came in either first or second in everything she swam.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Tori! Our oldest swam year-round for several years, the coolest thing was being in a competition at Auburn's (then new) swim center. I think the garage will look fine. The Amish really get the job done fast! How nice to have them nearby to work!