Just the fact that this post contains almost all the blessing updates from the month gives you a good idea of my life this August.
More arguing and figuring than faith, I am sorry to say.
Much more letting go than I ever imagined I could or would have to do. Letting go of understanding, timing, expectations, desires, rights. Letting go means tears, lots of tears.
Yesterday felt like something shifted. I saw this graphic by Intentional Living on Facebook. Saying, thinking and living from who I am instead of how I feel, feels wonderful. It is very freeing. I am sure I knew that, have been told that no less than a 1000 times but something actually shifted yesterday and I felt more free and encouraged than I have in months. If you are not already, or at the moment, you should try it.
This month its been more like general contractor and crew leader. The great thing is we like working together and look forward to doing it more. Most of our time together is focused on our shop, our God Sized Project. We work together on his days off. He makes sure I know what needs to be done and how to do it for the next week. The kids and I get as far as we can on it each week.
This has been the crew leader. Most weeks this month, and half of last I think, the kids and I – especially the boys – have put in many, many hours on preparing for the concrete to go in the footings and now to get the entire floor ready for concrete. We are getting closer and so is winter. We will finish leveling the pad with sand today. Then we need to lay vapor barrier, insulate, lay heating tubes, and lay rebar. Then we will be ready for the final pour of concrete! I never would have imagined it taking us all summer to get this far. More letting go.
This is what the kids and I did to get the footings ready for concrete.
This is the list we are currently working on.
I’ve been forcing myself to make plans for school, too. The plans are now in order, other than when I am going to make time to actually have them do their school work. I guess the boys are doing school now. They can log all their work for a construction class.
Not really anything to say here. I miss writing. I look forward to things slowing down and making time for it again. I’m not sure how far out I am looking though. We are hoping to get the building closed in so the weather won’t keep us from working inside through the winter. I have no idea how long that will take.
Blessings Week 13
Aug 3 – 9
- Hard working boys
- family foundation
- My almost 80 year old Dad being willing and able to help shovel
Blessings Week 14
Aug 10 – 16
- pump truck
- concrete trucks
- fair weather
- Use of generator and stinger
- Dump truck
Blessings Week 15
Aug 17 – 23
- Sand spread – 20+ yards the boys have shoveled every grain of it. My girl and I have spread most of it.
- Plumber willing to design the heating system, get us parts at cost and teach us what to do and just at the right time!
- Dump truck