This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

A House

Now that several of the larger, what we would call important, projects have been fairly completed, the Lord has graciously granted us the resources to be able to begin working on a house. We hope to have a very simple, southern-styled one, with fireplaces for warmth, and no electricity.

And so the ground-breaking began. Here is the site before any clearing:

I was able to use a bulldozer from a neighbor to knock down the trees:

Here is the same picture as the one above after the tree felling:

And here is the land mostly cleared, with unsaved branches in a burn pile:

Finally, this is the firewood we were able to put up from the felled trees:

Lord willing, we’ll post updates as things progress. We are grateful to God for allowing us to begin this project.

— David


  1. Unknown

    Oh, there is nothing like a nice pile of firewood!

  2. Michael Bunker


    Have you considered what this says about your character that you are willing to pile “unsaved” branches up to be burned? Are you a capricious tyrant, that some “saved” branches get piled up for your use, but “unsaved” branches are piled up to be burned?

    You are so unfair.

    Michael Bunker

  3. David and Susan Sifford

    Ginny, especially when it’s cold! 🙂

    Michael, I hope this doesn’t blossom into a large conflict, but your point of view stems from being too sappy. Let’s take stock and get to the root of it…as lord of the property they were my trees to do with as I please. Now leaf me be.

    — David

  4. Anonymous

    Its awesome to see you two getting ready to build a house! Looking forward to seeing it come together. Lord willing we will be down there to lend a hand! Never a dull axe with you two around!

  5. David and Susan Sifford

    Thanks Debylin.

    — David

  6. Anonymous

    Cool start to a long awaited project! Looks like a wood pile with very “warm” potential. Love your comeback to Mr. Sappy Bunker, David! I’m still giggling. (sorry Michael, but that’s just my dewpoint right now.)

    Seriously, Congrats David and Susan, on getting started with building your house! Looking forward to following your progress! Where will it sit in conjunction with the shed and summer kitchen? N,S,E or West? May God richly bless your efforts!


  7. David and Susan Sifford

    Thank Beth. It’s south of those things and the barn, behind the fence line.

    And Debylin, we’re looking forward to you all arriving soon!

    — David

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