Wednesday, January 30, 2019


In short, the cold has continued, but so has the work
around the house and in the garden.

looking back at the house from the therapy garden

drainage around the perimeter keeping the flow going at a slight slope
that will end in the drainage tank in the therapy garden

waiting now for a bit warmer weather to wrap up this work

Insulation and stucco are next come springtime, 
that'll finish up most of the outside work.
Electrical work is currently on the agenda,
Vovo, the expert was back on the job today.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Work on the interior of the home continues

Maxim is having the local pastor, Valic, continue to lay tile for us to get all the bathrooms completed. In the spring we hope to focus on getting the ceiling areas in the main large rooms complete, then lay the floor tile.

The house parents quarters, their main bath, and therapy tub room for the young men.
Work accomplished as the temperatures change

In the foreground, the central ring that will be the middle of the therapy garden
begins to take shape. The completed circular border is below.

This corner ring will allow for the kids to bypass one another along in their wheelchairs more easily.
The ground level will be raised to the height of the garden path edge, we have a storehouse of dirt at the Naomi's Home plot, dirt fill that was removed during different parts of the building process of Stephen's Home.

As the building, through this past year, took a beating on some of the exposed insulation around the base of the foundation, the deteriorated parts have been removed and replaced with better quality insulating material. Additional ground has then been brought in to raise and ramp the ground up to the front door, see below.

December 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Making progress this week on the drive down to Stephen's Home

PLEASE NOTE: The tiles you see here are being placed for planning purposes.
So the trough on the right of the drive will be level with the other bricks 
and the those on the left still have to be cut and fitted into place permanently
My creative mind seems to create a challenge and complicates 
projects for those we work with.
I like to think it makes them think outside the box and try a new angle.

despite the cold

Sunday, November 25, 2018

the winterizing initiated

Work began at the front of the property where the water begins its descent down the hill towards the house, before flowing underground out to the river. This space will be frequently accessed by all who live in this first house, Stephen's Home

and by Naomi's Home residents when they come to church or for visits with their friends. many will be bound by their disabilities in wheelchairs. 
We want them to know they are welcome.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Continued tile work inside Stephen's home.

Valentina and his co-worker Sasha have been wrapping up unfinished business.

The floor and grout work got completed on this second bathroom,
the one off the exercise room.

African Safari bathroom in the suite for 4 guys


So nice to finally have things completed,
thank you for helping make this possible.

Getting close! 
The fireplace company has to come back and finish up the plasterwork 
around the firebox and heated seat area.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

grout work got done today

Over the past few days water has been hooked up to the house.
Our well is now providing for the home so
showers and sinks can function.
The pastor and his sons who came out to do this work for us finished up the
work outside on the well too.

Oksana and I worked on the  wall of the main hall.
Little bits at a time, but we're making progress.