To say this is a dream a long time coming might be a bit of a stretch, but it is certainly a very welcome change.
You see, we now have our own cement mixer, thanks to Crossroads Community Church. Mixing on the ground will still happen of course, but for the big jobs, having this will save time and backs. It is quite the useful tool.
We were able to purchase it, and then get it right to work this week, pouring the beams/footers/headers for the Milk Project building, a task that will need 70 bags of cement/concrete to finish.
After pouring, there are other tasks to accomplish (like stairs...stairs to go up from the "basements" would be much easier than using the ladder!) while that cures for a few weeks, and then the work can continue by the much bigger task...doing all the prep work and then pouring the roof/second story floor.
That will be a huge step for us in terms of expense but also completion. Once that is done (hopefully by May) we will be able to see how warm the building is in terms of cooling need (false ceilings, fans, and hopefully seeing if we can avoid AC because of the one time and long term costs associated with it) and be able to start tackling interior walls, electrical, etc.
Please join us in prayer as we continue on this big project...we are on schedule and on budget, just needing "a little" more money to make sure we can finish everything properly and move in by the end of the year!