I am wife to a magnificent man and mother to five wonderful children. Three of my children were born in the Northwest and two were born thousands of miles away in Liberia, West Africa. Birthplace is no matter, all of my children were born in my heart. This is our journey.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thank goodness for Grandpa.

Several years ago the grandparents on both sides and an aunt and uncle made a contribution to the play structure fund. The summer after the fund was open, when the structure was to be built, we felt that we were to sell our house and move into a travel trailer while we looked for a house in a neighboring community. We lived in the trailer for eight months and then when we found this place we had a lot of work to do. The yard was a blank canvas for us and we wanted to set it up in a way that would work best for a growing family. Anyone who knows Steve and I well knows that we both have strong opinions so coming up with a plan we both could live with? Well, that took some time, but a really great plan it is. Great things are worth waiting for right? I think so.

Here is the spot before with most of the cedar chips layed down.

Then the work began. Steve just had shoulder surgery last week so building it now that the ground is ready was not an option for him. My dad is a busy man being a pastor but he and Steve came up with a trade. Computer work for physical work. Perfect! Steve was able to help my dad find parts and stablilize the structure with his left arm some.

My dad is a very talented guy which is what I am sure drew me to my husband. I am very blessed to have two such talented guys in my life. It took six hours plus of work to get thing built.

These guys decided to pass the time trying to start a small blaze using leaves and a magnifying glass. They could get some good smoke but were never able to get a good fire going. They lucked out though. Their dad enjoys a good fire and helped them get things going the next morning.

When it was all said and done it was dark. Dad loves riding his motorcycle though and it had been a warm day, so off he went.

I'd like to say that he rode off in the sunset but it was too late for that.

There it is in all it's glory. The finished structure. They have been on it every day since and there have been lots of squeals and giggles coming from the backyard lately.

Thanks Grandpa!


daughtersfather said...

So THAT'S all it takes to get on your blog!! :o)

Mama Jenn said...

Love the playset. We had a very similar one at our old house and the kids really miss it! I am sure your kids will enjoy it just as much as mine did!!!