I know you all thought that when our Grandbaby was born I’d be posting pictures and bragging on her every day…
Well, first, I truly don’t get to see her everyday. Then, since I’m not much of a photographer, a camera is not always with me. And lastly, life just seems to be flying faster each day, and I find myself wondering what day it is!
It has been awhile since I actually verbalized what’s going on with the Pettybunch, so I thought I’d update. The work on the house goes on. Sometimes it seems a little discouraging when Nathanael and Bill can’t just take a vacation from life and work only on the cabin, but that just isn’t going to happen. So they are both working full time jobs, much of their off-time on the cabin, and so many other things pop up to throw a wrench in the plans. There are also more weddings this summer than I’ve ever seen!!! Bill is photographing some, Nathanael is IN some, and all of them are dear friends with whom we really want to celebrate.
We re-evaluate our circumstances regularly, and are continually seeing the mighty hand of God on our days. As many have commented on the “charmed” life Bub and Em seem to be living, I often want to reply to them that we all have the mighty hand of God on our lives if we will just recognize it. At dinner last night we were seeing once again all the many ways God has worked miracles for this building project. This discussion came after Bill and Nathanael discovered that the framing for one of the big windows is off slightly. Does that mean God is mad at them? No – God is good, all the time….All the time, God is good. Somehow, this problem is going to work for our good, and we can count on that!!
Since Emily doesn’t have internet access, I will give another praise report for them. They don’t have to change timeshare locations after all. The managers were very willing to check on an alternative answer, and were able to keep them where they are. Another possible/probable answer to prayer is a house-sitting opportunity for the week after the timeshare is up. This would give them another week to be in comfort and alone as a family, plus an extra week to work on the cabin!!!! Bless the Lord, Oh my soul!
This is the side of the cabin that faces our house – will probably be the main entrance. Don’t worry, it isn’t going to stay that color. That is just the initial sheathing. Tyvek comes next, then the siding. Notice also the hot water heater in front of the house. One of the many gifts from the Lord.
This is the side that faces the road. Just a couple of pieces of sheathing to finish enclosing the whole thing. The large opening at the top of both the front and back will be glass. The 2 openings beside the wonderful french doors are windows, and the long openings behind the blue machine are 3 windows for the bedroom.
This is just a closer view of the french doors. They are 8 feet tall! Truly, nearly everything we’ve used so far has been either given to the kids or rescued by my husband through the years from destruction! These doors were given to Bill over 8 years ago. We know it is that Mighty Hand of God I mentioned earlier – God knew there would be a need!
This view is from the living area looking toward the bedroom. These french doors were also a gift, and will be so beautiful when Emily gets through with them!
The Loft…Such a wonderful addition to the Cabin. It goes the full length of the house, about half the width. It will serve as storage, but will also provide a wonderful place for one to steal away to read a book, or take a nap. It may even become a small bedroom area one day. As you can see, some of Nathanael and Emily’s things are already up there!
Okay, this view if still from the outside french doors looking at the living area and kitchen. It will be open all the way through, although the counter will expand into a bar/table under the ladder. The stairs to the loft will be where the table saw is now. The smaller window on the right will be over the kitchen sink area.
Now I am looking into the bedroom – note the 3 windows which face the road.
Looking from the bedroom into the bath area. The framing on the right is Emily’s closet, although we are all just waiting to see how many of Nathanael’s clothes end up in there! The glowing thing further in on the left is the tub – another AMAZING gift – but it isn’t installed yet.
This view is of the kitchen area. The gray on the right is the oven, but not necessarily where it will stay. All the junk straight ahead will be counter and cabinets.
Last one – from the kitchen to the back of the house. The view will be so lovely, especially after they build the deck and Bub begins his landscaping. He’s a wonder at that kind of stuff!
In other news, my Tater (Pamela for those who don’t know) is working as a waitress at a local family owned restaurant. She is loving it, and makes a ridiculous amount in tips. It is hard work, and she is exhausted much of the time, but right now she gets her 40 hours in in 4 days, so has 3 days/week to recuperate. It is such a joy to have her home. She spends a lot of time on the phone (Michigan, maybe? 😉 She is a jewel, and makes sure we all know that SHE is still our baby!
Dannye is spending some time with Mamaw and Granddad, and I miss having her around. The animals miss her, too, since she is their care-taker most of the time. They have to come begging for me to remember to feed and water them!!!!
I can’t update without a few of pictures of my precious granddaughter. Emily is such a good Mommy – her love and confident care for Arulai makes me want to weep for joy. Arulai is so much fun to hold right now – she just snuggles in and enjoys. I know the day will come when she will be too busy for snuggling, so I’m treasuring this time while I have it.
Isn’t she gorgeous? I am amazed!
God bless your day!!!