James 1: 4&5 : But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Last week Michael took time away from his day job to get the flooring down in the shop. He got a few other things taken care of too – the awning over the front door is up and the drywall is finished with the walls painted. What a week of accomplishments!
You know, I haven’t updated much on the progress of the shop lately, because frankly sometimes there’s not a lot to see. But I can tell you with confidence we are near the finish line! Compared to what’s behind us, only the small details are left now.
It was just four short years ago, that Michael and I decided to spend our efforts towards following his dream in our backyard. Initially he swore he thought we’d have the shop up and running in 6 months, a year at the most.
Okay, he was a little off on his predictions – on the time and probably the budget too. But, none of that matters when I look at the project; his attention to detail and his careful craftsmanship on each step has blown me away. My heart bursts with pride when I look out my kitchen window and see that little building standing in my back yard.
Soon the process of guitar making will be underway. But for now, I can tell you I have learned to let the fruit of patience bloom in the process. Truly, I’ve come to appreciate the joy in each small step – even the ones that seem invisible. I love to see my husband learn this craft and take pride in a job done well. Whether its watching him problem solve how to lay the flooring, or figuring out how to fix a crack in the drywall, the list is endless, really – I have seen him grow each step of the way.
Reality check? Of course I have moments of impatience! But, even if we’re moving at slower pace than I’d like, I am grateful to be up close and personal on the journey. And I’m even more thankful that the Heavenly Father chose this particular way to grow my patience and my love for my husband at the same time. I am one lucky girl!
Here are a few recent photos of our efforts.
Making the cuts for the flooring. (also, notice the awning over the door!)
Walls and ceiling were painted a lovely shade called Dolphin fin (thanks to the Hudsons idea on paint color) White trim work will be done soon.
Michael’s favorite board, a bit deeper color than the others.
The flooring is down – a simple oil finish will be applied soon as well!