It started off like every other workday – friends arriving to help Nathanael & Emily in the efforts of rebuilding the cabin. This day’s efforts were to be expended on raising the structure so the floor could be leveled and made sturdy. As usual, I am including photos of the day’s events. Things didn’t turn out as planned, but by all indications, it will work out for the best.
Our beautiful Emily watches out for everyone.
Nathanael directing his Dad’s movements.
Nathanael and Michael positioning one of the beams.
Bill used the tractor to push the beam under the cabin when the guys got it in place.
Checking to determine what’s in the way of the beam…
Much of the work had to be done through the floor inside the cabin. So many of the old blocks had shifted and got in the way of the beams. (Dodie, notice my house out the window of the cabin. That gives you an idea where the cabin is in reference to my house.)
What is in the way now?
My baby, waiting patiently on his tractor. Dannye got most of these shots; she was the official event photojournalist!
Nathanael and Michael look like they are playing tug of war with the crow bar! I don’t know what’s going on here, but it is all in preparation for the raising.
Josh and Darrin doing their fair share.
Whatever is under there, it will take two to deal with it!
Jacks at every corner, and some in between.
Nathanael and Darrin are ready!
One more check inside.
Okay, it’s raised up this far, now what?
Here is where the plot thickens… After further inspection, and much heart wrenching discussion, it was decided to………………………..
…tear the whole thing down and start from scratch!
Yep, Nathanael and Michael are now standing on what is left of the cabin, throwing piece by piece into the fire.
I really can’t describe to you all my emotions about this turn of events. I sat in the house, watching my husband weep while tears streamed down my own face. It is the end of an era, I guess. I know that sounds so melodramatic, but there are so many wonderful memories in that little cabin. Bill and I lived there for nearly a year, with all three of our children. It was even smaller then. Many other people have lived in the cabin for various reasons: new houses being finished, divorce taking away a home, fire destroying a home, out of work with no place to go… There was even a precious baby born right there in that cabin! What a haven that little place provided! Built out of scraps, never anything to write home about as far as looks or conveniences, yet it brought comfort to many lives. Again, so many wonderful memories!
But, I must be quick to say that we are now beginning a NEW era! Nathanael and Emily will have the opportunity to build their own “honeymoon cottage” with no preconceived ideas or structure to work around! I am so excited that they will be actually living out something many of us only dream about… designing and building their own home. Of course, it won’t be the Taj Mahal, but it will be their own!
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” Psalm 127:1
Have a blessed day!