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And our RV gets delivered~

By January 27, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General

This is all so new to us.  We are such novices.  We did not feel we had the means, or knowhow for that matter, to bring the RV to our property, so this is a snapshot of getting our RV delivered.

Pulling through our neighbor's front field~~the easiest way??

Pulling through our neighbor’s front field~~the easiest way??

That went over like a lead balloon.  I had called our neighbor the day before having it brought to us, and they agreed that it would be fine for us to pull in through their front field if the field was dry enough.  It had been raining a ton the day before.  Sooooo. . . my husband and I were actually down at the property earlier in the day on the day of the RV getting delivered.  BECAUSE, we wanted to determine and agree on where the trailer should be located.  AND. . . .we wanted to make sure that the field WAS indeed dry enough to bring the trailer across on.

We decided where to place the RV, which was a chore in itself because our land is so ‘rolling’.  We each had ideas about what would or wouldn’t work.  There was really no good place~~ honestly ~~for us to put the RV.  Ughh!  What to do~~

Short of landing it in our driveway (which happens to be the O.N.L.Y. flat spot on our property) we came up with a spot close to the neighbors land where it starts to level out at the top of a hill.  That is what we agreed upon.

And then we wanted to check and make sure their field was dry enough, so my husband drove across the field in his truck to determine how the ground was.  It seemed totally fine.

So that night I had to go down without my husband because he had to work.  I took Grandpa along (for moral support).

They saw us coming ~the neighbor lady anyway~and she was not excited.  She was on her riding lawnmower, and said she could see where we had driven through earlier in the day, and left tracks in their field.  OH NO!  That is NOT good!  It made sense that she was not really hip on us coming through.  NOW WHAT!?!

The RV hauler had already pulled up into their field, because they had told us they could, and we HAD checked the field.  NOW what????  Seriously, I was starting to panic.

And then she said for me to talk with her husband.  Whew!  Maybe?  So I immediately went and greeted him as joyfully as I could muster.  And I asked him, and he said it was okay if we would just not drive over his water line.  He came out and graciously helped the driver determine where to drive through so that we were ALL happy!

Here is comes. . .

They let us know where they wanted us to pull it through. THANK YOU!

They let us know where they wanted us to pull it through. THANK YOU!

Hoping he would not hit our telephone pole. . .which he didn't. He was a pro~~

Hoping he would not hit our electric pole. . . which he didn’t. He was a pro at this~~

Getting it swung around the telephone pole, and pulling it into place.

Getting it swung around the telephone pole, and pulling it into place.

Now to pull it past and to the side of the tree.

Now to pull it past and to the side of the tree.

Now to back it up. . . .

Next he had to back it up towards the tree. . . .

Figuring it out. . .

Figuring it out. . .

And it was starting to get dark fast. . . .

The silliness never stops. This is just one of the shots he was posing 'CrAzY' for.

The silliness never stops. This is just one of the shots he was posing ‘CrAzY’ for.

We had to situate wood and blocks for under the tires so they don't sink??? into the ground?

We had to situate wood and blocks for under the tires so they don’t sink??? into the ground?

Just tell me what to do.

Just tell me what to do already.

Don't know what I am doing here, but we are trying.

Don’t know what I am doing here, but we are trying.

Yeppers. . . almost have it positioned with the help of the fellow that delivered it.

Yeppers. . . almost have it positioned with the help of the fellow who delivered it. But notice it is obviously NOT a level spot.

Hot, tired, and dirty working hard for mamma! getting those bricks so they can act as chalks for the tires.

Hot, tired, and dirty working hard for mamma! getting those bricks so they can act as chalks for the tires.

And Grandpa was my sidekick for the evening since DH had to work.

And Grandpa was my sidekick for the evening since DH had to work.

At that point, we had to get the RV leveled, which ended up being quite the chore, BECAUSE the spot we picked out, although level in our minds, was actually so NOT level that we had to jack it up as high as we could jack it up,

and then. . . we used the stabilizers to help support the front end that we had jacked up.  It had to do for the night.

We got it delivered.  We positioned it and leveled it.  We were done.  . . for the night.  Time to pay the fellow who delivered it, and go home.  We need to get it hooked up to electricity and water eventually.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for providing a place for us to stay in while we finish up our sweet ‘log home’.

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Working on building our outhouse! (cont’d)

By January 26, 2018 General, The outhouse, the outhouse

On our outhouse, we had the base level, the frame up, the walls on, the roof started; and now we need to get the ‘sitting area’ put together, as well as painting, and our tin roof, and . . .  well, just watch the pictures and you can see it coming together, as well as what we decided to do with the little holes strategically situated in the walls.

Here goes. . .

The outhouse painting begins. . .

The outhouse painting begins. . .

Teamwork. . . makes everything easier, especially when mom is making them use their muscles to bring pea gravel to the outhouse.

Teamwork. . . makes everything easier, especially when mom is making them use their muscles to bring rocks and pea gravel to the outhouse.

 

Everyone got in on the painting, even one that normally doesn't put a paintbrush in his hand. ;-)

Everyone got in on the painting, even one that normally doesn’t put a paintbrush in his hand. 😉

See the little black dots on the side of the wall? They were holes that we had to determine how to fill them in.

See the little black dots on the side of the wall? They were holes that we had to determine how to fill them in.

It turns out that when it would rain, the dirt would splatter up on the side of the outhouse, and make it look really bad.  We did not have any grass growing as we had cleared out around where the outhouse was built, so it was just dirt around the outhouse.  I wanted the rocks (that I was having the boys bring over) to be placed at the base on the side of the outhouse where the rain hit the hardest so that it would act as a kind of splatter proof base. . .you can see them at the bottom of the outhouse.

Back to dealing with the holes in the walls. . . Have you heard of the ‘blue light specials’ at the K-Mart stores?  Okay, so maybe I am a bit older??

I found some flat marbles at a local craft store that fit perfectly in the holes if we hammered them in just a bit.

See, it fits perfectly in the hole.

See, it fits perfectly in the hole.

And this is the light that comes through on the inside.

And this is the light that comes through on the inside.

That is what we did~~filled in all of the holes to the outside with the blue marbles, and that is how our outhouse has gotten the name “Blue Light Special”.

Now on to the additional fixins’ on the outhouse. . . with pictures. . .

The spot for the bucket!

The spot for the bucket!

Closing in the front of the sitting area.

Closing in the front of the sitting area.

Now with the hinged base for the toilet seat to attach to.

Now with the hinged base for the toilet seat to attach to.

No explanation needed, right?

No explanation needed, right?

And the little hinged cover for the box that holds the 'sawdust'!

And the little hinged cover for the box that holds the ‘sawdust’!

And now we have the door on.

And now we have the door on.

And the caulking and painting on the inside begins.

And the caulking and painting on the inside begins.

So, it was a used door, and had a mess around where the handle was.

So, it was a used door, and had a mess around where the handle had been.

I know, it looks a mess.  It was kind of hard to get that worked out, but we did enough to make it work.

A work in progress!

A work in progress!

Getting prepped to get the metal roof on, (that was salvaged from the wreckage of a tornado.)

Getting prepped to get the metal roof on.

Getting our little metal roof on, (that was salvaged from tornado damage.) FREE!

Getting our little metal roof on, (that was salvaged from tornado damage.) FREE!

Tucking up and trimming off the excess roof protector.

Tucking up and trimming off the excess rubber layer.

Securing it down. We are making some progress here.

Securing it down. We are making some progress here.

Got the rubber layer all tucked in and working on getting the metal roof over it. And we need to keep the rain out from under the roof.

We got the rubber layer all tucked in and the metal roof over it.  Next we needed to get a metal piece in front to keep the rain out from under the roof.

Almost done priming the inside.

Almost done priming the inside.

Nope. . . it will not work. . . it is not wide enough to protect the front sides. Hence the 'thumbs down'~~

Nope. . . it will not work. . . it is not wide enough to protect the front sides. Hence the ‘thumbs down’~~

Back to the drawing board, and we cut it to fit a little better. It worked. (I know I have a picture of 'thumbs up' somewhere.)

Back to the drawing board, and we cut it to fit a little better. It worked. (I know I have a picture of ‘thumbs up’ somewhere  ~~maybe not?)

Tucked in and under on the sides. Looks so professional, huh? Okay, so it will keep the rain out.

Tucked in and under on the sides. Looks so professional, huh? Okay, so it will keep the rain out.

Metal roofing on. CHECK!

Metal roofing on. CHECK!

The roof is ON! Ta-DA! Better than a thumbs up, right? I was so happy with it!

The roof is ON! Ta-DA! Better than a thumbs up, right? I was so happy with it!

LOTSA teamwork!

LOTSA teamwork!

Now, for the record, we are not planning this to be our bathroom once we move into the cabin, HOWEVER, it surely is nice to have in the meantime.  We are not going off-grid.  But. . . it will be nice to have an extra spot for the guys when they are all dirty and I don’t want them in the house, OR even myself when I am working outside, and don’t want to traipse all the way into the house.   Not a royal throne room, but it is coming together, and will work nicely for us.  Just saying!

Just “Thank you LORD!” for letting us make it this far.  Maybe, just maybe, we will survive building a log cabin.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Working on building our outhouse!

By October 1, 2017 General, the outhouse
See in the background?  ~~this along with the boom truck had wintered at our place, and they were 'springing' at our place too.  They were not going to summer at our place.

We just had to come up with something different for our outhouse workings because you can NOT use something like what we had planned when the hole you’ve dug for your outhouse will not drain~~AT ALL!  Kentucky clay at it’s finest!    Huge kind of ‘outhouse’ problem, right?   (Side note on the lack of drainage:  Anyone that comes to work on our property informs us of just how bad the land, or soil, is.  Nice, huh?  I plan to remedy that with permaculture, but in the meantime, I have a log house to build, and an outhouse even before that, that I am currently having difficulties with.)

I had heard of something called a ‘composting’ toilet, and the internet has so many great ways to find out information about things you never knew you never knew.  I wanted to see if that might be an option.  My daughter had known of one on the farm she worked on several years ago, and said there was never any odor.  So I decided to check it out.

What I found is that it isn’t a “composting” toilet because the refuse does not compost there in the toilet (a.k.a. a bucket).  A truer name for what I was looking at is a ‘dry toilet’.

The concept goes like this:  You use a bucket for your refuse, and then when you are finished with each trip to the ‘dry toilet’, you pour damp sawdust on top of the excreta (nice, huh?) and then you are done.  Except at some point the bucket needs to be dumped, but then it can be put to work composting and make fertile soil for down the road.  It is not a quick process.  It takes roughly a year before you could even use it on a garden, and that year doesn’t start until you have quite the “load” (I really did not want to say that.)  So, in reality, it can be a good thing.

So, I know the owner of a local company that makes stairways.  They have a continual supply of sawdust.  I contacted him to see if we could get sawdust from him, and he was fine with it.  It is good to have connections, right?  for sawdust~~hehehe!

And now that we have the outhouse finished, I am going to post the rest of the pictures so that you can see the work we did to get it completed, and how we determined a name for it.

 

 

Oh, and a bucket such as this will fit nicely in the spot we will need it to go.

Oh, and a bucket such as this will fit nicely in the spot we will need it to go.

. . . with a few pictures added in for kicks that have nothing to do with an outhouse. . .

Two brothers hangin' while mom and dad work~~gotta say I think this is the cutest! Love that they are best friends!

Two brothers hangin’ while mom and dad work~~gotta say I think this is the cutest! Love that they are best friends!

Now we had to fill the hole back in that took us forever to dig out.  Next, we needed to support the spot that was the opening for our hole from the outhouse, and then cover it to make it level with the rest of the floor.

Watch as we make the changes to our outhouse plans.

Here is the hole filled back in, and ready to be covered over.

Here is the filled-back-in hole below the floor opening, and now the floor of our outhouse needs to be reconstructed.

Had to add supports under the sub-flooring that we needed to add on.

Had to add supports under the sub-flooring that we needed to add on.  (Kind of hard to see, but he is adding some 2×4’s in that area.)

Here is the cover after we put some support boards under here.

And here is the cover after we put some support boards under there.

Trying to get the base level.

Now, we are trying to get the base level.

Digging, digging, just a little bit here, and a little bit there.

Digging, digging, just a little bit here, and a little bit there.

Does jumping on this and wiggling it help get it level? I'm trying here.

Does jumping on this and wiggling it help get it level? I’m trying.

It has to be level, right?

It has to be level, right?

Screwing on the subfloor to our little ol' outhouse.

Screwing on the subfloor to our little ol’ outhouse.

Up goes the back wall, with G'pa to the assist.

Up goes the back wall frame, with G’pa to the assist.

Next we are putting up the right side wall frame.

Next we are putting up the right side wall frame.

Grandpa was just a huge help as we put this thing together.

Grandpa was just a huge help as we put this thing together.

Getting the frame of the third wall up. Woohoo!

Getting the frame of the third wall up. Woohoo!

Next, the frame for the front wall section with an opening for the door. Good practice for squaring so a door will fit.

Next, the frame for the front wall section with an opening for the door. Good practice for squaring so a door will fit.

Starting on the roof supports.

Starting on the roof supports.

Loving getting moving on this.

Loving getting moving on this.

Oh, and we had a monkey up in our little tree.

Oh, and we had a monkey up in our little tree.

And a shot of the bracing we put in for squaring up the frame of our outhouse.

And a shot of the bracing (the diagonal board on the frame) we put in for squaring up the frame of our outhouse.

And bracing on the other side.

And bracing on the other side.

Have them working on clearing the brush from the coverage.

Here is the little one working on clearing brush from the trees surrounding the outhouse.

Love that smile for sure! He is working getting brush from under the bushes.

Love that smile for sure! He is working getting brush from under the bushes.

One of the pieces of roofing that was salvaged, and we were planning it for the roof of our little outhouse.

One of the pieces of roofing that was salvaged, and we were planning it for the roof of our little outhouse.  Not perfectly blemish-free, but doable.

My 'mighty men' bringing the door that we got over for the outhouse.

My ‘mighty men’ bringing the door that we got over for the outhouse.

 

I would love to say we were rockin’ this as fast as I am getting these pictures put on the blog, however, you will notice the change in seasons and the change of clothes we are wearing.  We are slow, and this proves it!

 

Continuing in our build. . .

 

Our neighbors were throwing away some tile they had pulled up in their house. It was the perfect amount to salvage for our outhouse floor. Lovin' FREE!

Our neighbors were throwing away some tile they had pulled up in their house. It was the perfect amount to salvage for our outhouse floor. Lovin’ FREE!

Love his kind of 'CRAZY'!

Love his kind of ‘CRAZY’!

Working on the measurement for the roof.

Working on the measurement for the roof.

The roof plywood (I don't know what to call it~) is up, and now it is time to secure it to the frame.

The roof plywood (I don’t know what to call it~) is up, and now it is time to secure it to the frame.

Screwing it down!

Screwing it down!

Then we put the rubber covering over the plywood, and I ultimately glued that down.

Then we put the rubber covering over the plywood, and I ultimately glued that down.

We brought the door back home to scrape it off~~sometimes we do double the work, but they worked hard on it.

We brought the door back home to scrape it off~~sometimes we do double the work, but they worked hard on it.

Was the lead in that old paint getting to them, or are they 'crazy' like their dad??

Was the lead in that old paint getting to them, or are they ‘crazy’ like their dad??

 

Pause here for a ‘big’ holiday for us~~Easter~~and some pictures from that day.  I know I am really delayed in getting these pictures posted.  Really, we have been busy, but I hope you enjoy the progress we’ve made, even if you are seeing it delayed~~

And just to add a little bit off topic, I had to throw in some pictures from Easter. We can clean up sometimes. (wink, wink)

Our little guys after church.  We can clean up sometimes. (wink, wink)

Even we don't look to shabby all dressed up!

Even we don’t look to shabby all dressed up!

Yes, we do live in Kentucky. I like my bare feet, and I guess our girls do too!

Yes, we do live in Kentucky. I like my bare feet, and I guess our girls do too!

Dad clownin' with his girlies!

Dad clownin’ with our beauties!

So, back to the outhouse pictures~~~

The door is back, and needs a bit more touch up~~

The door is back, and needs a bit more touch up~~

Starting to get the walls up.

Starting to get the walls up.

Another shot with the front walls on the frame.

Another shot with the front walls on the frame.

A all of the walls are on the frame. Making progress here~~we are just S-L-O-W!

All of the walls are on the frame. Making progress here~~we are just S-L-O-W!  (**Notice the white dot on the back wall of the outhouse.)

Working together to make a few extra braces for strength.

Working together to make a few extra braces for strength.

Notice the braces in the back frame now? Not equally put in, but strong and for goodness sake, it's an outhouse, right?

Notice the braces in the back frame now? Not equally put in, but strong and for goodness sake, it’s an outhouse, right?

The all important toilet seat!

The all important toilet seat!

And a close-up of the 'salvaged' flooring!

And a close-up of the ‘salvaged’ flooring!  It fit like a glove~~

We purposefully used the plywood that was saved from when we built up our house foundation forms.  But. . . all of the drywall pieces had holes in them for the purpose of the support braces when our foundation was being framed up and poured.  (You can go back in the blog, and check that out in a previous post when we were building the foundation, OR just take my word for it.)

Now, what to do about the holes in our walls?  (to be continued. . .)

Just “Thank you LORD!” for the progress we are making along the way.

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So we dug the hole, and then. . .

By August 6, 2017 General, The beginnings!
Take the plastic off of our hole, and there the water sits.

So we dug the hole for the outhouse, and we made sure it was plenty deep, or so we thought.  I previously posted pix of my little guy standing in the ‘latrine’ hole.  We busted our tail breaking up thick rock that was in our way.  (That should have been my first hint of what was to come.)

No kidding. . . We would pick up that 28 lb. rock breaker, and I would literally just let it drop in the hole to try and get another chunk of rock broken off.  My husband was strong enough to actually purposefully throw the rock breaker into the hole to break up the thick rock.  We would take turns.  I would drop it in. . . he would jab it in.  SLOW . . . and TEDIOUS!  SLOW. . . and TEDIOUS!  But you know, slow and steady wins the race, right?

We dug and dug. . .and then we had weeks of not working down there because the weather was awful.  Then we went back, and took a peek in the hole, just to make sure it was draining.

AND. . .

it . . .

was . . .

NOT! ! !

Take the plastic off of our hole, and there the water sits.

Take the plastic off of our hole, and there the water sits.

 

A close-up of how high up the water was in the hole.

A close-up of how high up the water was in the hole.

UH, can’t have an outhouse that doesn’t drain, right?  Also, a true indicator of the type of “LOVELY” soil we have~~NOT!  When soil does not drain, it means it is not healthy soil.

Back to the drawing board. . .

I have to say:  “At least we determined this before we had the outhouse all put together and were trying to use it.”  Right?  Right!

Just “Thank you LORD!” for bringing all of the rain to show us what would happen if we continued with what we had planned.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh NO!  What are we going to do?

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Moving on here. . .

By August 5, 2017 Blessings along the way!, General, Our log home journey!
These look so straight and tall!

We may be slow, but we do catch on . . .eventually!

Moving on here. . .

No calls back from the logger we were working with, who has done a lot of work for us with excavating, setting up forms for our basement, and having the basement walls poured, having our basement floor poured, putting in our water line, excavating and putting conduit in for our electricity.  He has done a lot for us, and done it well.

We do have a lot done so far. . . however, no logs yet!  And quite frankly, that is why we connected with him in the first place.

But God had other plans. . .

We were supposed to be getting cypress logs (after the pine logs promised did not pan out), but we weren’t getting any calls back from our logger, and he hadn’t initiated calling us to let us know the cypress logs are ready.  Bummer!

Some people may think we did something to ‘tick him off’ or something, but actually, we were ‘warned’ (you might say) about him before we even started to work with him.

And then there is his equipment that had been on our property since last summer.

One piece of equipment we need to get moved.

One piece of equipment we need to get moved.

See in the background? ~~this along with the boom truck had wintered at our place, and they were 'springing' at our place too. They were not going to summer at our place.

See in the background? ~~this along with the boom truck had wintered at our place, and they were ‘springing’ at our place too. They were not going to summer at our place.

 

He needed to at least come and get his equipment from our property.   After many different attempts at asking, calling his number with no return calls, resorting to contacting his wife to see if she could help in this situation, contacting the police to determine how to handle this ~~ OH MY GOSH!  Just come and get your equipment already, and let’s be done.  BUT NO!  It was not removed from our property, and we need to get it out of our way.  So, the state police did go and talk with them to let them know they had a deadline before the equipment would be towed.  They understood.

AND STILL IT WAS NOT RETRIEVED FROM OUR PROPERTY!   Kind of weird, huh?

We had contacted a local towing business to make sure they could handle this, and they came the day after the deadline and towed the equipment away.  I really wanted to be there to see this take place.  We were headed there that afternoon to watch it all happen, pulled onto our road, and saw unusual ‘new’ markings on the blacktop.  (We were guessing all kinds of things as to why there were markings, like a black streaks ~~it’s hard to describe, but it looked like the markings were put there purposefully because it was a very consistent pattern.)   But alas, the towing company had gotten to our property, and the equipment had already been taken away.  WHAAAAA!  I wanted to watch this happen with my own eyes, (and document it happening with my camera).

I did ask the neighbor ladies if they saw it taking place, and they said, “Yeah, they actually didn’t tow the equipment.  They worked on them, got them started, and drove them off.”   WHAT?!?  Seriously?  So, turns out the backhoe was ‘limping’ as it had a huge flat tire, so it was scraping all they way down the road.   Ahhhhh, the black scraping from the backhoe going down the road!  Now it makes sense.

As I write this, there is sadness really at how things turn out sometimes.  So sad that people are not responsible, and you even have to do things like have their property removed from your land.  Ughh, but we had to do something.

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But I am not deterred. . .

So here I go. . .

I check online to find out where white pine grow more densely somewhere near our area in the United States.

I check to see if there are any ‘telephone pole’ suppliers locally.

I look at maps of where pine trees grow.

These 3 sentences above do not begin to describe the amount of work that I put in to looking for trees, and loggers of those trees, AND pine trees that we could get our hands on.

As I was researching, I came across this article. . .

Jack Swanner New Leader Of N.C. Loggers Group

www.southernloggintimesmagazine.com/jack-swanner-new-leader-n-c-loggers-group/

Jul 21, 2014 – Jack Swanner New Leader Of N.C. Loggers Group … developed, trained, and operated cable logging crews in western North Carolina.  . . . . . 

 

Okay, so it was an old article, but I was desperate, and so I clicked on it.  Here is a fellow who KNOWS loggers in NC, where I found pine trees grow and would be slightly close to Kentucky for our purposes.  At the end of the article, it gave a phone # to contact him, but as I said, the article was 2 1/2 years old at this point, and people change numbers like they change  . . . what?  what is a good comparison?  I was willing to try this # anyway.

I get my phone and dial the number, and guess what?  He answered.  It was the Jack Swanner live and in person.  Here I go, picking his brain for loggers, etc.  and asking him for help.  He proceeds to tell me, “Oh, you don’t want to get logs from NC when you can get them from Kentucky.  Let me give you some names of loggers, and lumber companies in Kentucky to call, and see if they can’t help you.”

Praise the LORD!  If we are going to build a log home, we kind of need  . . . .LOGS!

Like a mad woman, I am writing down (more like scribbling) as quickly as I can the names, and even some phone numbers of these loggers, as he is telling me the names and towns where they are located.  He even told me a story of one of the loggers whose wife makes the best cooked kale dish, and how they won’t let you leave without having some of the kale she has made. And he was so nice, one of the numbers he couldn’t remember, so he called me right back with the number.   NOW THIS GUY knows loggers! ! !

Gratitude expressed for his time and information, I get off of the phone with renewed excitement that it may be possible to find someone in Kentucky that can help us get logs.

The calling begins as I start on the list of names and numbers he has given me.   I am ready to start again.

So I start.  .  .

The lumber companies turn out not be be much help.  Either they don’t get much white pine, or they don’t get logs that are longer than 16 feet in length.  Oh.  (sigh)  One lumber company was going to check and took down my phone number to ask if anyone would know of any loggers that could help, but normally, they also do not get logs longer than 16′.  (I was sure that little piece of paper that my number was written down on would soon be pitched.

Then I try loggers~~multiple loggers, and multiple locations throughout Kentucky, and they don’t have white pine.  It is not a tree they log often.

A little discouraged at this point, but not giving up~~my husband and I decided we needed to pray about this and fast, and that is what we did.  We started on a 3 day fast on a Wednesday asking the Lord for help with this.

On Friday (day 3 of the fast), as I was walking out the door for a meeting, I got a call from an unrecognizable number.  I answered, and on the other end was a fellow who identified himself, and told me he is a logger.  He said that a lumber company had given him our number and told him we were looking for white pine.  He is logging a boundary, and has white pine on it, and did not have a need for it?

“Would we be interested?”

MUSIC TO MY EARS! ! ! !

Would we be interested?  Are you kidding me?  Would we be interested?  UH, YES! ! !

YES!  YES!  and YES!

WOWSA!  Here we are, finishing up our fast, and I am totally confident the Lord was hearing our plea for logs.

So, into our lives comes a new logger.

To make a long story short, we made plans to meet up with him.  We drove to the boundary that he was logging.  We hiked into the woods.  AND we got totally excited! (Okay, so my husband does not get ‘excited’ about much~~I get excited!)

Here are some pictures of our little trip~~

Some of the tall straight trees that will hopefully make our house a home someday.

Some of the tall straight trees that will hopefully make our house a home someday.

These look so straight and tall!

These look so straight and tall!

Hiking back up in the boundary with the white pine!

Hiking back up in the boundary with the white pine!

My husband took a 'selfie'? WHAT? I can't hardly believe it, but here it is. So cute of him!

My husband took a ‘selfie’? WHAT? I can’t hardly believe it, but here it is. So cute of him!

Talking with this logger about the possibilities and how it will all work out.

Talking with this logger about the possibilities and how it will all work out.

FINALLY!  We are onto a new logger who actually has a boundary of trees that he is actually in charge of logging, and has white pine he knows there is not a market for.

So the LORD had something else for us, and we needed to line up with His plan.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for leading us to this new logger.  Woohoo!

And if you compare the trees in this boundary (in these pix) to the trees (in the pix I posted back when we thought the logs were coming from a different spot) we were originally shown by the logger that did not come through, the difference is huge.   They would have been monster logs~whoa!  God knew we needed different trees for our purposes.

 

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