We have been counting down the days for this! Our house is finally standing, beautiful and proud, like it's always been there. It really does look like it belongs, and we just are so excited and eager to make this our permanent residence!
On Monday, Wanke Builders worked with Wausau Homes to set the frame of our 1400 square foot home on our property. It was such a neat process to watch as the crew worked together with the crane operator to set the house walls one by one into place. By the end of the day, the entire house was framed up! It was almost like magic to watch everything unfold and watching this vision that has only been a dream start to become reality after waiting for so long. In many ways, it reminded me of the way that people helped one another long ago; all of these people coming together to our homestead, giving up their days to help build the house. Though we had paid help, it still brought a smile to my face to think that the way we're choosing to do this maybe isn't so different than the ways our ancestors built their houses after all.
By Day 2, the building crew was working on sheeting and shingling the house. Today, on Day 5, it is all framed up, the roof is shingled, interior walls are built, and it's D's turn to take over and finish the construction process of it. We are thankful for eager family members who are always willing to step in and help, for the workers who have put in such long hours to get this done so quickly, and we feel so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing support system helping us along the way.
These things that are becoming reality are things that I have prayed for earnestly for years. They are dreams that seemed like something that could never really be. I remember night after night as D and I strolled down our road at our old house how we would talk about these days, wish for these days, dream for these days; all while never really believing that these days would ever come. And here we are today. All I can do is above all thank God for giving me this chance and to use it for His glory.
We have a busy spring ahead of us, and it looks like we might make it even more busy with a few new additions to the homestead (more on that another day...). And yet, though I'm a bit overwhelmed and a little nervous, I am so ready for this to begin. We've had our rest; the winter is ending. It's time to begin to spend our days working outside once again. Spring is such a wonderful time; it's the beginning of a new season. There's new life all around. There's fresh starts, new opportunities, new dreams. And, though it is filled with wonderful and exciting newness, it's still a bit messy. There's mud everywhere. Puddles fill the yard, the landscape is still brown, and everything is wet and sloppy. It's a good reminder that sometimes change can be messy; the transitions aren't always beautiful. But we can focus on what is coming: the vibrant greens, the blue skies, the longer days...and we can carry on.
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