Chad Shingles the Farm Roof & New Wrap-Around Porch
“Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” – Proverbs 24:25
Ha! I adore this verse. First of all, it’s a very humorous picture to imagine; and secondly, it’s so true. This visualization keeps me in check when I see an expression cross Nate’s face that says, “I would rather be living on the roof than sharing this house with you right now.”
All throughout Scripture, important events have happened on rooftops. On a roof David was tempted by the bathing Bathsheba, King Nebuchadnezzar made his boasts leading to his curse of insanity, people have mourned and rejoiced, Rahab hid the spies in Jericho, people worshipped God and committed idolatry, Absalom slept with his father’s concubines, Peter had a vision from God, Jesus’ brother James was thrown off, a paralytic was lowered to be healed by Jesus, and too many to list.
In the Bible a roof also symbolizes a man’s leadership of his family. The mention of a man’s roof signifies what is good and being close to God, choosing what is right and supreme. A roof provides shelter and refuge. When a man decides to marry and start building a family, he has begun to build his roof. It might be small or big, or contain complex angles or a simple lean-to. It might be made of strong metal and noisy in a storm, or it might be quiet and spring a few leaks at the slightest condensation. But whatever type of roof it is, it’s his to build. God gave that responsibility to him and will hold him accountable for it.
And for us wives and future wives, no matter how much we want to build it for him, God has given us the assignment of helping him hold the roof up. Marriage is hard, even when you are married to someone completely wonderful. Can I get an Amen? Whatever trials we go through as an individual, married couple, or family, don’t get in the way of your husband building his shelter for your family; no matter how long it takes him, you cannot do it for him. And let us ladies commit to creating a home where our man can live under his roof and not on top of it.
This is what the farm house looked like in 2007. It doesn’t look too bad at a distance, but quickly the exterior trim and deck boards were rotting, the shingles were shriveling, and the foliage was taking over.
Nine years later, this is where we left off. My brother, Chad, has been doing an overhaul on the interior and exterior of this home. “Are they testing missiles here?” Just kidding, Chad; had to throw in a Money Pit reference. In the last post Chad and his merry men had finished building the porch roof structure.
Next they started laying the tar paper . . .
Moved the packages of shingles to the roof (they are super heavy and difficult to move up the ladder) . . .
Laying shingles has begun . . .
East side . . .
Southeast side . . .
Northwest side . . .
The contrast of the shingles and the color of the posts is really stunning. I can’t wait to see it all come together. Special thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project!