Blessed & Thankful

At the same time we embarked on this project a couple months ago, we also lost 2 integral guys in our framing crew. I asked John (cousin/brother/boss), “who’s gonna frame my house?” He replied “I am!” John started framing when he was 16 yrs old, possibly younger.. I may need to check that factoid. He framed for a few years in Calgary, before returning to Jordan with his wife Helena, and firstborn son. He started his own business, Eagle Carpentry, doing cabinetry and renovations. He also joined the crew at Lincoln Construction, then owned and operated by my Dad. GST came in 1990, so at the age of 57 dad “retired” and John took over the business.

The last 12 years or so as LC has grown, John has moved more into more of a Developer role as well as General Contractor. He still picks up his tool belt now and then, but not nearly as often as he did in the early days. He tells me he’s really enjoying having the hammer back in his hand, tool belt on, having fun, and I think quite appreciating this change from the regular day to day.  I’m loving that he’s heading up the framing crew, and I believe the guys are also really benefiting as they’re learning side by side from someone with 40+ years experience, and a truckload of work ethic.

So.. this is what John and the crew did the last 2 days. It’s taking shape!

Tom, our really fantastic roofer also got started, delivering the shingles, and filling in all the old plumbing stacks and vents.  Today if the rain stops, our old shingles are coming off, and the new ones are going in with new ridge vent.

Bill is still demo-ing in the evenings, both bricks on the exterior, and trying to stay ahead of the framers in the interior. He’s working full time right now at work with many projects, also juggling family and church commitments, so it’s been a tough go. I’m so very proud and thankful for him!!

Verklemption. take a moment.. talk amongst yourselves…

At the end of the day, we celebrated my Wonderful brother in love’s 60th birthday. His claim is that behind every good man is a greater woman (my incredible sister Wilma). This generous couple is housing us right now as we do this Reno/addition and we can’t be more thankful or blessed!

Signing off.. a very thankful Amy who is blessed beyond measure, surrounded by incredible family. (pictured below with cousin John)

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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