Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Day 6...

Wednesday, April 5

I'm posting this mid-day, sow I'm going to look into my crystal ball a bit...

Prior to 2:00, we had almost completed the roof, gotten two sides and half of another sided with vinyl, and the sheetrock installation had been completed. We will begin painting tomorrow morning. After our devotional, David made his daily trip to Gulfport, or "Gufpert" as Tim Landis likes to say it, which is 30 minutes way. He goes for extra items that we can't get in Wiggins. He needed 3 pieces of vinyl (they had 3), 2 pieces or sheetrock (they had 3), and two corner pieces of vinyl (they had 2). We are definitely being watched over by someone upstairs. He says the Home Depot and Lowes are madhouses, or like Wal-Mart at Christmas. People are waiting outside to take your buggy from you after you empty it.

The pump house for her well will be finished, the roof will be completed, and the siding and shutters will be completed. We feel pretty good about wrapping thins up on Friday, but don't plan any welcome home parties quite yet. Many things have to fall into place first.

Keep us in your prayers and we'll be home soon.

Day 5...

Tuesday, April 4

After our devotional, we went right to work. We are working entirely outside until the drywall installation is complete. The siding began today, the roof shingles continued to be installed (a local contractor loaned us a nail gun which has sped up the process tremendously.), and the fascia board around the perimeter of the roof was installed. Many of these things are painstakingly slow, but have to be done. As long as the exterior is completed at before or at the same time as the drywall installers, we'll be back on schedule.

The temperature dropped a bit today. Last night it got down into the 50's. There was a brisk wind most of the day, which made it a little more bearable. It is supposed to be even cooler tomorrow, but nothing out of the ordinary for us "northerners". Donna and Ann are keeping us well fed and hydrated, as usual, and Diane continues to stop by and see her new home. She said that she loves coming over the hill on her way and seeing her new home in the distance.

Still working on the camera. Keep checking.

Day Four...

Monday, April 3

We began the day excited to see the drywall installed first thing in the morning. However, after searching for most of the morning, the drywall arrived. This little mishap put us a behind by a half day, but we have faith that we'll get it done in time. The drywall installers, from Carter County, were incredible. They were installing the drywall as soon as it came off of the truck. At the end of the day, the entire interior of the house was covered with drywall.

Half of the roof was shingled today, as well as the porch roof. All of the windows were installed as well as the front and rear door. It is beginning to look like a house. We are still working from sun-up through sundown. Temperature is still peaking at around 80, with the morning a crisp 65. The locals laugh when we comment on how hot it is. We're glad it's not July or August.

I am having some issues with the camera and the computers that I am using at Wynn's office. Keep checking back for them!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Day 3...

Sunday, April 2

We began the day with a devotional led by David, about using our hands for God's work, and was it appropriate. By the end of another 12-hour day, we had all of the roof, all of the walls, and half of the windows installed. Also, we saw the plumbing and electrical begin to be put in place. It was a great day. It is amazing how 12 people with different skills of expertise can come together and construct this house. Richard Shavers said that it took 3 months for his house to get where we are in two days. We were blessed by the presence of the Tim and Ann Landis, and Scott Miller from BurWil Construction, who will be taking over for Wes Burleson as project manager. Wes is returning to Bristol to handle some unexpected work issues. Wes did a great job, and will be missed. Also arriving today were the drywall contractors from Carter County, TN. They will begin hanging sheetrock tomorrow, so we will be under the gun to get ready, but we're confident we will be.

A House in One Day?

Saturday, April 1

"Did you see that house across the street get built in one day?" This was a comment heard from one of Diane's neighbors on Day 1 of construction in Mississippi. Not really, of course, but we did get all but one side of the roof sheeting nailed down before darkness chased us off of the job site around 7:30 pm. We began the day at 7:30 am at Diane's house with a devotional led by Tom about staying on our feet, which we did for 12 hours. We spent an hour unloading the walls and searching through the tightly-packed rental truck. After getting our bearings, we set the exterior walls, and raised the roof trusses. Richard shavers, Diane's brother helped us most of the day, and we were able to finally meet Diane. She is a very gracious lady, who has said thank you every time I have talked to her. She spent several hours at the site, along with a few of her rel;atives, at our meal/break tent. Donna kept us well-hydrated and fed through-out the day, while also doing some "house cleaning" when she could. After the long work-day, we went back to the lodge for well-needed showers, dinner, and early bedtime.

11 Hours Later...

Friday, March 31

After departing Bristol between 5:00 and 5:30 am, the last of the caravan, the rental truck hauling the supplies, arrived at the future home of Diane Henley at 4:00. It was a long and bumpy ride, but well worth the trip. We found the slab in great condition, so we were able to lay-out the entire house before dark. After laying out the house, we departed for our home for the week, De Soto Lodge. Tom and Diane's cabin is incredible. The driveway is 1.5 miles long and winds through the wilderness like the switchbacks on Highway 421. When you get there, you hear nothing but the crickets and the tree frogs chirping, while still having the same amenities of home. After dinner at a local catfish restaurant with Winn and his wife Carolyn Alexander, with whom our connection with Diane began, we headed back to the lodge to discuss our plan of attack. Although excited about starting and choosing our spot to crash for the night, we hit the sack.