Monday, May 5, 2008

Weekend Slaves Part One: THE TREE

What could be better for young, first-time home owners than to have four skilled and energetic young guys offer to come and slave for a weekend? Kyle and I were delighted to host Jacob B., Jason H., Tim J. and Nate for a four day work party. (Can you call it hosting when your guests are doing all the work?)

No matter what you're doing, one common denominator which must be present at a work party is FOOD. Some junk, some healthy, hopefully tasty, and lots of it!

After the necessary energy boost, the guys were ready to tackle . . .


Fifty some feet of dead, just-waiting-to-fall-on-the-house wood. We have a few dead ones in the yard, but this one was the deadest (more than mostly dead) and the most dangerous in it's proximity to the house.

Kyle, Jason and Jacob study the their Opponent.

Nate climbs up to investigate. When they started talking about climbing with chainsaws, I decided it was time to go in and work on supper!

Rev up the saw, boys!

It wasn't the tree's limbs I was worried about!

Jason's got a strong truck, let's pull 'er down!

Trimmed and ready to go!

If only the rope had been as strong as the truck. It's hard to imagine something that big snapping, but it did. Think it'll hold this time?

The Giant has fallen! Everyone is still whole and healthy.

What a great crew! There wasn't a stick left in the yard by sundown.
"Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Gal. 5:13-14

Thanks, guys, for living it out!

What factor did we say was important during work parties? That's right, time for some grub!

You'd never know it, but we're supposed to be making sad faces since our plates are empty. Oh well! Boy was it great to have Nate down!

The menfolk feast while overlooking the remains of their fallen foe. I was so relieved and grateful to have that tree down and no one hurt. (Whew!)

It's a good thing I didn't know what they were planning to tackle the next day . . .
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Anonymous said...

That tree does look like a formidable foe! I remember at our old house, whenever Dad got out the chain saw to cut down a tree, Mom took all of us to the other side of the yard and told us to pray that he didn't get hurt. You remember our old property that was basically an acre of trees. Dad was quite the expert before we moved. ;)


agingrich said...

I'm sure keeping the crew fed probably kept you plenty busy!


Anonymous said...

Delightful to have a peek into the weekend. Thanks for the picts. :) EJ

Faith said...

I've been looking forward to this post--seeing what my brother was up to this weekend! Being gone myself, I haven't talked to him yet, and it's fun getting a little glimpse of your activities. Besides he's not that great at relaying happenings, so I enjoyed the pics.

Somehow I knew there would be food pictures in there too. ;-) Just knowing how much Jase can eat, I was thinking of you with all those guys to feed! You're such a good cook, and I bet you enjoyed it. Did you feed them any blueberry concoctions?

Looking forward to the next post!


The Hemmers said...

Ah ha, so I guess it was a good thing Jason brought Big Louie along; monster trucks are great!
I'm looking forward to seeing the next post. I miss my brother!!

jada said...

Too bad Ryan was in Italy as he would have been another set of hands for you. I guess there's always another tree, huh?

btw: Ryan and Leah got home safely at 3:30 this morning. Ugh, what a day of travel. We are all functioning (?) on 2 hours of sleep.

~jada f.

Nitchfield News said...


Hi Faith! I didn't publish your comment, as I didn't want that info on the web, but I did read it! You had mom's info right, except that there are 2 Ls, not one. Look forward to hearing from you! - GJ