Today was kind of odd, and with it, I got totally derailed. It is Memorial Day after all, and there are parades to attend, the day off to enjoy, and mostly having a thankful heart for the service that the men (and women) gave to make our country what it ‘was’. (I will not say “is” there, but that is for a political blog, and this is not a political blog.) So, I took my little guys to the parade this morning, but I had other things on my mind.
You see, we are having trouble finding tall enough trees in our general vicinity for building the log home that we would like. They don’t have to be huge tree, just straight and tall. So, last night, I did what I do a lot of. . . hunting around on Craigslist. LOVE Craigslist! There are a lot of good things on Craigslist, and it saves you from driving around to yard sales. I used to love going to yard sales to see what I could find (kind of take after my mom there~~she loved a deal.) But lately, it doesn’t even seem worth the gas money.
As I was on Craigslist, I started to hunt in outlying areas, and found that some people are actually giving their 20+ trees, 17 pine trees, 25 pine trees, 60-80 pine trees away. WHAT!?! Why have we not been looking at this option up until now? So there are people just getting rid of their lot of trees! Amazement! Yep, DH was excited about it too, and came home this a.m. from work with his list of people with free trees for me to follow up on.
The late morning was spent calling some of the people with these trees listed. Of course, sheepishly I called, because who wants to answer their phone on Memorial day? Well, no one apparently.
But everyone ended up calling me back! The first guy’s trees (20 of them- 80′ tall) were in a place where a huge hauling trailer would not be able to traverse. Really? BUMMER! They are beautiful trees, and he was even thrilled with the idea that they would be used for a log home. That door was closed.
The next woman called me back, and their trees (only 17 of them-50′ tall) are located really close to their house, and their wooden fence. We wouldn’t be able to take some of them out of the yard in the length we need them to be. Really doesn’t seem worth it if we can’t get enough trees from them. That door was closed.
Then one fellow had 25 trees, but he was just so far away that I could not justify it at this point. In the meantime, there was another listing that I found that had 60-80 straight pine trees, and they were closer. So that door was closed on the trees further away.
Now, we are honed in on these 60-80 pine trees. We have made contact, and are working out a deal with a logger in that area, AND this logger knows of someone that has a hauling truck that could be used to deliver the trees to our lot. REALLY!?!
The next thing to do was to find a logger~~so what did I do? Well, there are Master Logger websites for almost every state, and so I perused them for the 2 states nearest these trees I am wanting, then I was trying to find a logger member that was close to the city where these trees are located. Nothing concrete, so what do I do? I start looking for them on Craigslist, of course! And I found a couple that are bonded and insured. One is even driving to this property tomorrow to check out the trees, AND he even knows someone with a hauling truck that can possibly deliver them? REALLY?
So excitement sets in, but that kind of happens with me. . . and then I get let down because what I think is going to work doesn’t, and then I have to start over. I can’t tell you how many different avenues I have taken so far to find trees for our log home, only to come to dead ends~~but you know, I realized that I don’t NEED trees yet. God knows when I am going to need trees, and He will provide in His time. So, I had a revelation and perfect peace about this a few days ago, and was even sharing this realization with a friend just yesterday. And now, here we are finding more than a couple of FREE tree options. That is just how God works, coming through when you have surrendered to Him. Not that it is easy weeding through them, but I still trust that God is in control, and He knows we need trees. Now, I am just praying they are the kind of pine trees that will work well on a log home.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I am thankful to be able to rest in the Lord! The trees will be there when we God deems we are ready for them.