Dad and several of the children worked on copper for the new house today. Anna was Dad’s helper – getting him anything that he needed along with cleaning pipes, etc. Joseph and John worked with the plumbing too. Jesse was an “odds and end” man. When I came over to take some pictures late this afternoon, Jesse graciously helped me up to the house with using two boards; we stood on one, and he put the next one out for us to get on. It has rained quite a bit the last few days, which makes a mud mess in the yard and “driveway”. While I was in the house, Jesse contrived another way, scrap pieces of wood going down the “driveway”.
Dad has such an incredible spirit as he preserves and works through challenges on the house. It’s amazing how each step takes longer than you really think it would. 🙂
Joyfully His, Sarah
Anna and Dad working together.
Anna cleaning a pipe.
The creative (and resourceful!) way Jesse designed to get down the “mud driveway.”
The girls and I figured out that it took us 8 woman hours to polish the cabinets. We completed them with our project time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – only working a half hour on Wednesday.
This morning we decided to tackle the refrigerator. It gets cleaned during our Christmas school break and during the summer except for taking care of occasional spills that happen in between. Mary started on the outside and then moved to the refrigerator door. Anna cleaned the freezer portion and finished up with the bottom of the refrigerator. I worked in the main part of the refrigerator. When one of us was washing a shelf or drawer in the sink, the other two would be working at the refrigerator. The whole task was accomplished in 45 minutes by the three of us – 2 woman hours and 15 minutes.
I used to feel a bit guilty if I asked the girls to help me with these kinds of projects. The Lord has shown me how beneficial this work is for the girls, and therefore caused me to see it as a blessing in their lives rather than a negative. They are learning to enjoy working. They are being prepared for a future role as a wife, mother, and homemaker. In addition, we have time together and a clean refrigerator that the family notices and comments on.
Each summer I tackle cleaning and organizing projects for which I don’t have time during the school year. I will usually have scheduled an hour a day for these projects, working from a list I keep to help me undertake what is most important first. This week Mary, Anna, and I are polishing our kitchen cabinets. Because it is wrist-intensive work, we have broken our hour time slot for projects into two half hour times – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With all three of us working together, we should be finished in four days. Not only are we accomplishing the job that needs to be done, but we have wonderful mother and daughter fellowship as well. Here is a link to a Mom’s Corner where I share a bit more about our cabinet polishing and summer chores in general. This link is for a Mom’s Corner on summer scheduling.
Today, we children, Grandad and Dad, powered through and finished compiling the rest of a Managers of Their Chores book printing. We have a great time talking while we work and just being together.
Then, this afternoon,Â Dad and Joseph talked/worked through some things on the plumbing project. Thatâ€™s teamwork in action! The children were out cleaning up the house work siteâ€”thatâ€™s teamwork! I know the only “payment” they desire isÂ Dadâ€™s smile and praise of their job. 🙂
â€œSeest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean menâ€ (Proverbs 22:29).
In a recent blog post, I shared that with the ministry, our family has outgrown our current house.
The first picture is of the boys cleaning off the street near the new house Wednesday. Weâ€™ve had some work being done for the sewer, and the street had a nice bit of mud on it.
Then, Joseph and I staked out the house today! Next week, Lord willing, if the frost is out of the ground, the excavation of the basement will be done, and possibly the foundation poured. Itâ€™s exciting to see the work making progress!
BTW â€“ thank you to everyone who is praying for Melanie and little baby Maxwell. Melanie is doing well!
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