Well, it's been nine months since April 27th, seven months since we started reconstruction. God has blessed us in numerable ways I can't even count. Here is a bit of our progress...
Our house Christmas 2010
This is a salvaged barn door of my grandfather's that my mother painted/distressed and wrote a promise we forever hold in our hearts. This door is hanging in our house now.
Above is the framework for our fireplace foundation. The living room furniture will be centered around the fireplace.
The back deck addition.
Our lovely pine ceiling that some wonderful friends put up. (Thank You!) My grandfather bought a saw mill after the tornado in order for us to make good use of all the felled trees from the storm so we are using most of the pines for interior wood.
Half of our kitchen above. The double doors lead to the porch. We are also finishing installing all the light fixtures. The story of how we came to get those is quite amazing. A man who worked at a lighting shop who heard my parents speak at a local church about the tornado, invited them to shop at this store. Mom and Dad went and picked out everything we needed.
Since light fixtures are not cheap in the least, mom and dad were careful what they picked out. Mom and Dad were somewhat suspecting they'd get a discount on the purchase.
As dad went to pay, the man who worked at the store told dad"You're good to go. You don't owe us anything." We had over a thousand dollars worth of fixtures given to us! What a mighty way to see God's providence!
This is my parent's bedroom we just finished painting. Three walls are white washed, then one wall was left natural and stained as an accent wall.
Our open library made with milled pine.
I want to thank everyone who wrote letters and gave gifts of encouragement. I couldn't personally thank everyone but you don't know how very touching it was to me and my family. And those who have come so often to help on the house, you have made this progress possible! The body of Christ has reached out in such amazing ways and we can never thank you enough.
With God's grace (and a bit more patience with our confined quarters:) we are hoping to be in our house by the end of the month.
"But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
"The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. "