Before we put in our flooring, we wrote Bible verses on the subfloor. Some rooms had one, some had two, some even had three.
We wanted our home to be firmly founded on God’s Word, and this was a literal approach.
Starting with the girls room, here are the verses we used:
“. . .And may our daughters be like corner pillars, cut for the structure of a palace.”
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue”
“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel with modesty and self-control. . .”
1 Timothy 2:9a
“May our sons in their youth be like plants full-grown. . .”
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD. . .”
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.”
“Your faithfulness endures unto all generations; You have established it in the earth, and it stands fast.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
“You are good and You do good; teach me Your statutes.”
Front door: (also our Ranch’s verse)
“So he called it Rehoboth, saying,’For now the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.'”
“Sing to Him a new song. . .”
“Chose this day whom you will serve. . .”
“These all look to You, [speaking of the LORD] to give them their food in due season. When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open Your hand it is filled with good things.”
“Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. O LORD, how manifold are Your works!”
Psalm 104 23-24a
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”
The entire main floor of our home came from the factory primed for painting. We painted the entire main floor Antique Buff by Valspar, (a neutral beige), with a few exceptions.
- The kitchen was painted Butter by Olympic
- One wall in Mum and Daddy’s room was painted Yacht Harbor by Behr
Also, I just wanted to extend a huge thanks to all our friends who came to help with painting. It was an enormous blessing!
Our paint! (A total of 48 gallons)
The pod hallway. The first door at the end of the hall goes into the garage, the first doorway on the right is the bathroom, the second is the laundry room, and the third (not visible in this picture), is the pantry. The door on the left will open onto the front porch. Lockers will eventually be built by Josh and Daniel onto the left-hand wall.
The hallway after paint.
The hall-bath before paint.
The hall-bath after paint (The truest color in this picture is the narrow wall beside the shower)
The laundry room prior to painting. (The washer and dryer along with an upright freezer will go on the left wall and a bank of cabinets will eventually be built on the right wall for folding clothes/sewing. Also note that the boxes stacked up are the laminate flooring for the upstairs.)
The laundry room after painting.
A little woodpecker on a hickory tree near the house.
Remember, the big move is this Saturday!!
We hired a local drilling company to drill our water well and our HVAC wells. Overall, we were very happy with their work!
The drilling rig and pipe truck.
Drilling (The gray sludge is silt)
River of sludge (yuck!)
When he was done drilling the well he took the cap off causing the built up pressure to release creating a geyser.
The water pressure was amazing!
Telephone poles and a lovely sunset on the way home
After all the drywall went up we hired a mudder to finish the walls and get them ready for paint.
The boys’ room all mudded
Another view of the boys’ room (The silver pipe is the chimney pipe from our wood stove. There will be a drywalled box around it eventually.)
The boys’ bathroom drywalled and mudded (The drywall in the bathrooms was green because it is a water-resistant drywall.)
The main dormer all mudded
Getting ready to mud the girls’ room. (The black things in the window are the mudders stilts. He mudded around the top of each room first wearing his stilts to avoid the need for a ladder.)
The outside wall of the girls’ room
Another breathtaking sunset!
Each day I am awed by God’s majesty as displayed in a microcosm thru the phenomenal sunsets every evening!
(A panoramic view)
Samuel helping Daddy crank up the first sheet of drywall.
S t r e t c h ! Daddy and Daniel putting the drywall up on the ceiling of the girls’ dormer.
The girls’ room ceiling, completely drywalled.
Another view of the ceiling in the girls’ room.
Daniel with the drywall lift. (Note the drywalled upper slope behind him.)
The ceiling of the schoolroom completely drywalled with the exception of the dormer.
Daniel cutting a hole for the can light in the main dormer.
Josh and Daniel screwing in a sheet on one of the front slopes of the schoolroom.
Josh and Daniel measuring for the next sheet of drywall.
Phenomenal sunset that evening!
To close with, here is a picture of our house as of 6 days ago:
I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post! All the house pictures have been on Josh’s phone and he’s been so busy with house stuff that he hasn’t had time to upload them onto the computer.
That being said, we’re almost done!! The entire main floor is painted except the for the kitchen, and the upstairs is completely drywalled and primed. Daddy has set the 24th of November as the move in date, ‘wether we’re ready or not’.
The things that have to be done before we move in are:
- The kitchen needs to be painted
- The hardwood floor needs to be laid down on the main level
- The pantry shelves need to be built
- Hanging rods need to be purchased/installed in all 4 clothes closets (Daddy’s, Mum’s, boy’s, and girl’s)
- The upstairs needs to be painted (including ceilings)
- Laminate flooring needs to be put down upstairs
- The upstairs bathrooms need to be tiled
- The upstairs toilets need to be purchased and installed
- The upstairs vanities/tops need to be purchased and/or built and installed
- And last but certainly not least, the stairs down into the basement need to be built
I know it seems impossible, but I am constantly reminded that, as Philippians 2:13 says,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Please note that following this post will be a series of posts, (with pictures *smile*), that will hopefully bring you up to date.
Have a blessed day!
The past 2 weeks the boys have been working on framing the upstairs. (Where the kids bedrooms, bathrooms, and schoolroom will be.)
Here’s a diagram I drew of the upstairs. The black walls are walls that were on the house when we got it. The red walls are walls that the boys have framed. (Please note that the drawing is not to scale. Also, the proportions are a little off.)
The 2 bedrooms are on either side of the upper story. The boys’ is on the far left and the girls’ is on the far right. The schoolroom is in the front of the middle space and the two bathrooms are in the back of that same space. (The red wall in the back of each bedroom is the front wall of the closet. Also, the red box in the boys’ room is the 2 foot box around the chimney pipe of our wood stove. Oh, and the red wall just to the left of the girls’ bedroom wall is the wall beside the stairs.)
Abigail investigating the blueprint. (Laid out in the floor of the girls’ room.)
Josh, Daniel, and I checking the girls’ closet wall for level.
Josh and Daniel nailing in the last studs for the girls’ room wall
Josh hammering on the girls’ wall a little to make it level while I held a board up to prevent the sledgehammer from marring the studs.
Daniel cutting a notch out of a rafter to help the bedroom wall fit better,
Samuel stacking up scraps.
Daniel measuring studs for the end wall of the boys’ closet
Josh and Daniel assembling the last of the boys’ room wall.
Josh and Daniel raising the boys’ bedroom wall.
Josh, Daniel, and I measuring the boys’ room wall to estimate drywall and installation.