Oh, the help we have around here! It is funny and sweet, sometimes bossy and sassy, often distracting and surprising....but always helpful. In all the ways that seven sets of hands can be helpful, anyway.
The rhythm to building something around here is much like the rhythm to knitting a sweater around here. One row at a time, one piece at a time. A door between baseball games. A latch between diaper changes. And in moments of frustration at the pace, when one seemingly "little" project makes its way onto the top of our to-do list day after day and week after week without completion? That's precisely when we remind ourselves and each other of all these helping hands and the pace they set. The pace of life we love, the pace that means we're all attended to, and we're all in this together.
We (all fourteen hands) recently finished this portable chicken coop for our laying ladies. It, along with the ladies themselves, have now been moved from one (tired and in need of a break) pasture into this main pasture. Alongside the chickens and the pigs (who aren't really supposed to be in there, but that's another story for another day), they're settling in quite well to a new space and new surroundings.
Can you hear those seven sighs of relief at a job all done? Ah.....