As our contractor, Daniel Jacobson, finished the basic construction of our house, we started working on the wiring. We also had other local contractors working on all the heating and air/ducts as well as getting the plumbing roughed in. The kids, including cousins and friends, were constantly helping us sweep and clean the interior after each project was complete.
Rina is standing in front of our new heat pump. That thick powdery dust is what we dealt with all summer long. Piles of it! We were all dirty - constantly.
Hailey loved to get up in the rafters to help string wire. She's a monkey, too.
Daniel, contractor extraordinaire!
Here he is right after he put the last nail into our house. A job well done! We made many memories with this amazing Romanian mountain man. We were absolutely honored for him to be the contractor to build our home. He gave us an amazing deal on the house because of our circumstances and got it done in record time besides. We pray many blessings on him and his precious family whom we count as special friends.
Michael's beautiful date.
Then they convinced me to try it out, LOL. It worked! Mama approved.
A friend from church gave Hailey this new outfit. I thought she looked so grown up in it.
One night we impulsively took the trailer up to Indian Lake where they were having a MOPS retreat. We invited Michael's folks to join us and we had a wonderful time. It was so nice to use the trailer for which it was intended.
Josiah is a good big brother and is always teaching Rina about the great outdoors.
Mom and Rina watching the eclipse.
Rina lost interest after awhile.
Total Eclipse Cake
Brandon's wife, Marlana, was very pregnant with their latest son. She's a mama of many boys. It was so nice to visit with her and her sons got to play with our children on the homestead. They went home very dirty, LOL.
The girls were great about helping do laundry using our outdoor laundry system.
Josiah started working on his hiking merit badge for Boy Scouts that summer.
I managed to have a small garden. It brought me a lot of joy in a time of extreme stress.
This was the last picture I took of the Rina at the pool. The bumble bee was tired, as were the rest of us. As exhausted as we were, the work was really just beginning.
"Peace out" from this bumble bee!