3.01.2017

build-a-barn ~ taking it all in

So much happened in a span of two weeks, it was hard to take it all in. Before we knew it we found ourselves mid way into the last week of the barn build. Brad had an overnight work commitment, so I stopped up at the barn that evening alone. He had been keeping a close watch on daily progress and I knew Brad wasn't thrilled to be away. He really wanted to be here...so I went to check the progress for him. 

With just me, myself & I...my thoughts carried me away. Eventually Koda, Nemo, Cierra and hopefully Harmony, will be looking out these windows. Someday... 


stall walls are close to being done
It won't be too much longer, and we will be walking our horses in from the pasture. We will come through the back entrance below, weather permitting. Probably Nemo & Koda together...and Harmony & Cierra...assuming they rebond. The girls were inseparable. That feels like so many years ago. It will be different now. Cierra is all grown up, but I think these two special horses will remember each other...it probably won't matter who walks with who anyways. They all got along great, and were such a happy herd. I cannot wait to see them all together again...

back entrance
As I took these photos, I started to wonder...is this where we will ride up from our woods in the distance, to dismount, tired and happy? Then listen to the methodical sound of our horses as we walk through the front entrance, into our looong awaited barn filled with everything we hoped for, love and cherish?? 

front entrance
The human door below will no doubt be one of the most used when it's cold out, for more then just people. It was suppose to be on the same side as the stalls. After the foundation got poured Brad realized that even with back filling, the elevation drop could be problematic. Needless to say, we moved the door to the front. The flow with a horse in hand isn't as ideal, but the entry will be better then stepping up on an incline. I wonder, with cold winds blowing, what it will feel like to shut that door...

still a little door, for now
Someday the floor will look so different...the entryway & aisles will eventually be concrete...


icy reflections
I had no idea how much wooden panels would change the interior walls...it's hard to imagine what the barn will look and feel like when it is finished. All of it, not just the shell...


future wall coverings
My mind wandered back to the stalls...and our horses. This is all for them, so they can live with us...forever...


the most important part of the barn
It was getting dark. I got in my truck, and started to leave...then this happened...

the start of a sunset
The sky erupted into the most magical sunset!! It rendered me speechless. I couldn't leave. The people we bought the land from mentioned the sunset views were really pretty. I was skeptical, the land is surrounded by tall pines. Now I know what they meant...and it all but moved me to tears. 

You know those rare moments, when nature is so peacefully beautiful, that it is surreal. All encompassing. For a few moments time stands still, and you feel like you are in a dream?? You've either experienced it, or you haven't. You can't look for it, it just happens.

Well, this was one of those moments. Where nature puts everything into perspective. The entire sky was constantly changing color, and highlighting interesting cloud formations.

When sunsets are this magnificent, you can seen them most any place you can see the sky. But this sunset view, where our house will be one day, is our unique view.

As I tried to soak it all in, I was periodically sending Brad sunset phone pics. The intense colors lasted over half an hour, after the sun set. He was loving it!! Of course we wish we were watching it together in person, but I wasn't really alone anyways. Hopefully, there will be many more sunsets for us to watch together.

so many ever changing bright colors
I couldn't help but think, is this really happening??? This land, the barn, the view, all of it...are we really going to live here some day with our horses and "ride off into the sunset" together?? 

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to care for this land, and especially our horses. I got all choked up again...it was then, that I knew everything was going to be okay.


a sunset to remember

5 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I can't believe how fast your barn is being built. It looks wonderful and so roomy. Love the wall coverings it will be very homey and welcoming.

The sunsets are absolutely magical and out of this world. It's amazing that you will be able to see Mother Nature at her best all the time no matter where you are on your farm. What a beautiful spot.

aurora said...

Thanks for being so kind Arliene. This pending move will be a huge change in our life. It's pretty scary. No clue how or when it will all come together...

Linda said...

Wow, beautiful sunset!!! Ours are like that here, too, and we never tire of them. You are so blessed to be able to ride out from your house!! I have to trailer out 5 minutes away for that same thing. Yes, you are truly going to LOVE your life there.

Shirley said...

Awww one of those special moments. I always think of the title of one of Ian Tyson's songs in those moments: And Stood There Amazed....
Your barn is really coming together. You are blessed.

aurora said...

Linda & Shirley, It sure feels like this is meant to be...lot's of sleepless nights & hard decisions with all the changes. But we have to follow our dreams, they know our way.