18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
As I mentioned in a previous post (here), my husband and I (mainly my hubby!) have been working on a special present for my son's birthday!
Here he is! Such a cutie! It's so hard to believe that he is already 2! Raising a child gives new meaning to the phrase "time flies when you're having fun". Ok, I could talk about my kiddo endlessly, but I better get back to the surprise... : )
I'm not sure if anyone has priced play sets for children, particularly the wooden ones... but the best way to describe them is as follows: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
No joke. It is more than ridiculous how much these things are!
For those of you who don't know, we are in the process of building a home, (which my awesome husband is doing by himself!), so we don't have any excess $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to buy a nice play set for our son... Ok--we can't afford the el-cheapo either (ha!), but that is what this blog is all about! Using our God-given gifts and talents to create wonderful things, all while being a good steward with what we have been given!
So here is what we did:
My husband has a sawmill. Yes, a sawmill. Someday I'll expound more on what that is like, but today--is just about the play set. My husband took some trees from our property and cut most of the wood for the play set. A 4x4 alone from Lowe's costs around $17, which we needed six of! Savings galore with the sawmill!
Here I would like to point out that one of my husbands God-given talents is
building. He can build ANYTHING.
Sorry ladies. This one is TAKEN! : )
Here's another progression pic...
Scott, my husband, designed and built this from the ground up. The slide was a steal of a deal found on Craig's List.
The metal roof was made from scrap pieces from our home. The swing was given to us. Blessing after blessing. Our God truly does bless, and also meets our wants as well.
The final product! Thank you, Lord!
What is left is the other swing and the sandbox (still in progress). Will post when finished!
We were able to save a ton of money by putting this together ourselves. (I helped! Really! Painting and Craig's List counts!! Ha ha!)
And here was the best part!
Isaac's reaction to seeing his birthday present! This was his ever growing smile from the second he came around the corner with Daddy! So worth it!!
Our little climber!
He had so much fun!
And so did we!
Thank you, Scott. You're a wonderful husband, father, and a great craftsman!
Happy birthday, son! You're an awesome kid and I'm looking forward to watching you grow!