Sunday, June 12, 2011

"I CAN do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

I know you guys have been eagerly anticipating my next blog entry, wondering what in the world Rachel is doing out there at that cabin, if anything!! Well, I agree it has been far too long since my last post, but rest assured, my wheels are turning...

Every time I'm out at the cabin, I realize more & more that this passion I feel to build this thing is so much a part of my heart. It is a strong vision. Not only that, but I feel such a peace out there. When I think of all the awesome memories that have been made while working on this cabin; the blood, sweat, & tears that have been shed out there; well, the emotions attached run deep into my being...

Stewart's spirit has so vibrantly touched my life...
It feels like this cabin, this property, & the passion that I still carry to see this vision fulfilled, is a living honor to Stewart. But also, every time I am out there, there is a quiet sweetness that is left in my soul. There is peace. Sometimes it feels as if Stewart's spirit has intertwined with my own, because this hard working fearless nature comes out of me & propels me forward to do things that I thought I could never do. I am very thankful for the strength I have gained from having to do hard things. Having to feel hard things. Having to see hard things. The things that are growing in me due to this are an eternal gift...

For me, it feels like I am pushing forward into unknown territory as I take steps to finish this cabin. It is quite the elephant of a project & overwhelms me at times. But I HAVE to do this. It is too much a part of my heart not to...

Sometimes I find myself in a situation where I have to make a decision on something that I really don't know a lot about. So, I do a little research, ask some questions, think about it, change my mind a few times & finally come to a decision. It just takes me a little longer than I'd like it to, and can sometimes leave me feeling a bit overwhelmed which tends to slow me down. Then sometimes I start getting a lot done & I feel totally charged up & super encouraged about gettin' er done!!
Just the highs & lows I experience while working on the cabin.... But trying to take it step by step, bite by bite...

I have made some good progress lately!!

Check out those awesome Clopay garage doors! This was a hard decision for me, but I finally did it & am very satisfied with the results.

Okay, so a few of the pictures are back from November when we finished the floor & did the framing. Check out John's amazing job of cutting the floor around that cypress ridge pole support log (RPSL). Thanks John!

A picture of the pine floor finished.

Kennon & John framing up the bathroom wall.

Kennon & Charles adding a supportive beam above the door.

Kennon framing up the closet & the left loft wall. Thanks Kennon!

So all of the major things I have gotten done recently: I had the rough electrical done, the underground power lines put in, the septic & water lines put in & connected to the garage, & all the rough plumbing done. I found a bush hog, got the property all cleaned up nice, & moved a big pile of logs that were next to the garage & getting on my nerves... Thanks Dad, for helping me with that!

This may not look like much to you, but I am very excited about this outdoor plumbing. This is the future site of one amazing outdoor shower!

Below are pictures of the rough plumbing & the rough electrical done. Definately a learning experience for me. I had never even seen wires to this degree before. Pretty neat. Even neater is the fact that I know every detail of this cabin inside & out!

Another picture of the great room floor finished.

The framing for the stain glass window going in

A side view of the garage doors.

Up next, getting ready to complete the backfill around the garage & put in a retaining wall, fixing the water drainage for the property, installing HVAC, gas lines in, spray foam insulation, then the chinking party you have all been waiting for...

"He will be the stability of your times, abundant in salvation, wisdom & knowledge." Isaiah 33:6


  1. Rachel, I am so proud of you! You have grown leaps and bounds - both with Stewart here physically and with him here in spirit. The cabin is absolutely beautiful, and I know he is so proud of you for tackling this all by yourself. I can't wait to figure a way to hoist me up there to spend the weekend with you once it's completed! Christ is in you and is keeping you going. Keep that motivation and spirit. I love you with all my heart!