Saturday in Pictures

Saturday was a “work on Joseph’s house day”! Because of the quantity of items to be thrown away, Joseph rented a dumpster. By Saturday evening, the dumpster was full: carpet, doors and door frames, toilets, bathtub, shower, ceilings from the dining room and kitchen, partial walls, the back porch, and more were piled into the 40-yard container.

It is exciting to see Joseph’s house take a different twist, although it definitely is in its roughest shape until the rebuilding part begins. Out with the old and in with the new! Reminds me of a spiritual analogy. As we rid our lives of sin and repent, the Lord cleanses our heart. Removing sin isn’t easy, just like demolition. In fact, it can be a messy job, as sometimes it requires going back to individuals we have wronged and asking forgiveness. Rebuilding, which is like cleansing from sin, takes work. It takes effort. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.” (Ezekiel 18:30)

The girls scraped ceilings.
The girls scraped ceilings.

John demolishing the porch
John demolishing the porch

John tore down the porch. It was quite the job. Although at first glance, one might have thought the porch was fine, it wasn’t. The wood was rotted and falling apart–too much to bother trying to repair.

The guys put up a temporary beam to support the ceiling. If you look at the last picture, you'll see they took it down.
The guys put up a temporary beam to support the ceiling. If you look at the last picture, you’ll see they took it down.

The living room
The living room

 

Dad and John taking a brief break.
Dad and John taking a brief break.

 

Jesse tore out the master bath.
Jesse tore out the master bath.

Dad tore out the half wall between the stairs and the living room to open it up.
Dad tore out the half wall between the stairs and the living room to open it up.

It took John all morning to tear the porch down.
It took John all morning to tear the porch down.

The girls made a great team, and despite the heat, they perservered.
The girls made a great team, and despite the heat, they perservered.


To open up the kitchen, Dad tore out the wall between the dining room and kitchen. Joseph tore out the dining room ceiling as it was built rather strange.

The header comes down!
The header comes down!

Anna and Mary
Anna and Mary

 


Mixed into the day, Christopher and I worked on two photo sessions with Joshua. He slept most of the time, so that made it nice. Isn’t he adorable?

 

 


Back to the work scene:

John and Jesse hauled the porch, piece by piece to the dumpster.
John and Jesse hauled the porch, piece by piece to the dumpster.

Anna tore the sheetrock off the east wall so two windows can be added.
Anna tore the sheetrock off the east wall so two windows can be added.

Mary peeled and scraped the wallpaper.
Mary peeled and scraped the wallpaper.

Break time!
Break time!

It was a warm day, and since the guys had taken the ceiling out in the dining room, the attic heat seeped into the house, and it would have been no use to turn on air conditioning.

The demolition progress looked like tornado aftermath. Dust masks and gloves were a necessary item.
The demolition progress looked like tornado aftermath. Dust masks and gloves were a necessary item.

Jesse
Jesse
Anna pulled up tac strips left behind after carpet removal.
Anna pulled up tac strips left behind after carpet removal.


Near the end of the day, Joseph cut part of the living room wall to open up the dining room a bit more.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm. Even though we haven’t met many of you in person, your support and love for our family is an encouragement.

Love,
Sarah
PS – No news on Melanie. She is now 39 weeks and her due date is Friday.

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

–Ezekiel 36:26

The Answer

Joseph bought a house Thursday! It is exciting to see how the Lord brought it all together.

Years ago, Dad and Mom laid forth a “vision” (meaning goals for their future) to my brothers which included purchasing homes debt-free. Each one has taken this goal seriously, working to save their money and praying about the house the Lord would have for them. Nathan, in 2001, bought his home. Christopher, in 2009, bought his home. Joseph, now in 2012, has also bought his. Houses are not bought debt-free easily as everyone knows. It takes years of hard work and saving to accomplish it. My brothers have taken the vision as their own, looking forward to the day they would be able to purchase their homes.

Joseph has been praying for a house, and one day last week, he felt prompted to look online, and found this one, which had only been listed an hour earlier. He was immediately interested and contacted the realtor. Joseph, John, and Jesse did the walk-through tour, and after praying and consulting with Dad (he was with the bus in Salina), Joseph made an offer. It was countered, and Joseph returned with his counter. The seller agreed! The house is about a mile from our house.

Thursday morning, Dad and Joseph met with the realtor at the title company, and Joseph presented his check. After signing his name on several papers, the process was done.

Joseph’s dream has been to either fix up a house or to build one. As it is, the house needs a lot of cosmetic work: from new windows to flooring, to painting, to bathroom work, and more. It is perfect for Joseph! Joseph will continue to live here at home until the Lord calls him to get married.

Truly, we marvel at God’s goodness. Each of my brothers’ house stories is different. Over and over, we have seen how the Lord has provided. Their years of saving and preparing have enabled them, with God’s grace, to achieve their goals.

So, with excitement, we share this with you. Don’t let the world tell you that it’s impossible to purchase a home debt-free or to raise children who won’t rebel. With God, all things are possible. With the Lord Jesus and His Word, it is possible to raise sons who can provide for a single-income family, who can live out the “vision” set before them, and who can live for the Lord Jesus. May each of us be found faithful!

With love,
Sarah

Here are some initial pictures. More will be coming as the work progresses!

A happy Mama.
A happy Mama.

John and Anna
John and Anna

John and Anna stopped to pose for a picture. The kitchen already looks much different than it did on Thursday. Remodeling has begun!

A quick family picture.
A quick family picture.

Joseph has a beautiful backyard.
Joseph has a beautiful backyard.

Christopher dropped over to get a tour.
Christopher dropped over to get a tour.

Joseph
Joseph
The kitchen floor on Friday!
The kitchen floor on Friday!

Jesse
Jesse

John tearing off the back porch.
John tearing off the back porch.


Congratulations, Joseph!

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Awaiting

the next baby’s arrival, that is.

Melanie is 9 days out from her due date: an amazing miracle! Thank you for praying for her and Baby. Please continue to lift her up and other blog reader mommies who are expecting soon. Who knows: maybe we’ll have another announcement in a few days. Her contraction activity is picking up a bit.

Love,
Sarah

PS – Abby got a balance bicycle for her birthday. The goal is for the child to learn to balance, and when that is accomplished, the pedals can be added. Pretty neat!


“Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”

–Isaiah 44:24