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The Third Floor

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It is really hard to take a good picture of the little boys room because it is long and narrow. We divided the third floor into half lengthwise, placing the boys room to the left of the stairs, which run up the middle of the house, and the girls on the right. Both sets of bunk beds and matteresses were given to us. The boys have never had more than a matteress on the floor, so they are very pleased with thier log beds and bunks, with one for Gabe to grow into.


This is Rose's nook, so far. We are still in need of shelves for her pretty things. Mr. Berard had the idea to split the floor from rpsl to rpsl, providing areas in between column support logs similar to a ship birth. The girls have one large room, some what divided for each girl. It has worked out wonderfully for them. They can be together as they wanted, but have their own space to decorate. It is also efficient since Rose is a night person and stays up late with her lamp on. Her light is sheilded from Anna and Bethany by …

The "Off-Grid Life"

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The view from my bedroom.

I awoke today to cloudy skies and a sloppy slush falling outside my bedroom window.   We have had several days of clear and cold weather, which is perfect for our solar power,  but today looked like a generator morning.  We are teaching all the children 5 years and up how to start and shut down the generator,  and how to tell if the batteries are charged, still charging, or in need of charging.   We are still learning what we can have on in the lodge when running just off solar.   Did you know that an old computer monitor pulls the same wattage as a hair dryer?  Me neither, but after leaving the monitor on all night I figured it out. :-)
I love bad weather, and a rainy, snowy day suits me just fine.   Perfect for a pot of our favorite herbal tea, a fire, and peaceful quiet music, and a bowl of beef barley soup, a frugal favorite of ours,(except it is venison) of course.


Here is Bethany all snuggled up for a nap in the window seat next to the fireplace in t…

Pinch Me

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We spent our first night at the lodge Friday. I could hardly sleep. I kept thinking, is this really happening, or am I dreaming?! After all this time, is it really possible that we are truly here, sleeping under the logs we peeled, placed, washed, sanded, stained, dusted, and chinked?! It seems like a far off dream that we built this whole house with our hands. So pinch me, I want to make sure this is real!!
I stepped out the front door this morning into the 17 degree briskness for my morning walk and talk with God. I am so thankful for all He has done for us, lavishly provided for us, faithfully kept us together through all the hard work, laughter, tears, disappointments, frustrations, and head scratching that comes along with building your own house. As I returned, I was overwhelmed with God's goodness, amazed that we did it and are now living here: the off grid, homeschooling, quiverfull, fulltime ministry life in our very own log home. I am not dreaming anymore, the dream has c…

Garbage out, Boxes in!!!

Finally, finally, finally, we are moving in! Just as the drywall mess(and I do mean MESS!!!) goes out the door, or window, as the case may be depending on what floor you are on, the boxes are coming in and going to appropraited rooms. At this point, the shop vac is indespensible! The sheetrock dust that is everywhere must get cleaned up, the log walls vacuumed and washed the floors damp mopped, and we are ready to go. Now, understand that the house is not done, but we are exhausted of building, smooshed in our current house, and longing for the job to be over, so we are moving in on unfinished floors, with no tape, texture, paint, trim, etc. We will, hopefully, have some bedroom doors in a few days before the whole house gets moved.
Sometime in the future, we will move out of the 2nd flloor and get it finished, then the third, but for the time being we are happy just to be there and have a life besides the seemingly eternal building project! It has been an incredible journey, we have l…

Pictures of Current Progress

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Finally!!! Water coming up from the well!! Praise the Lord!!
A View from John's Room - 2nd floor

Standing in the Family Room - 2nd floor

Down the Hallway from Rosie's Room - 3rd floor

Standing at the top of the stairs looking into the Family Room - 2nd floor Again, a huge Thank You to Ed Hardman, Dale Hawkins, Nathaniel Hawkins, Caleb Hawkins, Alan Imel and Josh McHenry for all their help with the drywall.

Final Pushes

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We have named our home Providence Lodge because the Lord is the one who has made this possible and the One who has sustained us through it's building, and provided everything that we have needed.



We are on the final push to get moved in. We finally have a well that produces water, the water is almost completely piped to the house. The framing is finished on the third floor, and the electrical is completely finished. The plumbing is almost complete, the drywall is finished on the 2nd floor (with the exception of the bathrooms) and a great start has been made on the drywall on the third story. 
This has all been possible through a very busy time of the year because of two contractors in our body of believers who have been without work for almost a month.  So... rather than go crazy waiting for the phone to ring they have been out at the lodge more than not for the last four weeks. They have been a tremendous help. What a blessing they have been to us. Working long hours even on days …