Broken ground!

October 22nd, 2015

Last Friday, our excavator dropped off his backhoe and pushed the last couple of trees down before he left.

The day was unusually quiet, since Joe and six of the children had left the house at 7 am to take Amtrak to a field trip day in Philadelphia.




Since Katie was in school, I just had Verity and Ben all day, so I picked up my neglected camera and took some photos for a change.



Unable to keep up with it, we had dismantled our one flower garden at the beginning of the summer, giving away the plants that were worth saving.  We explained to our children, “In our family, we don’t ‘do’ flowers, we ‘do’ people.”  Since we have to choose, and we do.  *smile*  

As God unfolded His plan for J to join our family, it turned out to be a blessing that the flower garden was already cleared, and we cancelled our plan to plant the area in grass.


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Hmmmm, what’s this thing?  A backhoe?  Interesting!




Our excavator pushing down the last tree before leaving~




As soon as he started the engine, the children suddenly decided they’d rather watch from indoors.





The next day, our builder came by to cut and remove the wood from the excavation site and temporarily move our propane tank, then on Monday one of his employees removed our back porch.




On Tuesday, the real fun began!






Verity moved back and forth from the front porch to whichever window in the house gave her the best view of the action.






He widened the driveway and began moving tons of dirt from behind our house.







What fun!  An enormous dirt pile right in our own back yard!






A little boys’ dream~




Yesterday, our excavator dug out the basement…



…so now we have a huge hole behind the house…




…and a few quiet days until the foundation is poured early next week!




Don’t miss the updates I occasionally post on the Helping our Family Build a Room for J’s Special Needs YouCaring page.

We’ve received some encouragement that after all the delays, the process will most likely seem to go much faster from here on out, and we are praying that is true!  We are working on a Plan B in case J’s space isn’t finished by the time she must leave her current situation two days before Christmas (no wiggle room with that date at all).  At the same time, we’re praying that the entire addition will be finished by then, so that we can be moved in and smoothly functioning as quickly as possible, and fully ready to welcome J and celebrate her first Christmas with our family!

Stay tuned!


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11 Responses to “Broken ground!”

  1. Esther Paris says:

    Wow! :-)

  2. Joseph says:

    I’m so glad you’re taking pictures of all this!

  3. Missy says:

    Was it strange to just have two little kids at home? The excavating looks like fun and must be so exciting for all of you!

  4. Esther Paris says:

    PS – I’ve spent a good nbr of hours at that Amtrak station…

  5. Susanna says:

    Missy, VERY strange! At 10 am, I was asking, “Hmmm, what shall we do next?” I don’t think I’ve asked myself that question for the past 18 years!

    Joseph, you and Lindsay need to come over and look at it yourself!

    Esther, I still feel badly for you when I remember that!

  6. Esther Paris says:

    It was NOT a problem. I had my knitting and a whole bunch’a’ KIND bars! :-)

  7. Deanna says:

    This is so fun! I am hoping also that the whole thing is done before Christmas! I can’t wait!

  8. Susanna says:

    Deanna, it’s so hard to believe that this is finally happening for real! But very exciting!

  9. Colleen says:

    Loved seeing pics of your littles! Do people often ask if they are twins?

  10. Susanna says:

    Colleen, no, Verity and Ben don’t look or act at all like twins in real life! But they are trouble-making buddies right now! So fun to see them be friends together, and we hope it is a life-long bond!

  11. Bullock Clay says:

    I simply loved the expressions of children when the whole digging work was going on.

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