Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Living with Paul Bunyan and Gratitude

I was hoping none of our very few-and-far-between neighbors would come flying down our little  road this evening because this might have stopped them dead-in-their-tracks!

It seems I am married to Paul Bunyan and he decided tonight was the night to cut down a huge tree that has been looking like death for a couple of years.  

It had a few very dangerous-looking limbs overhanging our little road and the other morning one finally fell and it was so huge it could have done some real damage if someone had been under it!

So time to haul out all his "toys"!  Men just love this, don't they?  At least mine does!

You can see his "help" came immediately!

This was a very tall tree and the top was dead.

Here's Paul, er Hubs, cranking up one of the two chain saws it took to get this tree down!

I think the wood is just beautiful and I love to wonder about how old this tree was!

A good tree-cutter always has to take out time to work on his saw....sharpen the blades, refuel, etc.
This just adds to the lengthening time I am worried someone will come down the road!!


Now the real work begins.....cutting up some of that tree for firewood!

You are my hero, Paul (albeit being soaking wet from head to toe!)

I wanted to thank all 277 of you who came by and left me a comment on my fourth "blogiversary" post this past Thursday!

I was so overwhelmed!!

I thought I was Kelly Stamps for a minute!!

Seriously, when I ask if any of you readers of my blog might leave me a comment and tell me where you are from I was somewhat hesitant to ask because I thought I would get my usual 5 to 6 comments.

But OH.MY.WORD!  How I loved hearing all your sweet remarks and I just want you to know that I know 99% of you come over to see how crazy Kelly's Mama must be, but I love you all and I thank you so much!  You made my week!  

My heart is full of gratitude.  I am nothing but my Lord is everything!

By the way, I started out thinking I would write EACH and EVERY one of you who sent me a comment, but I see now how overwhelming that was!  Many do not have blogs nor an email and I just don't have the time to write 277 notes!  (I do have to take care of Paul remember)!!  har

So consider your neck hugged and many blessings coming from my heart to yours!!


The Speight Family said...

I didn't leave a comment last week but am a faithful reader after reading kelly's blog!! I am a friend of Amanda Vestal from her hometown!! Love reading your perspective on many topics of life!!! Your sweet girls are precious and I hope to meet them someday when I go visit NWA!!!

Kimberley said...

well i will consider myself special since i did get a reply from you :) thank for taking the time to do that! that made MY day!! :)

looks like the hubs is happy to do any project, regardless of size! glad no one was hurt :)

Emily said...

Thank YOU for your sweet comment on my blog! So glad you got to read our exciting news. I'm sure it is nice to have such a handy man around the house!

The Petty's said...

We may have started reading your blog, due to Kelly. But now you are read on your own merit. Tell Hubs, I am glad to see he was wearing safety goggles. He is a country boy, through and through.

Linda said...

Men love to do stuff like that! I am so surprised he did it all by himself, cuz it was such a huge tree! But it looked like he really knew what he was doing! And he had you there to document it all! Cool!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

AKK said...


Please know that I feel my neck hugged and your post kinda scared me because my Hubs owns a chain saw!


Anonymous said...

I think our husbands would get along perfectly. My husband LIVES for that kind of stuff! Nothing makes him happier than running a piece of machinary. Paul aka Hubs did a great job :)

Sandy B said...

Didn't get to comment last week. I started reading your blog from Kelly's. It was really special when I figured out that we both grew up in DQ, AR. I went to church with your two sweet aunts and also remember your parents. You are from a wonderful family. My mother-in-law was also a dorm mom at OC Bailey at OBU but don't know if Kelly knew her or not. I always save yours and Kelly's blogs to read last for my day because I am always left with a smile on my face and in my heart.

Karen said...

I forgot to leave a comment last week, too...but, I am a faithful fan of you and Kelly. I love the way you share your faith and your love for your family. Whenever I hear Arkansas or Razorback, I immediately think of you all :)

Karen from Washington State

Renia Flaishans said...

I just love looking at the pictures you post of you property. How much property (acres) do you and hubbs have?


Cyndi said...

Somehow I missed leaving you a comment as well. I've read your blog since I began reading Kelly's over two years ago. I'm from Tupelo, MS. I enjoy reading your blog very much.

Nancy said...

I love those pictures of the wood! How beautiful!
I am so happy you had so many responses, I think I would get 3 or 4 comments! HA! You just have a precious family & we all love yours & Kelly's blog posts.

Jessica said...

I must have miseed that previous post. I started reading because of Kelly's blog, but I would read yours anyway!
Fi "Mr Bunyan" is ever in the Minneapolis area I have a brich tree that needs to come down too! I just can't get my hubs to do it.

Christy Q said...

Wow! What a great post - hope the firewood cutting is going well! So glad it went well and that no one was hurt and the tree came down without any issues.

ReginaS said...

It's true I did find you through Kelly's blog, but I have never commented on her blog or anyones. So, that says a lot! Just wanted to say that your blog has pulled on my heart strings to get back in church. I miss the fellowship and what church brings to your life.

I hope your kids know how lucky they are to have such loving and caring parents. What a testament you are! Btw, I saw that Harper is having to wear hearing aids. My husband who is 35 has worn hearing aids since he was 2 years old. His brother as well, they were born with Usher's Syndrome. It hasn't impede or kept them from achieving any goals or stopped them from enjoying life.

Just wanted to share and let you know that you're a blessing!

Regina (McKinney, Texas)

Juli Pittman Skelton said...

I have always heard count the rings. How many rings it has is how old it is. Also if it has smaller rings that means it was not a good year for rain and the bigger or fatter rings means it was a good year!!


Taylor said...

Looks like my honey out there sweating it out with the chain saw! And I'm pretty sure all men do love their "toys"! Love visiting your blog and you make me smile!

Lauren said...

This girl from Florida loves you and your blog a WHOLE LOT!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Lynette said...

I didn't leave a comment last week, either, but I do love to read yours and Kelly's blogs. We have two granddaughters - 3 and 18 months, and a grandson - 14 months - so it's fun to see what others with little ones are experiencing, too. Isn't grandparenting fun?! Plus, I'm a PK from a Methodist clergy family. As an avid LSU fan, I even forgive you for being a Hog! Hey....we're all in the SEC at least!

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Amber said...

I commented the other day,but I wanted to tell you that I love you because you are you!!! Yes, I do think your daughter is the "Bees Knees", but I get just as excited to see your blog as I do hers.
I think that the two of you are two lucky girls to have eachother.
I have four boys!! I kept trying to have a girl, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.
Just wanted to let you know!!!
Hugs, Amber Gardner (Las Vegas)

Erin said...

LOL, men do love getting out their toys and taking care of projects like this!

Kelley said...

That post is so cute! My Dad was a Paul too! He doesn't do that as much anymore. I love reading your blog! It is full of encouragement!

Sara said...

Men sure do love their toys!

Robin said...

I started reading your blog through Kelly's, but I have your blog in "my favorites" because your blog encourages me so much. I have two girls, and I pray that someday I have the relationship with them that you have with your daughter. You can just hear, and see, how much you love your children. It inspires me to do better. You also inspire me to love my husband better. They way you are so supportive of your husband and have such respect for him is an example of what it means to love your husband. I also love to read how you love on those around you.

Kel-Bell said...

You are the sweetest! Many blessings to you! Xoxo

Anonymous said...

i'm from South Carolina and read your blog, found it through Kelly's Korner...it's so neat to see when you both blog about the same thing and see the different perspectives :) plus you just seem precious! thanks for sharing and blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

I'm catching up on my blog reading this morning. I'm a blog reader from Alabama. I would be scared if my husband tried to cut down a tree! Nice that your hubby is so handy, though.

Sugar said...

You are the greatest! Your sweet comment warmed my heart. It truly makes me a better person reading your blog and sweet Kelly's blog. As I mentioned before, we need all of the positive influences we can find in our lives, even if it's through a blog. For you, I am grateful!

jenn said...

Wow! that was a big tree! We need "Paul" visit us here--he could make some real money chopping trees down! My friend received a quote of $800 to cut a tree in backyard down and that was from someone they knew!!

Also, I wanted to thank you for emailing and wishing me a Happy Birthday--you made my day!!