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- Dining Room Walls Finished! March 4, 2018
- Summer Over, and Jacob Gone October 29, 2017
- Vegetable Garden at The Shepherd’s Off to a Good Start June 26, 2017
- Shepherd’s Place – Still Here! May 14, 2017
- Volunteer Brings Beautiful Flowers to the Shepherd’s Place June 11, 2016
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This week, our local carpenter attached the ledger board onto the lodge. The ledger board is what will hold up the deck, which we hope to do next spring. The board had to go up now though in preparation for the siding job that will begin next Thursday when two volunteers will arrive. You may notice in these photos that the window header trim was also put on this week.
Dave and I (and Jacob) drove up to Fernie, BC, Canada on Sunday afternoon (about 50 miles away). We go a couple times a year. We went for a three mile hike and came across this beautiful little lake. You can see the Rocky Mountains in the background. Most of the snow is melted now.
No pictures of the land on this post but wanted to give an update on how things are going.
1. We have been doing clean up on the grounds: removing several pick up loads of branches and also remaining unusable scraps from the building work.
2. We had an excavator come with his equipment and grade the land near both buildings. It really needed it, or rain water would be causing large pools of water. He also brought in 4 truck loads of top soil (at a very good price), and we have planted our first large patch of Montana wildgrass and wildflowers. It’s very hot this week so we are having to keep the seeded area watered all day long – once it sprouts, that will be nice.
3. Finished planting the garden and also finished with the 8 foot high deer fence. Now and then I spot a couple deer standing just on the outside of the garden fence. I can tell they are longing to be in that garden. I notice that deer are very curious creatures. Dave says they love to eat the branches from recently dropped trees. No doubt they would like the tender leaves of lettuce, peas, and spinach from the garden too.
4. The most important thing going on right now is the preparation for the lodge siding job, which will begin on the 25th of this month. This week two fellows, Steve and Justin, are putting a water sealer on the backside of every single piece of siding and staining all of the window trim boards. We decided to go with a dutch cedar drop siding. It’s a horizontal siding technique. This photo is a picture of drop siding (you can click on the picture to see it up close).
Next week, our local carpenter, Dean, will be putting up the window trim headers with flashing and also the ledger boards, which are the boards that will hold the deck. I’m pretty sure we won’t get the deck up until next spring, but the ledger boards have to go on before the siding.
5. In addition to all of this happening, LT released its latest book, and it has been a very busy release week. A lot of people are showing interest in this book. I think it shows just how concerned Bible-believing Christians are regarding the state of the world today.
Our prayer is that the Lord can use The Shepherd’s Place for His glory and for the edification of contenders of the faith. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
Last week, Vernon (a friend from Kentucky) and Dave put up the garden deer fence. The fence is 8 feet tall, and we will add another foot of protection with a line of wire. This weekend, we planted more than half the garden, which included a row of raspberries and Montana blackberries, carrots, onions, lettuce and greens, potatoes, and corn. The tomatoes and peppers will grow in the greenhouse this year, and we still have to plant squash, beets, zucchini, kale, spinach, swiss chard, cabbage, herbs, and a few other things. As you can see in the photos below, some of the rows have Agribon over them to protect the plants from the cold Montana nights (even in the summer). But the days are getting very long. It is still light out at 9:30 PM.
Dave will get back to working on the electrical wire at the lodge tomorrow, and we are preparing for the siding of the lodge for late June when two of our sons will be coming here and will do the siding. We have chosen a cedar dropsiding, which we think will look very nice.
Eric from Wyoming, who has been helping us for a few days, captured this beautiful sunset a couple evenings ago when we took him and his father, Vernon (from Kentucky), to the Koocanusa River. This view is looking northwest, up into Canada, which is just a few miles from us.
I haven’t taken many photos lately as we have been so busy just trying to get established on the land since moving onto it a month ago. Everything is operational at LT, but still so much to do. Electricity not done yet at the lodge as Dave is pulled in many directions every day, but it’s coming along.
This week Dave has begun installing the electrical wiring at the lodge. We had a volunteer here for a week who helped us prepare for this job and who also helped us get our greenhouse up. Tomorrow after work we are going to a farm and picking up some manure for our garden. The weather is wonderful right now. And being on the land with LT in the new shop is so great.
Please pray for Dave as he does the electrical job this month. It’s a big undertaking. He hopes to complete it by the end of the month.
When we finished with the move about two weeks ago, we were very exhausted, but we are regaining our stamina. LT was only down for two work days, which was amazing, and things are running very smoothly now. In fact, our office crew has been stuffing envelopes all day with the May/June journal that will be mailed out tomorrow.
This evening after work and supper, before it got dark, we took a walk on the land. It was a beautiful spring evening. Thought we’d share some photos we took.
I can’t remember when I have been so exhausted, but thanks to the Lord’s faithfulness and a hard-working moving and unpacking crew, we have completed our two-phase move. Lighthouse Trails is now in its new home, and so are we! Below are just a few shots we thought you might like to see. Incredibly, while we still have many boxes to unpack, we became operational by the end of today and will be fully functioning Monday morning.
Tonight is the eve of when we will move Lighthouse Trails onto the Shepherd’s Place. It feels like a historical moment. Not because LT is some big famous publishing house because it is not, but because it feels like this is the end of one season and the beginning of a brand new one.
We began LT 13 years ago in a small 1943 two story house in Silverton, Oregon. Our first shipping room was about 7′ x 13′. And my own office was a corner in an attic room. We actually ran LT out of that house for eight years, expanding office and shipping space until it just about took over more than half the house.
Five years ago, we moved to Montana, eventually bought some bare land when our little Oregon house sold, took a detour to go back to Oregon (books and all) to take care of my dying father, and now here we are, about to move onto this 10 acres of beauty with a shop LT can call its own.
Our in-office staff will remain small in number, but if you add up all the authors we now represent, the web assistants, the researchers, the advisers, and the editors, we number over 45 people. None of us make much money, but that isn’t the reason any of us are doing what we are doing anyway. God has opened our eyes, and He has given us the strength, fortitude, resources, and courage to keep going year after year. None of us feel like we are anything special. On the contrary, we often feel very unworthy and inadequate to carry on such a mission. But we know it is by His wonderful grace and mercy that believers in Jesus Christ can serve Him, and on this eve, in the middle of these Montana Rockie foothills, I thank the Lord for His love and also for those of you who have stood with us (and allowed us to stand with you) in this battle for truth.
For those reading this tonight, please pray for us tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as we move over 20,000 pounds of books and DVDs, multiple shelves and desks, computers, and other office equipment including our large Xerox machine that prints the Booklet Tracts and journals.
Our two Albertan volunteers plus our local hired carpenter and Dave are putting up the siding on The Lighthouse building this week. For this building, we are doing a rough-cut plywood with cedar battens and cedar-shake gables. We found cedar at a local, family-owned lumber company for very good prices. The photos you see below are just the rough-cut plywood unstained. I’ll post more pictures when the staining and bats are up.
We have successfully moved our personal effects into the 1 bedroom apartment, which is above the LT shop. The move went smoothly even though it was very exhausting. I am calling this Phase 1. In less than two weeks, phase 2 will take place, which is moving the publishing operation into the shop. Now THAT is a big job! We have about 10 people lined up to help with that – yes, it takes that many to move thousands of pounds of books, a huge printer, desks, and many shelves.
While this has been a very stretching time for Dave and I, it is wonderful to finally be living on this land. We fall asleep looking at the stars through the window and wake up before the sun comes up and see the silhouette of the trees right outside our window. On our first night there, Dave and I went out to the forest to gather up some firewood that we had cut up last fall, and we heard a strange noise very close by. We suddenly realized it was the sound of an elk, not more than a few yards away! This is Montana, and there is lots of wildlife.
Yesterday, two dear fellows, who happen to be experienced carpenters from, came down as volunteers, and they are helping Dave and our hired carpenter put up the siding on the shop this week. We are so grateful.
We have been trying to come up with a name for the shop/apartment building. The other building is The Lodge, and thanks to the suggestion of one of our sons, we are going to call this building “The Lighthouse.” That seemed to make a lot of sense.
Thank you to those who have been praying for us and also to those who have donated to help us hire help. In two weeks, with the help of another volunteer, Dave will begin putting in the electrical wiring in The Lodge.
As of tomorrow, Tuesday, we will be finished with the bulk of the interior painting at the shop. On Wednesday, the carpet is going to be installed by a local carpet installer company. Thank you to those who have donated allowing us to hire out some of the needed work.
We are scheduled to begin moving into the shop on April 4th, wrapping it up by April 18th. Thank you for your prayers as put together a moving crew. We have over 20,000 pounds of inventory (books are heavy!).
Finally, we have lights at the shop. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks, and we had a life-threatening emergency with a family member. We appreciate your prayers for us. We know the Lord is faithful.