As many of you know, our family is in the process of remodeling a 115 year old farmhouse into which we hope to move very soon. It is going well. As with any remodel job, once you get into it you find more things to fix, or have to change plans, etc. We are very blessed that this is what my father and brother do for a living so they can do all the work that needs to be done.
But they haven’t been the only ones working! The whole family has been pitching in to help! When I told my mother that I wanted to get a family picture for this post, she said, “But we’re all a mess!” My reply was, “That’s kinda the point!”
We are a mess. Most days we come home sweaty and stinky and grimy … and tired. The house is a mess. Because of the variety of things needing to be done, we have practically every tool out of my father’s work truck and spread around the house. It’s sometimes a challenge to walk across the floor without tripping over saws, wires or even a walk-board! With so many people in and out and all about, there have been plenty of opportunities to practice communication skills and forbearance. Like the time one of the family members knocked a 6 foot level into the wet sheet rock mud that another family member has just finished! Shhhhh … we won’t talk about that one!
And speaking of tools, we get plenty of opportunities to practice patience with people who are using the tools that we need. Right now! I mean, you would think that with at least three drills around, my brother wouldn’t need to keep taking the one that I’m using, right? And when he takes that one and I go get another one, he decides he likes that one better and takes it too!
But the blessing of being able to work together as a family on this project far outweighs any challenges or complications and we are all looking forward to when it is finished and we can enjoy the fruit of our labors.
That being said, with us trying to focus on getting the house finished, and spending long hours working there, we are not able to put as much thought and focus into this blog right now. So we will be taking a break … just for a few weeks. We will miss interacting with all of our lovely readers but we know this is the best decision and we look forward to being back soon!
Before closing though, I want to once again recommend the Christian Blogger Bootcamp course for anyone who has a blog! I mentioned this program several weeks ago but I want to bring it to your attention again. I have been going through the course and find it very informative and helpful. The author gives detailed instructions on how to write and design successful posts, and also teaches how to take advantage of social media and other outlets to expand your blog audience. There is so much more information and it is very user-friendly. Plus there is an exclusive FB group where the author and other participants can interact and help each other out. If you have a blog, I strongly encourage you to check out this course. You can use the code HHW10 to take 10% off! Enrollment expires on August 31st.
And last but not least, Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose has posted a review and giveaway of some of our Lilla Rose products. If you didn’t win our recent giveaway and would like another chance, you are most welcome to visit her lovely blog (which I recommend you visit regardless of whether you participate in the giveaway as it is always a very pleasant experience!).
See you in a few weeks!