Monday, June 18, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
The form building continued in preparation for the concrete. It was delicate work as the footings had all been carefully leveled and couldn't be jostled. Ha! After all the painstaking labor they got major jostling when the concrete arrived.
The concrete came out of the truck and into a hopper which shot it into a hose which became very heavy as it filled with wet concrete. This then was lugged over the form walls.
Fortunately Herb's son, Chris, had arrived to help out for a few days. The extra pair of hands helped hold the hose, scrape the trowels, build the scaffolding, vibrate the air pockets out of the concrete, place the anchor bolts, and add moral support.
It was a hot day so Elaine (Herb's wife) and I were busy bringing water to all the workers. How helpful this was is questionable as it distracted one of the men--who let go of the hose which suddenly spun out of the hands of the remaining worker and sprayed wet concrete everywhere!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
After 10 years of this idyllic arrangement the city brought us sewer lines and we were given the opportunity to build a cottage with real plumbing. The process began and after several months of applying for variances and permits we got the green light.
On May 22, 2012, Lane and his bobcat arrive. Herb, the framer, also arrives.
Our neighbors think it is very 'cute' that we have a table and chairs set up in the hole. "Are you checking if you have enough room for the furniture?" they joke.
As we began this project so dear to our hearts the Lord began to speak to me through 2 Samuel 7 where David wanted to build a temple for the living God. God's well-known response was, "Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?....I will build a house for you!" God promised that the house he would build for David/Israel would be a 'home of their own' as well as a place of of security and rest from their enemies. I"m claiming this promise for our little cottage; may it be a place of rest and security where all who enter find peace and safety.