The search for a place to live in Romania began. Weston was an avid outdoorsman, so moving into the city was out. The wedding was to be on July 5th, and Weston was leaving on March 1st for work in the States for a two month stay, so time was short. They began entertaining the idea of building a small cabin, as it would provide Weston with work to do, and it would be a long term solution, as they could stay in the cabin on visits to Romania in the future. As luck would have it, a beautiful location was actually for sale in the foothills of Muntele Mic. It was an empty field, but the views were awesome, and it was private, peaceful, and had a rippling mountain stream in the backyard. It had the quiet serene beauty of the forest.
So before Weston left on March 1st, they bought their little piece of land. Upon returning to Romania in the first week of May, the planning for construction began full swing. Thankfully, with much perseverance, things began to fall into place. In Romania log construction is rare, and it was difficult to find materials and options. After a lot of searching, they found a company to build the log structure, and the permits all came through in the nick of time. Six weeks before the wedding, they broke ground on the foundation. Weston, Daniela’s two brothers, and her Dad worked from sunup to sundown daily. Waterlines had to be dug, electrical cable needed to be buried, excavation and grading needed to happen. Finally, the foundation was finished and the construction team arrived to build. Three weeks before the wedding, the walls began to go up.
The weather was hot, delays and challenges came up daily. But with the wedding days away, motivation drove them past the road blocks, and somehow a solution was always found. Daniela was working hard making food for the hungry workers every day. Meanwhile everyone was in the flurry of making wedding plans and arrangements. Needless to say, they observed in dismay as the sun set each evening. Another day was ending, and they had to wonder… would things be ready in time? Would they have a place to live by the time the honeymoon was over?
But God has a way of making things work out, one way or another. A week before the wedding Weston’s entire family arrived. It was the boost everyone needed. With fresh help, things just went faster. Everyone was busy, right down to Weston’s littlest sister, Kezia. 2 days before the wedding, the doors and windows were installed. The electrical and plumbing were finished. Albeit, with no electricity yet. (They would end up living without electricity until September)
Read about Weston and Daniela's experiences building the Little Mountain Cabin and traveling through Romania.