Friday, November 30, 2007

House Photos

The north wing of the house will soon be ready for the roof.
And the south wing is coming along nicely.


Hurry up; I'm getting cold.
Hey, premie size onesies fit me now! So my jammies are a little big, but I'm still beautiful.
So will you stop admiring me already? I'm hungry!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ok, one more try. Blogger is posting as though today were November 29th; thus, my current post is down the page a bit. Let's see if it works properly this time.

Comment Frustration?

Hi everyone--I'm thinking I've been causing some frustration for those of you who leave comments on this blog--sorry! Since I got some weird advertising as a blog comment---what WILL they try next---I've enabled comment moderation for my blog. That just means your comments come to my email inbox first, and I can choose to publish them, or not. Don't worry, as long as you're not trying to sell me something, your comment will show up, usually within the day. =)

Rich, Keith, Steve and Faith got home safely from PAP yesterday, arriving at 4:10. They had both the truck and pickup heavily loaded, so we're grateful they made the trip in just over eleven hours, with no bigger problems than a flat tire on the truck. Included in their load(s) were doors, windows, and lumber for cabinets and etc. for the hospital addition.

God bless,

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New photos, but already outdated...........

I took some photos of the house last evening, but when I tried to upload them, blogspot refused to cooperate, so here they are now. The guys got the plastering pretty much finished on this wing of the house today---I think. I was a bit out of it today, as little Miss only let me sleep around two and one-half hours last night! We're hoping for better tonight.
Ty got on top of the big hospital cistern, and took some photos of the new roof on the hospital addition. Looks great here, and even better today, as the workers took down a lot of the outside forms today.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More Baby Pictures

All freshly bathed and cozy this morning.
Who says guys can't multi-task? Ty was babysitting AND doing World Lit.

Pictures from Last Week's Building Progress

This was on Thursday. The crew was laying block, and Rich and Keith were taking down forms after the bond beam was poured on the north section of the house.
Here it is, ready for the first coat of plaster. The guys are plastering this week; I'll get some pics of that soon.
The hospital roof is finished! They did the last pour Friday, but I didn't get any pictures that day. This one is from earlier in the week, when they were putting up the forms and bracing.
These rooms in the hospital addition are getting their final coat of plaster, and will soon be ready for floors, windows and doors
More of the forming process.

Little Miss "Vivi"

Apparently she was feeling camera-shy here. =)
"Vivi" is staying at our house this week, while Steve, Faith, Rich and Keith are in Port au Prince. The new license for Steve's pickup is finished, finally--thank God--so they all went in with our big truck. Rich and Keith will haul back a big load of building supplies, propane, fuel and etc., and Steve's will bring the pickup back, at last. It's been parked in PAP for quite some time.
Isn't she a cutie? She's gaining quickly, and should be ready to go back to her family within a couple of weeks. We'll miss her (all but the night-time tummy aches).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Of Babies and Houses

Our house now has two halves. Actually this picture was taken a few days ago; I'll post a current one soon.
Always something to do. Rich is fixing the fuel tank mounts on the big truck. They got bent up when the truck "fell" into an underwater hole, on Rich and Keith's last muddy trip up from Port au Prince. The fuel tank kind of hit bottom, and it was a bit hard on it.
This is the wee tiny baby Faith has been caring for since the beginning of this week. She is a twin. Her sister weighs 5lb., 5 oz., but "Vivi" (she really doesn't have a name yet, but her last name is Vincent, so Faith calls her Vivi) weighed only 3 lb., 3 oz.
We got to care for her two days this week, when Faith needed to be gone for meetings. Laurie had a great time cuddling the baby--much more fun than school work!
That's Tyler's hand holding the baby's. He was chuckling at the way her onesie fit. The newborn size was long enough for a nightgown. "Vivi" seems to be doing well. She takes her bottle quite well, and is getting stronger.

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Hospital Addition Has Another Section of Roof!

Bracing the forming for today's roof pour.
Here the rebar has been placed and everything is ready for the pour.
And this is the actual pour, this morning.
The guys working on the roof during the pour.
And the finished product. You can see the roof is going to have three levels, as the building follows the contour of the land. They should be able to do the last section in two weeks--and by that time, they'll be able to start forming to pour the house roof!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Projects and Progress

Keith spent his afternoons this week, working on the screens for the hospital. His friend, Matthias, helped him put the rat wire and screening on the frames, and then install them.
The project is almost finished. There are just three small windows left to do. It's a great improvement.
The house is starting to take shape! I took these pictures this morning. The three rooms on the far side (left to right) are a bedroom, the kitchen, and storeroom. On the near side will be two more bedrooms and the bathroom. The large room in the center will be the combination living/dining area and will open onto a porch on the far end. We have funds to continue building for awhile now. We thank God for that and are trusting Him for the rest.
The view through my future kitchen window. =)
Rich spent some time washing the mud of another journey off the pickup. Steve and Faith got home last evening, still driving our pickup--they weren't able to get the license for their truck, so will have to go back to Port au Prince soon. They found lots of mud to drive through!