Monthly Archives: February 2012

Finally Winter

We haven’t had much in the winter this year.  Up until recently, we probably had a total of about a foot or two of snow.  But although there hadn’t been much snow to shovel Smile most of us do like to have at least one or two big snowfalls.  We finally did get some snow last Thursday, and it was just the right consistency to roll into large snowballs…

Rolling a snowball

So, we made two large snowmen.  We had to get creative to lift the snow balls (they were quite heavy), but we did finally do it with just our own muscle power – and some old pallets that happened to be not far away.

Lifting the second ball bringing the head lifting the head The first snowman Decorating

The taller of the two snowmen stood 10 1/2 feet tall including his hat.

The second, smaller, snowman Snowman and snowlady

The snow melted a little after that, so they both tumbled.  All we have now is one big ball and two smaller balls stacked beside it.  But it was a lot of exercise.

Isaiah 55:9-11 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Friends, Photographs, Valentine’s Day

A lot has happened since we last made a blog post.  I guess I shall start where we left off, but I will not write everything we have done since then, because I don’t have time and neither do you.  Instead, I will just pull the highlights of the past couple of weeks and leave the rest for other to write.  (Or perhaps for me to write on a later date.)  A few days after the events of the last post, we were invited to lunch and to spend some time in fellowship with a godly family.  After lunch, we all got our instruments out and played some hymns.

Playing music together Playing hymns together

It seems inevitable that where there is music being played by a group like this, there will also be an audience.

The listeners It looks like someone is taking notes on what we play... A hymn-singer

the farm

After playing, we went outside to the barn.  Most of us had as yet not seen either their new robotic milker nor their new brown cows.  Certain people were more keen on watching the machine, while others were more interested in the animals.  I will let my readers guess which gender generally prefered which.

cow 18 cow 16

After visiting the cows, several people went to visit the horses.  Elizabeth even got to go bareback riding for a little while.


One thing I like about winter is the combination of snow, ice, and moonlight.  Here are a few pictures we have taken of this kind of combination.  The road in the picture is not our road, but a road not far from ours.  I love the way the moon’s light is reflected on the icy road.

a cold day outside The moon is being reflected on the ice. the moon looking in between icicles

On Friday the 10th we had several people over for a Valentines Day supper. Evelyn worked very hard to make lots of little gum-drop roses.

hand-made roses chocolate valentines cake

We had several birthdays to celebrate as well, so when dessert was about to be served we brought each of the birthday people a dessert with a candle on top.  After supper, the men had a men’s meeting and the ladies and children talked upstairs – and washed dishes.  I am very grateful for those who do those tasks that are rarely noticed.  It is always good to get together and share with godly people.

Valentine's Day meal Happy Birthday Playing together

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Construction Recommenced

   Over two and a half years have now gone by since we began building an extension onto our house.  Though closed in before the winter of 2009, much work remained to be done.  Over the winter months, many things were accomplished indoors and the coming of the following summer took us again outdoors to finish the siding.  However, as time progressed and the large room upstairs was rendered fully functional, activity diminished and the construction all but came to a standstill.  After a long stretch of time, a few things took place: the installing of the staircase leading from the large room upstairs to the basement, and, more recently, the plastering, painting, and installing of mouldings between the old and new sections of the house, completing the upstairs part of the construction other than the area around the stairwell.

the staircase painting

   This past week saw the beginning of another step…

building the dividing wall

… the basement! Actually, the work began during the early part of January when Evelyn took the initiative to start cleaning the place up so as to make space for construction activity. Thank you, Evelyn, for once again putting your God-given organisational skills to use for the benefit of others! And before you say, “That is cleaned up?” concerning the above picture, let me assure you that, yes, it is remarkably cleaner than previously. I’ll leave you to guess what how the place looked in December.

   The first wall to go up was the one by the stairwell. This was a little finicky because the drywalling had to be perfectly flush both with the stairwell and the not-yet-installed wall. So, though it may sound odd, the drywalling was placed before the framing for the wall.

stairwell building the wall by the stairwell

   After that, things took place in quick succession.  The wall dividing the basement in two was built most of the way across.  For the moment, we are leaving an access through it. The reason for this will become evident later on. The hardware store delivered the wrong size of drywalling – 12′ sheets instead of 8′ ones – but we are working with that.  It can be a little tricky to lift it into place, but Nathanael knows techniques that make it easier. Thank you, Nathanael, for all the time and work you have invested here!

lifting drywalling into place

   Rapid progress was made Wednesday and yesterday as wires were run, strapping was nailed to the ceiling, and two dividing walls were put up.

nailing strapping more strapping

The walls are going up!

   It is exciting to see the construction recommenced. Even as we build, we are reminded that though we may labour to build, we labour in vain unless the Lord is the One Who builds. (see Psalm 127) And there is more than simply the physical building going on in a home…

   “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16