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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thankful Thursday - New Roof

Many of you know how we've been trying and trying to get approved for a loan to do the much needed work on our new "old" house for months and months now.  Finally the loan came through on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Thank you mother. We also believe after praying to be led to choose the right person to do the work on the house, that we were saved from making what could have been the wrong decision in who we chose initally to do the work. 

I think you remember the story that right before we were supposed to sign the contract we recieved a phone call from a friend warning us not to go with this contractor.  Long story short... after viewing what he had done for her and hearing even many of his references telling us to watch out for shortcuts ...we chose NOT to go with him.  Thank you God (and for good people speaking up).

At the same time this was happening, we were redirected back to consider someone who we had already met with before, but who had been too busy in Spring/Summer to do the necessary work.  Because we find ourselves now in the middle of a mild winter-time, it's the perfect time to do some of the work that normally we wouldn't have been able to... and the same people who would have been too busy before, find themselves freed up!

After a great carpenter came and repaired some of the rotted wood and facia to get the house ready to be roofed, today a terrific roofer came and brought a dozen guys to complete the work in ONE day!  God blessed them with 50 degree weather and sun.

This roofer had actually shown great integrity months ago when I had called to let him know we were choosing to go with someone else.  Instead of being upset, he gently said, that's ok, I understand, but just be careful of cutting corners.  I only say this because I know exactly what my prices pay for and I'm honestly not certain how he can be charging you less.  If you have any questions, feel free to call.  No matter if it's me or someone else doing the job, THIS is how it should be done in order for it to be done properly (and he went on to patiently spell out exactly how a roof should be put on and repaired).  All this after us telling him he DIDN'T get the job!  I couldn't help but be impressed with his integrity.

Later (right before the time we found out that the person we had chosen may not have been the best choice) I recieved another recommendation from someone who's roof had collapsed and needed structrual work done.  Their inspector had told them after viewing the completed work, "don't lose that guy's number.  He saved you SO much money the way he did it and did a beautiful job" ...who was it?  Same guy I had met with before.  Hmmmm...

So in the end we went with the one who showed integrity, patience and had a string of glowing references. 

He's been terrific at communicating with us and meeting with us.  Prompt with his paperwork and quotes.  He even sent us photos by email throughout the day as the work was being completed as he knew Shaun was at work and I was at the other house with the baby.


(All done)

If you recall, in the summer it looked like this... 
We had to take down the monster tree that was overhanging the house...

 Had stuff actually growing out of the rotted gutters...

All done now (except for the front area which will be finished after some work is completed on the porch)

Thanks be to God!  Next step... Brand new windows!


  1. That's a lot of work! Glad the weather was good for the repair! Looks good!

  2. Your house is looking great! Although you had quite an experience in choosing the contractor for your roof, it still turned out alright. Choosing the right contractor is really a tough decision, but you’re very lucky to end up with the one you trusted the most. He may cost a little over your budget, but having a result like this, it’s definitely worth it. Anyway, congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

    Richard Boles

  3. It’s never easy to find someone who values his profession more than the sum of money. He’s too good to be true, which is why you hesitated at first, right? I’d have the same reaction too if I were in your position. Anyway, you were very fortunate to find a roofer like him!

  4. I think it took guts to go with a blue roof since you couldn't see how it would look until you were committed. However, it really does look wonderful!

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  5. It's not everyday that you'll find a person like him. Imagine, he's willing to give you advice even if you chose not to hire him. I'm glad that you still ended with the right decision! I hope that I'll find a roofer like him too. By the way, your new roof looks great!

    -Eulalia Symonds


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