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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

This Past Week

We’ve continued to see the Lord’s faithfulness in our lives this past week. We are praying and preparing for the conference in Perryton, Texas next weekend. Nathan and Melanie are planning on going with us as well.

This week, we kept busy with normal life, school, and house projects. A big corner was turned: interior painting has begun! Joseph and John have been finishing up mudding. We still have much house work ahead of us, but it’s refreshing to see color on the walls.

May you have a blessed week.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Mary and Honey :-).

Anna

Anna painting.

Dad

Dad preparing to paint another room.

Anna

John mudding

Now in New Mexico

We’re now in Carlsbad, New Mexico – a first for most of us, with the exception of Dad and Mom.

Last night’s conference in Waco was a blessing. We were delighted in seeing two families we have known through e-mail: one we’ve met before, and the other we hadn’t met in person. What a blessing to be able to see them.

Uriah continues to hang in there. We stopped at a truck repair place today, because Dad was concerned about some oil leaking from a wheel hub and wanted to check it out. A man was very helpful and even came out to look at it and give Dad a little informative lesson (tonight we saw we lost that hubcab – oops!). Mom is a pro at making lunch, and the bus makes it very easy to spread out a bit. We wrote postcards to our nursing home friends today; Mom even has a system for that.

We’re excited to be able to see Carlsbad Caverns tomorrow morning. We normally don’t have time to sight-see on these trips, but we are getting up early and will drive late to be able to see the Caverns. We’ll be sure to post pictures later.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

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The church in Houston (with Uriah :-)).

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Dad and John finishing up at the truck repair stop.

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Dad and Mom speaking last night in Waco.

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Mary-with a New Mexico sunset in the background!

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Jesse-working on school

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Mary-writing a postcard.

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Motoring down the road in Uriah.

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Lunch time! 🙂

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New Mexico Sunset

PS – Special thanks to Anna for picking out the pictures and working with them :-)!