My Life August

God-Sized-Project-008-Week-13-&-14  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.

I am living from who I amWife
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.

IMG_2288 IMG_2318Mom
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.

IMG_2324This is what the kids and I did to get the footings ready for concrete.imageIMG_2238 IMG_2246 IMG_2253 IMG_2285 IMG_2296 IMG_2323 IMG_2324image

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

IMG_2335Blessings Week 14
Aug 10 – 16

  • concrete
  • 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 truckIMG_2334

Grace, Please? Thank you!

This week’s post was supposed to be about grace.
Instead I am asking for grace.
Building season, growing season, summer – pretty much everything but winter – is really short here in Alaska.

Doing as much as we can on our own on our God Sized Project keeps me very busy. We make progress every week. We are very grateful for Brian’s schedule that gives us 3 day weekends every week. We also have a LONG way to go. 
So I am asking for grace. I’ve not had the time or mental energy to put together a post for this week.
Thank you!
We burned a outline of Alaska on our building site in April.Fire of Grace in Alaska IMG_1282
We cleared the ground for the foundation in May.Spreading GravelThe void had to be filled. Filling the hole.

Final passes over the pad to compact the fill, press everything into place.
Final passes over the pad to compact the fill, press everything into place.
Compacting for a strong building site.IMG_1772We dug in the footings in July.
IMG_1973Form boards and insulation under and inside the footings. IMG_2179Beginning of August we’re putting steel in the footings and insulating the outside of the footings.
I’ve posted a list of blessings God has given us almost every week, mostly to remind myself of His faithfulness. If you care to see how He’s providing look here: God Sized Project
How have you experienced grace this week?

Blessings Week 12

God-Sized-Project-Week-12July 27 – Aug 2

I am a bit tired this week so I am sure I missed some of the blessings God poured out on us this week. Here’s what I remember or got written down.

  • Free rebar, about enough for 2 full runs
  • Extra time on the excavator
  • Brian wanting to teach the boys what he knows
  • More free rebar, looks like enough for all the long bar in the footings
  • Gloves
  • Returning parts
  • Strong boys
  • Hard working familyIMG_2146 IMG_2148 IMG_2149 IMG_2152 IMG_2158 IMG_2160 IMG_2166 IMG_2171 IMG_2179

Blessings Week 11

This weeks work was the plumbing that goes under the floor. We had a long weekend but it’s mostly done.God-Sized-Project-Week-11IMG_2042 IMG_2076IMG_2092

  • Given rebar and wire ties.
  • Loaned wire tie tools and rebar bender.
  • Professional help with plumbing
  • Great scheduling on God’s part. The day we planned to plumb it rained all day and we would have had no help. The day God worked out gave us beautiful weather, help, and more time with the excavator.
  • Great help at the plumbing store.
  • Made it to the plumbing store while they were still open.
  • Favor with the equipment rental store.
  • Favor with the steel company.
  • Stirrups for the foundation are done.
  • Making it form 10 am to 6 pm before having to make a run for more plumbing parts.
  • Finding pieces and ways to make things work.
  • Excavator to do most of the digging
  • Getting under the footing where we forgot to bury a pipe without too much trouble.

Blessings Week 10

  • God-Sized-Project-005-Week-10Sales tax exemption for building supplies
  • Connection at electrical supply store
  • 8 ft foamIMG_1956IMG_1909 IMG_1867 IMG_1881 IMG_1888 IMG_1891 IMG_1906
  • The Hydratrack saved much shoveling
  • The waterline is buried
  • Good meeting with concrete finisher
  • Good advice on concrete
  • Custom cut foam
  • Connex to work in
  • Tools we need, saws, transit, pipe clamp
  • Old screws
  • Scrap wood
  • Pretty rocks in the rain
  • Hardworking husband
  • Hardworking family
  • Forklift IMG_1973 IMG_1958 IMG_1954 IMG_1949 IMG_1945 IMG_1944 IMG_1942 IMG_1936 IMG_1933 IMG_1931 IMG_1925
  • Square form boards
  • Level form boards
  • Straight form boards

Blessings Week 9

It is so good to look back at the pictures of a week ago when I am feeling like we didn’t get as much done as we wanted to this weekend.

Blessing list July 6 – 12

  • Custom cut insulation
  • Kids who know how to work
  • Watching my boys learn about construction and working hard, working together
  • The breeze: It was hot for us Alaskans. My crew was melting.
  • Remembering the drain pipe under the center footing before anything had to be redone to get it in
  • More free expert advice on concrete and electrical
  • Barb helping with construction and food


Blessings Week 7 & 8

God-Sized-Project-002-Week-7-&-8We transformed our beautiful, flat pad into a construction site. The blessings for our project keep coming. God is so good!
IMG_1789Here is a quick list for the last two weeks.
Week 7 June 22-28

  • Meeting Rich at SBS on his day off
  • Discount on materials for footings
  • Foundation design
  • Free expert advice on foundation design
  IMG_1784 IMG_1772 IMG_1764 Pad: Thursday Morning Breaking ground again IMG_1757 IMG_1756 IMG_1743 IMG_1737 Just below the surface

Week 8 June 29-July 5

  • Given a $1,000 check, $100 check, & $20 gift card
  • Figured savings on insulation for the foundation at around $27,000
  • Saved hours of work by not having to compact, move sand, re-level footing trenches
  • Concrete stakes to use
  • Use of trailer for moving excavator
  • Boys learning well and working hard to put in nice footing trenches
  • Karissa learning to help
  • Barb working inside and out
  • Long holiday weekend, paid days off
  • Footings dug
  • Saved money on used copper waterline
  • Given some new copper waterline

Blessings Week 6

God Sized Project Blessings Week 6June 15 – 21

  • We were able to get more insulation for the foundation.
  • Not having a final foundation design allowed for a camping trip without feeling we should be home working.
  • Meeting with concrete guy and engineer to learn what we needed to finalize foundation design.
  • Living out lessons is harder than knowing them in my head. In my weakness He is strong and there is blessing.IMG_1618 IMG_1619 IMG_1634 IMG_1639 IMG_1661 IMG_1672 IMG_1674 IMG_1699

Blessings Week 5

June 8-15

  • Free expert advice on septic and foundation.
  • A husband willing to work with my weakness
  • A little lighthouse, a great reminder of how God sees me in the middle of a really tough week.

imageThis sweet little lighthouse was a wonderful reminder this week. It came free in a box of tea. I had no idea it was in there.

God told me I was a lighthouse fall of 2013. Steady, strong, solid on Him, His light shining from me. After I relented and agreed with Him He pointed out that even strong lighthouses have needs.

  • FREE, BRAND NEW stainless steel range. The shop will have 2 kitchens and the range we use now could stand to be replaced.
  • Family time. We promised the kids at least one camping trip this summer. It was nice to spend the time away with friends while we are waiting on answers about the foundation.



Blessing Week 4

  June 1 – June 7
I think I have gotten my dates slightly confused, but these are things I’m thankful for that I didn’t post or am thankful for again.Blessings Week 4

  • Flat tire at APR. Flat tires are not a blessing. Having a flat tire right next to a shop with an air hose is. Pulling up to put air in the flat tire and having the nail causing the leak to be in a very easy spot to reach was a blessing. The same shop had a plug Brian used. Flat tire fixed without even moving the trailer again much less taking the tire off! The flat tire was a blessing because we got to see many small blessings in the midst of what could have been a very troublesome situation.Karissa crossing
  • Brian’s talents- I will always be thankful for the talented man I married. He is gifted and a gift. This week specifically, knowing how to plug a nail hole in a tire, load, haul, and operate heavy equipment.
  • Extra gravel which allowed us to do a little work on our very rough driveway.
  • Time to pray and praise, learn and listen.Like Father Like Son
  • The opportunity to sow into another family’s dream of being together, maybe even dad working from home. Connecting with a like-minded family who is a few years behind us on the journey.
  • Some family time seeing God’s beautiful creation since we weren’t ready to dig footings.

Care to share any of your blessings this week?