I really don’t have anything to write about tonight, but I have time on the computer, so I might as well write something. I am finishing up my training in the prison this week — next week I will be on my own. I really like my new shift — I work 2pm to 10pm. Every day feels like a day off until about 1:15, when I leave to go to work. The days off feel even more like days off! The only thing we are having trouble with is me returning from work at 10:30 each night. That really infringes on my ability to get up at 4:30 each morning.
Gina is very pregnant and very ready to give birth. The due date is still nine days away and we think we have everything ready for our very first home birth. We even have a pool set up in our dining room! We can’t wait!
Work continues on the garage. 15 out of 16 trusses are up and I have started putting sheathing on the roof. I was helped out this evening for about an hour by my neighbors, Jacob & Elizabeth, and I anticipate that Jacob & Daniel will make it by tomorrow. I hope to get the roof close to finished tomorrow, which will require putting up the last truss, putting up another 24 sheets of 4×8 sheathing, and putting up the four ladders for the gable-end overhangs that Terry & I put together last weekend. I am always overambitious. The next step, I think, will be to roll out the roofing felt(?) and then start shingling, which is likely something I will work on alone. I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.
The chickens are doing quite well and are growing very big. We picked up more straw bales for them and I hope to buy some fencing to create a temporary run for them. They are eating about 80 pounds per week of feed, which is costing quite a bit, so I want to find another source of chicken feed. We hooked them up on a thermostatically controlled outlet, so their heating lamps will now only kick on when the temperature drops below 35°, and will turn off when the temperature gets back up over 45°. The chickens are now 5-and-a-half weeks old.
Still no new job offers and no new ideas or thoughts or discussions about starting a Bible fellowship here. I have been grappling with the thought of whether God is calling us to have a home-based Bible fellowship, perhaps meeting in the new garage with a wood-burning stove for heat. I also have been struggling with the meaning of my new job and whether it is what God has called me to or if there are just valuable lessons for me to learn there.