Summer Over, and Jacob Gone

Things have been very busy at The Shepherd’s Place this past summer and fall. Just keeping up with Lighthouse Trails is a more than full time job. But we got all the firewood bucked and stacked that we need for this winter for both buildings. They say it’s going to be a long cold winter. We are wondering what that means given that last winter was supposed to be the coldest in 33 years! Anyway, the first snow is going to be landing in three days.

Some sad news today. Our beloved border collie, Jacob, whom

we have had for 11 years since he was a puppy succumbed to his cancer today. It was very hard for us to say goodbye. He has been a faithful loving friend to us, and we will miss him so. Below is a photo of Dave, Jacob, and me taken a couple summers ago. You can see what a lovely dog he was, much bigger than most border collies. He loved Montana and The Shepherd’s Place.

On a brighter note, we finally brought the old upright piano out of storage this weekend and put it into the lodge. It will be a central piece in the dining room as Dave plays beautiful praise and hymn music.

Also the kitchen cabinets are here, and Dave and a helper are going to start installing them in two weeks. Then hopefully they’ll finish getting the walls up in the dining room.

We had hoped to be further along by now, but just not enough time to get everything done. We did have two volunteers come up from southern Montana (LT readers), and they did the tile around the tub in the women’s bathroom. It looks really lovely so we are thankful for that.

We look forward to the day when the lodge is completed so we can begin using it for a writing and biblical training and retreat center. Will post some new pictures of the lodge soon. In the meantime, here is one taken two summers ago of Dave, Jacob, and me. Also a picture of our piano taken just before we put it into storage 5 years ago!

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