Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The attic is finished and painted!

Tonight we are buying numerous shelves to put everything on in the attic. Tomorrow we are assembling those wire shelves, free standing, and installing blinds in two of the kid's rooms (five windows). Our goal is to be able to sort through the piles of stuff we have on our first floor for foster care and organize them on the shelves Thursday or Friday and unpack the remaining stuff Saturday. We are working hard to have the two stories and attic all finished and organized by the end of August; preferably the middle of August before school starts.

To give you an idea of ALL the stuff we still have to unpack from storage and find a home for, including the piles of foster care clothes, I have attached a photo. The other photos are of the attic being finished.

Camp Sonshine came to help out today!

Camp Sonshine sent a bus of teenagers over to help clean the windows, no small feat in a house this size. With so many of them it went by fast--what a blessing! They also did a fund raising car wash for Faith Home Ministries and used the money to buy us ten board games for the kids to play and some new underwear and socks for us to have on hand for the boys and girls who show up with nothing. THANK YOU EVERYONE! It was a great day and you were such a blessing to us.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Still finishing the attic!

Finishing the attic took way more work than I thought. We had the insulation and drywall up but it takes three coats of joint compound and lots of taping; THEN we have to prime then we can paint the walls and ceiling. I don't know what we would have done without Terry (well, we would have had a poorly finished attic David and I tried to do!!). Thank you Terry for all your work! Terry has been here from the raising of the original roof of the house. I have more photos but this is just one collage of Terry working. Today he is sanding his third coat and I am installing hardwood floor in a small section at the base of our basement stairs since we had left over wood.
Blessings to all,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thank you for your continued help, prayers and support!

People are asking what needs to be done before the women and kid's ministries are completely finished and ready for people as some people want to donate money towards that end. We are continually blessed and so grateful as this speeds up the time we can finish since we are currently saving up for the few remaining items needed to finish; landscaping such as grading, seeding, etc, thorough whole house duct cleaning before the kids come, some electrical work in the women's ministry living space and the laminate floor for the women's ministry (about 900 square feet). We are saving up for this and currently working on finishing the attic so we can put the stuff from storage that is now on the first floor up there and I am slowly unpacking the numerous boxes and bags of stuff from storage and finding homes for it. Our hope and prayers are that we will have the entire house finished by the end of August or at least all but the electrical work and drywall repair that ensues. We want the house in order to be ready for however many kids God brings!

We have come so far since we started years ago having to deal with the sewer issue (since we were on a septic system and had to find a way to hook up to the sewer)! We are very excited but know this is a big house and things take time, especially when we are doing a lot of the work ourselves (I will be installing the floor--just need to purchase the material). God's hands have been and continue to be all over this and it is an awesome thing to see and we continue to trust God's timing for completion and God to bring the kids!! We are hoping David will get to work from home more so that he will be available around 5pm to help with the homework while I cook dinner and who knows, by September that might happen! Let's keep that in prayer!!!

Grateful to all,


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Plugging along!

We are currently working on finishing the attic; joint compound then painting, so we can install shelves to organize and unpack all the foster care clothing we have and any other storage items that will go in there.

Our big task is unpacking all our boxes and bags from storage, cleaning the two floors upon completion of that (filthy windows and floors et al), and then installing the flooring for the women's ministry and doing the electrical upgrade for there. We hope to have everything in its place and the flooring done by the end of August.

Meanwhile, we have one bedroom in need of a second coat, several doors in need of two coats of paint and some baseboards if anyone is interested in swinging by and helping for a few hours. Some people are still here during the week on and off and a few of us regularly work every Saturday until we are done.

Thanks for thinking of us!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We have the final permit--no more inspections!!

The permit is finalled out and now we are just working on finishing the attic so we can unpack all the foster care clothes we have and store them up there in labeled boxes. We plan on having our first foster child in August as we will be working on unpacking and finishing the little stuff like painting all the doors etc. through July. This is a different collage showing before and after photos of the front and back of the house. Thank you everyone for all your support and may God continue to bless you for all you do for others and enabling us to help others with our home!