My husband always says, "The barn is the heart of the homestead." So true. We needed one and especially after we got two of our horses. As you can see in this picture, Georgie Girl was waiting for my husband to finish it so she could have a place to go inside. She was used to a barn and spending her first year here outside was not good for her.
First the lean-to was finished so that they could get inside until the barn could be finished. In this post, The Homestead Barn - Part One I told about the lean-to. Then he went to work on the downstairs of the barn. The roof at this point was flat and needed to be cleaned off when the snow was piling up.
I posted these photos today because I realized there are times when we think we have so much to do and haven't done enough yet. We put too many expectations on our shoulders. But look at this barn! We did it all ourselves. Well, I didn't build it, my husband did it all. But I was there with him all the way.
Life is like the building of the barn. One little step at a time. You get one thing done and then go on to another step. We do this in all our chores around here. Do what you can and then go on. Don't let the whole job hold you down because you think it is too much. In the second post about our barn, The Homestead Barn - Part Two, I went into more detail on each area of the barn. Life is like that.
As we finished each part, we were proud and kept looking at it. Then we'd come up with more ideas of how to do more things, if we had this or that. Isn't that what we do in life? Always changing things. Always adding things. Always wanting more. Take time to enjoy what you have built. Live with it awhile!
Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole