Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mountain Cottage Update...In The Midst Of It All

Good Saturday to everyone!

It has been a long week for us, how about you?

Mr. DIY and arrived at the Mountain Cottage on Monday afternoon and have been working hard. 

...and yet,
I don't have any pretty pictures to show you.

Oh, I have taken quite a few photos, but they are definitely not pretty. 
We are in the midst of a 


I was feeling pretty discouraged and very small and inadequate  about all the projects that have to be done here. Then,  in the middle of the week, a Facebook friend posted this jewel: 

"It always seems impossible until its done"

Nelson Mandela

Yup, pretty much sums it up.

Then, I woke up this morning to this:

...and suddenly those big piles of brush and all those big logs that have to be moved and two more trees that need to be cut up and finishing the upstairs bath and remodeling the kitchen and ripping out the downstairs bath and redoing the laundry room and the entrance and the living room and, and, and...

....didn't seems so overwhelming. 

Those big logs, and a whole bunch more, pale in comparison to the big picture. 

So, to make me feel better I must make a list of the things we did:

Driveway is graded and fresh gravel put down thanks to Matt at Trax Grading(I'll share what was done another time)

Pine saplings and small trees along the edge of the woods cut down with my new pole saw (more on that another time)

Dead trees and other trees cut down so we can plant some fruit trees.

Upstairs bath passed inspection (YAY!)

Upstairs bath sheetrocked (and hopefully mudded today)

Met our neighbor who invited us to hear his bluegrass band play in town. (was a lot of fun)

Met with the well guy

Met with the septic guy and verified where our septic tank and field is (very important for planning!)

That's what we accomplished Tuesday through today.

Guess I also need to remember the scripture verse I reminded myself of every day when my girls were little and I was feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of raising kids to 18...

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we 
(emphasis mine) Galations 6:9

If you're feeling a little overwhelmed today in the midst of a big project, just take a deep breath and recite the above quote and verse a time or two.

Can't wait to show you some pretty pics of the inside when the bathroom gets finished!

Thanks for stopping by today :)


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  1. Hi Pam: I think it is absolutely amazing what you both have done! It takes so much energy and thought and time ( not to mention the $$) to undertake such a project! Oh my, imagine how lovely it's going to be this summer! Lucky you....

  2. What a great view you have...there is nothing like Carolina sunrises and sunsets....Seems like you have been really busy...but glad you are mixing in a bit of fun too!!

  3. Oh Pam what an amazing property!!! And I felt tired just reading your list of all of the things you've accomplished so far. LOL! I love that you were able to stop and just take it all in and remember that it will be so worth it in the end. And I LOVE that you said that verse every day as you were raising your girls. I pray that for myself too as I'm raising my kiddos!
    Blessings to you friend,

  4. I look at these pictures and I know that all of your future endeavors are going to be so worth it! Those mountains!

    I must have missed a few posts. Is this a second home? I recently posted that we bought a condo in Asheville...are you near there?


  5. What a breath taking view Pam. So peaceful and so pretty up there.

  6. Beautiful view... and such fabulous shots! YOu are very blessed! Seeing God's glory in His creation can put life into perspective! Thanks!

  7. What a great view Pam!! In all honesty, that's how we feel at our house *all* the time. We just have to look over all the work and enjoy what is done.

  8. I see where someone posted about 'Carolina' sunrises and might I add sunsets.....I knew from your pictures you were in the Blue Ridge! I also live in the Blue Ridge...this is God's country!


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