This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 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.

New Upper Field Fence – Update I

After completing the north section of a new, long fence line we’re putting in, to allow our goats to be able to have access to an 11-acre field, it was on to the southern part.

The south-most end ended up being really interesting. I dug the end post hole without too much issue, but when I got to the second post, I hit rock. I thought, ok, no problem, I’ll just dig it out. Well, I stopped trying to dig it out when I got about 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet (maybe more) exposed and still wasn’t done. I then tried a different post location, but hit another big rock. Ugh…

Big Rocks Where Post Hole Digging

However, when the Lord formed the earth in this area whenever He did, He graciously granted a gap between those two rocks, just about post-diameter size. Ha, what a gift! And so I started digging it out hoping it would work:

Gap Between Rocks

Breaking rock is fun! 😉

Rock Breaking

Well, it did end up working, and I was able to get all the posts set in concrete. I am thankful to God for Him granting that! Again what a gracious gift!

Big Rocks Where Post Hole Digging

And then I put in the posts of the northern end of this southern section:

End of Line Fence Posts

And hung the gate. Whew…just made it! I don’t know how it ended up so close after measuring before digging the post holes, but post hole digging sometimes can drift:

Gate Next to Fence Post

Here are the t-posts and inner wood posts done:

Set Tposts & Wood Posts

More Set Tposts & Wood Posts

And then the twisted wire for more bracing:

Twisted Wire End Post Bracing

Another Twisted Wire End Post Bracing

And all of the barbed wire pulled:

Pulled Barbed Wire

More Pulled Barbed Wire

Again More Pulled Barbed Wire

Still More Pulled Barbed Wire

And lastly, the dividing gateway. Fence line done, thanks to God!

Middle Dividing Gateway

One final step was needed for the field in general, and that was to shore up the north-south end of the western fence line, and so here it is completed:

Western Fence Line New End Post System & Pulled Barbed Wire

New Entrance Culvert Pipe

In order to get ready for using the new road entrance we showed in the last blog post, the county will come and prepare the dirt, but we needed to provide the culvert pipe.

Here is what it looked like getting it home. I’m sure that was an interesting sight when I was driving on the highway! 🙂

Culvert Pipe on Truck

Those things are quite heavy, so I solicited the help of the guys, and they graciously accepted. We were thankful no one got hurt!

Unloading Culvert Pipe from Truck

More Unloading Culvert Pipe from Truck

Still More Unloading Culvert Pipe from Truck

Once they were off the truck, when the road crew came, they dragged them up to the front with a backhoe and chain:

Backhoe Holding Culvert Pipe

Dragging Culvert Pipe with Backhoe

And then they did their thing:

Scraping Culvert for Culvert Pipe

Culvert Pipe in Culvert

Joining Culvert Pipe

Burying Culvert Pipe

More Burying Culvert Pipe

Belly Dumper Dropping Road Base

Scraping Road Base into Place

More Scraping Road Base into Place

And here’s the new driveway into our entrance!

New Entrance Driveway Complete

We are thankful to the Lord for the provisions to continue to work the land in the hopes of getting further sustaining, for the strength to even do the work, and for no injuries; and we always pray He will guide us in these things so they may be used for His glory and blessings of others!

— David

4 Comments

  1. Judy

    Your work looks so nice! I had to laugh about hauling the culvert. It reminded me of the stares David got when he hauled a small mule in the back of the truck through Oklahoma City.

    We've got our first garden started – potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and beans. I'm waiting anxiously for the overwintered Austrian Winter Peas to bloom and the overwintered, neglected kale to set seed. We're starting our work towards selecting seed that will withstand the more challenging weather at our new place. Stuff's starting to green up and I'm sure before we know it it will be 100 degrees. You all know what that's like.

    Keep up the blog. It is uplifting, inspirational and enjoyable for us. 🙂

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Mrs. B,

    Ha, yes, I bet he got some interesting looks. 😀

    We pray God bless your garden and grant you abundance.

    Yes, the hot comes fast. 🙂

    Thank you for the kind words, and we pray the Lord glorifies Himself through the blog, the YouTube streams, our lives, however He might.

    We appreciate you saying hi!

    — David

  3. Bill Peck

    Great job Mr Sifford, looking good, praise the Lord for His mercies!

  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Mr. Peck,

    Amen, and thank you for the encouragement, and for saying hello!

    — David

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