Abiding…

We haven’t been fasting from blogging during Lent.  At least, not intentionally.  We have been poring over books, catalogues, websites…  We have been exchanging telephone calls, emails, and papers.  We have been traveling to and fro to check prices and to procure this thing and that.  And we have been waiting.  Waiting for officialdom to do what it must, waiting for word on the arrival of new life, waiting to share all that we are about to experience, waiting for spring.  Waiting…

Spring is making a valiant effort to arrive.  We had a beautiful week of near-60 degree temperatures followed by two weeks of quite cold weather and a return of snow.  She is late, this Spring. We hope that she gets here soon — there is a houseful of Gadbois children who are desperate for long days spent running, jumping, climbing, creating.

Mama and Papa are every bit as anxious for the soft weather.  Soon, the farm we have been hoping, praying and working for these six years, will officially be ours.  There is a considerable amount of spring-time clean up to do – trees to be felled, shrubs to be beaten back, fields to be reclaimed, fences to be built…  There are animals to welcome to their new home, chickens, turkeys and geese… goats, sheep, and hopefully some hogs.  And new dogs to be trained up to guard our herd and flock.  And bunnies.  We promised a little girl some angora bunnies.

We are also joyfully anticipating the restoration of a farmhouse.  There is an awful lot to be done, but we have the help of a wonderful contractor and his crew.  He has gamely agreed to work out a way for us to incorporate a fair amount of our own labour, and materials.  As well as the help of family (in all its varied guises).  With so many loving hands, and all of the things affectionately collected for her adornment – since before we even knew her – we will have that dignified old lady looking like the empress she is, shining from the crest of her hilltop throne, overlooking her lovely domain of rolling hills and green pastures.

We can hardly wait to share the journey with you.