As Josie’s room and the rest of our addition is nearly finished and our family’s circumstances begin to widen outward from the decidedly narrow place we just passed through, I’m reprinting a statement I wrote some time ago on our YouCaring page for the benefit of those who may have missed reading it there.
Don’t miss the handful of random photos I included at the end of this post just for fun!
Last summer when we were waiting on God for direction, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous offered us a breathtakingly large sum toward Josie’s room and told us they want us to be free to move ahead and begin building and to use our HELOC loan to add a second floor to the addition.
We want to thank everyone who has donated to Josie’s room so far!
All funds given through this YouCaring fundraiser and the large donation given by the donor mentioned above are being used to help build Josie’s room.
Our family is paying for the materials and labor (minus donated materials and labor) for the second floor addition, for converting the master bedroom to a second floor laundry room with changing rooms, for the widened driveway with ramp/sidewalk, wheelchair pad and railing, for the extensive septic work we were required to do because of building this addition, for the propane tank and HVAC system we had installed in the whole house, for the laminate flooring in the living room and school room which will make it easier for Josie to navigate those rooms with her walker, and of course, for all the furnishings for the new rooms.
Every laborer who volunteered time and skills understands that his or her labor is being applied to the project as a whole. There have also been donations given outside the YouCaring fundraiser, some stipulated for various purposes and some given to be used as needed toward the general project. In every case, we are being conscientious to ensure that the wishes of each donor are honored.
We are so grateful to be able to implement the most economically sensible plan–to add the second floor at the same time as the first floor rather than some years down the road. Adding 1000 square feet of carefully designed space to our 1300 square foot home will be a tremendous blessing for everyone in our sixteen member household.
However, an even bigger blessing is the many, many of you who have shared with us and rejoiced with us at this unexpected gift God is seeing fit to give us.
In a world that is too often cynical, selfish and harsh, we are blown away by your generosity!
We love you and thank God for you!
A short little person in big tall boots~
The big tall person who belongs to the big tall boots happens to be a fun big brother.
Vacuuming the carpet that is no more. We were glad to see it go.
Companions in crime, oh my, and you don’t know the half~
John Michael and Peter hung out with the carpenter and were subsequently put to work…
…to their great delight.
He said that for the laminate job, the two of them were as good as a skilled helper.
The five of us who were camping out downstairs moved into temporary quarters in Josie’s room while the laminate was installed in here.
Intent on creating~
We pulled the wheelchairs inside during a recent snow and ice storm. Strange as it may seem to the uninitiated, I love these chairs for the stories they speak to a contemplative heart.
Paint color is actually robin’s egg blue. My cell phone pulls all color over into the cool zone.
The space that is emerging here nourishes and refreshes the beauty-seeking soul my Maker created me to be.
See you next time for the big reveal, Deo volente!