Building Oak Haven – final stages

We pushed ourselves relentlessly and often set unrealistic and crazy deadlines.

But we promised our daughter we would have her gender reveal party in our new home.  The party was scheduled for July 1st. It seemed like a good idea several months ago.  And it was.  And we did it. Not sure how, but we did.

A good reason to slow down

The last Monday in June our daughter, son-in-law and our adorable granddaughter drove to Texas. Scarlette is our little ray of sunshine and inspires me to take selfies.

getting started

I’d like to say we slowed down. And maybe we did. A little. But Jon wanted to get our back deck built for the party. So, with the help of son-in-law, Jarred, Jon’s dad, and later in the week after Jarred’s family drove in from Mississippi, Jarred’s dad and brother, they built a deck.  Or most of one. It wasn’t quite finished for the party, but enough for some table and chairs, providing additional outdoor space that wasn’t on the yard. Because  the yard wasn’t quite ready for guests. Rain delayed the sod but organic dirt had been delivered and spread the day before the party. It just wouldn’t have been complete without the smell of cow pasture.

Baby brother or Baby sister?

Saturday afternoon, our home filled with family and friends for a time of food, fellowship and fun. Which is exactly why we designed our home the way we did.  Later, we gathered in the garage and on the driveway (instead of on the rich smelling yard) and Scarlette took center stage to break open the gender reveal piñata.

Another granddaughter!

We watched with anticipation. And… Drumroll…. We’re adding another princess to the family. Charlotte Ann (what a blessing to have a granddaughter named after her great grandmother, Shirley Ann). Special thanks to all who came (and helped contribute to the wonderful meal) and to all those who tuned in live on Facebook.

Jarred and his family headed out Sunday and Monday, but Heather and Scarlette stayed another week. We slowed down a bit more and enjoyed the hot Texas summer days in our back yard, in the shade of our oak trees.

Grampy’s little supervisor

We spent a little time working on the deck while Scarlette played and then in the evenings, we relaxed in our spa tub (Jon’s father’s day present finally arrived) on our patio. Scarlette loves Grampy’s “swimming pool.”

Heather and Scarlette head back home today. And we’ll get back to work. Our plan is to start with one room, finish it completely, then move on to the next. Not sure how long it will take, but we’ll keep you posted.

Grace and Peace

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About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, with one son-in-love. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in Schertz, located at the crossroads of Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
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