Building a Wall Is Not For Sissies

As I mentioned in my last post, Bryan’s dad came to Japan for a few days to help Bryan and some of our co-workers build a new wall where we meet for church.  Before this project, Bryan and I had just taken walls for granted and not thought about them too much, but now we realize that they are A LOT OF WORK TO BUILD!!  Bryan is actually very good at using tools and he enjoys fixing things, so (though the project has taken a lot of time and muscle power) he has enjoyed the chance to build something with his hands and to learn all the ins and outs of what it takes to build a wall.  He’s also learned lots of new Japanese vocabulary words related to his project.  It has been especially fun for Bryan to be able to work on this project with his Dad and also with our co-workers Alan and TJ.  Unfortunately, they were not able to finish the whole wall while Bryan’s Dad was here, but they made good progress and learned a lot of skills that will help them to finish the rest of the wall more quickly (we hope!) :-)  One day the kids and I stopped by to see the construction project in progress and Grandpa let the boys help with mixing morter and scooping it into the holes inside the blocks.  Austin and Ethan LOVED getting to help with the building project and they were very sad when we had to leave to put Katie down for a nap. :-)  Here are some photos of the project.

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