Two years ago my Dad convinced me to build a deck. Craftily, my wife became involved during the planning stages and doubled pretty much all the dimensions of the deck. In spite of labor shortages (I only use volunteer labor, to avoid exploitation of salaried workers) the deck was mostly finished last summer and now wraps around half of my house. We get a lot of use out of it — it stays much drier and cleaner than the gravel and mud which it now conceals. Here is Daniel enjoying some early Spring sunshine during recess.
Today started out rather dreary, so I decided to post a picture with a little sunshine. For some reason, my children (Sarah especially) like to scrunch up their faces whenever their picture is taken.
Each morning of this week, Kathy has taken the older three kids over to the cottage to do their schoolwork in relative peace. I walk over early to get the wood stove started, and they frequently amble over as a group to meet me or wait until I get back. Sarah and David like to be part of things; this picture was taken on the way back home.
So far it is working well for everyone — I am getting up earlier than I usually do, which pleases Kathy and helps me to get more work done before noon. Since I read my Bible and pray while I’m waiting for the stove to get going, it is helping me to be more regular in that discipline, as well. Kathy seems more cheerful; getting school DONE rather than dragging it out over the course of the day seems to help her a lot. Strangely, a win/win situation.