The nights are starting to cool. Though the days still reach the 30’s the nights let you know that fall beckons.
August has gone by in a whirlwind. Good and sad memories. Our little cabin is taking form. Slower than I had hoped but filling us with excitement at each new phase. This weekend the walls will be put into place (an old fashioned barn raising of sorts with the aid of neighbours and a borrowed tractor). Next week the roof trusses will be delivered. We are coming to the end of our extra long camp out and though there are things we will miss we are ready for a solid home.
Last week I was at the gas station and overheard a woman complaining about how hard it was to camp for four days with children….. I laughed inside knowing at one time that might have been me! It has been eye opening for me to reflect on how these almost four months in a tent in the mountains have changed me already. Have changed all of us.
The garden was eaten by the goats and pig who broke in and had a party of sorts… Leaving only zucchini and pumpkins for us to enjoy.
The boys are growing up so quickly. Helping to build our home from the ground up. Learning to use all of the tools and the process for their own homes one day. Cowboy celebrated his 9th birthday… They are getting older too quickly.
Bear Cub (our 5 yr old son), learned why we shouldn’t have bike races on wet grassy dirt roads and sported six stitches for a week. He is actually quite proud of his new “pirate scar” and Im thinking the life lesson may have been lost on him (ha ha).
We have been blessed to have visitors from back east come for the day. What a treat to catch up on news and laughter!
(Kids and friends from out east making crazy faces) 😜
We had to say a very heart broken goodbye to our border collie “TJ” and our puppy like goat named “daisy Mae”. We pray they are at rest and for comfort for our young boys hearts.
(TJ snoozing on the long drive out west xo)
Goats have been selling well and we thank God for his grace and provision. Hopefully once the boy goats are sold we will be able to purchase enough hay to last the does through the winter.
I have never spent so much of my day thinking of winter. How much wood we will need. How much food to have stored up incase we are unable to clear snow at times. Barn, animals, ability to road clear etc.
We don’t live on a road. We live on an easement. Basically a cattle path that winds through our property. It is rough and rugged. The only people who have permission to come through are the owners of the five ranches above us….none of which live there. Winter road clearing relies fully on our shoulders.
We are still hopeful to have water for the winter. A well price is beyond our means. We are currently pumping water from a nearby creek but we will need water for winter.
After much prayer I felt the urge to dig in a spot we had dug and noticed was wet months ago. I dug further down and water slowly began to fill in the hole. We are so hopeful that this may be the possibilty for a well. Please keep this in prayer for us, as a good water source would make the days so much easier.
Some days I feel weary at what we have taken on. Building everything from the ground up. Other days exhilarated.
Tonight sitting infront of the campfire I feel at peace. It is a feeling that has eluded me my whole life. For the first time I do not feel this sense of “temporarily filling time somewhere”. I feel at home.
The prayerful Pioneer
Ps. We Have Walls!!!!!