Our Team

'daDad (38 yo), the Mama (36yo), FarmerBoy (19 yo ds), Gypsygirl (17 yo dd), Miss Petite (16 yo dd),LionHeart (14 yo ds), Red (12 yo ds), Belle (10 yo dd),Nae Nae (7 yo dd),Bunny (2 yo dd), Little Britches (3 months)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Well, it has rained twice. Mightily. Last Monday, we got a call from the concrete sub. He said it was a mess at our house. He was right. 'da Dad and Farmerboy had to dig a drainage trench. The water actually covered the existing footing by several inches. Then, last night, it rained again.
The upside is, at least if it keeps up crops and gardens will grow well.
We did find out that the lumber for the floor joists is going to cost 1/2 as much as we thought, so that's a real blessing. We are still trying to get all the logistics in place, so, at least we're not bored :).
Today is Bunny's first birthday. We had the cake and ice cream last night. Daddy's at school today.

This is one of those "Only in Missouri" stories. (This part of the country is known for it's changeable weather. Heater in the morning, a/c in the afternoon. No, I'm not making this up.)

Saturday night we got about an inch or 2 of snow. Sunday morning it was starting to warm up when we headed to church. Just about the time the preacher got up, we all heard tunes floating from the ice cream truck! Snow still on the ground, and the ice cream lady, out peddling ice cream! LOL! The snow was completely gone by 3pm.

James 4 Spirit of the Living God

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Phase 1 : complete!

Well, we are done digging for the foundation. I know we are all very ready to see some concrete in the ground.
I was talking to a sister at church today about cooking for the workdays on the house. We are blessed to have lots of friends and neighbors willing to help put the house up, and they do get hungry! Someone gave me an older cookbook after the fire. It contains recipes that serve 50 people. That should be helpful.
'da Dad just told me the concrete contractor called and gave us the estimate. It falls right where we had hoped, so he asked the sub to put us on the schedule. Whooohoooo!!!!
Tomorrow?? I guess we'll see what we'll be doing, based upon what the other subcontractors are able to do.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
Isaiah 26:3
"In the Garden"

Monday, March 16, 2009


Today was beautiful! We spent some time out at the place this afternoon. First, we went to see the chiropractor ( very refreshing), then, we drove up to see someone about engineered floor joists. Later in the afternoon, the concrete subcontractor came out and inspected our original footing. It looks like they'll be able to tie into it, and pour the rest of the crawl space walls. He thinks they may be able to get to it within the next 2-3 days. That would be just great.
The plans are changing some from what I posted earlier, so I am not going to post any more about that just now.....:)
We all enjoyed the fresh air, sunshine, and work!

Psalm 16 I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Well, praise the Lord! The ash and leftover junk from the fire has been removed and we are now back to the footings of the original house. It was so good to walk up there and see dirt and not smell fire!
It rained after that, though. Hopefully, it will dry up some so they can give it another go.
Thanks Joe and Marvin!
'da Dad has been re-arranging our house plans, so we need to be making a final decision about that. We have to be ready for the foundation digging and the concrete work.
The children have been getting their eyes checked (in turns) for cataracts (genetic) and glasses. Three of the 4 that have been to the dr. needed glasses. That should help them not to get so tired while doing their school work.:)
I,uh, had a birthday. Now I'm.......................Not telling+1! My honey took me to eat Greek food and then we window shopped for the house. It was fun.
My brother-in-law Wayne is back in the hospital, unconcious. They don't know what is wrong yet. Please pray for him and his family. I don't know where he stands with Jesus, so lift that concern up over all. They sure have been through a lot.

2 Thessalonians (all) He Leadeth Me

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Prayer please

Well, we are going to be using someone else for the dirt work. They are planning to begin work tomorrow. Please pray for the weather to cooperate. It would be great if we could get the concrete work done this week, as well. 'da Dad is off school next week, so potentially we could get a lot done.
The folks that were going to do the dirt work ( father/son team) are both experiencing serious health problems. Please be praying for Johnny, Darren, and their families.
It has been so spring-like the last few days. The daffodils (jonquils) are all blooming. It's just gorgeous.
That's about it. Hopefully I'll have a lot to write about real soon.
God bless y'all.
1 Thessalonians 4&5 "Abide with Me"